May 052013

Digimap for Schools is a subscription service for OS maps. The service represents exceptional value for money and works seamlessly in all current browsers as well as iPad. With a range of very user friendly annotation and measuring tools and simple printing options, Digimap is far more than just a map viewer. It also comes with some excellent free teaching ideas by Alan Parkinson.

Here’s a short guide for students on how to make the most of Digimap in coursework projects.

Mar 172009

Tom Barrett has mentioned on Twitter the welcome return of OS Maps in Google Earth. The network link is available at Gavin Brock’s Ordnance Survey overlays for Google Earth.
This is really great news – the  link effectively renders digital maps like Memory Map and Anquet somewhat obsolete, since the OS maps can be draped over 3D terrain. There is a catch though – like the brilliant side by side mapping website Where’s The Path? the link is subject to a limit of 30,000 map tiles per day. Frustrated users are directed to the Free Our Data campaign. Where’s the Path? is so popular that it’s often unavailable in the afternoon.

I’ve been using a couple of useful mapping apps on my iPhone. The useless battery makes it very limited as a navigation device. However if you’re out with a paper map and lost, then GB Locate at 59p (iTunes) will give you an OS grid location with little fuss.

GB Locate

GB Locate

A second useful iPhone App is iOSMaps (iTunes) which provides Ordnance Survey Maps on the iPhone. It works well providing a wifi connection is available and it’s free to download.


iOS Maps Â

Click the icons to go to the respective developer sites.

Dec 302005

A quick big-up for a new dynamic overlay for Google Earth that adds the OS national gridlines. The link is obtainable via this post. It works well for me, as you zoom in the grid squares are gradually replaced until you are viewing at 1km scale. I think that this could be a useful demonstration for students.