Tuesday, 15 February 2011

FIND is fast!

Ordering maps, data and aerial photography can be a tedious and frustrating process, especially if you need the data immediately. It’s often the case that you’ll have to wait several days, sometimes even weeks or the data may simply not be available from source.

There can be additional hassles too - licences may need to be signed and sent back; credit accounts may need to be set up; large minimum charges paid for. At FIND we have tried to make ordering data as quick and smooth a process as possible, with most of our maps, data and aerial photography available for instant online access. See below for a ready reference table covering how much faster our delivery times really are.

Photo: David W. Siu, Creative Commons, FLICKR

Standard delivery times from data source www.findmaps.co.uk
UK Aerial Photography Up-to-three working days for offline orders Instant online access
(view, print and download)
British Geological Survey (BGS) data Up-to-three working days for offline orders; signed licence needed; minimum £300 charge per export Instant online access
(view, print and download)
Coal Authority data Data unavailable from source Instant online access
(view, print and download)
Environment Agency data Order via form; delivery within a few weeks; minimum £50 administration charge Instant online access
(view, print and download)
English Heritage, Scottish Natural Heritage, Countryside Council for Wales data Unavailable for viewing. Only available as raw data needing technical skill and specialist software to access. Instant online access
(view, print and download)
Ordnance Survey maps and data Credit account needed before ordering; Over 1 working hour for FTP (OS MasterMap); “a few days” for CDs in the post (Large areas of OS MasterMap, rasters, height, address) Instant online access
(view, print and download)

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