Digimap: new licences and new home page

Digimap has made a couple of changes to the database. The first is that they have launched a new look and feel and you can see a preview of this on their blog.

The second is that there are new licenses for the Ordnance Survey collection so all current users will need to accept the new terms and conditions before they can use the material.

This is really simple to do, simply log in to Digimap and click on Ordnance Survey:


Then choose the service you want to use e.g. Roam. This will take you to a page that lets you know that you need to agree to a new license:


Click to open this, tick to agree to the new terms, and select a purpose from the drop down menu e.g. Academic Works, Research or Teaching.


You will then be able to submit the form and will be told when it is successful.

Finally you will then be taken back to the home page where you can now get into and use the Ordnance Survey collection.


Free Digimap webinars in May and June

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Digimap are running a couple of free webinars in May and June:

Webinar Presenter Date and Time Register
Digimap Data Download

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Guy Mcgarva Wednesday 25th May,

1 – 1:30pm

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Digimap Roam

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Ian Holmes Wednesday 1st June,

1 – 1:30pm

Register for Webinar

If you interested then:

Click any of the registration buttons below to see full details and register. After you register, you will receive an email from EDINA Help Desk, with a link to join the webinar. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive this email.

If any of the links do not work you can go to this address to register: http://edina.ac.uk/events.

Finally these events are open to anyone who can access Digimap across the country, there are 100 places for each webinar and the places are first come first served during the webinar so they recommend arriving before the start time to get a space.



5 database guides now available as online library guides


5 database guides are now available through our library guides website.

These database guides give information about how to access the databases, how to search, how to get full text articles (or map data for Digimap), and, if available, how they link to RefWorks. Take a look at the guides here:

These guides can always be found through the library guides website:

  • Go to the library web pages
  • Click the Library Guides banner
  • Then locate the guides in the “All Guides” list
  • Or click “By Group” and choose the “Resources” group to see the lis

And you will also find links to them in the Library’s Finding Information module on CampusMoodle.

Digimap downtime on 27th January

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The library have received notification that Digimap are undertaking some updates to the registration system and the work to enable this will mean downtime for the database.

Here is the information they have provided:

As you may be aware, we have been developing a new Registration System for Digimap. Release of the new system requires a significant period of service unavailability.

• New registrations for Digimap (using the current system) will be closed from 4pm Monday 26th January.
• Digimap will then be unavailable all day on Tuesday 27th January, while we put the new system in place.
• The service will be available again by 9am on Wednesday 28th January.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused but due to the significant changes required to release the new system we must close access to Digimap during this time.

We urge you to create any maps or download data that you may need during the period of service unavailability in advance.

The new registration system will allow users to register and instantly access Digimap Collections via email verification, speeding up access for new users significantly. We hope that this much improved interface for registering will help make up for new users being prevented from registering during the release period.

Existing registered and active users will not notice any change, but Digimap will still be unavailable to them on Tuesday 27th January.


Digimap updates inc data available in new formats

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The library recently received information from Digimap about data being available in new formats and download delays and we wanted to share this with you. To start with:

MasterMap in New Formats

EDINA have been busy over the summer making improvements to the Data Download service and as a result you can now order OS MasterMap Topography Layer in formats ready for use in GIS or CAD software rather than having to convert the data first. We have also updated the Basket in Data Download to make it more obvious how you can do this. The data is available directly in DWG format for CAD software and File Geodatabase for ArcGIS and QGIS, see the following blog posts for more information:

And secondly:

Data Download Delays:

One consequence of the addition of the new formats is that it can sometimes take longer for your OS MasterMap data to arrive than it has in the past (although most of the time OS MasterMap data will be ready for download in less than 20 minutes, at busy times it can take over 2 hours to get your data) . This is a seasonal occurrence with October / November being the busiest time of the year and while we are still operating within the promise of a maximum 48 hour wait, the longer times are still catching some people out. The reason is that the conversion process to create OS MasterMap data in the new formats can take some time to run on orders for large areas. If we get many of these large orders that need conversion, all at the same time, it can cause delays even for smaller orders with no conversion requested.

We are looking at our system architecture to see how we can ensure that there is always capacity for small orders to be processed quickly, and to increase capacity for all orders in general. In the meantime there are a few measures you can take to help get your data quicker:

  1. Firstly try and avoid busy times, mornings are better than afternoons and the beginning of the week is better than the end.
  2. If you’re ordering multiple datasets, put your OS MasterMap data in a separate order. Your non-OS MasterMap data will generally be available before your OS MasterMap data.
  3. Order data ahead of time, particularly for practicals that require working with downloaded data.

Digimap can be accessed from the databases by subject lists on either the architecture, construction, or surveying lists.