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
Mar 082018
 

EDINA is very excited to be holding a joint event with King’s College, London on Thursday 22nd March 2018, exploring the benefits of Digimap . Watch this space for a write-up of the event.  If you’re joining us, we’re looking forward to seeing you!

 March 8, 2018  Posted by at 9:15 am Digimap News, Training & Events Tagged with:  Comments Off on Exploring Digimap at Kings College, London
Feb 272018
 

EDINA will be exhibiting at the Jisc Digifest 2018 conference on 6th and 7th March at the ICC in Birmingham. Come and talk to us about exciting developments with Digimap!  We will have demonstrations of all the Digimap services and staff on hand to answer any questions. We will be at Pod 19 in the Exhibitor Zone and DigiLab area.

Digifest 2018

Directions on how to get to the ICC are here: International Convention Centre Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA.

 

 February 27, 2018  Posted by at 11:49 am Digimap News, Training & Events Tagged with: ,  Comments Off on Digimap at Digifest: 6-7 March 2018
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.

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: , , , ,  Comments Off on Webinar series for Autumn 2017
Aug 072017
 

GeoForum 2017 Welcome CropThis year’s GeoForum, held in the Geological Society of London on the 22nd of June, was a very successful event for all those who attended. Academics and support staff from subscribing institutions got to meet representatives from the Digimap team and experts from our data suppliers and the wider geospatial community.

In the morning session we heard from John Murray who explained some of the complexities involved in using Lidar data for extracting meaningful information to address real world scenarios. The Lidar data used by John is now available through the Digimap Lidar Collection, which is the latest collection to be added to the service. This collection makes data available from the Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) easily downloadable through the easy to use Data Download application.

Following John was an informative and engaging presentation by Clare Rowland from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) who produce the Land-Cover Map datasets. Clare was heavily involved in the production of the latest version of the Land-Cover Map (LCM 2015) which is now available to view and print in Environment Roam and to download via Environment Download. Clare highlighted some interesting uses for the data including analysis of how land cover changes are affecting the numbers of bees.

The final presentation of the morning was a round up from EDINA’s Emma Diffley covering the achievements in the last 12 months and the plans for improvements to the service in the next 12 months. Of particular note were the introduction of two new collections: Aerial Digimap, launched in October 2016, and Lidar Digimap, launched in June 2017. The major work being undertaken by the team at the moment is a rewrite of all Roam clients to bring them up to date with the latest technology available, which will give them all a more modern look and feel whilst retaining all the existing functionality.

There was a great chance to network over lunch, when we also got to see William Smith’s pioneering Geological Map of Britain.

In the afternoon we held a feedback session where all the delegates had their chance to let us know how they feel Digimap is performing and what else they would like to see included in the service. This was then followed by a presentation and demonstration by EDINA’s Ian Holmes on how to use the Data from Digimap in various software packages to create 3D models. He showed us Ordnance Survey data GetMapping Aerial Imagery and some of the Environment Agency’s Lidar data in ArcGIS Pro, QGIS with the QGIS2Threejs plugin, and AutoDESK Infraworks.

 

The Presentations

John Murray: We have the Technology… We have the data… What next?

 

Clare Rowland: Land-Cover Map 2015

 

Emma Diffley: EDINA Report: GeoForum 2017

 

Ian Holmes: Creating 3D models in CAD and GIS using Digimap data

Feedback Session

GeoForum included a workshop involving all participants on how EDINA runs the Digimap Service. We asked  participants what they would like us to add or improve in terms of the data, service and support we provide.

Data

The main theme that came out of this discussion was that there is a great demand for overseas data, both global datasets and national data for other countries. Datasets such as OpenStreetMap and some of the global satellite data are now part of our long-term investment plans for Digimap.

There were also calls for Ordnance Survey’s AddressBase data. We have enquired about this particular dataset with Ordnance Survey before and the sticking point is the joint intellectual property rights with third party organisations.  We will keep up the pressure and do our best to make this data available.

Service

The common theme running through most of the service enhancement requests was to be more joined up. Improvements would come by making maps, tools and data more interoperable between collections, improving the ability to analyse all the data that individual users are licensed to use. Other features highlighted come more under the banner of personalisation, allowing users to customise their experience more, or to share maps they have created with other Digimap users.

Support

There was broad consensus that the support we provide for Digimap is excellent, with the content and the broad range of support channels proving very useful. There was most appetite for more webinars and video tutorials which we are committed to expanding in the coming academic year. We also had requests for more marketing materials and detailed usage figures for Site Reps so that they could better support and promote Digimap.

Closing Remarks

Finally EDINA’s new director Janet Roberts closed the day with a strong message about improving the Digimap service for the academic community and the importance of feedback sessions to help guide this process. Janet also reiterated the University of Edinburgh’s commitment to the Digimap service and making further developments beyond the core offering to better meet the sector’s needs.

We feel that the day was a complete success and we learned a lot from the delegates, particularly in the feedback session. With the great presentations we know that the delegates got something from the day too. We see the feedback session as good start in a process whereby we can engage as many users of Digimap to help us continually improve the service specifically for Higher Education.

 August 7, 2017  Posted by at 11:07 am Consultations, Digimap News, Training & Events Tagged with:  1 Response »
Mar 212017
 

The Digimap team are hosting a free webinar, on Wednesday 26 April 2017, from 1-1:30pm.

3D model showing bedrock geology of the Cuillin hills in Skye with Aerial Imagery draped over OS Terrain 5 DTM.

3D model showing bedrock geology of the Cuillin hills in Skye with Aerial Imagery draped over OS Terrain 5 DTM.

The session will give an overview of how to create 3D models in common GIS and CAD packages (ArcGIS Pro, QGIS and AutoCAD) using data downloaded from Digimap.

The session will look at the datasets available from Digimap that are of use for 3D modelling.

You will also have the opportunity to ask questions on any aspect of Digimap.

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

Register now!

 March 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:17 pm Digimap News, Of Interest, Training & Events Tagged with: , , , , ,  Comments Off on Free Digimap webinar: Creating 3D models from Digimap data – 26 April 2017
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

 

 

 

 

 February 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 pm Digimap News, Training & Events Tagged with: , , ,  Comments Off on Webinar: Digimap for Site Reps, 29th March 13:00 – 13:30
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!

 

 February 23, 2017  Posted by at 3:23 pm Digimap News, Training & Events Tagged with: , , , , ,  Comments Off on Digimap Webinar: Urban map data in CAD, 15th March 13:00 – 13:30
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

 January 9, 2017  Posted by at 9:55 am Digimap News, Training & Events Tagged with: , , , , ,  Comments Off on Free Aerial Digimap Webinar: 25th January 2017