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Presented by Addy Pope at RGS-IGB in London on 28 August 2014. An overview of the Digimap online mapping service and its evolution over time.

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GIS in Education – tales from a data provider

  1. 1. GIS in Education – tales from a data provider Addy Pope Research and geodata service EDINA Photo: Addy Pope
  2. 2. Digimap – the beginning Digimap Carto Beta circa 1999
  3. 3. Digimap – Today Digimap Roam – VectorMap Local
  4. 4. Stats overview overload This presentation could easily have been 15 minutes of excel plots and charts
  5. 5. So what? Registered Users > 50, 000 Data Holdings 3.5 Tb Data through put 25 Tb Mastermap spatial objects 550 million objects OK, so use has gone up, data downloads have gone up. But what does this actually mean?
  6. 6. Students change http://retsyb.wikispaces.com/file/view/evolution.jpg/294297586/800x271/evolution.jpg • Their needs change through time. • Services must evolve to meet users needs • PC or Mac / Smartphone / tablet / WiFi everywhere / greater access to software / instant access to resources
  7. 7. Users Change Geoscience is in the minority. What do users actually want to do? Or rather, what do they want to avoid doing?
  8. 8. Understand your users http://used.blogs.edina.ac.uk/files/2011/09/USeD_Persona.pdf
  9. 9. Choices Web mapping with neat tools? or Web GIS lite? https://www.flickr.com/photos/lori_greig/5331407245/
  10. 10. Simple Web Mapping “The beauty of Digimap is not what you have included, but what you have left out” - Ed Parsons
  11. 11. Customised maps in 2 minutes Alternative representations – make the map you want without even knowing what GIS is.
  12. 12. Learning through using
  13. 13. Multiple formats
  14. 14. More than just the data
  15. 15. Tales from a data provider edina@ed.ac.uk @go_geo / @edina_digimap www.digimap.edina.ac.uk
  16. 16. Digimap for Schools
  17. 17. Digimap for Colleges

Presented by Addy Pope at RGS-IGB in London on 28 August 2014. An overview of the Digimap online mapping service and its evolution over time.

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