Landmap has been elected by the online audience as 2nd Place for the Best Service Challenge of Copernicus Masters 2013. Copernicus Masters is the European earth monitoring competition which awards prizes to innovative solutions for business and society based on Earth observation data. This is a great result for our service which is currently seeking co-funding to move our work forward for 2014.
The Best Service Winner 2013 is HAB Forecast which provides weekly algae bloom alerts and uses ocean colour and SST products retrieved from the MyOcean catalogue. Congratulations to Julie Maguire and her team at Daithi O'Murchu Marine Research Station.
The awards ceremony will take place on 5 November 2013 in Munich, Germany as part of the European Space Solutions Conference.
Landmap originally began in 2001 as a joint project between Mimas and University College London (UCL). The project produced orthorectified satellite image mosaics of Landsat, SPOT and ERS data and the first 25m Digital Terrain Model (DTM) of the British Isles using SAR interferometric techniques.
In 2004/2005 Landmap participated in a Jisc funded Interoperability Demonstrator Project which created for the first time Web Map Services (WMS) and Web Coverage Services (WCS) for datasets provided through the Landmap website. This project also provided evidence that Mimas and EDINA could interoperate using Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards. In 2005 the Image Processing Course for ENVI, Idrisi Kilimanjaro, PCI Geomatica and ERDAS Imagine was launched for registered users of Landmap authored by IS Limited.
In 2006 the European Space Agency (ESA) Category 1 Project 'Monitoring the British Isles with ASAR and MERIS' commenced and has been ongoing ever since. This project has promoted the use of radar data to the UK academic community and has provided biannual coverages of ASAR and more recently ALOS PALSAR data to be used for research and teaching. The outputs of this work was presented in the 2007 ESA FRINGE Workshop in Frascati, Italy.The multidifference colour composites generated for Morecambe Bay attracted much media interest in 2008 which highlighted the rapid changes of the intertidal channels.
During 2007 and 2008 work focused on grid enabling Landmap data initially using Athens as part of the Jisc funded GEMS II Project which was presented at FOSS4G in 2007. Then followed by the Jisc funded SARoNGS Project which used Shibboleth for authentication and explored the use of Web Processing Services (WPS).
In 2007 Landmap became a Jisc funded service securing 5 years of continuous funding with capital to invest in new datasets and e-learning content. The GeoKnowledge Project in 2008 marked the creation of the Learning Zone an area of the Landmap website which was authored by leading academics in the field of Earth Observation and GIS along with companies who also contributed to courses such as IS Limited and The GeoInformation Group.
A consultation with the UK academic community showed that more high resolution datasets were required such as aerial photography, LiDAR and colour infrared. Landmap began negotiations with data providers which achieved data provision agreements with The GeoInformation Group, Bluesky and Getmapping. With large increases in the size and quantity of data needing to be provided through the service Landmap began the creation of a much more advanced Spatial Data Infrastructue (SDI) by adopting the ERDAS APOLLO enterprise data delivery technology. ERDAS APOLLO allowed users to view data interactively using WMS and to customise data download requests via WCS for parameters such as spectral bands, spatial resolution, resampling method and output format. The geoportal was named 'Landmap Kaia'.
In October 2009 the first release of Landmap Kaia based on APOLLO 9.3 launched. This was followed by the launch of the new Landmap website and Learning Zone in February 2010. A major upgrade to APOLLO 2010 provided the second release of Landmap Kaia and highlighted a gap in the provision of fully formed ISO 19115 standard metadata. A metadata service enhancements bid was submitted to Jisc which was successful and provided a one year project to focus on improving metadata of all Landmap datasets. A further extension of this work was the Mimas Linked Data Project in 2011 which provided an example of how RDF could be created for geospatial metadata for a subset of Landmap data. New datasets released included Building Heights; Building Classes and UKMap with workshops provided to the academic community thereafter.
In 2011 Landmap was a partner of the ELOGeo Project with The University of Nottingham which produced an online repository for E-Learning of Open Data, Open Standards and Open Software. During 2011 and 2012 a Landmap Usability Project was conducted to assess the Learning Zone, Datasets and Kaia geoportal with students and researchers, obtaining feedback on how the service could be improved. Some of the suggestions such as a better basemap for Kaia and a Gazetteer function were addressed in the third release of Landmap Kaia in April 2012 which integrated Bing Maps for the basemap. This launched also included embedding the Edina OS OpenStream service into the Web Map Context so that Landmap users could compare and contrast our data with OS Open Data.
In 2012 Jisc awarded Landmap with a 6 months Rapid Innovation Project which provided funding to open up over 50% of the Learning Zone educational materials so that these could be used across Europe and beyond. This work was promoted at the INSPIRE 2012 Conference, Istanbul, Turkey. In addition work with the University of Bonn, Germany allowed Landmap to share school e-learning materials with the UK education community with the launch of Spatial Science for Schools in August 2012.
In 2013 Landmap trialed its first Augmented Reality UKMap App available through Juniao which used UKMap data originally collected by The GeoInformation Group to teach schools children about reading and interpreting different mapping layers using the key, this was rolled out during the UK Science and Engineering Week. Furthermore screencasts for how to complete different tasks in Landmap Kaia were released onto the Landmap website responding to users requests which had come out of the usability studies. AVNIR-2 and ALOS PALSAR was provided in Landmap Kaia in July 2013.
A new Open Educational Course called Introduction to OGC Services will be released in November 2013.
Landmap funding is due to be cut on 31 December 2013 and currently co-funding of the service is being sought by Jisc. If co-funding is not secured the service will remain online unsupported from 1 January 2014 - 31 July 2014.