Members of the Scottish Parliament have praised Ordnance Survey for distributing free maps to more than 50,000 pupils across Scotland. A formal motion of congratulation comes as the mapping agency’s Scottish activities are revealed in a new report published on the internet.
The 2001-2002 annual review outlines the launch of what has become one of the biggest ever education initiatives of its kind in Scotland. Primary 7 pupils at nearly 1,500 schools are this term receiving free Explorer and Pathfinder maps to keep following online registrations by their teachers.
As well as promoting paper maps, Ordnance Survey has been sharing the benefits of its digital map data with government and business through a remarkably diverse range of applications in information and communication technologies.
A key highlight of the year was the launch of OS MasterMap, the most definitive, accessible and intelligent digital mapping of Scotland ever produced. Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary are among the public agencies already using it to help target resources and improve services.
The review also describes recent high-profile developments such as the Falkirk Wheel and the Glasgow Science Center, which were available on the mapping database even before their official openings. A recent breakthrough allows this advance information to be extended to housing estates throughout the country. It is ideal for utilities, telecommunication companies and other organisations preparing onward work schedules.