Digimap – Ordnance Survey

The University Library subscribes to Digimap, a digital mapping service that can be used to generate Ordnance Survey (OS), historic, geological, marine, aerial, LIDAR, and environment maps. These can be viewed through your browser, or by downloading mapping data for use in graphics, GIS or CAD software.

In this post we focus on the Ordnance Survey Collection.

Uses for Ordnance Survey Digimap Collection

Whether you need a quick map for your assignment, or are doing an in-depth study on place-names, urban planning, trade routes, or deprivation areas, Digimap is the perfect database to find visually illustrative materials.

Ordnance Survey Digimap Collection features

The collection is updated throughout the year, meaning that you always have access to up-to-date mapping of Great Britain.

Roam is used to view, annotate, and save maps through your browser. OS maps can be produced in PDF, PNG or JPEG formats from A4 up to A0 size. Maps larger than A3 can be printed on level 7 using our large-format printing service.

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Roam maps can be created at a number of fixed scales from 1:8,000,000 to 1:500. The maps above shows the scales zooming into our campus buildings.

There are extensive customisation options for your maps, for example;

From top left clockwise; Adding an overlay of an area and annotations, removing building features and adding contour data, and three examples of various basemap options, in both vector and raster formats. Click to enlarge the images.

Data Download allows the download of OS mapping data for use in GIS or CAD software. Help with using the data in GIS and CAD software can be found on the Digimap help pages.

Digimap help

Assistance with using the Digimap resource can be obtained from a number of locations. The staff in the Maps, Official Publications and Statistics Unit on level 7 of the library are happy to help. We’re open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, and can be contacted by email or phone 0141 330 6740.

EDINA Digimap provide help pages for both Roam and Data Download, and webinar tutorials.

All images © Crown Copyright and Database Right [2017]. Ordnance Survey (Digimap Licence)

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