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OS staff tweet the changing face of UK

UK: Ordnance Survey (OS) staff across the country started using the social networking site Twitter to provide live updates as they map the ever changing Great British landscape. According to the OS press statement, anyone interested in maps, geography and the vital role they play underpinning daily life is invited to follow their updates to learn more about the extraordinary range of work they do every day.

Working in a range of roles, from surveyors mapping the outer reaches of Scotland and inner city London, to a member of OS’s Flying Unit, each will be tweeting as they go about their work and providing an insight into modern map making.

As the national mapping agency for Great Britain, Ordnance Survey data is relied on by government, businesses and individual’s everyday. Everything from planning local bus routes, emergency service response, fraud detection and the digital switchover is underpinned by geographic data.

As such, OS makes some 5,000 changes each day to the national master map and thanks to the work of its 300 surveyors and an extensive aerial photography programme, significant changes are ‘on the map’ within six months of them appearing.

Surveyors on the ground make use the latest GPS satellite technology, accurate to just a few centimetres, to captures changes – from the latest developments at the Olympic Park to a new visitor centre on the peak of Snowdon.

All OS’s new tweeters can be followed as usual by Twitter members, but their location enabled tweets can also be viewed on a special interactive map built using the mapping agency’s web mapping API, OS OpenSpace. The map allows users to easily see where each person is working and gives their location to within a few tens of metres.

The Ordnance Survey Twitter map can be viewed here: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/twittermap

Source: Ordnance Survey