Using maps to look at the potential impact of Flybe’s demise

This morning we learned that Flybe had gone into administration. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to all staff and businesses that are directly and indirectly effected.

Digimap for Schools has been a regular user of their flights for many years and often allowed us to get to some of the more remote parts of the country in a timely and hassle free manner.

I spent some time this morning mapping the flybe hubs and the major International airports of the UK to see what the likely impact and areas most effected will be. Its the more remote areas like Devon and Cornwall and the Highlands and Islands who will likely feel the impact most…

Strange Timezones!

As you may have gathered, we recently added Timezones to our service (you can turn them on and off anytime you wish). Most people are aware of timezones and that parts of Europe are 1 or 2 hours ahead and the USA is generally 5-8 hours behind…
BUT did you know that India is 5hr 30 mins hours ahead of us! AND there’s a small part of Australia thats 8hr 45mins hours ahead!
This video is really interesting and explains why we have timezones and even why some of them seem a little strange…

Click here to view the embedded video.


This week is National Story Telling Week and we wanted to take the opportunity to show some examples of how stories can be brought to life using maps.

Our first story is that of Charles Darwin and the voyage of the Beagle.  The Beagle sailed in December 1831 until its return in October 1836.  Charles Darwin was onboard and made notes on species which hinted at the fixity of species.  Upon his return he developed his theories on evolution through common descent and natural selection.  The map below brings to life the voyage that helped shape these theories.

We demonstrated how Digimap for Schools can be used to recount the story of an historic event. The historic event described was the sinking of HMS Iolaire near Stornoway on the 1st January 1919 with the loss of 205 local men returning from WWI, one of the worst maritime disasters in UK waters during the 20th century.

The example below uses Digimap for Schools to map a timeline of the tragic events on the night of the sinking of HMS Iolaire.


What is Geo-spatial data

This is a great tweet, highlighting the range of industries that geo-spatial data is used in.

Digimap for Schools was established with this goal in mind… to expose children to geo-spatial data at a young age so they could start developing these skills. These skills are becoming increasingly in demand as well! #nevertooyoungtostart #startmappingsearly…/status/1217874312260214785

Happy Birthday Digimap!

Friday 10th January sees Digimap reach the grand old age of 20!  There are still a few EDINA staff who remember the exciting day we launched the national service after 3 years of pilots and projects.  Our initial data licence was for 4 years and we have gone from strength to strength since then, expanding […]

New Data in Digimap OS Collection

We are very pleased to announce the addition of a new collection of datasets to Digimap’s Ordnance Survey Collection.  EDINA has partnered with Improvement Service to bring you a range of 37 datasets from Scottish Local Authorities. These are available at no additional charge upon agreement to the institutional sub-licence. Once your institution has agreed to […]

GeoForum 2020

We are very pleased to confirm a new date and venue for our next Geoforum event and invite you to join us for an interesting programme with a range of speakers and opportunities for discussion. Geoforum will be on Thursday 12th December 2019 at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh 10.30am – 4pm. Please do […]