Our free geospatial data service to support mapping and geospatial data downloads across the further education (FE) curriculum has launched.
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 bundle consists of the following geospatial services:
- Complete Ordnance Survey collection
- Historical and coastal aerial photography (with LiDAR)
- Historic Ordnance Survey
Getting access is easy. Simply visit the order page and login to your Jisc Collections account to subscribe.