Aerial Digimap

The University of Cambridge now has access to Aerial Digimap here:

http://digimap.edina.ac.uk

Access requires registration (one-off) and login is via Shibboleth (institutional login).

Aerial Digimap is part of the Digimap Collection of on-line mapping and data delivery facilities. Users can view the data through their web browser, save the data for printing and download the aerial imagery data for use in geographical information systems.

Aerial Digimap contains aerial imagery data at scales ranging from 1:150,000 to 1:500 available for making maps online or for download. Complete coverage of Great Britain is available.

If you want to know what you can and can’t do with the maps and data from Digimap please read the Licence Agreement. There is a set of Licence FAQs if you need more clarification about what you intend to do with the maps or data.

agcensus online

New resource on eresources@cambridge A-Z / LibGuides Databases A-Z: agcensus online

The University Library Map Department is pleased to have enabled access to the agcensus online resource from Edina which can be accessed now via Shibboleth login here:

http://edina.ac.uk/agcensus/

The Agricultural Census is conducted in June each year by the government departments dealing with Agriculture and Rural Affairs for Scotland, England, and Wales (see appropriate governmental website for the devolved region). Each farmer declares the agricultural activity on the land via a postal questionnaire. The respective government departments collect the 150 items of data and publish information relating to farm holdings for recognised geographies.

Conversion of Agricultural Census Data

The Edinburgh University Data Library has developed algorithms which convert the data for recognised geographies, obtained from the government departments, into grid square estimates. The key to transforming the raw data into grid square data is the definition of each geography (e.g. parish, in the case of Scotland) in terms of 1km squares. Agricultural Census items are distributed over those 1km grid squares with the land use category suitable for the census item in question. The categories are defined by the Landuse Framework, a 7-fold land-use classification of the same 1km grid squares (the seven land-use categories are agricultural land, upland, woodland, restricted agriculture – natural, restricted agriculture – artificial, urban, and inland water).

Agricultural change

Shifts in financial policy, environmental concerns, technological advances and food safety issues, among other issues, have recently influenced farming. Commercial survival can often depend on responding appropriately to those changes. The Agricultural Census grid square estimates can help to understand the nature and extent of change.

Market potential

Land use data could be the key to a marketing strategy. Whether a business is selling to the industry, or buying from it, Agricultural Census production data conveys a vivid picture of the real farming situation. Mapping the distribution of a production item allows an organisation to make informed decisions on planning and policy.

New business opportunities

Agricultural data could alert an organisation to new opportunities, reduce the likelihood of financial penalties associated with bad decisions about resources, or provide a sound basis for restructuring a distribution or supply network. Census derived agricultural data has the potential to provide some of the most accurate, quantifiable and usable marketing information to anyone doing business in the rural sector or associated industries. Those interested in estimating future activity can extrapolate from 30 years of data.

 

Digital Commonwealth: Massachusetts Collections Online

The Digital Commonwealth project provides access to thousands of photographs, manuscripts, books, audio recordings, maps, postcards, artifacts, and other material of historical interest that have been made available by libraries, museums, archives and historical societies across Massachusetts.

Barnum and Bailey

The collection can be searched by collection, institution, format, or geographical location. Although the items are all held in collections within Massachusetts they represent the cultural heritage from around the world.

Jamaica MapItems in the collections include American Revolutionary War era maps, a collection of anti-slavery material, photographs by Arthur Griffin ( a photographer for the Boston Globe), botanical prints, and books from Boston Public Library (including this recipe book from 1897 which can be read online via a link provided with the image in the collection.

Art-students and copyists in the Louvre gallery, ParisEach image or recording has a box listing information for the item, including the terms of use by which it can be used.

The image to the left is by Winslow Homer and was published in Harper’s Weekly on 11th January 1868. The terms of use for this image state that there are no known copyright restrictions and no restrictions on use. Whereas a photograph titled ‘Art class in Provincetown dunes’ by Arthur Griffin (taken between 1935 and 1955) is shown to be under copyright with all rights reserved. The two images show interesting similarities as well as obvious differences in the way in which artists work (and dress) almost 100 years apart.

Items from this collection are also available in the Digital Public Library of America – a freely available collection of material from across the US.

Environment Digimap

New Trial until 31 July 2014 : Environment Digimap

Environment Digimap is part of the Digimap Collection of on-line mapping and data delivery facilities. Users can view maps through their web browser, save maps for printing and download environmental map data for use in geographical information systems.

Environment Digimap provides the following:

  • An easy to use interface to allow you to browse, view and print Land Cover maps.
  • A simple data download facility so that the maps you view can be downloaded to your computer for use in a Geographic Information System (GIS) or image processing software.
  • On-line help with using the Environment Digimap, and understanding the land cover data and their use in Digimap and GIS software.

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Access Environment Digimap from the eresources@cambridge A-Z or at this link.