Mar 082021

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 or by visiting the conference website:

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: or by visiting the conference website:

Registration remains open until Friday 9th April 2021

 March 8, 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:
Organizer: Prof Scott Orford (Cardiff University)
Contact email:

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


 February 2, 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


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:

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

 January 28, 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.

 July 30, 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:

 July 9, 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.

 January 30, 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… is an image of the second version of Digimap Classic – the precursor to Roam.

 January 10, 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
 December 13, 2019  Posted by at 10:30 am Digimap News Comments Off on New Data in Digimap OS Collection
Dec 052019

We are very pleased to confirm a new 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 Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh 10.30am – 4pm.

Please do save the date.  We aim to showcase different uses of the data downloaded from Digimap by researchers from a number of disciplines.  There will also be a workshop session led by EDINA offering opportunity for discussion and feedback. We look forward to seeing you!

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. The confirmed programme will be published here on our blog and distributed by email when available.


 December 5, 2019  Posted by at 3:22 pm Digimap News, Training & Events Tagged with: ,  Comments Off on GeoForum 2020
Oct 312019

Following the announcement of the general election for Thursday 12th December we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the GeoForum, due to be held in Edinburgh on Thursday 12th December.

We are aiming to reschedule the event for the spring of 2020 so will post details of a new date here as soon as possible.

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. We hope that you will be able to join us for the next one.

 October 31, 2019  Posted by at 12:26 pm Digimap News, Training & Events Tagged with: ,  Comments Off on GeoForum Postponed