The University Library subscribes to Digimap, a digital mapping service that can be used to generate Ordnance Survey (OS), historic, geological, marine, aerial, LIDAR, Geomni, and environment maps.
In this post we focus on the Geomni collection. This database offers detailed information on land and building use, including building age and characteristics. Geomni is updated twice a year.
There are two ways to access the data; Roam and Data Download.
Geomni Roam allows the viewing, customisation, and creation of maps in PDF, JPG, and PNG format. Maps can also be printed. For maps larger than A4 the library offers a large format reproduction service.
Geomni Data Download allows the download of OS mapping data for use in GIS or CAD software.
Buildings: Use and Age (UKBuildings)
This database covers GB* buildings and includes data on building height, structure, use, age, and characteristics. The mapping of commercial, public, and residential buildings is fully classified for urban areas with a population over 10,000.
*The Belfast urban area is available via Data Download.
Additional data are available through Data Download, including:
- 3D polygons of buildings
- Height of building and height above ground level
- Known build dates of buildings (if known)
- More detail on building type, number of floors, roof & wall types, and so on.
Land cover (UKLand)
This database shows UK land use. Land cover data is useful for planning developments, identifying sites, and searching for specific categories of land.
Greater London (UKMap)
This database is focused on the Greater London area, with data on tree canopies and upper floor data.
To access tree canopy data in Geomni Roam: Select the Overlays tab on the left and check (UKMap Tree Canopy (London)
To access upper floor data in Geomni Roam: Select the Overlays tab on the left and check (UKMap Upper Floors (London)
The staff in the Maps, Official Publications and Statistics Unit are happy to help with using Digimap. We’re available Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm by email. Digimap provide support and webinars from their Resource Centre.