A map with a view data competition Q&A session

2 August 2022, 2.00 PM - 2 August 2022, 3.00 PM

Hybrid event via zoom (please register on EventBrite below) and in person at Royal Fort House, The Library Room (underneath the staircase), University of Bristol, BS8 1UH

The Jean Golding Institute would like to invite you to come along and ask questions regarding this data competition in association with the Ordnance Survey (OS).

This will be a hybrid event via zoom (please register on EventBrite) and in person at Royal Fort House, The Library Room (underneath the staircase), University of Bristol, BS8 1UH.

The challenge

Each of us has a preference as to what makes a place a good one to visit. It might be somewhere near to a lake or stream, or with access to open fields or woodland. Perhaps the location is at a high elevation with a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside, or maybe it is somewhere rich in historical importance or cultural heritage. We’d like you to use our geospatial data to identify such places and make an app or a visualisation to allow someone to discover places of particular interest to them.


Ordnance Survey have a set of open data products which you could use in this task. These are available from the OS data hub, as downloadable files in various formats. Some of the open datasets are also available via our APIs. Examples include:

OS Open Zoomstack

A comprehensive basemap of Great Britain showing coverage from national level right down to street detail.

OS Terrain® 50

A free to use topology GIS dataset to help you visualise simple landscapes in 3D.

DownloadsOS Data Hub and OS Data Hub Explorer

What are we looking for?

We are looking for applications, data visualisations, interactive notebooks or storymaps that help users discover personalised regions of interest based on their individual preferences. In addition to the way these results are presented to users we are also interested in the approach taken to develop the underlying model used to inform recommendations.


The winner of the competition will receive £1,000, and the two runners-up will each receive £250. The prizes are sponsored by the University of Bristol in partnership with The Alan Turing Institute.

Competition rules

  • The competition is being run by the Jean Golding Institute, in association with OS.
  • The competition opens on 27th June 2022.
  • The competition is open to all individuals over the age of 18 at the time of entry. Individuals or teams can enter. Teams can have up to five members.
  • Anyone can enter, but to be considered for a prize, teams must have at least one member who is a current staff member or student at the University of Bristol.
  • The Jean Golding Institute and OS have the rights to publicly disseminate any entries (but contestants will be appropriately credited as the creators of any content and retain their rights to the work).
  • Participants may use any type of analysis to process the data and may include other sources of open data, but entries must primarily use OS open data.
  • The teams that wish to showcase their solutions in the future will need to refer to the competition as follows: ‘This work was undertaken as part of a data challenge organised by the Jean Golding Institute for Data-Intensive Research at the University of Bristol, in association with the Ordnance Survey (OS)’.
  • The winning teams will be invited to attend future Jean Golding Institute events to showcase their work (online or in-person).
  • The final deadline for entries midnight, Sunday 21st August 2022.

Judging criteria

We are looking for something we can use to showcase the potential of these datasets to our stakeholders and the wider public.
The entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Potential value of the insight generated by the work
  • Innovativeness of the work
  • The extent to which the presentation of the work is clear and engaging.


Teams agree for their submissions to be displayed online and in future public engagement events.

Entry Format

Entries should be in the form of an application or data visualisation (ideally interactive), accompanied by . The form requires 300 words explaining the story behind the submission and 200 words describing the process by which it was made – this text will be displayed alongside the submission in the online gallery.

We do not require a specific file format for the application or visualisation, but please choose an open, non-proprietary format, such that it can be viewed online. For single-page applications/web apps a publicly accessible URL should be provided as part of the submission.

Where possible, we encourage all entrants to make open any code used to clean, analyse or visualise the data, or to share this privately as part of their entry.

How to submit your entry

Please send your data visualisation entry along with your completed entry form to jgi-admin@bristol.ac.uk by midnight, Sunday 21st August 2022.


For any further questions about the competition or the data set, please email ask-jgi@bristol.ac.uk.

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