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Biological & Environmental Sciences: Maps & Geospatial

Digimap is an online map and data delivery service for education and research. Create or interrogate a map online by selecting an appropriate base map, adding annotations and customising the content, use measurement and query tools to learn more about any study area. Download the raw spatial data in a wide range of formats for use in local GIS, CAD or image processing software.

From 1st August you can access the following Digimap Collections but you must accept the licence agreement the first time you use each one:

We also have access to the following Digimap Collections until end of July 2019. Please let us know how useful these are for your work.

Digimap Marine, Digimap Aerial, Digimap Global , Digimap Lidar and Digimap Society

No special password required as long as you are connected to the University Portal. If asked to Log In, simply choose University of Stirling.

Click the Resources tab for lots of help and support including quick guides on how to use Roam and Data Download, how to do spatial analysis in GIS, how to cite your maps and data and more.

Open Geography Portal from the National Office of Statistics gives free and open access to the definitive source of geographic products, web applications, story maps, services and APIs. The maps cover many different geographic unit types (administrative, census, health, electoral, postcode, rural urban classification and more). There is a link to the ONS Geography Linked Data Portal which allows access directly to data within the geography products, in machine-readable form and using an Application Programming Interface.

All content is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0, except where otherwise stated.

More Map & Geospatial Information Sources

Digimap has an improved look and feel with upgraded data download and new preview images of the data - see the Digimap Blog for other changes. The new Global Digimap (find out more here) is available to us free of charge until end of July 2019 and the Library is providing Digimap Aerial and Digimap Lidar during that time. Make good use of these collections during the trial period and let us know what you think.

From 1st August you will need to accept the new licence agreement the first time you use each Digimap collection (even if you are already registered).


Scotland's Soils includes maps and downloadable data and a range of associated information provided by a partnership of the James Hutton Insititute, SNH, SEPA, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Scottish Government..

Includes all James Hutton Institute soils data previously only available by special licence.

Scotland's Environment brings you a whole range of maps and spatial data. There is also a Land Information Search helping you to identify the presence and location of a range of features and environmentally sensitive areas and risks.

This initiave from the Open University and the Wolfston Foundation, the Open Science Laboratory features investigations based on on-screen instruments, remote access experiments and virtual scenarios using real data. It includes virtual field trips, tutorials on interpreting maps etc. Try searching for 'field trip' to see a range of relevant courses. Several activities are available to all, while others are available only to registered users.