Jisc geospatial data services, hosted by Airbus Space and Defence Limited, is a platform service consisting of a geospatial data product (GDP) View service, GDP Data Download service and associated Support services.
The View service:
Airbus' service solution use OpenLayers as the main map viewer component with additional custom extensions and will also reuse existing functionality present in other Geostore® services, in order to provide a modern and responsive user experience available for effective use on multiple devices.
The Data Download service:
This collection for higher education, Research Councils and Affiliate Members includes the Environmental, Ordinance Survey Collection, Geology, Historic and Marine services.
Environmental provides Land Cover Map data from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. This is a parcel-based classification of UK land cover derived from satellite images and digital cartography and gives land cover information for the entire UK. Land cover is based on UK Biodiversity Action Plan Broad Habitats.
Land cover is the physical material on the surface of the Earth. Examples include artificial materials such as roads and buildings in urban areas, natural and managed vegetated surfaces and inland water.
Land cover maps have multiple uses. They are used for the management of natural resources, urban planning, carbon accounting and flood risk modelling.
CEH has produced three digital Land Cover Maps which have been successfully used in a wide range of applications over the last 20 years. Details of the three Land Cover Maps and how to access them are provided below:
LiDAR and Coastal Aerial Mapping data included free of charge:
Ordnance Survey Collection
The Ordnance Survey Licensed Data consists of the following products:
The Licensed Data also includes:
The following datasets constitute OS OpenData datasets and may be included in the Geospatial Service. These datasets, together with any other datasets which Ordnance Survey releases as OS OpenData in the future, are not subject to the restrictions of this EULA, but are licensed under the OS OpenData Licence terms which are available to view (or such other replacement url).
A current list of OS OpenData products is available.
Please note: All geospatial users must be fully registered members of a subscribing UK further higher education institution or Research Council.
Please note that institutions no longer need to hold a current Ordnance Survey Education Copyright Licence.
Please view our FAQ Guide about the Ordnance Survey sub-licence
*Please read the amended model sub licence and the obligations of the EULA appendix very carefully. The OS has recently amended its licence with the whole academic sector, which is now called the Education Service Providers Contract. The Licence FAQ highlights the major changes. The End User Licence Acceptance for each first time user of the service will be enforced.
Geology can be used for viewing, annotating and printing maps online, and for downloading data for use in GIS software.
Geology gives access to the main onshore and offshore geology products along with some groundwater and rock information data:
Geology allows users to view the onshore geology products as well as view British Geological Survey images of geological features, of rocks, fossils and the BGS at work. The maps can be customised, annotated and printed up to A0 with a legend.
Airbus can also provide the following Lithoframe 3D model data from the BGS; LithoFrame is a new concept to produce models of Britain's subsurface geology, they are the 3D equivalent of the geological map:
1:250,000 scale themes (GB coverage - vector data), solid geology, drift deposits (if BGS digitisation programme is complete), 1:50,000 scale themes (GB coverage - vector data), solid geology, drift deposits, mass movement, artificial ground. DiGMapGB-625 - 1:625 000 scale data. Digital onshore geological maps at 1:625 000 scale covering Great Britain are available for download. Bedrock geology and superficial deposits themes are made available. KML files are also available.
The BGS lexicon of named rock units
The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units is a relational database which holds definitive and readily accessible information about all geological units used in BGS maps and publications. Lexicon entries include rock unit name, map code, parent rock units, lower and upper boundaries, thickness, geographical extent and bibliographic references. The Lexicon adds value to the geological digital maps and support documentation.
Lithoframe 3D model data
The 3D model data shall be added to the Licensed Work from time to time as and when supplied by the Licensor to the Licensee.
LithoFrame is a new concept to produce models of Britain's subsurface geology; the 3D equivalent of the geological map.
Models are systematically developed at a range of resolutions:
This data will be supplied as ESRI shapes and grids. The shapes will give the horizontal extent of each modelled unit, the grids will give elevations of top and base of each modelled unit.
Digital onshore geological maps at 1:625 000 scale covering Great Britain are available for download. Bedrock geology and superficial deposits themes are made available. KML files are also available.
Historic provides access to the valuable historic Ordnance Survey map collection online. The maps are digital scans of Ordnance Survey paper map sheets including:
Users can view maps through their web browser, save maps for printing and download the historic map data for use in geographical information systems.
The content has been purchased in perpetuity, but a fee applies for access via the Airbus platform.
The full features catalogue can be found here.
There is a risk free trial for the service until 31 Jul 2019. From August 2019 until July 2020 the service is available as a no cost optional service*.
*Beyond July 2020, this will remain a no cost optional service as long the current VAT arrangements for Jisc continue. If Jisc's VAT position changes and the service is no longer a cost free optional service from 2020/21 and beyond, the Institution shall have the right to terminate this Sub-Licence during the Subscription Period.
We have compiled these licence summaries to help service users quickly view what Jisc has identified as key points in the most commonly queried licence terms and on the major changes. These licence summaries are not a complete statement of the important licence terms; nor are they intended to constitute legal advice. They are for general guidance and assistance only in relation to the agreements and should not be used as a substitute for a detailed full review of your agreements, including independent legal advice. Should you require legal advice, you should contact a legal adviser.