Magazine article Geographical

New Large-Scale Mapping for the UK

Magazine article Geographical

New Large-Scale Mapping for the UK

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A British company has announced the launch of a mapping service to compete with that of the Ordnance Survey.

UKMap, designed by the GeoInformation Group, is the UK's first commercially funded large-scale topographic mapping and addressing database created independently of the Ordnance Survey. The company is planning to map 568 towns and cities in the UK--all of those with a population of 10,000 or more. The first map, of London, will be released in September.

The GeoInformation Group believes that users will benefit from having a choice, as well as from the increased detail available on its 1:1,000 maps, which show information such as the location of trees and speed bumps, the height of buildings and the names of individual shops.

'You very rarely find maps showing this level of detail anywhere in the world; said managing director Alun Jones. 'Ordnance Survey has set a very high standard, but these maps go to the next level. …

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