Official Launch of historical maps in Digimap for Schools

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Apr 152014

Today sees the official launch of historical maps  in Digimap for Schools.  The formal launch of this fantastic new addition to Digimap for Schools, made possible by the generosity of the National Library of Scotland, will be celebrated at the annual Geography Association conference taking place on the 14th and 15th April at the University of Surrey.  It was at this same event, at the same venue in 2011 that Digimap for Schools received the Geographical Association Publisher’s Gold Award for making a significant contribution to geographical education and professional development.

The service has grown in popularity since 2011 with over 20% of secondary schools in England and over 30% in Scotland now using the service. Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, Director General and Chief Executive, Ordnance Survey will mark the launch during her conference lecture this afternoon.  Chris Fleet, Senior Map Curator at NLS says ‘Old maps present our history in one of its most enthralling forms.  We are delighted to be collaborating with Ordnance Survey and EDINA in delivering our historic maps to schools through the Digimap for Schools application.’  Peter Burnhill, Director of EDINA says ‘Students, pupils and their teachers now have unrivalled access to the very best maps to gain rich understanding of how Britain’s landscape has changed in over a century.  The result is endlessly fascinating, the skill and generosity of staff at the National Library of Scotland have enabled a real sense of place when combined with the Ordnance Survey maps of today’s Britain’.

Full press release can be read here

Updated mapping – we’ve been busy!

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Aug 292013

We’ve been busy over the summer working away on enhancements to Digimap for Schools and carrying out our annual mapping update.

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve released updates to most of the mapping products.

Miniscale, 1:250,000 raster, 1:50,000 scale raster and the 1:25,000 scale raster have all been updated to the latest 2013 data from Ordnance Survey.  These products make up the maps on the zoom levels 2 – 9 (as you zoom in from the GB view) in Digimap for Schools.

As these are small and mid scale products, any updates can be quite subtle.  But if you know somewhere that has experience significant construction in the last year or two, updates may be on the map now.

1:25000 raster 2012 example


1:20000 raster 2013 exampleFor the more larger scale mapping, a new data product – VectorMap Local (VML) raster – has replaced the 1:10 000 Scale Raster product in line with Ordnance Survey’s recent announcement of withdrawal of this product.  Our data team have worked extremely hard over summer processing the MasterMap data for the most detailed zoom levels.  MasterMap is a complicated dataset that takes several weeks of processing to get it ready for going into Digimap for Schools.  We are thrilled it has also gone live before the end of August.  Both VML Raster and MasterMap are also the latest 2013 data from Ordnance Survey, enjoy!


Geograph’s impressive milestone

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Jul 122012

In a guest blog post, Darren from the Ordnance Survey Eduction Team tells us about a key milestone of the Geograph project.

A national online photography project supported by Ordnance Survey reached a major milestone this month.

The Geograph project aims to capture an image for every grid square across the British Isles and the project has now registered its 3 millionth image.

11,000 users across the country have contributed images in the 7 years the project has been running.

Geograph is a fantastic free resource for schools to use.  All the images within the site are geo-referenced to an OrdnanceSurvey map.

It allows teachers to access images from northerly point of Shetland to the Scilly Isles in the south the site shows photography covering 80% of the grid squares across British Isles.

View the 3 millionth image –

Sep 082011

Anyone who loves maps remembers clearly when their obsession started.  For me, it was spending hours poring over a tattered Reader’s Digest Atlas tracing the mountains, glens, islands and lochs of Scotland and exploring far flung places that were a million miles away for me.  Today, watching this video of Jerry’s Map, has reminded me of that original feeling of inspiration from exploring my atlas and the joy of discovering the world of maps.  Jerry spends his days working on a map built from his imagination.  It’s incredible and a wonderful example of the beauty of maps.