Digimap: new collection available

One of the key resources made available by the Library is Digimap. This is an online mapping and data delivery service from Edina and we have access to the following collections: Ordnance Survey, Historic, Geology, Marine, Environment, Aerial and Lidar.

We are pleased to announce that RGU students and staff can now access the Pilot Digimap collection as well. Pilot Digimap will give access to new datasets on a time-limited trial basis. This allows users to test and rate interest in the datasets using the star rating system in Pilot Roam. Edina will then investigate the datasets further based on the feedback and may make them permanently available.

Initially, Pilot Digimap will offer the following:

      • UKMap: a modern, highly detailed, feature-rich mapping database of Greater London.
      • UKBuildings: a unique database created and regularly updated to help you understand the age, structure, characteristics and use, of commercial, public and residential buildings across the UK.
      • UKLand: a maintained, national land information database providing a detailed consistent breakdown of the use of land across the UK.
      • EDINA Satellite data collection initially consisting of: Sentinel 2 derived cloud free optical mosaic for Great Britain, 2019 and Sentinel 2 derived Near Infrared mosaic for Great Britain, 2019.

These collections will be available for free through Pilot Digimap until 31st July 2020 and Edina will continue to add new datasets when they become available.

You can access Digimap from the Database A-Z list.

Temporary access to additional resources spotlight: Bloomsbury databases

One of the major resources which we have been given temporary free online access to response to the Covid-19 outbreak is the Bloomsbury databases. They cover fashion, design, architecture, human kinetics and more.

These will only be available until the 31st May 2020 so we wanted to highlight them so you all have chance to access them and investigate what they have to offer.

To access these databases go to this web page: Temporary access to additional online resources.

Temporary access to additional eBooks now available from Kortext

Kortext has arranged temporary free access to a small selection of online textbooks for RGU students who are unable to borrow print materials due to COVID-19 university library closures.


You can find full details and the links to access the titles on the following web page in the Kortext eBooks section:

Temporary access to additional online resources during COVID-19 lockdown

There are currently 13 titles available and they include:

    • Haematology by Moore, Knight and Blann (2nd ed, Oxford University Press)
    • Social research methods by Bryman (5th ed, Oxford University Press)
    • Business research methods by Bryman, Bell and Harley (5th ed, Oxford University Press)
    • Human growth, behaviour and development by Gibson and Gibson (1st ed, Sage)
    • Business ethics by Crane, Matten and Glozer (5th ed, Oxford University Press)
    • Patient assessment and care planning by Ellis, Standing and Roberts (3rd ed, Sage)

We hope to add a few more titles to this offer so please check back.

Temporary access to LWW Health Library and Psychotherapy.net now available

The library is pleased to announce that this week we’ve made the following resources available on our Temporary access to additional online resources during COVID-19 lockdown webpage.


      • LWW Health Library – online resources such as books and cases in a range of health areas
      • Psychotherapy.net – over 300 streaming videos on psychotherapy, counselling and social work

They are both available until nearly the end of June (please see the web page for the exact dates).


OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.40 – April 2020)

Welcome to the latest update on RGU’s open access institutional repository, OpenAIR. If you have any suggestions for things that you would like to see in these monthly updates, or if you have any questions about the repository service, please get in touch with the Publications Team.


We hope that everyone is staying home, staying safe and staying well during the pandemic. We have suspended our training sessions on the use of Worktribe until access to campus facilities has been restored. All other repository services are operating as usual, though we apologise for any additional delays while the Publications Team do our best to work from home.


OpenAIR currently contains 3801 outputs. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following:

Each School is currently linked to the following number of outputs on OpenAIR:

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Aberdeen Business School – 568
Gray’s School of Art – 250
Law School – 171
School of Applied Social Studies – 141
School of Computing and Digital Media – 499
School of Creative and Cultural Business – 458
School of Engineering – 561
School of Health Sciences – 173
School of Nursing and Midwifery – 263
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences – 592
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment – 265
Other departments – 19


Last month, in March, there were a total of 3071 downloads from OpenAIR. The most-downloaded items were:

The above data were gathered on 29.04.2020.