Sep 212021
 

Welcome to the start of a new term and a new academic year! We very much hope that 2021/22 will be settled and productive with studies and research returning stronger than ever before. We have some exciting developments with Digimap for the coming session which we hope you will enjoy reading about and will find of use in your work over the coming year. As ever, we welcome feedback and suggestions; please don’t hesitate to contact us, either by email or on our social media channels (links below).

New Digimap Help Pages

We are delighted to report that this month we have launched a new Help system for Digimap. All our help pages have been reviewed, updated and re-presented. They are now easier to navigate and easier to read. We hope it will be much easier to find the help you need. We will continue to review, amend and update the information.

If you have bookmarks to the old help system, they will still work for a short period, but will not necessarily offer the most up to date information.

agCensus Digimap

Digimap’s newest data collection is the agCensus Digimap service offering agricultural census data for England, Scotland and Wales. These are grid-square estimates of a wide variety of farm statistics, ranging from farm workers, to strawberries, beef cattle to beetroot, derived from agricultural census surveys conducted by each national administration.

Your institution can subscribe to agCensus Digimap and access the data through our easy-to-use Data Download application.

Environment Digimap – new data

With thanks to the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Environment Digimap now offers three additional datasets. These are: Integrated Hydrological Digital Terrain Model, UKCEH 1:50,000 Digital River Network and Woody Linear Features Framework. Check out the new datasets in Environment Download.

Image © UKCEH

 

 

 

 

 

Aerial Digimap – 2020 data added

Despite so many challenges affecting the rest of our lives, 2020 was a fantastic year for flying aerial photography – some great, clear weather and almost all air traffic grounded because of the pandemic.

As a result, Aerial Digimap has had a bumper data update from Getmapping plc with 107,770 km2 of land covered by new images. This means 323,310 files or around 44% of data tiles have been updated! The first image shows the coverage of the new 2020 data. The second image shows the total coverage of aerial imagery flown within the last 3 years.

Coverage map of areas updated in the last 3 years

Coverage map of areas updated in the last 3 years

Coverage map of areas updated in 2020

Coverage map of areas updated in 2020

 

Over the coming weeks the composite coverage available through Aerial Roam will be updated with the new data. In the meantime, 2020 data can already be downloaded from Aerial Download.

Improvement Service Data

Your subscription to the Ordnance Survey Collection in Digimap now automatically includes Scottish local authority data from the Improvement Service. This collection covers more than 40 datasets created and curated by Scotland’s 32 local authorities. The data are wide ranging, from air quality management, alcohol prohibition areas and car parking, to care homes for the elderly, GP practices and school catchments. The data can be found in the OS Collection Data Download, under Improvement Service – Scotland.

See full list of Improvement Service datasets.

Forthcoming Webinars

We are pleased to announce the next webinar series for Digimap. Anyone is welcome to join these but placees are limited so please register online in good time. Recordings of previous webinars can be found on our YouTube channel.

  • Digimap Collections: an introduction

These webinars are for those who are new to Digimap Collections. We will introduce the key features of Roam, our Digimap mapper, and consider when you would use Data Download. You will have the chance to ask questions.

  • Historic Digimap
    • 10th November 2021, 12:30-1:15pm REGISTER
      Guest speaker: Rick Crowhurst, Senior Public Sector Manager, Landmark Solutions

Find out what historical maps are available in Historic Digimap, which are provided by Landmark Solutions. Rick Crowhurst will tell us about the County, Town Plan and National Grid maps that you can access and their potential uses. The Digimap team will demonstrate the use of Historic Roam, where you can view, compare and print the maps. You will have the chance to ask questions.

  • Geology Digimap
    • 17th November 2021, 12:30-1:15pm REGISTER
    • Guest speaker: Russell Lawley, Product Development Team Leader, British Geological Survey

Find out about the range of British Geological Survey data products available in Geology Digimap from Russell Lawley of BGS Product Development. The Digimap team will demonstrate the use of Geology Roam, where you can view, compare and print the maps. You will have the chance to ask questions.

Here to help

The Digimap support team offers assistance to all Digimap users with the use of the service. If you have any questions about any aspect of Digimap, it’s use, the data it offers, subscriptions or its future, please get in touch.

 21 September, 2021  Posted by at 12:31 pm Digimap News Comments Off on Welcome to Digimap 2021/22
Sep 062021
 

The following Ordnance Survey event might be of interest to Digimap users:

OS Map and Hack advertising image

OS Map and Hack advertising image

OS Map & Hack is OS’ first virtual hackathon taking place on October 6 & 7, focusing on how spatial data contributes to solving real-world challenges around.

We are looking at the use of spatial data and how this can be used as we move towards sustainable alternatives across multiple market sectors. Spatial data is key to unlocking insights that determine how we are literally shaping our world. As the pace of technological innovation quickens, implementing the infrastructure and driving interest is crucial to widespread adoption across the country at a national, organisational, and individual level.

A panel of innovation and geospatial experts will be evaluating your contribution and looking for the strongest and innovative examples, which make best use of OS data and APIs.

Participants, entering as either individuals to be placed into a team or existing teams, will have an opportunity to work to four different challenges ranging from supporting local government to influencing consumer behaviours. The winners will receive collaboration time with OS technical and geospatial experts, Geovation memberships and a whole bunch of OS swag.

The event’s opening ceremony, pitching, judging, and closing ceremony will be held via Microsoft Teams. Collaboration will be taking place on Discord with workshops, activities and channels that provides participants the opportunity to collaborate with developers across public sector, private sector and the start-up community. Participants can also collaborate directly with the OS teams to ensure they’re getting the most effective use of OS data.

Challenges:

  • Challenge 1: levelling up – How can local governments use geospatial data for EV charging infrastructure and the transition to EV’s in remote communities.
  • Challenge 2: taking charge – What is the demand for charge points of EV fleets and where do these charge points need to be developed?
  • Challenge 3: the ‘real’ EV journey – How can we build the infrastructure to accurately reflect and represent the habits of the everyday EV user?
  • Challenge 4: open innovation – the open innovation challenges provides the freedom to design and build your own sustainable concept.
 6 September, 2021  Posted by at 3:02 pm Digimap News Comments Off on OS Map & Hack – 6/7 October 2021
Mar 082021
 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
14th – 16th April 2021

(Note: please do not contact EDINA or Digimap about this conference)

THe GISRUK Organising Committee are pleased to announce the 29th Annual GIS Research UK (GISRUK) Conference, hosted by Cardiff Universitywhich will take place as a fully online event from Wednesday 14th April to Friday 16th April 2021. The whole conference will be fully open and free (£0).

You are invited to register for FREE following this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gisruk2021-annual-conference-tickets-143562239523 or by visiting the conference website: http://cardiff.gisruk.org

Deadline for Registration: Wednesday 14th April 2021

The conference theme this year is the COVID19 pandemic and will include papers on mapping the spread of the disease and on the spatial analysis of its impact on such things as personal mobility, social inequalities and the outcomes of interventions such as stay at home orders.

The conference presentations will also include papers in the following areas:

  • Urban Analytics and Smart Cities
  • Urban infrastructure modelling and the built environment
  • Spatial and Spatio-temporal modelling
  • Cartography and Geovisualisation
  • Volunteered Geographic Information
  • Applications in transport, economics, health, and environmental science

GISRUK 2021 Early Career Researcher Workshop

Tuesday 13th April 2021

Calling all Masters’ students, PhD students, post-doctoral and early career researchers in the field of GI Science

This year there is a FREE on-line pre-GISRUK2021 conference Early Career Researcher Workshop on Tuesday 13th April 2021

GISRUK will feature a selection of ECR (Early Career Researcher) sessions. These will be a great opportunity for Masters’ and PhD students to get to know each other before start of the conference, and we will have sessions on ‘What is an (academic) conference?’, Careers (academic and non academic) in GI Science and Research (including grant writing and interdisciplinary collaboration). We will also have a session a couple of weeks before the main conference, dedicated to presenting online, to help you develop your presentations before the conference itself. All Masters’ and PhD students are welcome, as are early career post-docs and researchers. We will also be running a separate session (GISRUK for the uninitiated) for those who are new to the GISRUK conference series and would like to learn a bit more about it.

All participants for the ECR workshop are invited to register for FREE using the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gisruk2021-early-career-researcher-workshop-tickets-143585340619 or by visiting the conference website: http://cardiff.gisruk.org

Registration remains open until Friday 9th April 2021

 8 March, 2021  Posted by at 3:23 pm Digimap News Comments Off on GISRUK 2021 FREE and open ONLINE conference
Feb 022021
 

GISRUK 2021: FREE, OPEN, ONLINE Conference 13th – 16th April 2021

TWO WEEK REMINDER – SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS deadline extended until Monday 15th February 2021

GISRUK LogoWe are pleased to invite you to submit a 1500 word extended abstract for the 29th Annual GIS Research UK (GISRUK) Conference, which will take place as a fully online event from Tuesday 13th April to Friday 16th April 2021. The whole conference will be fully open and free (£0) and is hosted by Cardiff University. Please see conference website for details:

Conference website: http://cardiff.gisruk.org
Organizer: Prof Scott Orford (Cardiff University)
Contact email: info@gisruk.org

Submission deadline for Call for Papers: Monday 15th February 2021

 

 2 February, 2021  Posted by at 5:56 pm Digimap News, Of Interest, Training & Events Comments Off on GISRUK: Call for Papers – Deadline 15th February 2021
Jan 282021
 

Hi,

We are running a webinar for any of you who are new to Digimap Collections, on 16th February at 11am GMT.

We will introduce the key features of our Digimap mapper, Roam, and consider when you would use Data Download. You will have the chance to ask questions. By the end of the webinar you will know:
* how to find out what maps and data we offer,
* how to browse different maps,
* add layers to your map,
* measure map features,
* add drawings,
* save and print maps.

Register in advance:

https://ed-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlc-mtrzIsGtFdYoEQ7w6YrMJzx8HuzZsk

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Hope to see you there!

 28 January, 2021  Posted by at 10:40 am Digimap News Comments Off on Webinar for new users on 16th February
Jul 302020
 

EDINA have taken the difficult decision to withdraw the Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland (OSNI) data from Digimap at the end of the current subscription year on 31st July 2020.  For those who have had a subscription to the OSNI data and have downloaded any licensed OSNI data from Digimap over the past 12 months you must now delete it since your licence to use and hold it has expired.

If you wish to continue using OSNI data, you should make appropriate licensing arrangements with OSNI directly, or through one of their partners.

Some OSNI data is available as Open Data. This will continue to be available through Digimap as previously. The Open Data is not covered by the recently expired Digimap licence for the OSNI data.

 30 July, 2020  Posted by at 5:09 pm Digimap News Comments Off on OSNI Data Withdrawn on 31 July 2020
Jul 092020
 

You may have noticed a new tab has appeared on the Digimap home page, labelled Noteable.

Noteable is a new service from EDINA, a cloud-based service which allows users to create, run & visualise code in a large number of computational languages. It can be used to access the unlimited opportunities of Python and/or R to build and manipulate data science models, addressing a wide variety of research problems. Noteable offers huge potential for geospatial data analysis and processing, making complex software environments and data models readily available to large numbers of students for remote learning.

Noteable builds and expands on Jupyter & RStudio technology to provide an efficient and collaborative learning environment. It offers low barriers to access with teachers able to set up the students’ environment once, and enables students to get started without the associated effort of setting up their own.

Contact us to learn more: noteable@ed.ac.uk

 9 July, 2020  Posted by at 4:52 pm Digimap News Comments Off on Introducing Noteable….for geospatial analysis and processing
Jan 302020
 

Our next GeoForum 2020 will be held on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Our provisional programme is as follows and may be subject to change:

  • 10.30 Registration and coffee
  • Welcome – EDINA
  • Dr Jonathan Olsen, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
    • ‘Natural space and mental health in primary school aged children: Classification of natural space using the OS MasterMap Topography Layer’
  • Laurence Watson, UCL
    • ‘Identifying solar panels from overhead imagery’
  • Dr Mike Spencer, SRUC
    • ‘Mapping access to services to estimate community resilience’
  • Lunch – including demo of Noteable
  • Kimon Krenz, Research Associate at the Urban Dynamics Lab, UCL
    • ‘From mapping demolished buildings to estimating urban productivity: Applications of large scale spatial data in urban analytics.’
  • Dr Genevieve Patenaude, Deputy Director of Research, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh
  • Coffee
  • EDINA Workshop on New Data Options
  • Summary and questions
  • 16:00 Close

This year we are also delighted to invite you to a pre-GeoForum event, a private guided tour of the Da Vinci Exhibition, currently on display at The Queen’s Gallery in the Palace of Holyroodhouse.  This will take place from 6-8pm on Monday 2nd March. You can book your place for the private tour here.

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.

 30 January, 2020  Posted by at 5:13 pm Digimap News Tagged with: ,  Comments Off on Provisional progamme for GeoForum 2020 – Register now
Jan 102020
 

Friday 10th January sees Digimap reach the grand old age of 20!  There are still a few EDINA staff who remember the exciting day we launched the national service after 3 years of pilots and projects.  Our initial data licence was for 4 years and we have gone from strength to strength since then, expanding both the range of data offered and the tools that interact with it. We anticipated 40 subscriptions within the first year; we had 70 within the first month!

Digimap was born in the early days of web based mapping and we are delighted that we are able to continue to develop and grow the service to keep up with changing times, and that it continues to help and support an enormous range of research and teaching across all discplines and at all levels. Roll on the next 20 years!

Indulge us…..here is an image of the second version of Digimap Classic – the precursor to Roam.

 10 January, 2020  Posted by at 12:00 pm Digimap News Tagged with:  Comments Off on Happy Birthday Digimap!
Dec 132019
 

We are very pleased to announce the addition of a new collection of datasets to Digimap’s Ordnance Survey Collection.  EDINA has partnered with Improvement Service to bring you a range of 37 datasets from Scottish Local Authorities. These are available at no additional charge upon agreement to the institutional sub-licence.

Image showing location of Improvement Service data in OS Data Download facility

Once your institution has agreed to the sub-licence, all users will need to agree to the end user licence to have access to the data via the OS Data Download facility. To agree to the licence, log in to Digimap, go to Licence Agreements (top right) and find the Improvement Service licence at the bottom of the list. Once you have agreed to this, the data will be visible.

To access it, go to the left hand panel in Data Download and look for the section labelled “Improvement Service – Scotland”. All 37 datasets are listed in this section.

Although the availability grid indicates Scotland-wide coverage for every dataset, some local authorities do not provide every datasets.

The datasets are:

Air Quality Management Areas Alcohol Prohibition Areas Car Parking
Community Council Boundaries Conservation Areas and Article 4 Directions Contaminated Land (Confirmed)
Core Paths Council/Community Asset Register Culverts
Cycling Network Employment Land Supply Green Belts
Gritting Routes Historic Environment Records Housing Land Supply
Libraries Local Landscape Areas Local Nature Conservation Sites
Local Nature Reserves Planning Applications Polling Districts
Polling Places Private Water Supplies Recycling and Waste Facilities
Renewable Energy Sites Safety Features School Catchments
Scottish Local Authority Areas Septic Tanks Smoke Control Areas
Street Furniture Town Centres Tree Preservation Orders
Vacant and Derelict Land Wind Turbine Spatial Framework
 13 December, 2019  Posted by at 10:30 am Digimap News Comments Off on New Data in Digimap OS Collection