UKINNOVATION UK55 GeoVation ORDNANCE SURVEY There are a wide range of different web- mapping APIs out there, each of which has its own unique style and benefits. Ordnance Survey's offering is OS OpenSpace which is free for anyone who wants to add maps on their website to help show their information. OS OpenSpace is about providing access to geographic data for the creation of exciting and interesting web applications. Users can pan, zoom through map scales, add markers and share information with the rest of the world. We launched it initially in January 2008 but it was given a revamp to coincide with the new Business Strategy in May 2009. As well as increasing the usage limits it now uniquely includes boundary information for the whole country from European regions down to individual wards. Since May 700 new developers have signed up, with an average of 55 joining each week. OS OpenSpace - Ordnance Survey maps on your website by Tim Martin
INNOVATION UK56GeoVation ORDNANCE SURVEY Some examples of OS OpenSpace mash-ups Geograph Photos on an OpenSpace Map Geograph asks people to contribute a photograph illustrating every map square in Britain. This app loads 25 Geograph photos onto the map at one time. Centre the map on your area of interest and click a pin to see a thumbnail, and then click that to see the full Geograph page. Kent Trails Kent contains an amazing patchwork of landscapes. You can ride along the White Cliffs of Dover with blue sea views across the channel, deep in the woods and through traditional English farmland. Kent is also home of the North Downs Way. Explore the 155 miles of trails along chalk hills, woodlands and valleys using this app. Eastleigh District Scouts The Scouts are well known for using Ordnance Survey maps for navigation and to teach map reading. Eastleigh District Scouts have taken it one step further and are using OS OpenSpace to highlight all their activities. The mapping makes it easy for parents to identify which groups are operating in their area and to access contact details and other information relevant to them. Brent Council Brent Council have recently updated the mapping pages of their website. They now use OS OpenSpace to show local schools, recycle centres and also a FixMyStreet application enabling residents to notify the council of any issues on their street. CO2 and You We created this mash- up with data from Defra to show off the possibilities when using the boundary information available in OS OpenSpace. You can pan across the coun-try comparing CO2 output for each district from a variety of sources, including industry and transport.