Professional Land Surveyor News: Cadcorp Software National UK Web Mapping for Education Sector

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Inspiring learning - Cadcorp software enables greater sharing of map data to UK education sector

Digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software developer Cadcorp and the EDINA National Data Centre have announced that the latest version of the EDINA Digimap service has gone live.

Launched in 2000, the EDINA Digimap service specialises in the delivery of a number of geographical data resources over the internet to over 150 academic institutions.  National digital map data ranging from Ordnance Survey® (OS) products to geology, marine and historical maps can be accessed by staff and students free at point of use. Based on Cadcorp’s web mapping software GeognoSIS, the service also utilises a number of licences of Map Modeller, Cadcorp’s high-end desktop GIS system.

The new Cadcorp software has enabled EDINA to build an updated Digimap service resulting in faster response, greatly improved stability, cleaner looking maps and improved print functionality together with cost and time savings. It replaces other legacy software use by EDINA and forms the basis of a wider application service providing map data services to the academic community.

Tim Riley, Digimap Development Programme Manager at EDINA said, “The quality of Cadcorp's software combined with their proactive professional approach meant we could satisfy all the requirements for the replacement of the complex GIS which underpins our Digimap service.  The result provides outstanding quality maps quickly and seamlessly; the performance and scalability exceeded our expectations.  The Cadcorp team went out of their way to make this project a success and we look forward to working with them again as we extend the facilities Digimap offers in the future.”

“It has been a pleasure to work with EDINA on the Digimap project”, commented Mike O’Neil, managing director, Cadcorp. “We look forward to working with EDINA as project moves forward”.


EDINA is the JISC national academic data centre based at the University of Edinburgh. Its mission and purpose is to ‘enhance the productivity of research, learning and teaching’ across all universities, research institutes and colleges in the UK. EDINA does this by delivering first-rate online services and by working with support staff in universities and colleges and with other partners in the academic community, and beyond, and by carrying out successful R&D projects.

Digimap is a suite of EDINA services which deliver a wide range of maps and map data of Great Britain to UK tertiary education. Mapping data is available either to download to use with appropriate application software such as GIS or CAD, or as maps generated online.

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About Cadcorp

Established in 1991, Cadcorp is a leading developer and supplier of digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software, applications and associated services. Based in the UK, Cadcorp's sales, support, distribution and value-added reseller (VAR) network stretches worldwide.

The Cadcorp SIS® - Spatial Information System® product family is fully integrated digital mapping and GIS software that uses OGC certified compliant interfaces. Cadcorp technical director Martin Daly is an OGC Gardels Medal holder for his contribution to the OGC, and was one of the original members of the OGC Architecture Board.

Cadcorp is an ISO9001:2008 and ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certified company, an Ordnance Survey Developer Partner and Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland Licensed Partner.  Cadcorp SIS applications exist in local government, central government, emergency services, hydrospatial, insurance, oil & natural gas, mapping and surveying, commercial, utilities and many other markets.


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