FAQs

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

  • What is Digimap for Schools?
  • How often are the maps updated?
  • How do I get a password?
  • What should I do if I've forgotten my login details?
  • What subjects is the service useful for?
  • I'm responsible for delivery of initial teacher training at university, how can I and my students access Digimap for Schools?
  • How much does it cost to subscribe?
  • Are free trials available?
  • How can my school subscribe?
  • What are the technical requirements?
  • Can Digimap for Schools be used for DofE?
  • Where can I read the full Terms of Use?

  • 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. How often are the maps updated?
    A. Each style of Ordnance Survey map you see in Digimap for Schools is updated at a different point during the year. Some of the maps are updated twice a year in Digimap for Schools, others like the most detailed mapping, are updated annually. The oldest aerial photography will be updated as Getmapping fly parts of the country and capture up-to-date photography. The historical mapping doesn't change!

    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. What should I do if I've forgotten my login details?
    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 login details, you can ask your named contact. Alternatively, if you are a member of staff you can email the EDINA Helpdesk on digimap.schools@ed.ac.uk digimap.schools@ed.ac.uk stating your school name and postcode.

    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. 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 digimap.schools@ed.ac.uk for more information.

    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. 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.

    Q. What are the technical requirements?

    A. Digimap for Schools is designed to work with the latest version of the most popular web browsers. Please ensure you are using an up to date version of Internet Explorer, Chrome, FireFox or Safari. Digimap for Schools is also designed to work in Safari on iPads, on the latest iOS. Please note, the service has not been tested on iPad Minis or Android devices.

    Q. Can Digimap for Schools be used for DofE?
    A. Yes, absolutely. Digimap for Schools is a great resource for students undertaking their DofE award. The measurement and annotation tools allow students to plot routes on up to date maps, centred on their location of interest.

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