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WHAT IS DIGIMAP? 

Digimap is an online service run by EDINA offering to subscribing organisations within UK Tertiary Education, free access to maps and geospatial data from a number of national data providers, including Ordnance Survey and the British Geological Survey.  The data is available either for download to use with appropriate application software, or as maps generated by Digimap online.

A wide range of data is available for England, Wales and Scotland with a smaller range available for the Isle of Man. Geological data is also available for Northern Ireland.

The Digimap collections available to Cambridge University students and academics include:

  • Ordnance Survey® Collection Current Ordnance Survey map data. Offers a range of contemporary Ordnance Survey mapping data products. A range of online tools are available to facilitate viewing, interrogation and download of these products. Registration required. 
  • Historic Digimap Offers a range of historical Ordnance Survey mapping data products from 1843 to 1996. A range of online tools are available to facilitate viewing, interrogation and download of these products. Registration required.  
  • Geology Digimap Offers a range of onshore and offshore British Geological Survey mapping data products. A range of online tools are available to facilitate viewing, interrogation and download of these products. Registration required.  
  • Environment Digimap Offers a range of Land Cover Map data products. A range of online tools are available to facilitate the viewing of these products. Registration required. 
  • Aerial Digimap Aerial imagery data at scales ranging from 1:150,000 to 1:500 available for making maps online or for download. Complete coverage of Great Britain is available. 
  • Lidar Lidar data maps the earth’s surface and is captured by firing rapid laser pulses (thousands of times per second) at the ground surface. By examining the laser energy reflected back from the ground the surface is captured as a dense cloud of 3D points. These points are then converted in to highly detailed terrain models of the surface of the earth and by examining the reflections from both the ground surface and the vegetation canopy it is possible to derive both Digital Terrain Models of the bare earth surface (DTM) and also Digital Surface Models (DSM) that show the vegetation canopy. 
  • Marine Includes the raster nautical charts derived from the UK Hydrographic Office paper charts and chart panels, and Marine Themes vector data covering all UK waters which can be loaded into Geographic Information Systems.  Marine data is extensively used in offshore engineering projects, management of marine and coastal environments, marine ecology studies, environmental impact assessments and tourism. 
  • ​Global This is a service that is being developed now by EDINA, mainly using OpenStreetMap and Natural Earth data.  You can read more about this innovative new service here.​ 
  • Society Digimap – 2011 UK census data. Provides a wealth of census and socio-economic data for Great Britain. 

 

See also https://digimap.edina.ac.uk/webhelp/digimapsupport/about.htm where for each collection the ‘Help Pages’ will usually direct you to a ‘how to get started‘ page. Also look at the Digimap Resource Centre at https://digimap.edina.ac.uk/webhelp/resources/index.html

In order to access Digimap you must be a fully registered student or member of staff at the University of CambridgeThe data is available for Teaching, Educational Research, Academic Research or Limited Internal Business Use only. See below for more information on copyright and terms of use.

 

GETTING ACCESS TO DIGIMAP 

You need a Raven account and password. Raven passwords are available only to current staff and students of the University. All new undergraduate and postgraduate students should be given an account when they first register.

1. Logging in:
From http://digimap.edina.ac.uk/ either use the Login Button in the top right-hand corner or select the required collection. When asked to 'Sign In' type 'Cambridge' in the box, select 'University of Cambridge' and enter your Raven user-id and password when requested. Further information can be found at http://digimap.edina.ac.uk/webhelp/digimapsupport/access/login_help.htm

2. Registration:
Before you can use Digimap services you will need to register your details with Digimap and accept the licence agreements associated with each Collection. This is an automated two-step process which is described at http://digimap.edina.ac.uk/webhelp/digimapsupport/access/registration.htm

​​3. Class Use: Each member of a class must register for Digimap individually.

 

TERMS OF USE / LICENCE AGREEMENTS

Remember that the data is available for Teaching, Educational Research, Academic Research or Limited Internal Business Use only. 

The Licence Agreements for all of the Collections and Frequently Asked Questions about Licences and data use can be found at https://digimap.edina.ac.uk/webhelp/digimapsupport/about.htm#license_and_terms_of_service/licence_faqs.htm
 

 SOME USEFUL LINKS

The main Help pages can be found via the Digimap Resource centre at http://digimap.edina.ac.uk/webhelp/resources/index.html 

See also the Quick Reference Guides at  http://digimap.edina.ac.uk/webhelp/digimapsupport/quick_guides/quick_ref_guides.htm

DOWNLOADING DATA:

Data Converter/Translators Reference Table (menu options 'map data information' and 'data formats') at https://digimap.edina.ac.uk/webhelp/os/osdigimaphelp.htm#data_information/data_formats/new_data_translators.htm

InterpOSe for Digimap  http://misoportal.com/data/interpose-for-digimap/

Digital mapping data translator for GIS and other mapping utilities  http://freemappingtools.yolasite.com/

OS DATA / MASTERMAP:

OS revision policy  http://edina.ac.uk/digimap/description/products/revisionpolicy.shtml ; or look at the Ordnance Survey website at https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-government/tools-support/mastermap-topography-support/revision-policy

MasterMap Guidance Notes http://digimap.edina.ac.uk/webhelp/os/data_information/os_products/supporting/mastermap_guidance.htm

Mastermap FAQs. Click on 'FAQs' menu option at   http://digimap.edina.ac.uk/webhelp/os/mastermap_download/mastermap_faqs.htm

 

DIGIMAP SITE REPRESENTATIVES

If you require further information, please contact the Cambridge University Digimap Site Representative: 

Anne Taylor Map Department, Cambridge University Library, West Road. 01223 333041 aemt2@cam.ac.uk 
 

LARGE FORMAT PRINTING

If your Department does not have large format printing facilities the following may be able to help:

UIS Printroom, University of Cambridge Information Services, Roger Needham Building, 7 J J Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0RB (West Cambridge site) https://help.uis.cam.ac.uk/devices-networks-printing/professional-print-services/printroom Telephone: 01223 (3)34727 ; e-mail printroom@uis.cam.ac.uk 

Anatomy Visual Media Group (AVMG), Department of PDN, Anatomy Building, University of Cambridge, Downing Site, CB2 3DY  http://www.pdn.cam.ac.uk/groups/avmg/avmgposterprinting_2009.html  Telephone: 01223 333787 / 333767 ; email: avmg@hermes.cam.ac.uk 

Engineering Department Print Room, 1st floor of the Baker Building, Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ  http://itservices.eng.cam.ac.uk/services/printing-services/​ 01223 332710  print-room@eng.cam.ac.uk

 

OTHER RESOURCES

OS OpenData provides free access to a selection of OS mapping datasets for Great Britain

Digimap OpenStream A web service delivering OS OpenData to the UK academic sector using open standard WMS technology. For Terms of use see http://openstream.edina.ac.uk/registration/terms

Cambridge University Library Map Department Collections If Digimap does not provide the maps you want remember that the Map Department of Cambridge University Library has over 1.3 million printed maps. The collections cover all parts of the World and include thousands of printed Ordnance Survey and British Geological Survey maps and hydrographic charts.

OS mapping from 1998 onwards The most recent detailed scales of OS mapping are not available on Digimap but can be viewed and printed from a dedicated PC in the Map Room of Cambridge University Library. Also available for viewing is large scale data of Northern Ireland from 2004 onwards.  Unfortunately none of this modern data is available to download.
 
ALSO:

The University has a Subscription to agcensus - another EDINA product - which provides grid square agricultural census data for England, Scotland and Wales. Map and download data is derived from Agricultural and Horticultural Censuses of Great Britain. Provides realistic estimates of what is produced, how much is produced and where it was produced.

 

Opening hours

Monday-Thursday

9:00-12:45 and 14:00-17:10 *

Friday

9:00-12:45 and 14:00-16:50 *

Saturday

Closed **

* Monday to Friday 12:45-14:00: If you wish to continue working through the lunch period we can transfer items to the Munby Rare Books Reading Room.

** Items ordered before 12.45 on Friday can be consulted in the Manuscripts Reading Room. No fetching or transferring is possible on Saturdays. Please contact the Map Room to discuss your requirements.

Contact us

Map Department 
Cambridge University Library 
West Road 
Cambridge 
CB3 9DR 

Email: maps@lib.cam.ac.uk

Telephone:
+44 (0) 1223 333041
+44 (0) 1223 333042