New Digimap collections: Aerial, Lidar and Global maps and map data

We have recently added some new collections to our Digimap subscription. Digimap is an online resource which provides access to the most up-to-date maps and map data of Great Britain. In addition to the Ordnance Survey, Historic, Geology and Environment collections, we now have access to Aerial Digimap, Lidar Digimap and Global Digimap.

How to access and use Digimap

Data is available either to download to use with software such as GIS or CAD, or as maps generated by Digimap online.

The first time you use Digimap:

  1. Go to the Digimap site and click Log In.
  2. Type ‘University of Kent’ in the box, select it and click Continue.
  3. You need to register for using Digimap as a whole and then agree to the license agreement for each individual collection you want to use.

You can find lots of help with using Digimap in the Digimap Resource Centre.

Because of the way it’s accessed, you can go straight to the Digimap site on the web.

We also list it on our statistics, maps and demographics webpage and on the A-Z of e-resources. Digimap is not included in LibrarySearch.

New Digimap collections

These new collections we’ve subscribed to will be particularly useful to students and staff in the School of Architecture.

Aerial Digimap

Screenshot of Aerial Digimap

This provides access to some of the highest quality aerial photography available for Great Britain. You have convenient and on-demand access to a range of interactive tools that allow you to interrogate and analyse the data online and offline.

Aerial Digimap has been used for coastal zone studies, archaeology, urban studies and town planning, and also for historical studies looking at change over time and habitat.

Lidar Digimap

Screenshot of Lidar Digimap

Lidar Digimap offers detailed Lidar data from the Environment Agency through a convenient, on-demand web interface. It also offers vertical aerial photography.

Lidar data is a very accurate model of the earth’s surface. Uses of Lidar data are highly varied, from use in the creation of visual effects for virtual reality and film projects to archaeology, forestry management, or flood and pollution modelling.

Global Digimap

Screenshot of Global Digimap

Global Digimap is a new service recently launched which is available free of charge until the end of the current academic year. Digimap are keen to work in development with users to develop this service. Global Digimap will provide access to global datasets in cartographic styles and downloadable formats.

Other Digimap collections we have access to

Here’s a refresher of the collections we already had; they’ll be particularly useful for history and the social sciences.

Ordnance Survey Digimap

Screenshot of Ordnance Survey Digimap

The Ordnance Survey Collection provides a full range of topographic Ordnance Survey data for the UK.

It contains maps at scales ranging from 1:1,250 up to 1:750,000 which you can use for making maps online or for download. There are scanned raster maps which are digital versions of Ordnance Survey’s paper maps as well as vector maps at a range of scales. It includes many other products from Ordnance Survey including postcodes, administrative boundaries, a gazetteer of place names and digital terrain models

Historic Digimap

Screenshot of Historic Digimap

Historic Digimap delivers historical Ordnance Survey maps of Great Britain. You can use this to browse, view and print historical maps, or to compare two maps from different times but of the same location.

You can search for a location using contemporary postcodes, place names and National Grid References, or historical parish and county names and latitude and longitude.

Environment Digimap

Screenshot of Environment Digimap

Environment Digimap will be particularly useful for the School of Anthropology and Conservation. It gives you access to Land Cover data from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

The data can be used to understand agriculture, ecology, conservation, forestry, environmental assessment, water supplies, urban spread, transport, telecommunications, recreation and mineral extraction. It is particularly useful when combined with other datasets. Use the land cover data to examine the coincidence of a given species with particular land cover types, make assessments of habitats at risk from a specific development, or look at national distributions of land cover types and how it is affected by other environmental and human factors.

Geology Digimap

Screenshot of Geology Digimap

Geology Digimap offers a wide range of geological map data from the British Geological Survey. The geology data is useful for a range of disciplines, but particularly Conservation, for examply to study ecology, coastal erosion studies and natural resource planning.


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