We are very pleased to share our provisional programme for this year’s GeoForum event on Thursday 28th February 2019 at Lancaster House, Lancaster University, LA1 4GJ.
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 showcase recent geospatial developments at EDINA and opportunity to offer your feedback on the services we provide and discuss geospatial issues with the EDINA team.
10:30 Registration and coffee
10:55 Welcome – EDINA
11:00 CEH Land Cover© Plus: Crops – Highly accurate satellite-based crop maps, production and use – Dan Morton and John Redhead, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
11:30 Landmark and Higher Education – Rick Crowhurst, Public Sector Manager, Landmark Information Group
12:00 OpenStreetMap: what is it and how did it get there? – Steve Chilton, Chair of Society of Cartographers and OSM Advocate and Contributor
12:40 EDINA Update – EDINA
14:00 Mapping from Collins Bartholomew – Kenneth Gibson
14:15 Ordnance Survey and Higher Education – Nick Groome, External Research Manager, Ordnance Survey
14:30 Intelligent Marine and Coastal Mapping data – Katie Eades, Marketing Coordinator, OceanWise Ltd
14:45 More than just rocks: smart ways to use geological data – British Geological Survey
15:15 Solutions to GeoSpatial Challenges – Jake Lauder, Business Development Manager, Getmapping plc
15:30 Q&A – Ask EDINA anything!
As advertised earlier this year, the previous versions of Roam and Data Download will be withdrawn from service on 8th December 2018.
Since we understand that transition from one version to another takes time, both new and old versions have been running in parallel for many months now. The upgraded Roam and Data Download applications have been available since November 2017 and June 2018 respectively. These are both easier to use, more flexible on a range of devices and offer a more modern, slick user experience. Feedback on both has been very positive. Full instructions on how to use the new applications are available in the Digimap help pages. The data available remains identical.
New versions of Roam and Data Download
We continue to work to improve the facilities Digimap offers and hope to have some new developments avaliable over the coming months. If you have any questions about the withdrawal of the two older applications or any feedback or requests regarding the new applications, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are very pleased to confirm the date and venue for our next GeoForum event and invite you to join us for an interesting programme, with a range of speakers and opportunities for discussion.
GeoForum will be on Thursday 28th February 2019 at Lancaster House, on the Lancaster University campus, LA1 4GJ 10.30 am – 4pm.
Please do save the date. We hope to focus on the recent addition of the CEH Land Cover Plus: Crops dataset to Environment Digimap, Global Digimap and the OpenStreetMap data as well as mapping data for Northern Ireland.
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 showcase recent geospatial developments at EDINA and opportunity to offer your feedback on the services we provide and discuss geospatial issues with the EDINA team. The confirmed programme will be posted here when available.
We are delighted to announce that Environment Digimap now offers the CEH Land Cover® Plus: Crops dataset. CEH Land Cover® Plus: Crops has been produced by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in partnership with Remote Sensing Applications Consultants and provides annually updated arable crop information for the whole of Great Britain.
Environment Digimap is the only platform dedicated to the academic sector offering this data. CEH Land Cover® Plus: Crops data is available for both 2016 and 2017. Environment Digimap’s Roam application has the new datasets displayed as alternative basemaps, allowing you to compare the two years side by side using the “2-up” map function. The opacity slider also enables the underlying context map to be viewed easily.
The Info Tool also enables you to query the Crops data, giving information about the crop name, code, the polygon identifier and the coordinates of the point chosen. All other functions in Roam operate as usual, including the ability to annotate measure and print. The Map Content is also available in the left hand panel to help you identify crop types.
The CEH Land Cover® Plus: Crops data is also available to download from Environment Download. Select your area of interest as usual, add the Crop data to your basket and select from File Geodatabase or GeoPackage as optional formats. You can also choose to select individual crop layers rather than the full suite if you wish.
If your institution has a subscription to Environment Digimap, this dataset is available at no additional charge. If your institution does not have a subscription to Environment Digimap, prices and details of the subscription process can be found on our website.*
*Please note that in order to place a subscription order you must be a suitably authorised member of staff. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 0131 650 3302
Any user of Marine Digimap might be interested in this workshop, being held in London by our marine data partner, OceanWise Ltd. We are pleased to be able to share this opportunity with you. If you’re interested in attending, please contact OceanWise directly (contact details below).
OceanWise are running their popular Marine Data Management and GIS Workshop on 27th November 2018
This free event is back and is bigger and better than ever covering ‘What is data and why should we care’? ‘Why should data be seen as infrastructure?’ ‘Smart Ports – a myth or reality?’.
Join industry experts, share your experiences and learn how GIS technologies can successfully deliver savings in time, effort and money. Take part in the debate on open data and network with contacts from a range of industries and sectors.
Program, speakers, full event details and registration at www.whereyourdatamatters.com.
This event is free to attend but is limited to 70 delegates so please register now to avoid disappointment.
Events page and registration at www.whereyourdatamatters.com.
Please note that student places will be limited and will be issued on a first come first serve basis.
OceanWise Ltd is an independent company specialising in all aspects of marine environmental data acquisition, data and knowledge management and GIS providing customers with comprehensive and cost effective end-to-end marine and coastal data management and decision support including:
- Intelligent Marine Mapping (Raster Charts, Raster Charts XL, Marine Themes and Marine Themes DEM)
- Marine Data Management Policy and Strategy Advice and Training
- Enterprise GIS and Productivity Tools (Maritime Toolbar and Workflow Extensions)
- Environmental Data Sharing and Publishing (Ocean Database and Port-Log.net)
It is the start of a new academic year and we have introduced few new things for you to see in Digimap:
A New Home Page
Digimap has a new home page! It may look a little different, but it works in exactly the same way as the previous version. Responding to feedback from the community we have provided more detail about each collection in the left hand panel, including preview images of the data. Roam and Data Download are easy to find under each Collection’s tab.
We are very proud to announce the launch of our new Global Digimap collection. This is a new service, developed in response to requests for international data. Initially Global Digimap will offer OpenStreetMap data but our objective is to develop the collection in partnership with the user community, so user feedback will shape both the content and functionality. In return for this engagement, access to Global Digimap will be free of charge until July 2019.
We have asked all the Digimap Site Reps if they would like access to the service, if you can’t access Global Download then speak to your site rep about getting your institution switched on: List of Digimap Site Reps
There is a blog post with more detail about the Global Digimap Service.
Upgrade for Data Download
Following a lengthy beta phase, we have promoted the beta version of Data Download to a production service and this is now the default Data Download application for all Collections. Ever mindful that work flows, and teaching and promotion materials may need updating as a result, we will continue to run the previous versions of both Roam and Data Download until the end of the year. All saved maps and data download histories are available in both new and old versions.
Digimap is now operating under new licences for 2018/19 so all registered users are required to accept the new terms. This is a simple process which happens when you first log in. No re-registration is required and all saved maps and data download histories remain available as before.
Digimap is launching a fresh, new-look home page on 1st August 2018. All the functionality of the current page will still be available and easy to find, but the new page will look like this:
Links to each Digimap Collection run horizontally across the top of the page, rather than vertically down the left hand side, leaving room for future developments.
As with the current homepage, login is possible either using the login button in the top right corner or by accessing each Roam or Data Download application directly.
There is also now a bold image illustrating the maps and data in each collection, making it clear what to expect when you access the service.
“Access maps and data in just two clicks: select the collection first, then the application you need.”
The left hand column has expanded to include more information about the maps and data in each collection. It also provides more detail on how to access the maps and data and easier links to help information. Our objective was to provide a better insight into the content of each Collection, inspiring ideas and showcasing some of the data available.
Access to Roam and Data Download will continue to be easy using the big buttons on the right hand side. You will also be able to access previous versions of applications, as you can now, below the current versions, and the existing user registration system remains unchanged. We have endeavoured to make better use of the space on each page, offering a fresh new look while maintaining a clear and easy route to access all facilities.
As ever, we welcome any feedback on Digimap:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 0131 650 3302
- Twitter: @EDINA_Digimap
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/EDINADigimap
The data available through Marine Digimap is changing on 1 August 2018.
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.
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:
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 0131 650 3302
- Facebook: http://facebook.com/EDINADigimap
- Twitter: @EDINA_Digimap
*Note that the Locate Me function may not work using Internet Explorer 11