Staff and students at education institutions across U.K. are to receive free access to highly detailed Ordnance Survey digital mapping. It is available through the online service, Digimap, provided by Edina – a data centre based at the University of Edinburgh and funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Digimap allows users to view, print and download maps of any location in Great Britain at a series of pre-defined scales. Through an agreement with JISC, the mapping is now freely available to users in further education for this academic year.
As well as being able to view, print and download mapping information for use with appropriate application software, spreadsheets and databases, users can query and display postcodes or place names. More advanced mapping facilities allow staff and students to overlay different map products and print maps up to A0 size. Institutions can experiment with Digimap in a wide range of courses – such as business; computing; construction and the built environment; geography; history; key skills; and leisure and tourism. Maps can be incorporated in teaching and learning materials like course packs, lecture notes, presentations, student reports and projects as well as Virtual Learning Environments.