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September 28th, 2008
EDINA Newsline: New Map Production Software for Digimap

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PR – The Digimap service has now been delivering digital mapping data to the academic community for nearly nine years. During this time the underlying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) platform which produces Digimap’s high-quality mapping has remained unchanged. Now, with an ever-increasing user base, technological advances and changing user expectations, it is time for an upgrade.

After a thorough and competitive procurement process, EDINA has chosen the Cadcorp SIS and Cadcorp GeognoSIS family of GIS products to replace the existing GIS platform.

Cadcorp is a leading UK developer and supplier of digital mapping and GIS software, applications and services. David Medyckyj-Scott, Manager of the EDINA Research and Geo-data Services team said,

“The Cadcorp software will give us the opportunity to improve and expand the services we offer to users within the Digimap service. We have over 37,000 active users so the impact of these changes for the better will be felt by many. We can also look to support new types of services such as Digimap for mobiles.”

Alongside the continued operation of the existing service, EDINA has begun the re-engineering of Digimap’s Ordnance Survey Collection to make use of the new Cadcorp software. The work will result in a service with better performance and scalability as well as new functionality, fit for a future where maps and geographic information become increasingly important on the Web and as information resources for teaching and learning.

EDINA aims to have the new infrastructure operational in time for the start of the 2009/2010 academic year. Phase 2, re-engineering the other Digimap Collections, will then commence.

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