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Changes to Ordnance Survey - the options

Changes to Ordnance Survey - the options

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It's really difficult to get hold of mapping data at reasonable prices in the UK. Here's your chance to influence the future of all that immensely useful geographical information, read this plainer English guide to what the government and Ordnance Survey are saying the options are!
It's really difficult to get hold of mapping data at reasonable prices in the UK. Here's your chance to influence the future of all that immensely useful geographical information, read this plainer English guide to what the government and Ordnance Survey are saying the options are!

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Published by: corinne.pritchard4326 on Feb 24, 2010
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Changing Ordnance Survey
The options
 
Most people will agree that maps arereally useful (though they're a bit of apain to fold up again).Just how useful they are has
grownmassively
over the past couple of years.The internet is using maps in ways no-one had thought of before. They'regiving people the
power 
to
target
roadimprovements and marketingcampaigns,
 join
 
up
local services, andthey'll go on to do so much more.Our country's official mapping service,
Ordnance
 
Survey
, wants to talk aboutthe way they're set up. Do they need tochange to deal with these newchallenges?
 
The past
There's a lot of history behind how our country is mapped, and
how
and
who
we give that information to.Ordnance Survey (OS) collects landinformation in quite an old-fashionedway. In most countries these days aperson's land is mapped by a
surveyor 
and sent in (for a fee). In England it'smore about defining what's at the
boundary
of your land – the woods,water, fences, or roads around it.OS has been collecting this sort of information for 
decades
. There's a lot togo through, and a lot of old systems toreorganise, or maybe even get rid of before we can bring mapping into thepresent.

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