Feb 282017
 

This free webinar will briefly cover recent changes to Digimap Collections and offer a summary of copyright issues.

An ideal way for Digimap site reps, or any staff who support Digimap users, to get information on key aspects of Digimap activity.

You will also have the opportunity to ask questions on any aspect of Digimap. Emma and Ian, from EDINA’s Geosupport team, will host the session. Hope you can make it!

Register now!

Presenters:

Emma Diffley, Ian Holmes

Emma and Ian delivering training

EDINA Geosupport team – Emma and Ian

 

 

 

 

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Feb 232017
 
Infraworks3D model

3D model created AutoDesk Infraworks using OS MasterMap Topography Layer and Building Height Attribute

Digimap are running a free webinar, on Wednesday 15th March between 13:00 – 13:30pm.

The webinar is likely to be of interest to architecture staff and students, who use detailed Ordnance Survey urban map data in AutoCAD. We will:

  • show you how to download Ordnance Survey map data from Digimap
  • demonstrate AutoCAD and:
    • Discuss issues relating to the use of the two most popular detailed topographic data products, OS MasterMap and VectorMap Local
    • Give tips on the use of Building Heights data for OS MasterMap.

Registration is required – please note that spaces are limited, so it’s advisable to register early.

Register now!

 

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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

Jan 052017
 

The tables below list the datasets that were updated in December 2016 and at the very start of January 2017. The most significant change is the addition of OS Open Map – Local to Roam, which was covered in an earlier blog post. The other updates bring the data available up to date with the most recent versions published by Ordnance Survey.

 

Cold Christmas, 1:25,000 Colour Raster

Cold Christmas, 1:25,000 Colour Raster

OS Data Download:

Product Name OS Publication Date
1:25,000 Colour Raster December 2016
1:50,000 Colour Raster December 2016
Points of Interest December 2016

 

OS Roam:

Product Name OS Publication Date
OS Open Map – Local December 2016
1:25,000 Colour Raster December 2016
1:50,000 Colour Raster December 2016
OS VectorMap District September 2016

 

The OS data update page is kept up to date with all dataset updates in the collections.

If you have any questions about the dataset updates or Digimap please contact us:

  • Phone: 0131 650 3302
  • Email: edina@ed.ac.uk
Dec 222016
 

OS Open Map – Local (OML) was recently added to the Digimap Roam application, giving users the ability to create maps online with a detailed, vector open dataset. OML is the most detailed vector mapping product available from Ordnance Survey as Open Data. We have added this dataset to the following map views in Digimap Roam:

Map View Default Print Scale
Neighbourhood View 1:10,000
Street View 1:5,000
Detailed View 1:2,500

The dataset is rich in features and includes detailed building outlines and Car Charging Points, which are sourced from the National Charge Registry.

OS Open Map - Local showing Coventry City Centre

OS Open Map – Local showing Coventry City Centre

Ordnance Survey first released OML as a beta product in March 2015 and Digimap users have been able to download this dataset via the Data Download application since April 2015. The October 2016 release of OML marks the end of the beta period and provides the first main version of the dataset.

OML is intended to be used as a detailed basemap on which to visualise your own data and is designed to be an alternative to OS Street View, which will be withdrawn in March 2017 by Ordnance Survey.

The cartography team at Digimap have worked hard to implement a consistent style with that of the smaller scale VectorMap District product, ensuring a familiar look and feel between the two Open Data products. Contours from the OS Terrain 50 product are included when viewing the data in Roam, to give greater context especially in rural and hilly areas.

OS Open Map - Local showing Canary Wharf

OS Open Map – Local showing Canary Wharf

Further information on the new dataset can be found on the Digimap help page or the Ordnance Survey website. We hope you like the new data, if you have any questions about the dataset or Digimap please contact us:

  • Phone: 0131 650 3302
  • Email: edina@ed.ac.uk
Nov 302016
 

As well as releasing the new OS MasterMap Water Network Layer earlier this month, we have also updated a number of datasets available in the Ordnance Survey collection. Most notably this month we have updated OS Open Map – Local, the most detailed OpenData product available from Ordnance Survey. OS Open Map – Local was initially released as a beta product in March 2015. The October 2016 release of Open Map – Local marks the end of the beta period and provides the first main version of the dataset.

The first main release of Open Map – Local has a few changes over the prevous beta version, including:

  • improved road information
  • addition of Car Charging Points sourced from the National Charge Registry
  • enhancements to the features included in the Important Buildings feature class
  • creation of a raster version optimised for display at 1:10,000 scale, this will be the replacement for OS Street View which is no longer updated and will be withdrawn by OS in March 2017
OS Open Map - Local (Raster) Birmingham city centre

OS Open Map – Local (Raster) Birmingham city centre

OS Open Map - Local (Vector) Birmingham city centre

OS Open Map – Local (Vector) Birmingham city centre


 

The tables below list all the datasets that were updated this month.

OS Data Download:

Product Name OS Publication Date
OS MasterMap Water Network Layer October 2016
OS MasterMap Sites Layer October 2016
OS VectorMap Local October 2016
OS VectorMap Local Raster October 2016
OS Terrain 5 DTM October 2016
OS Terrain 5 Contours October 2016
OS Open Map – Local (Raster) October 2016
OS Open Map – Local (Vector) October 2016
Code-Point November 2016
Code-Point Open November 2016

 

OS Roam:

Product Name OS Publication Date
OS VectorMap Local October 2016
OS VectorMap Local Raster October 2016

 

The OS data update page is kept up to date with all dataset updates in the collections.

If you have any questions about the dataset updates or Digimap please contact us:

  • Phone: 0131 650 3302
  • Email: edina@ed.ac.uk
Nov 042016
 

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new datasets to the Digimap Ordnance Survey Collection, which are available to download through the Data Download application. Both these datasets are detailed network datasets and form part of the OS MasterMap family of products. The datasets should prove useful for individuals carrying out detailed network analysis using the road and river network of Great Britain.

OS MasterMap Highways Network

OS MasterMap Highways Network is a new dataset from Ordnance Survey which provides the most detailed road network dataset available for Great Britain. The new Highways Network product is a replacement for OS MasterMap Integrated Transport Network (ITN), which will be retired at some point in the future. Highways Network was built using ITN as the base network and then further improved adding information from other authoritative sources including the National Street Gazetteer (NSG) and local authorities in England and Wales.

OS MasterMap Highways Network with OS MasterMap Topography Layer

OS MasterMap Highways Network with OS MasterMap Topography Layer (raster version)

Highways Network is provided in GML format as a single, national dataset covering the whole of Great Britain. This is a large dataset and is available through Digimap as a single download of 1.1GB in size.

Ordnance Survey have produced a number of supporting documents that are available for download directly from their website. We recommend that you consult these before using the data.

Current version: June 2016

OS MasterMap Water Network Layer

OS MasterMap Water Network Layer is a new network dataset from Ordnance Survey that represenets the centrelines of watercourses including flow direction and suplementary information.

OS MasterMap Water Network Layer on top of Aerial Imagery

OS MasterMap Water Network Layer on top of aerial imagery for an area of the Scottish Highlands

OS MasterMap Water Network Layer is provided in GML format in 5 x 5km tiles. Water network features that cross tile boundaries are included in all tiles that they cross, so the data is called ‘hairy data’ due to the presence of these ‘hairs’ around the edge of each tile. This means that some processing is required to de-duplicate the features that cross tile boundaries if your order contains data from more than one 5 x 5km tile.

OS MasterMap Water Network Layer is projected in the ESPG 7405, which is a British National Grid projection that also includes the Z value using Ordnance Datum Newlyn.

Ordnance Survey have produced a Getting Started Guide which describes the process of importing the Water Network Layer in to common GIS packages.

Current version: October 2016

Nov 012016
 

A number of datasets were updated last month in both the Ordnance Survey and Geology collections. In the Ordnance Survey Collection we also added the new OS MasterMap Highways Network to the service. The screen grab below shows the detail included in the Highways Network; there will be a separate blog post about this dataset shortly.

OS MasterMap Highways Network with OS MasterMap Topography Layer

OS MasterMap Highways Network with OS MasterMap Topography Layer (raster version)

The tables below list the datasets that were updated.

 

OS Data Download:

Product Name OS Publication Date
Points of Interest September 2016
OS VectorMap District Raster September 2016
OS VectorMap District September 2016
Boundary-Line October 2016
OS MasterMap Topography Layer – Raster (1:1,000 and 1:2,000) June 2016
OS Open Rivers October 2016
OS Integrated Transport Network Layer Urban Paths Theme July 2016
OS Open Names October 2016
Code-Point with Polygons October 2016
OS MasterMap Highways Network June 2016

 

OS Roam:

Product Name OS Publication Date
OS VectorMap District Raster September 2016

 

Geology Download:

Product Name BGS Publication Date
Onshore Borehole Index October 2016

 

The OS data update and Geology data update pages are kept up to date with all dataset updates in the collections.

If you have any questions about the dataset updates or Digimap please contact us:

  • Phone: 0131 650 3302
  • Email: edina@ed.ac.uk
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Oct 052016
 
Giraffe shadows at Chester Zoo

Giraffe shadows at Chester Zoo (click to enlarge)

EDINA is pleased to announce the launch of Aerial Digimap, a new Collection offering aerial photography from Getmapping Plc.

Aerial imagery capture dates

Aerial imagery capture dates

The crystal clear imagery from Getmapping is 25cm resolution vertical aerial photography and the most detailed national coverage available. The largest proportion of the imagery dates from post-2011 with updates due every year.

Aerial Digimap offers both a mapping and a data download facility, both familiar to those who already have access to other Digimap Collections.

Aerial Roam offers the ability to view, annotate and print the aerial photographs as well as an overlay function to allow comparison with current Ordnance Survey mapping.

Aerial Roam with Road/Place Name overlay

Aerial Roam with Road/Place name overlay

Aerial Download offers the ability to select specific locations for which to download the aerial photography for use in local desktop software. Data is delivered in jpeg format each with a corresponding world file (.jgw).

You can see a preview of the new service on Digimap’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/rAiO4XXRD5Q

YouTube Preview Image

 

How to Subscribe

In order to access Aerial Digimap, your institution must subscribe.  Please contact your local Digimap Site representative, Learning Resources team or Information Services to express your interest, (you can find your site rep details on this help page: http://bit.ly/DigimapSiteReps).

Subscriptions must be requested by an authorised member of staff. Details about how to subscribe to Aerial Digimap can be found here: http://bit.ly/AerialDigimapSubs

Please contact EDINA directly on edina@ed.ac.uk with any subscription enquiries.

Sep 282016
 

kim traynor [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh by kim traynor [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

EDINA’s annual Geoforum conference for all its geospatial services and projects was held at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Geography this year. It was attended by nearly 50 delegates who came to find out what we have been up to over the past year and to see what we new things they can expect in the coming months.

The morning session started with talks from Tim Urwin, EDINA’s geo-data manager, and Guy McGarva, from the Geosupport team. Tim’s talk informed us all about the design decisions made when updating the OS MasterMap cartographic style. The new styling, originally developed for the Digimap for Schools service, has some great advantages over the old cartography and was put into service just after the conference:

More Details about the new Cartography

Guy’s talk highlighted the main changes to EDINA’s geospatial offering in the last 12 months. We have mainly been working on things that you can’t “see” in Digimap with huge improvements to the way the service is delivered. We now can make sure that interruptions to the service are rare as it can be delivered from one of two physical locations at the University of Edinburgh.

One obvious change we delivered was the improved Digimap home page. This came about through work to make the service usable on a touch screen or tablet device. To ensure that the service could work on these devices we needed to use new web technologies meaning a redesign had to be carried out. We like the cleaner design but best of all you can now just click on the application you want to use, log in when prompted, and be taken straight to the thing you want to do. No more remembering to log in to the service before clicking the link in your Data Download email!

The next two talks were all about Aerial Imagery as EDINA will soon be launching the Aerial Digimap service. The new service will contain 25cm resolution aerial photographs for the whole of Great Britain from Getmapping.

Firstly we head from Richard Evans from Getmapping who spoke about the history of aerial imagery and also the modern technology and techniques that go in to it’s creation.

Then we heard from Ian Holmes from EDINA, who showed us what the new Digimap Aerial collection would look like. As with the other Digimap collections there will be Roam and Download interfaces to either view the data or to take it away to analyse in the user’s own software.

Ian also highlighted some of the interesting and quirky things captured in the images, such as the shadows of giraffes at Chester Zoo.

Please keep watching the blog and other Digimap information channels for an announcement on when the service will be launching.

After a good lunch spent networking we started on the afternoon session where we heard from two students and two members of teaching staff about their uses of Digimap and data from the services.

Firstly we heard from Trevor Draeseke who told us about his Masters Thesis, Visualising Geographical Information in Augmented Reality.

Trevor’s proof of concept mobile app the “Arthur’s Seat Augment Reality Visualiser” allowed the user to view geological data and other layered geographic information on the live video feed coming from the phones camera. He said his work was made possible by the “easy and flexible access to the underlying geographical information layers through EDINA’s Digimap Service.”

Next we heard from Kathy O’Donnell who is now in the first year of a PhD that is building on her MSc thesis on the Quarries of Hadrian’s Wall.

Kathy has been mixing layers from the various data collections in Digimap: Ordnance Survey, Historic and Geology, to identify where the Romans were quarrying the stone to build Hadrian’s Wall. Kathy’s work is one of the best examples of making use of the various collections we have seen and she is looking forward to hopefully being able to use Aerial Digimap as another important source of data.

After a short break we heard the perspective of teaching staff from the University of Stirling and Lancaster University. Firstly Phil Bartie, University of Stirling, talked about how Digimap Roam was useful for introducing students to digital mapping and and also that it was “very important that students and academics have access to high quality spatial data for teaching and research.”

The final talk of the day came from Duncan Whyatt and Gemma Davies from Lancaster University. Duncan first reminisced on life before Digimap, and how difficult it was to get hold of maps and spatial data. After subscribing they have concentrated more heavily on the data downloaded from Digimap in the Geography Department. Duncan and Gemma took us through the various exercises the students were given using data downloaded from Digimap at each stage of their degree. Duncan stated that “Digimap has underpinned Undergraduate teaching in GIS at Lancaster for 15 years…”

Despite showing how important Digimap is and has been in studying and teaching all four of the presentations contained mentions of what they’d like to see in the future and a final challenge from Duncan to stay relevant in a world with an increasing amount of alternatives. We have heard this challenge and are working with those who fund the service to make sure our offering stays up-to-date and continues to deliver what academia wants. However we would like to remind all users of Digimap to keep letting us know what you want from the service so we have enough evidence to shape future developments in the right way.

A final thank you to all those who gave a presentation, the Institute of Geography for providing a venue, and to all the attendees; we felt it was a very successful event and look forward to the next one in 2017.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback on this post then let us know:

  • Email: edina@ed.ac.uk