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Service Releases

Provides details of new service releases & their benefits to the geospatial community.

Why did we create the course?

Over the past 10 years the Landmap team has acquired a great deal of knowledge regarding OGC services and how to implement them within an Academic- Spatial Data Infrastructure (A-SDI). Past projects which have touched upon open technologies and datasets includes:

  • 2005 - Jisc funded Interoperability Demonstrator Project using WMS, WCS and WFS and working in collaboration with Edina, Center for Computational Geography (CCG), UCL and NERC DataGrid
  • 2008 - present - Development of Landmap Kaia using OGC standards and providing an interoperable web mapping interface to other OGC services
  • 2010/2011 - Jisc funded Metadata Enhancements Project - create ISO standard metadata to embed in Landmap Kaia
  • 2011 - Mimas Linked Data Project - creating RDF of geospatial metadata
  • 2012 - Open Educational Resources (OER) Rapid Innovation Project- included the release of a new image processing course called Introduction to GRASS GIS














                         Unit 7: Geoportal software architecture diagram                             Unit 1: SDI sectors diagram     

Furthermore Landmap has always been committed to providing online educational resources with a Learning Zone launched on the website in 2008. The Introduction to OGC Standards is a new course available from the Open Educational Resources area of the Learning Zone.

How did we create it?

The materials were authored by Dominic Taylor and Joseph McGenn who were interns at Landmap during the 2012/13 academic year as part of the Manchester Graduate Internship Programme. More experienced members of the Landmap team provided advice, editing and testing of the content to aid in the development of the course. In July 2013 a project plan was developed to transition the materials from Word documents into the Landmap Learning Zone using the Content Management System (CMS) Joomla. Further editing of images/ content was achieved during this period and now the materials are available to use by all!

What does the course cover?

The intended learning outcomes of the course are:

  • To provide an awareness of the OGC and the INSPIRE Directive
  • To understand the importance of OGC standards, who uses them and why
  • An understanding of common OGC standards and how they work using HTTP requests and responses in the context of geoportals
  • Knowledge of geospatial metadata standards and metadata catalogue architecture
  • To have an understanding of server-side mapping technology and some of the Open Source options for creating web mapping services
  • To possess the ability to create a basic geoportal using OGC services
  • To use OGC HTTP requests in a range of GIS and image processing packages
  • Knowledge of OGC KML standards with the ability to create basic KML and view in Google Earth




               Unit 4: Linked data vocabularies            Unit 4: INSPIRE compliant metadata standards

The course refers to and uses an array of open source software such as QGIS; uDig; Gaia; OpenLayers; PostGIS; GeoServer; GeoNetwork; Degree and Google Earth.


Unit 6: Open Layers - combining British Geological Survey data with Google Terrain base layer

Who can use it?

The course is aimed at students, lecturers (can form part of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in GIS), Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in both the public and private sector and also anyone else who has a keen interest in geospatial data and how to use open software, open standards and open datasets for developing their own web mapping applications or for performing geospatial analysis. The materials are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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Going Live

The course is now available from the Open Educational Resources area of the Landmap Learning Zone within the menu item Geospatial Standards - Introduction to OGC Standards. There is also a wide range of other open access courses such as Image Processing for ENVI, Idrisi Kilimanjaro, ERDAS IMAGINE (v.9 & 2010), PCI Geomatica and GRASS GIS.

Due to the Jisc funding cut this new course and the rest of the courses in the Learning Zone will only be available online until 31 July 2014. The Landmap team is currently working with other groups in the geospatial community to ensure these materials are hosted by another organization before they are taken offline. 

If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement of the course please provide these to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 31 December 2013.

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The aim of this post is to inform you of all you need to know to get started with using UKMap data in your research for the new academic year 2013/14.

What is UKMap?

  • UKMap is a modern, highly detailed and feature rich mapping database that is free from Ordnance Survey copyright
  • Based on 1:1,000 scale topographic mapping, UKMap accurately locates buildings, garages, property boundaries, roads, trees and many more features
  • The dataset comprises of addresses, retail names including above ground usage, building heights, points of interest as well as an aerial photography layer

Further details about UKMap can be found in the Datasets area of the website.


What's new?

UKMap is updated every 6 months and this week the new Edition 11 data has been released through Landmap Kaia originally supplied by The GeoInformation Group. This will be the last update of UKMap data through Landmap due to the JISC funding cut.

How long is the data available for?

  • UKMap will be available to download from Landmap Kaia  until 31 July 2014
  • Downloaded UKMap data can be used in your research until 30 September 2014
  • All UKMap original data, copies and derived products must be deleted and removed from all computers and back-up devices before or on 1 October 2014

For more details on citation and to read the End User Licensing Agreement 2013 for UKMap please visit the Data Licensing and Citation Guidelines.

Where and How do I download the UKMap data?

Where can I get further help and information about UKMap?

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is available until 31 December 2013
  • Introduction to UKMap Course can be found within the Protected Educational Resources in the Learning Zone (your institutional login details are required)
    • Provides the latest UKMap Manual with detailed information about each mapping layer
    • Breaks down the folder directory which is downloaded from Landmap Kaia explaining what each data layer is and the format provided
    • Exercises to complete in either ArcGIS or QGIS including how to join tables and display the data
  • If you would like to explore the UKMap data to understand further what information is contained in the data layers and to preview the data then you can download Junaio on a mobile device and explore the UKMap app by scanning the QR code or the aerial photograph on this postcard.

I hope that you explore and take advantage of the free access to this excellent dataset over the forthcoming year through Landmap.

Inquiries about continuing access to UKMap after 1 October 2014 need to be directed to the data supplier The GeoInformation Group.

Please note that the team will be getting in touch with current UKMap users before the end of this year and details of current users will be provided to The GeoInformation Group.



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Google Maps and Google Earth have triggered an explosion of interest in our planet's land, sea and atmosphere.

Thanks to a partnership with the University of Bonn, we've launched Spatial Science for Schools - new tutorials that aim to bring this enthusiasm into the classroom by improving pupils' understanding of remote sensing images of satellite and aerial photography.

Inspiring the new generation

Spatial Science for Schools is the latest addition to Landmap's popular Learning Zone. The tutorials help students apply their digital skills to a range of educational scenarios, from drawing conclusions about the Haiti earthquake crisis to understanding map coordinates. Gail Millin-Chalabi, GeoKnowledge Project Manager, explains:

"The tutorials in Spatial Science for Schools provide an integrated approach for embedding images of the Earth for topics such as tsunamis, earthquakes, species extinction, floods, atmospheric circulation and contrast enhancement of images. Part of the Landmap vision is to educate the new generation regarding the use of remote sensing so that they are better informed of the application opportunities available to them. "

 The tutorials are aimed at 9 – 18 year old pupils, and encourage them to develop skills in topics such as interpreting satellite and aerial photography.

Encouraging science in schools

We want to encourage the use of remote sensing by teachers in geography, biology, mathematics, geomatics and physics lessons, and many of the materials directly support the national curriculum.

The interactive tutorials include exercises and quizzes alongside a wide range of materials and data to bring subjects to life and make lessons more fun. For example, pupils can access:

  • Satellite images
  • Weather maps
  • Aerial photographs
  • Animations
  • Google Earth KMZ files

Kamie Kitmitto Landmap Manager says:

"Landmap is hosting this website to contribute to the UK government agenda to promote science and technology in schools. The tutorials offer a range of possibilities for teachers to encourage pupils' interest in natural sciences, mathematics or engineering through the use of fascinating satellite images."

A European partnership

The original tutorials were developed as part of the Fernerkundung in Schulen (FIS) Project at the University of Bonn, and are funded by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

We're pleased to bring these materials to the UK, and make them available via our Landmap Service. If you would like to know more about Spatial Science for Schools, please contact us.

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