ecls

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 »
Apr 182013
 

Since the addition of new print functions to Roam, it is now easier to print a map showing the whole of Great Britain.

Print Interface for getting a National View GB Map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2013
[Click to enlarge]

  •  Log in to Digimap and click on Roam in the Ordnance Survey Collection.
  • Use the slider bar in the upper right corner of the map to zoom in once to show the National View.  Don’t change the position of the map itself.
  • Click the Print button on the top toolbar (top right hand corner)
  • Set the print scale to 1:1.1 million (1:1100000)
  • Choose A0 portrait and an appropriate format from the drop-down lists (PDF will generate reasonably quickly)
  • Now click-and-drag the preview map directly upwards (north) so that Arbroath (shown on the east coast of Scotland) is at the very top edge of the preview map.
  • Click Generate Print File
  • The resultant file in PDF format will be around 2.9MB

 

If you prefer to use a different map product, you could use the following variations on the above instructions:

Print Interface for getting a Regional View GB map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2013
[Click to enlarge]

  • Zoom in twice on the map using the slider bar (to view the County View map). Again, don’t change the location of the map.
  • In the print interface, set your scale to 1:1,100,000 and your paper size to A0 portrait, as previously
  • Now drag the map northwards so that the town of Lauder sits just below the top edge of the preview map.
  • This file in PDF format will be around 11MB

 

 

 

 

These instructions may need some minor alterations depending on your monitor resolution. You may find you need to drag the map either a little more or a little less further north in order to see both Shetland and the Scilly Isles on your printed map.

 

 April 18, 2013  Posted by at 10:00 am Digimap News, New Features, Of Interest No Responses »
Mar 262013
 

The functionality and datasets offered by MasterMap Download and Boundary Download are now available through the standard Data Download application. This can be found in the Download OS mapping data section of Digimap’s Ordnance Survey Collection.

This means that both MasterMap Download and Boundary Download will be withdrawn at the end of May 2013.

Download Withdrawl Notice

If you have teaching materials or course notes which are currently based on the old MasterMap Download and Boundary Download applications, please make sure you update them before these facilities are withdrawn.

If you have any concerns about this or any other issue then please contact us:

  • Email: edina@ed.ac.uk
  • Tel: 0131 650 3302
Sep 122012
 

Geologists and others with an interest in Hutton’s Unconformity might be interested in a statement by The Geological Society regarding a proposal to construct a pump house and pipeline 150m to the east of the SSSI area at Siccar Point:

The Geological Society – Proposal to construct a waste pipeline near Siccar Point, Berwickshire

You can see some photographs of Hutton’s Unconformity at Siccar Point by logging in to Geology Roam and searching for “Siccar Point”.  Zoom in to the largest scale map and click on the Geological Photos button above the top right hand corner of the map. Then click on the camera icons on the map to see each photograph.

Geology Roam showing photo of Siccar Point

Geology Roam showing photo of Siccar Point, the location of Hutton’s Unconformity

 


 September 12, 2012  Posted by at 4:08 pm Digimap News, Of Interest No Responses »
Apr 142011
 
GA-GOLD-small

EDINA are delighted to announce that the new Digimap for Schools service has been awarded the GOLD Certificate for the best overall resource in the the Geographical Association’s 2011 Publishers’ Awards.

The GA Publishers’ Awards aim to recognise material which is likely to make a significant contribution to geography in primary schools, secondary schools or colleges, and to encourage the creative development of new materials. Further information about the awards can be found here: http://www.geography.org.uk/news/publishersawards/

OS MasterMap in Digimap for Schools

OS MasterMap available through Digimap for Schools

The Award was presented at the Geographical Association’s Annual Conference at the University of Surrey, Guildford on Thursday 14th April 2011 to EDINA’s Director Peter Burnhill and Ordnance Survey’s Director General and CEO, Vanessa Lawrence.

Peter Burnhill said, “This Gold Certification from the Geography Association Publishers is  splendid recognition for all those who have worked together on Digimap for Schools to bring Ordnance Survey mapping into the classroom.

“At EDINA, which is based at the University of Edinburgh, we aim to  live up to your expectations and do for primary and secondary schools  what we have done so successfully for universities and colleges,  encouraging love of maps as well as helping to prepare students for the future.”

About Digimap for Schools
Digimap for Schools is a joint venture between EDINA (University of Edinburgh), Ordnance Survey and JISC Collections and provides easy access to a wide range of current Ordnance Survey maps including national coverage of OS MasterMap, Landranger and Explorer series. Also included are street level maps showing street names and road-atlas style maps.

Subscribing schools can use a seamless digital map of Great Britain at each scale available. Maps can be printed as PDF files at A3 or A4 size and in landscape or portrait orientation. Maps can be printed with an individual’s own map title and name included with the scale bar and school name and address. Search tools include postcode, place name or national grid reference and maps can be moved to centre on any chosen location within Great Britain. Map keys are available for each scale map to explain the symbols used within the map.

For information about Digimap for Schools, how to subscribe and links to a free trial demonstration version of the service, please check the following links:

Mar 092011
 

EDINA has been asked to post the following request for assistance from Ordnance Survey regarding the usability of particular datasets. Please follow the links below if you can help.

You may remember a similar survey being conducted in June 2010. This latest survey refers to different datasets.

Hello,

My name is Michael Brown and I work for the Ordnance Survey research department. My work includes the development and application of methods to improve the usability of OS products. I am currently exploring the use of questionnaires to evaluate the usability of our products and guide their further development. If you have any experience of the following Ordnance Survey products please follow the links provided and complete the questionnaire. Each should only take a few minutes to complete, and I would appreciate it if you could complete as many as you can.

OS MasterMap® Integrated Transport Network Layer™
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OSMM-ITN

OS MasterMap® Topography Layer
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OSMM-Topo

OS OpenData™ Boundary-Line™
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OSOD-BL

If you have any questions feel free to contact me. Thank you for your time.

Dr. Michael Brown
Usability Specialist
Research, L1F2, Ordnance Survey
Adanac Drive, SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, SO16 0AS
michael.brown@ordnancesurvey.co.uk

 March 9, 2011  Posted by at 4:44 pm Consultations, Of Interest Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Feb 232011
 

You can now follow the EDINA Digimap service on Facebook and Twitter, as well as keeping up to date here on our blog. Our Twitter feed can be found on @EDINA_Digimap and our Facebook page is at: http://www.facebook.com/edinadigimap

We will be posting news about the Digimap service, forthcoming events, service maintenance operations and new features and functions, all of which may be of interest to Digimap users. Don’t forget you can also start your own discussions about Digimap on the Facebook page and you can leave comments or queries on the blog.

If you click Like at the bottom of the left hand column on the Facebook page or follow us on Twitter you will be kept up-to-date with all the latest news.

 February 23, 2011  Posted by at 4:09 pm Digimap News No Responses »
Feb 212011
 

On Tuesday 1st March, EDINA will be updating the metadata for the historical maps in Historic Digimap. The metadata changes will affect only the Scottish County Series maps and will mean that some maps will appear to “move decade”. More details of the implications of these changes are given below.

Accuracy of publication dates

When the maps were originally scanned, the detailed marginalia on the original paper map sheets was not captured at the same time. The marginalia contained information such as the survey year, publication year, re-publication year (if applicable) and surveyor name. During the digitisation process only one year from the marginalia was recorded; it is assumed this was the publication year but there was always some uncertainty around this.

A joint project between EDINA and the National Library of Scotland (NLS) was undertaken to digitise the marginalia of the original paper copies of the historical maps held by NLS. The metadata captured included the Survey Year and Publication Year. Until now, the survey year of all maps in Historic Digimap was unknown. We now have the survey year for a significant number (but not all) of the County Series maps for Scotland at both 1:2500 and 1:10 560 scales.

The significance of this project to Historic Digimap is that we can now use the more accurate and reliable publication dates for many of the County Series maps to improve the mapping and download facilities offered. In order to make use of the new NLS publication dates, these were matched with the original metadata using a series of rigorous database queries and manual processing.

How many maps have changed?

Consequently, around 35,000 County Series map tiles* (18%) now have survey years. Of these, around 28,000 tiles also have a more accurate publication date. In the majority of cases (over 70%) the publication date has only changed by a year or two. For nearly 2,000 tiles the change in publication date is more than 10 years, with the largest single change being 39 years. For those tiles which have not had updates to the survey year, the Landmark publication year used remains unchanged.

So what does this mean for Ancient Roam and Historic Download?

Nothing has changed in Historic Download in terms of how historical maps can be found and downloaded, but the updated publication dates will be reflected in dates provided on the order summary page in the downloader. These will be more accurate and reliable than previously.

For Ancient Roam, there are some more significant effects. The publication date is used to determine which maps are visible in each decade given in the timeline along the top of the map screen.

Many of the maps for which the publication date has changed by one or two years will remain within the same decade and therefore will not be affected. However, for some maps a change of a year or two in the publication date may be enough to shift the map from one decade to another. For example, a map previously thought to have been published in 1889 but now known to have been published in 1901, originally appeared in the 1890s decade but now appears in the 1900s decade.

Where there have been more significant changes in the publication date some have resulted in entirely new decades being available in the timeline for particular areas. For example, in Forfarshire there were two County Series editions in the 1890s. This was because maps originally published in the 1860s and 1870s were re-published in the 1890s. So where no maps appeared for Forfarshire in 1860/70s, they do now!

Other maps with significant publication date changes tend to be odd outlying tiles that for some reason had a significantly different date from neighbouring tiles. This means that some odd ‘holes’ have been filled.

How do I find out the map date source?

In addition to the new survey and publication data information, the Map Details information box will also be updated. A new icon has been added to the tool bar to access the map information and the information box styling has been updated in keeping with the other Digimap Roam clients. Three new attributes have been added to the Map Details information: Year Surveyed (where applicable), Sheet Title (where applicable) and Date Source. The Date Source information will tell you whether the publication year came from the original Landmark data or the NLS metadata.

While these changes to Scottish County Series maps means that the per decade classification is now different, the changes mean that the dates are now more accurate. Our thanks go to the National Library of Scotland for their hard work on this project.

The updates to Historic Digimap will take effect on the evening of 1 March 2011.

*Map tiles refers to the ‘cookie-cut’ National Grid versions of the maps, not the original County Sheets

 February 21, 2011  Posted by at 11:12 am Data Changes & Additions, New Features Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »