Ordnance Survey Invents Toids, Reticulates Splines

The Ordnance Survey is developing a new mapping system that will have a profound impact on everything from insurance rates to trip planning. The key? Something called a toid, says the Grauniad:

The word toid does not yet appear in any dictionary, but it will soon. Toids are the central feature of the most comprehensive mapping system of any country in the world, giving government, local authorities, police, fire and ambulance an accurate picture to within a metre of every feature in the landscape — including items as small as speed humps.

Via Things Magazine, back from holidays.