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App of the week for journalists – OS Grid Converter

App of the week: OS Crid Converter

Operating systems: Apple. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Cost: free

Why is it so good?

Simplicity. No requirement to do anything apart from launching the app.

What is it and how is it of use to journalists?

Enables a journalist to give a precise location in a common format (an OS map reference) to their news desk. It is especially useful for a location away from named roads. The app also has ability to cross reference to the Google Maps app.

What does it allow you to do?

Using the data from your phone it will very simply show you your location in:
OS format (the UK Ordnance Survey maps system);
OSGB36 (The reference system used by the above);
WGS84 (The international reference coordination system used by GPS).

Reviews: It gets 4+ stars in Apple’s iTunes store

Tipster: @Dishgimp

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