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In 2001 Ian Painter led the team responsible for OS MasterMap. This ground-breaking project took Ordnance Survey’s Land-Line product and created the world’s first database of ‘real world objects’. Now some 10 years on, this talk will look back at the original premise of its creation and how its been used over the years.
First and foremost OSMM was designed as seamless data and a big hope for the product was that unlike LandLine it would no longer be used as a backdrop map. Many organisations use OSMM as backdrop map but by doing so they’re missing a huge amount of its value. It’s now time to put the map aside and use the data. Welcome to Big Data.
Focusing on Big Data concepts for analysis and query, the second half of this talk will introduce Big Data concepts and how Big Data platform scales on commodity hardware, makes extensive use of parallel processing and works with GI data in a manner totally different from anything we’ve seen before. Not just that, but how Big Data offers all this at a fraction of the cost of traditional GIS and relational databases. Big Data will finally realise the original vision of OSMM – and when that happens OS will need to change the name!