This week in 2000 the Digimap national service was launched following a four year project phase.
We marked the first 10 years with an event in January 2010 a great day which summarised the first decade in some detail:
A recent presentation given at the Royal Geographical Society Annual conference highlighted the growth of the service and more recent developments: View it on SlideShare
The service is more embedded in UK academia than ever before, in use at 160 universities and colleges with over 58,000 registered users at those institutions. As well as this we now have bespoke versions for Colleges and Schools. Over the 15 years we have registered almost 500,000 users to access the collections and they in turn have generated nearly 100 million screen maps and 3 million print maps. In terms of the value for money, during academic year 2012/13 alone, the conservative total for products downloaded or printed from all Digimap collections was nearly Â£44 million a figure that grows year on year.
Improvements to Digimap continue with several exciting developments already lined up in early 2015:
- We have a series of workshops as part of rolling programme of outreach which includes conferences and other events. Keep up to date on the following page: http://digimap.blogs.edina.ac.uk/events/
- Later this month we release a new registration system to streamline that process: http://digimap.blogs.edina.ac.uk/2014/12/18/service-availability-26-28th-jan-new-registration-system-release/
- We also intend to release several new and very interesting datasets over the coming weeks: http://digimap.blogs.edina.ac.uk/2014/12/09/digimap-data-new-datasets-coming-in-the-new-year/
We continue to work closely with colleagues at Jisc in providing the Maps and geospatial data offering https://jisc.ac.uk/content/maps as well as with the Ordnance Survey directly for the data underpinning the service.