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Database Guides: Digimap: Ordnance Survey Collection

Information about using the various databases in the A-Z Online Resources,


Full name

Digimap Ordnance Survey Data Collection


What is it?

Online maps and mapping data of Great Britain. The Ordnance Survey Data Collection is one of the Digimap Collections available from the Digimap Service.


What is it for?

The Ordnance Survey Collection offers a range of contemporary OS map and data products.

1. ROAM: View, annotate and print OS maps at user defined scales

Roam allows you to view Ordnance Survey maps at various fixed scales from 1:500 to 1:8,000,000. Some views allow feature customisation. You can also:

  • add annotations (text, point, lines and areas)
  • include scale bars and grid lines on printed maps
  • generate PDF, PNG or JPG files for printing, up to A0 in size
  • save maps to go back to or print later


2. DATA DOWNLOAD: Download multiple OS data products for use in GIS/CAD

Data Download allows you to select and download Ordnance Survey data for use in GIS or CAD software. Select an area of interest and take one or more Ordnance Survey mapping data products for that area.

  • order updates to your existing data holding
  • download previous versions of data for some products


For more information on the products available see the EDINA web site



How to access it

Login to the Portal and then choose Digimap: Ordnance Survey Data Collection from the A-Z List of online resources.



You must register to use Digimap: so the first time you access Digimap you will be requested to register. Enter your details, including your email address (it is essential your email address is entered correctly). Then an email will be sent to you containing a link to activate your account. Open the email and click on 'Verify email address'. After verifying your email address, when you login to Digimap you will be asked to agree to licences for each of the Digimap collections you wish to use. You will only need to agree to the licence once for each Digimap collection. For more details see Digimap Registration.



If you encounter any problems with registration contact the EDINA Help Desk:




Support at Stirling provided by: John McArthur, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Email: Phone: 01786 467853.

EDINA provides a lot of help via their Digimap Resource Centre. They also provide a range of useful presentations detailing the key functions of each Digimap Collection.


See also EDINA's Digimap Blog, YouTube Channel, Facebook Page and Twitter Account.


Printing eps files from Digimap:

Digimap allows users to print maps, either directly from a Web browser, or if higher quality is required by downloading an EPS image file of a map, which can then be printed on a suitable local printer.

Before you get to the printing stage you may have problems opening and viewing eps files in Internet Explorer, you should make sure any pop up window blockers are switched off (or use an alternative browser, for example, Firefox browser)

In computing labs on campus: Double click the "PrintFile" Icon on the PC desktop (not all computer labs  have this, but it works in computer lab 3V3). Click on "Print File...", select your .eps file, select "OK" to queue the print job. A "Print File warning" will appear, click "Yes" to proceed. Then it's the standard procedure to release your print job from any Pharos print station.


Link to Digimap