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New geospatial mapping and download service available for free to UK FE colleges

Student using computer in class ©Jisc and Matt Lincoln

The high-quality service, developed by global leader in aeronautics Airbus in conjunction with Jisc members, will give UK FE colleges free access to unlimited data and mapping capabilities for the next three years.

Whether it’s history students studying settlements, or geography students exploring population patterns, the service can accommodate their various needs through an easy-to-use interface which also performs well on tablets and even smart phones.

Paul Russell, deputy managing director of intelligence (UK) at Airbus, said:

“We wanted to create a state-of-the-art tool that gives students the benefit of our experiences and knowledge and this service, also available to higher education, is industry leading.

“We are really pleased that Jisc can offer the service to its further education members for free for the next three years. Students, and subsequently our engineers of the future, deserve to have access to the latest technology to help advance their future careers.”

Keith Cole, executive director of digital resources at Jisc, added:

“It’s great to be able to announce this new commercial-quality service and we’re really pleased we can offer it to FE colleges for free as part of their Jisc subscription. 

“Normally these types of services come at a cost that is beyond our members’ budgets, but in partnering with Airbus we benefit from their specialism in Earth observation and can pass this on to the students, which is ultimately what it’s all about.”

About geospatial data

The geospatial data service is a complete bundle that consolidates the range and full depth of geospatial services from Jisc Collections into a single package.

The bundle consists of the following geospatial services:

  • Complete Ordnance Survey collection
  • Historical and coastal aerial photography (with LiDAR)
  • Historic Ordnance Survey
  • Geology
  • Marine
  • Environmental

Getting access is easy. Simply visit the order page and login to your Jisc Collections account to subscribe.

For more information and an introductory webinar about the service capabilities, visit geospatial data.

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