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Oct 062017
 

On 3rd October 2017, we released a Beta version of a new Roam mapping client for Digimap’s Ordnance Survey Collection.  OS Roam – Beta is available next to the existing version, simply log in to the Digimap service and select Ordnance Survey Collection to view the new beta version:

OS Roam - Beta

Whilst the functionality remains the same, we hope you agree that the look and feel of the interface is more modern. The majority of functions are available from a new menu panel down the left hand side, which is hidden by default, maximising the area available for the main map element.

There are some issues we are aware of in this version, which we are working on, for example, some elements can be slow using Internet Explorer and Edge.

New versions of the Roam applications in all other collections will be available in due course. Both new and old versions will run side by side for an extended period of time to give users the opportunity to get used to the new interface.

We would encourage you to try the beta version and we welcome any feedback you have.

  • Email: edina@ed.ac.uk
 October 6, 2017  Posted by at 9:35 am Digimap News, New Features, Of Interest Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
Sep 292017
 

We are pleased to announce a new webinar series for Digimap over the coming months.  These short sessions are free to attend and are available to any Digimap user, whether staff, student or researcher.  You will need to register to attend each webinar. Bookings will open a couple of weeks before each webinar is scheduled. The majority of the webinars will be recorded and made available via our Digimap YouTube channel for those who were unable to attend.

  • 11 October: Learn about… Aerial Digimap (bookings now open)
  • 18 October: Learn about… Digimap copyright and licensing (bookings now open)
  • 25 October: Update for Digimap site representatives (bookings now open)
  • 01 November:  New Roam preview
  • 15 November: Learn about… Using CAD with Digimap data
  • 29 November: Learn about… Using ArcGIS with Digimap data
  • 13 December: Learn about… Using QGIS with Digimap data

All webinars will run from 13:00-13:30.

Previous webinar recordings, along with slides and Q&A transcripts can be viewed on the webinar materials page.

 September 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:47 pm Digimap News, Of Interest, Training & Events Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
Jun 012017
 

We are now taking bookings for EDINA’s GeoForum 2017 with this year’s event being held at the Geological Society, London on Thursday 22nd June.

Reserve your place now:

GeoForum 2017 Booking

GeoForum is a free all day event aimed at lecturers, researchers and support staff who promote and support the use of geospatial data and services at their institution. Throughout the day we there will be talks and demonstrations to inform you of current geospatial developments at EDINA and the wider community. It is also an opportunity to offer feedback on the services EDINA provides and discuss geospatial issues with the team.

This year we will be introducing some new features to the Digimap Collections and looking at future developments. Come along to have your say and find out more!

Full details of this years event will and the programme will appear on the GeoForum website when available; you can also find out what happened at last year’s event: GeoForum 2016.

  • Location: the Geological Society, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD
  • Time: 10:00 till 16:00
  • Booking: GeoForum 2017 Booking

Please contact us if you have any questions:

  • Email: edina@ed.ac.uk
 June 1, 2017  Posted by at 10:31 am Digimap News, Of Interest Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Apr 202017
 

Service "At Risk".

Digimap will be making use of an extended “at risk” period on Tuesday 16th May 2017 and will be UNAVAILABLE between 08.30 and 12.00 hours.

We will endeavour to restore full service as quickly as possible. However, during this period it will not be possible to log in to Digimap or to retrieve requested data.  Any data orders submitted which have not completed prior to the outage will be continue to process once the service has been restored.

 April 20, 2017  Posted by at 4:56 pm Digimap News No Responses »
Apr 052017
 

meridian withdrawl

In March 2017 Ordnance Survey withdrew the Meridian 2 dataset from their portfolio.  It remains available within Digimap, but has moved within the Data Download application from Vector Data to the Withdrawn Datasets category.

Both national and tiled coverages are still available here.  Documentation about this dataset can also be found in the help pages: Meridian 2 Data

 

 April 5, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 pm Data Changes & Additions, Digimap News Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Jan 092017
 
Aerial imagery: giraffes at Chester Zoo

Aerial imagery: Giraffes at Chester Zoo

EDINA will be running a free webinar about Aerial Digimap on Wednesday 25th January at 13:00 – 13:30pm.

Please join us to learn more about Aerial Digimap and the benefits the data can bring to research, teaching and education. The webinar is free, but you will need to register (see link below). Places on the webinar are limited with only 100 available, so book now to secure your place.

Register here:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7136525734914725378

Land Use

Aerial imagery: A solar farm in Wiltshire

In the webinar you will hear about the new Digimap Aerial Collection launched in October 2016.  We will give you a guided tour of the new Aerial Roam application explaining the data and functionality available.

You can read more about the Aerial Digimap service in this previous blog post:

Aerial Digimap – open for subscriptions

Apr 212016
 

We have identified a problem with all print maps generated from Chart Roam.  While the maps on the screen are displayed at the correct scale, when printed the scale is altered and on paper is not what was requested.  The error applies to all map sizes and all print scales, to a greater or lesser extent.  We would advise you to check any prints made from Chart Roam.

As a result we have temporarily disabled the print function in Chart Roam until we are able to implement a solution to the problem. Since the solution is related to third party software used within Digimap, we do not yet have a time-frame for resolution.  As soon as we have further information we will post it here.

In the meantime, we suggest that prints of the HydroView Charts are best obtained by downloading the required chart from Marine Download and printing the required section using alternative desktop software such as PhotoShop.

Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

 April 21, 2016  Posted by at 9:32 am Digimap News No Responses »
Dec 012015
 

In January 2016, the Marine Maps application available through Marine Digimap will be replaced by a new application called Chart Roam.ChartRoam-overview

As it’s name suggests, the new application will offer the same Chart data currently available through Marine Maps.  SeaZone (the data supplier) now call this dataset HydroView Charts.  They were previously referred to as the Charted Raster data.

Chart Roam will operate in the same way as all other Roam clients available, offering slippy maps, 12 fixed scale map views, annotation and measurement tools, as well printing in multiple file formats and sizes up to A0.

A date for release will be advertised in the new year.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact EDINA on edina@ed.ac.uk.

ChartRoam-blog

 December 1, 2015  Posted by at 2:48 pm Digimap News, New Features Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Feb 052014
 

We are often asked whether maps from Digimap may be used in submissions for planning applications.  The answer is no.  This applies to ALL planning applications, regardless of who submits them, to which authority and under what guise.  This includes:

  • students submitting planning applications to a planning authority as part of coursework or work placement schemes
  • all private planning applications (commercial or residential)
  • institutions submitting planning applications for their own premises
  • members of staff who take on consultancy work involving the submission of planning applications

Maps and plans for planning applications can be purchased from many different suppliers. Promap is one such example.  There is also a UK government website called the Planning Portal which can assist with plans and maps.

 

Digimap maps must not be used in planning applications

 

 February 5, 2014  Posted by at 9:55 am Of Interest Tagged with:  No Responses »
Nov 152013
 

We are often asked whether Ordnance Survey maps from Digimap can be published on the web and whether the Digimap licence allows this.  The simple answer is yes, but there are (as always) caveats.  The most obvious one is that any maps from Digimap that you publish on a website must relate to your academic work.  That applies to the use of Digimap, regardless of what you do with the maps or the service.

The section of the Ordnance Survey Licence you need to look at is Schedule 2 of the Second Variation Agreement.  This was originally called Appendix 4 under the original 2007 – 2009 licence, but has since been superseded by the first and second variations.  You can find all the licence documents online here:

http://digimap.edina.ac.uk/webhelp/os/osdigimaphelp.htm#copyright/licence_agreement.htm

Static Images

If you wish to publish a static image on your public-facing, “open to the world” website, you may do so on condition that the image is no bigger than 1 048 576 pixels.  This is the equivalent of a square 1024 x 1024 pixels.

If you wish to publish a static image on an intranet page, that is, a website with access restricted to members of your institution, there are no restrictions on the size of the image you can use.

You can publish as many images as you wish, as long as each one is less than 1 048 657 pixels (1024 x 1024 or equivalent).

Interactive Mapping

A more common and complex question is whether you can put up a “zoomable” map with your own data overlaid on it.  If this is what you wish to do, you need to consider the following stipulations in the licence:

When rendering mapping on a website:

  • Only Digital Maps may be published. Digital Data and mapping in GeoPDF format may not be published at any time.
  • It must only be available as an image and not be accompanied by drawing or measuring tools.
  • It is permissible to zoom in and out to enlarge or reduce the viewing scale of a discrete map image but not to change from one dataset to another of higher/lower resolution.
  • It is permissible to pan to the edge of a discrete map image (where the ‘viewing frame’ is smaller than the overall image).
  • Digital Maps may be displayed at any size on screen.
  • More than one Digital Map may be included but no single Digital Map may be of a size greater than specified above.

Note that “Digital Maps” is a capitalised term and is specifically defined in the licence agreement. The definition given is: “any or all of the maps created by a Datacentre from the Licensed Work to be used in a Service provided by a Datacentre.”  In essence this means any map created by Digimap which is “non intelligent”.  That is, it contains no vector data, cannot be interrogated to extract data of any sort (in the same way as one might interrogate a satellite image to identify the spectral signature of a particular pixel), and is a dumb image.

Given these stipulations, you are not permitted to use the Ordnance Survey licensed data available through Digimap to display a series of maps using different OS data products which the public can zoom in and out of, pan around the whole country and add their own markers to, in a similar way to many other online mapping services (such as Google Maps or Apple Maps or OpenStreetmap).  Note that this does not apply if you wish to use the OS OpenData, which is also available through Digimap.

Alternative Sources of Mapping

If you do wish to create an interactive mapping function on your website, you might like to consider the alternatives to using licensed Ordnance Survey data.  EDINA operates a free service called OpenStream which provides OS OpenData through an API. You need an academic email address to register for OpenStream (ending .ac.uk) , but it doesn’t cost.  The maps area available under the OS OpenData licence and the licensing terms are therefore much more flexible than the data licensed through Digimap.

As ever, if you have any questions about what you can and cannot do under the Digimap licence, please do not hesitate to contact EDINA with details of what you wish to do, what data you wish to use and who you intend should benefit from your work.  We are keen to hear of licensing questions you would like to see explained further on this blog.

 November 15, 2013  Posted by at 10:00 am Digimap News, Of Interest Tagged with:  No Responses »