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We are pleased to announce the addition of two new datasets to the Digimap Ordnance Survey Collection, which are available to download through the Data Download application. Both these datasets are detailed network datasets andÂ form part of the OS MasterMap family of products. The datasets should prove useful for individuals carrying out detailed network analysis […]
EDINA is pleased to announce the launch of Aerial Digimap, a new Collection offering aerial photography from Getmapping Plc. The crystal clear imagery from Getmapping is 25cm resolution vertical aerial photography and the most detailed national coverage available. The largest proportionÂ of the imagery dates from post-2011 with updates due every year. Aerial Digimap offers both […]
We have recently added detailed, large scale, contemporary mapping to Ancient Roam allowing users to compare side by side historic mapping with detailedÂ modern mapping.
The detailed modern mapping is visible at all zoom levels in both the 1-up and 2-up views. The most detailed mapping uses the new OS OpenMap – Local product, which is the most detailed Open Data product available from Ordnance Survey and can be downloaded through the Digimap Ordnance Survey collection. We further enhanced the most detailed mapping to include the additional features from OS VectorMap District:
- Spot heights
- Medical centres
- Police stations
- Heritage sites
- Places of worship
We hope you find the new data useful, ifÂ you have any questions about the updatesÂ or Digimap please contact us:
- Phone: 0131 650 3302
- Email: email@example.com
Last week (3rd March) we released a new version of Digimap which includes a number of changes that may be of interest to our growing user base. Our set-up allows us to release new versions withoutÂ requiring any downtime so theÂ recent changes areÂ highlighted below as they may not be obvious at first glance.
Greyscale versions of the 1:25,000 Colour Raster and 1:50,000 Colour Raster have been added to OS Roam
We have added greyscale versions of the 1:25,000 Colour Raster and 1:50,000 Colour Raster products in the Roam client of the Ordnance Survey Collection. These can be selected using the Basemaps drop-down.
The new greyscale versions make it much easier to see your annotations on top of the basemap. The greyscale versions can be saved and printed like all other basemaps available in OS Roam.
Warning about losing changes in all Roam clients
If you customise a map in one of the Roam clients, for example by modifying the layers that are displayed or by creating annotations on the map, then press the browsers back button or navigate away from RoamÂ you will now see a warning prompt advising you that you may lose your changes. The prompt that is displayed in Chrome is shown below:
The prompt is not displayed if you have saved the map, printed the map, or exported the annotations.
Updates to theÂ Open/Save wording in all Roam clients
We have updated the text on the Open and Save menus in all Roam clients to make it clearer what each option does:
Open > Saved maps allows you to open any maps you have previously created and saved within Roam.
Open > Import annotationsÂ is where you go to import external datasets in to Roam (we currently support the import ofÂ datasets inÂ Shapefile,Â KML,Â GPX,Â CSV, andÂ GeoJSON formats).
Save > Save map will save the current map extents along with any annotations to Digimap for retrieval at a later date.
Save > Export annotations allows you to export annotations fromÂ RoamÂ as an external dataset for use GIS/CADÂ (we currently support the export of datasets in Shapefile, KML, and GeoJSON formats).
Background mapping in Data Download of all Collections is now shown in greyscale
The background mapping data in all Data Download clients has been converted to greyscale:
This makes it much easier to see the availability and reference grids in these applications.
We hope you enjoy using these new features. We are continually improving the service so if you have any suggestions for improvements to the service please get in touch:
- Phone: 0131 650 3302
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We released a new version of Digimap lastÂ week (2nd February) which included a number of improvements to the service. Whilst we try to minimise downtime during releases some users may have noticed some of the new features; in this post we’ll highlightÂ theÂ changes that affect Digimap users.
By far the biggest change happened in the Marine Collection where the old, somewhat dated, Marine Maps application was replaced with the new Chart Roam application.Â Chart Roam usesÂ theÂ familiarÂ Roam interface to display hydrographic charts, enabling users to quickly and easily navigate around using the tools they are familiar with from other Roam clients.
Chart Roam displays marine Hydrographic Charts from SeaZone SolutionsÂ usingÂ theÂ WGS84 Web Mercator projection. As part of the work done to support the display of map data in different projections we added Nautical Miles to the distance measurement tool in Chart Roam. Users can nowÂ measure distances in metric (metres and kilometres), imperial (yards and miles) and nautical units; areas measurements can only be made in metric units at present.
AnnotationsÂ [all Roam clients]
We have made significant improvements behind the scenes to the way annotations are handled in all Roam applications. This work was done to ensure thatÂ users uploading annotations with a large number features can style, save and print the data once loaded in to one of the Roam applications. Other notable improvements are detailedÂ below:
- We have added the ability to load multiple Shapefiles as annotations from a single Zip archive. Previously it was only possible to import a single Shapefile from a Zip archive, and all other Shapefiles were ignored by the import process. Now all Shapefiles in your Zip archive will be added to the map, and they can be of different geometry types e.g. points, lines and polygons.
- We have improved the printing process so that it is possible to create prints that contain many more annotations.
- Improvements have been made to remove some of the internal file size and feature number limits when loading, saving and exporting larger annotations. Note there is aÂ 10MB file size limit when importing annotations.
- Annotations in CSV (comma separate value) format can now be imported usingÂ Latitude and Longitude values;Â previously it was only possible to import CSV annotations in the British National Grid projection.
Ordnance Survey Roam
A number of changes have been made to the Ordnance Survey Roam application, predominantly to rationaliseÂ the data available at the different zoom levels:
- The vector version of VectorMap District (VMD) has been added to OS Roam and is available atÂ the Local View zoom level (approx. 1:19,000) as an alternative map accessed through the Basemaps option:
- TheÂ Local Plus View has been removed and theÂ datasets available in theÂ District and LocalÂ Views have been rationalised. Full details of the datasets available in each View can be found on thisÂ help page.
AccessingÂ Product Help [all Roam clients]
As well as updating the help pages to cover the changes listed above, we have also changed the Map Information panel in all Roam clients making it easier for users to get help on the particular map product(s) they are currently viewing in the map window.
- Hyperlinks to help pages for each product have been added to product names in all Roam clients. The screen grab below was taken from Geology Roam where the hyperlink takes the user through to a help page dedicated to the map product currently displayed in the map window (DiGMapGB-50 Rock Unit):
We hope you enjoy using these new features, and if you have any suggestions for improvements to the service please get in touch:
- Phone: 0131 650 3302
- Email: email@example.com
Digimap’s new registration system was released on the 28th of January, we hope you’ll agree that it is a huge improvement over the Â previous version.
Users no longer have to wait up to 48 hours for registrations to be approved, they simply have to click a link in an email sent to them after filling in the registration form.
It already has its fans leading one site rep to say “I love the new registration system!” and another told us “Congratulations on instant registration for students. This is going to be very popular.”
The new instant access system is much more inline with user expectations from online services. Â Removing the need to wait overnight (or longer over weekends) to gain access has been very popular and has resulted in a significant increase in registrations during February. Â Over 6000 registrations were processed through the new system at all times of day and night!
We now need your help to make sure that the support material at your institution is up-to-date and that your students know that they can have access to the service the same day.
There is a full description of how to register using the new system in the help pages which guides you through the process:
If you are responsible for any local support pages, lecture notes, practical guides and any other course material please make sure these get updated. We actively encourage the incorporation of the images and text from the help page in any material produced. Please can you circulate this information as widely as possible to ensure that all users have up to date guidance.
One final plea is that you highlight the importance of entering the correct email address when registering.Â This should be an email address that is used regularly and it should be spelt correctly!
In January 2013 the OS MasterMap®, Boundary-Line™ and Code-Point® data products will be available from the Data Download service. We have tried to keep the changes necessary to accommodate these products to a minimum as the current interface has proved so successful (190,000 map tiles and files downloaded Nov 2012).
Here is a list of the changes and additions you will see in the interface; please note that they may still be subject to some change prior to launch.
Instead of selecting Version and Format using drop-down menus there is a new pop-up for changing both these and the layers for each of the products in your basket. You can access this pop-up by clicking on the Change link in the Options column:
We have also improved the “My Account” section which is now called “My Previous Downloads”:
It is now much easier to update your previous downloads to the latest version, get the same data in a different format or simply reorder data you have previously taken. In addition to these functions we have incorporated the ability to make Change-Only-Updates (COUs) to MasterMap Data:
Both Boundary Download and MasterMap Download will be kept in service for a transition period but as there are so many benefits to using Data Download we hope everyone will make the switch quickly. We expect to have switched off these services by the end of April.