Historic Digimap

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 Historic Ordnance Survey Collection.

Uses for Historic Digimap

Ordnance Survey mapping from 1843 to 1996 is available through Historic Digimap, allowing research in areas such as place-names, changes over time, urban development, and land use.

Historic Digimap Collection features

The Historic Digimap collection covers Ancient Roam and Historic Data Download.

Ancient Roam Ancient 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.

There are customisation options for your maps, for example;

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The slideshow above uses the annotation tools to mark out building locations. The annotations remain in place as different years are selected and we can then see the previous locations of buildings around campus.

The information tool provides details on the map sheet, and survey and publication years.

Historic 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.

Paper maps

We also have an extensive collection of original Ordnance Survey maps in our collection on level 7 of the library.

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 Landmark Information Group Limited (2019). All rights reserved.

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