FAQs

These are some of the most frequently asked questions about Digimap for Schools:

About Digimap for Schools

Accessing Digimap for Schools

Digimap for Schools in Learning and Teaching

How to subscribe

Technical Requirements

Terms of Use

Finding Help

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About Digimap for Schools

Q. What is Digimap for Schools?
A. Digimap for Schools is an online mapping service providing current and historical Ordnance Survey maps for viewing and printing.

Q. Which Ordnance Survey maps are included?
A. There are 12 fixed scale map views on the screen. These use digital versions of Ordnance Survey's Explorer, Landranger and MiniScale® products. Also included are OS MasterMap® maps, Great Britain's most detailed mapping, including building outlines, pavement edges, walls and fences, house numbers, ground cover, benchmarks and much more. Road atlas style maps are also included.

Historic maps are maps from the 1890s that have been scanned from original paper maps and provided to Digimap for Schools courtesy of the National Library of Scotland. These maps are one-inch to the mile scale and are available when viewing midscale maps in Digimap for Schools.

Q. What functions does Digimap for Schools offer?
A. Digimap for Schools allows you to view and print maps:

  • You can view and print anywhere in Great Britain (but not Northern Ireland).
  • You can search for locations by place name, postcode or national grid reference.
  • Maps can be printed at A4 or A3, landscape or portrait size, depending on availability of suitable printers.
  • You can measure distances and areas on the map.
  • You can add your own points, lines, areas and text on any map. These annotations can be saved or printed.
  • You can print maps with your own title and name on them

You can find out more about these features by watching the video below from the first Digimap for Schools webinar (held 13th June 2013)

Download Video: MP4 Ogg

Q. Can we save and print maps?
A. Yes. Maps are generated as PDF documents for A4 and A3 size paper. These may be saved and printed for educational use. They are designed for printing in colour but can also be printed in black and white. Maps can be printed to include any map title and the teacher or pupil name.

Q. How often are the maps updated?
A. Maps available through Digimap for Schools are updated annually. Each style of map you see in Digimap for Schools is updated at a different point during the year by Ordnance Survey so the maps here are the latest versions published by Ordnance Survey as at last September.

The historical maps available were revised and published in the 1890s. The original paper maps have been scanned to create digital versions, no updates to these maps will be made in Digimap for Schools as the maps will not change.

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Accessing Digimap for Schools

Q. What do I need in order to be able to use Digimap for Schools?
A. You will need a computer connected to the Internet, a web browser and Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you want to print maps you will also need a printer. More detail about what you need can be found in the Technical Requirements section.

Q. How do I get a password?
A. Once your school has completed a subscription form your named school contact will be sent a username and password by email. There is only one username and password per school.

Q.Password security: who may be given the password?
A. All Authorised Users, that is pupils and teachers at your School, have access to your schools login credentials. Authorised users are allowed to use this login when accessing the service at locations outside of their school e.g. at home or at an outdoor activity centre.

Q. What should I do if I've forgotten my password?
A. Each school has a named contact. This is a teacher who acts as a contact between EDINA, who provide the service, and the school. If you have forgotten your password, you can ask your named contact. Alternatively, you can email or telephone the EDINA Helpdesk on edina@ed.ac.uk or 0131 650 3302 stating your school name and postcode. For security reasons, your password can only be emailed to the named contact recorded for your school.

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Digimap for Schools in Learning and Teaching

Q. How does the service support the curriculum in primary schools?
A. Use of maps at range of scales is mandatory in Key Stage 2 geography in England and Wales and also under Social Studies in Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence. Use of maps is considered to be essential knowledge for developing understanding of how and why places and environments develop, how they can be sustained and how they may change in the future.

Q. How does the service support the curriculum in secondary schools?

A. Digimap for Schools is suitable for teaching and learning of geography at all levels. Use of Ordnance Survey maps at 1:25 000 and 1:50 000 scales is specified for Key Stage 3. GCSE geography usually includes map skills questions based on an Ordnance Survey map extract. Digimap for Schools also supports Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence, particularly the Social Studies category. Use of maps is considered to be essential knowledge for developing understanding of how and why places and environments develop, how they can be sustained and how they may change in the future.

Q. What are the benefits of this service?
A. Digimap for Schools provides easy, instant access to current and historical Ordnance Survey maps of anywhere in Great Britain. Maps can be printed of any location at a wide range of scales using an Ordnance Survey map product which is suitable for the scale chosen. There is no need for any complex data management or map storage.

Q. What subjects is the service useful for?
A. Maps can be useful in many subjects. Among the more obvious ones are geography, history, business studies, biology, environmental studies and ecology. Any subject which includes an element of place or location may find Digimap for Schools useful.

Q. What age range is the service suitable for?
A. The service is aimed at 8 - 14 year olds although pupils both older and younger will find it useful for school projects and class work.

Q. Can I use the service on an interactive whiteboard?
A. Yes. You can also use the service with a normal digital projector.

Q. Can pupils use the service?
A. Yes, pupils can use this service in school or at home.

Q. I'm responsible for delivery of initial teacher training at university, how can I and my students access Digimap for Schools?
A. If you are responsible for delivery of initial teacher training at university you are entitled to free access to Digimap for Schools provided your institution is already a subscriber to Digimap Ordnance Survey Collection (the service for Higher and Further Education). Contact edina@ed.ac.uk for more information.

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How to subscribe

Q. How much does it cost to subscribe?
A. The annual subscription fee varies depending on the type and size of your school. Subscription fees for Digimap for Schools are the same for state-funded and independent schools. Please read the Subscribe page for full details.

Q. Are free trials available?
A. Yes. You can access a free trial version of Digimap for Schools from the link on the left hand menu of this page. Please note that the free trial version offers a sample area of maps rather than all of Great Britain.

Q. Which schools are eligible to subscribe?
A. All schools (state-funded, independent, special schools and academies) geographically located in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland are eligible to subscribe to Digimap for Schools.

Q. How can my school subscribe?
A.To subscribe your school needs to complete a subscription form online and to pay the appropriate annual subscription fee. Go to the Subscription Portal and complete the online form. Please make sure the email addresses are typed correctly. You will be sent an invoice, access details and a licence document by email. Invoices should be paid within 30 days. If you need help completing the subscription forms online please contact EDINA. If you have a query about payment, please contact JISC Collections.

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Technical Requirements

Q. What equipment and software do I need to use Digimap for Schools?

A. You will need a computer connected to the internet, a web browser and some software that will allow you to read and print PDF files. If you wish to print maps, you will also need a printer. More details about the technical requirements for using Digimap for Schools can be found in the Technical Requirements section.

Q. How do our school computer and security settings affect this service?

A. You will need JavaScript enabled on your web browser. You may also need to add the Digimap for Schools website address to a list of accepted or "safe" sites. This might need to be done by your schools network administrator or on each computer's web browser. More information on this can be found in the Technical Requirements section.

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Terms of Use

Q. Can I use Digimap for Schools for school activities unrelated to teaching and learning?
A. Digimap for Schools must not be used for activities unrelated to pupil teaching and learning, for example Parent Teacher Association activities, or use by community groups based at the school.

Q. Can Digimap for Schools be used to support a Planning Application?
A. Maps from Digimap for Schools are clearly watermarked and will not be accepted by Local Authorities in support of planning applications.

Q. What should I do if I think Digimap for Schools is being used improperly in my school?
A. Each teacher is responsible for ensuring the Terms of Use are adhered to. You can read these on the Terms of Use page. If you become concerned that your school is breaching the Terms of Use please talk in the first place to the named teacher contact at your school. Click on the Contacts link for further details.

Q. Where can I read the full Terms of Use?
A. The full Terms of Use can be found here.

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Finding Help

Q. Who do I contact for help?
A. Who to contact depends what your question is about:

If you have a question about current Ordnance Survey maps, you may find an answer at www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk. Contact details for Ordnance Survey are available on that website.

If you have a question about the historical maps, you can find a wealth of information about the maps on the NLS website at: England and Wales maps, Scotland maps.

If you have a question about invoicing or payment, please contact JISC Collections.

If you have a question about using the service please contact your named school contact teacher who will contact EDINA on your behalf.

If you have forgotten your password please contact EDINA on edina@ed.ac.uk or 0131 650 3302 stating your school name and postcode. For security reasons, the password can only be emailed to the named contact recorded for your school.

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