Jul 182018
 

The data available through Marine Digimap is changing on 1 August 2018.

Image of OceanWise Marine Themes vector data

(c) British Crown and OceanWise, 2018. All rights reserved. Licence number EK001-20180802. Not to be used for navigation.

From 1st August 2018, Marine Digimap will offer data from OceanWise Ltd., specialists in marine environmental data. The new data offers almost identical content and will be available for both mapping and data download. Regular data updates will also be supplied.

The data currently available (until 31 July 2018) is licensed by SeaZone, whose data products have been discontinued for both new sales and renewals. This means that the SeaZone data cannot be provided beyond the end of current licences.

Watch this space for more information about the data change. As ever, we are happy to answer any questions you may have. Our contact details are below.

 

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 July 18, 2018  Posted by at 3:24 pm Digimap News Comments Off on Marine Digimap: data changes for August 2018
Jun 062018
 

We are delighted to announce that a new version of Digimap’s Data Download is now available.   This is a “beta” version so we will keep the current interface running while you explore the new improved service. We know that teaching and support materials may need to be updated so we hope that a transition period will help.

Data Download takes it’s new fresh-faced look from the recent updates to Roam, Digimap’s mapping facility.  The search bar is now at the top left hand side and all the action happens in the variable width side panel below it.  A big improvement is that you now have more ways to specify the area of data you need. In addition to defining a rectangle, you can now create an irregular polygon as your area of interest or a buffer zone from a point or line that you define. We’ve also added a “Locate Me” button* to help you easily find data for the area local to you.

The panel on the left now shows a straightforward and easy-to-use list of all available data and shows more clearly how much data can be selected in a single request, along with the availability grids for each product.

As ever, you can add multiple products to any data order, selecting the format, version and date from the basket prior to submitting your order.  As a new feature, you can now request your data to be sent to you as a single download, or for each dataset to be sent as soon as it’s ready.

Remember Digimap has a lot of previous versions of several datasets, dating back to 1999 in some cases. If you are interested in data for a specific date, use the Version drop down menu in the basket to access the archives.

We welcome any feedback you may have on the new interface;  please get in touch:

*Note that the Locate Me function may not work using Internet Explorer 11

 June 6, 2018  Posted by at 5:46 pm Digimap News, New Features, Of Interest Tagged with:  Comments Off on Fresh faced new Data Download
May 252018
 

In line with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which come into effect on Friday 25th May 2018, we have updated our Privacy Policy for Digimap. You can find a copy of it here:

http://digimap.edina.ac.uk/webhelp/digimapsupport/about.htm#access/privacypolicy.htm

This document describes what personal information we collect and how we use that information.

If you would like us to contact you with information about new products and services EDINA may offer you can check your communication preferences by logging in to Digimap, going to My Digimap in the top right hand corner and selecting Change User Details.

 

We will still send you important service related messages, such as the addition of new data products, maintenance periods and the introduction of new functions and features. If you choose to unsubscribe from one of our emails, though, you may not get these messages

 May 25, 2018  Posted by at 3:00 pm Digimap News Comments Off on Privacy Policy Update
May 172018
 

You can now search and download the imagery data from Aerial Digimap by the year it was flown.

This allows you to be sure that you are downloading only the latest data, but it also allows you to download multiple images for the same location taken on different dates. We currently have data from 1998 through to 2016, with more English and Welsh images coming for 2016. When you are in Aerial Download you can see the extents of each year using the Show Availability Grid tool on the right side of the map as shown in the image above.

There is a table below detailing how many 1x1km images there are for each year, with the majority coming from 2013 to 2016, but some of the older images will be very useful to compare to the newer ones where they overlap:

Year Number of Images
1998 165
2000 855
2001 891
2002 75
2003 11
2005 423
2006 4,620
2007 7,799
2008 5,757
2009 25,066
2010 35,607
2011 18,642
2012 16,619
2013 54,534
2014 71,404
2015 81,378
2016 18,769

 

Here are two images of Lerwick taken 8 years apart:

Lerwick 2008 from Aerial Digimap

Lerwick 2008 from Aerial Digimap.

Lerwick 2016 from Aerial Digimap

Lerwick 2016 from Aerial Digimap.

As you can see there has been construction in the West of the area with new buildings and car parks added.

We hope that you find the ability to make this sort of comparison useful for your research. If you have any questions about this or any other aspects of the Digimap service then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • Email: edina@ed.ac.uk
  • Phone: 0131 650 3302
 May 17, 2018  Posted by at 10:32 am Data Changes & Additions, Digimap News, New Features, Of Interest Tagged with: , ,  Comments Off on Aerial Imagery Data available by Year
May 112018
 

EDINA is very pleased to announce that Digimap Roam will be updated on Thursday 17th May 2018 to the new version currently available as beta. This change will apply to all Digimap Collections.  The beta version has been available since November 2017 and as a result of feedback we have continued to improve it, adding some useful new features:

  • A “locate me” button – puts a pin on the map according to your current location
  • A “coordinate capture” tool – under Map Information, allows you to click a point and copy/paste the coordinates into other applications
  • A Variable width side panel to offer a larger map window

We are very excited about the new Roam, which has a fresher feel and a more modern look; it’s tablet-friendly with tools that are easier to find and use.  All the main functions are located in the top left hand area, with a pull-out side panel ensuring maximum visibility of the map.

The new version of Roam will appear at the top of the list of applications in each Collection and will be labelled “Updated”. The previous version for each Collection will still be available until 31st July 2018:

We will be running a webinar about the new version of Roam on Wednesday 23 May from 1- 2pm. You can register for this here http://edina.ac.uk/training-and-events. Places are limited, but the webinar will be recorded and available to view later on our YouTube channel. Help pages for the new version of Roam will also be available.

As ever, we welcome feedback on Digimap. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch using any of our social media channels or use our email address or telephone number:

 May 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:25 pm Digimap News, New Features, Service Availability Tagged with: ,  Comments Off on Updating Roam: 17 May 2018
Mar 302018
 
new building height coverage

Building Height Coverage

Ordnance Survey have released nearly 5000 extra 5km squares of building height data, with the total coverage increasing from 2578 to 7302. Each square has at least one building with height attributes added, with most fully covered. We have added this data to Digimap’s Data Download facility allowing you easy access to the data you need.

The Building Heights data is available from Data Download in a range of formats created especially for Digimap users. The most straightforward to use are DWG, File Geodatabase and KML which can be viewed directly in CAD, GIS and Google Earth respectively. You can also take the data as a CSV list that can be joined to the attribute table of any existing MasterMap Building data you have, using the TOID identifier. This means that you don’t have to recreate your project work with new data if you have already spent a lot of time working on it; as long as the buildings still have a TOID in their attribute data you can add the height information to it.

The Building Heights data is ideal for anyone working with the MasterMap data in 3D and has a range of applications in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Modelling, Archaeological Reconstructions and many more different disciplines. Here are a couple of examples:

OS MasterMap Topography Layer Building Height Attribute data on top of OS Terrain 5 Contours

OS MasterMap Topography Layer Building Height Attribute data on top of OS Terrain 5 Contours

 

3D model using Aerial Imagery, OS Terrain 5 DTM and MasterMap Building Height Attribute

3D model using Aerial Imagery, OS Terrain 5 DTM and MasterMap Building Heights Data

 

 March 30, 2018  Posted by at 10:43 am Data Changes & Additions, Digimap News, Of Interest Tagged with: , ,  Comments Off on OS MasterMap Building Height Data gets significant update
Mar 292018
 

The Points of Interest (PoI) data is great for research and you can make fantastic looking maps too as we have been showcasing on our twitter account. You have certainly been making the most of it too, with 16,877 PoI downloads being made since May 2015. Here are 3 dot density maps we made to show a single class of PoI data:

Points of Interest: Camping and Caravanning Dot Density mapPoints of Interest: Cattle Grids Dot Density mapPoints of Interest: Allotments Dot Density Map

However until today you had to take all the different classes of points for your specified area and you were limited to taking no more than 10,000 Km2 in a single download. As PoI data is split into 9 groups, 52 categories and over 600 classes (see the full scheme here), we though it would make things easier if we exposed some of this hierarchy in Digimap’s Data Download service.

You can now select one or more of the groups or categories to download, taking some of the data processing load off you and making your downloads more manageable. Being able to filter the features in your download by group or category means smaller downloads so we have also removed the limit on the area you can take; you can now take the whole country in one download if you want.

One note of caution though, the PoI data has around 4.5 million records and is over 1gb in size as a simple CSV file. So if you are taking national coverage you may want to only take one group or a few categories to minimise the amount of data you are dealing with.

To select a group or category of features simply add PoI data to your basket then use the drop down menu in the layers column to choose what you are interested in.

Points of Interest data in the digimap download basket

We hope that you find this change really improves the accessibility of the Points of Interest data, we look forward to seeing some of the interesting analyses and maps you produce!

 March 29, 2018  Posted by at 4:24 pm Data Changes & Additions, Digimap News, New Features Tagged with: , ,  Comments Off on Points of Interest now easier to download
Mar 272018
 

Bush HouseEDINA were delighted to co-host an event with King’s College London exploring the benefits of Digimap.  We were joined by a full complement of staff and students from both King’s College and other neighbouring universities at the impressive Bush House, and would like to offer our warmest thanks to staff at King’s College for making the arrangements.

We heard two fascinating talks from Dr Stuart Dunn (KCL) and Dr Stuart Brookes (UCL).  Dr Dunn talked about the identification and mapping of corpse roads by combining different types of data from a variety of sources, including historical texts and map data from Digimap. These ancient pathways exist in several areas of the country but their location is shrouded in the mists of folklore.

 

 

Dr Brookes gave a fabulous insight into how our reading of historical landscapes can explain and inform the development of our country today and how maps and spatial data play a key part in this analysis. Not only can this analysis explain the past but can also begin to predict future developments.  In particular he demonstrated how spatial data has assisted in demonstrating how ancient roads have impacted the growth of modern day transport networks and urban areas.

 

 

EDINA’s Director, Janet Roberts, gave a short talk about the value of Digimap and the use of data, highlighting particularly the importance of data skills to graduate employability and economic activity in both the short and medium term.

Both Dr Dunn and Dr Brookes have made use of a range of data from Digimap in their research and demonstrated the immense value that Digimap can bring to so many aspects of research and teaching. Having a wide range of data available in one place, with support available from EDINA, makes maps and map data easily accessible and usable for all staff and students from any discipline, novice and expert user alike.

This event was held in part to help broaden the use of Digimap at King’s College into more departments. There is a recognition that Digimap is a key resource at a high level at King’s College…

“An astonishing resource to have available which could be useful to all sorts of surprising research and teaching contexts across the faculty”

Professor Simon Tanner, Pro Vice Dean (Impact & Innovation), Arts & Humanities

… so we were very happy to do what we could to help. If you would like to showcase your own use of Digimap and promote the use of maps and spatial data throughout your institution, please get in touch (edina@ed.ac.uk). We look forward to co-hosting other similar events elsewhere.

 March 27, 2018  Posted by at 5:05 pm Digimap News, Training & Events Tagged with:  Comments Off on Digimap for Digital Humanities: An event at King’s College London
Mar 152018
 

EDINA is pleased to announce a new schedule of webinar dates. Some topics have yet to be confirmed. Please book a place….just click any webinar to go to the booking page.

If you have suggestions for other webinar topics relating to Digimap, please drop us a line on edina@ed.ac.uk or 0131 650 3302.

 March 15, 2018  Posted by at 12:51 pm Digimap News, Training & Events Tagged with: , ,  Comments Off on New Digimap Webinar Schedule