OS Open Data, Encouraging Innovation

Thursday 25 October 2012

6.00pm for 6.30pm start.

RM 226, Second Floor, Reginald Mitchell Building, Southampton Solent University, SO14 0YN | Maps

Ian Holt, Ordnance Survey

Free of charge, for both BCS and Non-BCS members.

Joint event between the BCS Hampshire Branch and Southampton Solent University.

OS Open Data has been available for over 2 years. This talk will introduce OS Open Data to newcomers, but will illustrate the impact that Open Data has had beyond its release. Ian Holt will look at what is being downloaded and what developers have been using it for. He will also discuss how engagement with users has evolved.

Ian Holt is the Senior Developer Programme Manager at Ordnance Survey. In this role he is responsible for encouraging and stimulating the use of OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace. In addition, he is a member of the GeoVation team, actively promoting innovation through the use of geography. He has over 15 years experience in the geospatial industry and has spent a good part of his career developing enterprise geospatial solutions for the utilities, communications, and public organisations. More recently, at Ordnance Survey, Ian founded and managed the “Skunkworks” innovation lab and as a Senior Research Scientist worked on the early ontology and linked-data implementations. Ian volunteers for MapAction, an in-field NGO dedicated to provide mapping services to help support disaster relief efforts and you may also find him on the Ordnance Survey blog as the resident “GeoDoctor”.