Thursday, 31 March 2011

FIND updated with the latest BGS maps and data

FIND is pleased to announce that we have updated all geological data layers and added an Aquifer permeability data layer from the British Geological Survey (BGS).

Above, Aquifer permeability map on Locale map background

Geology 10K data coverage has been significantly increased, especially in south east England and Lincolnshire. There are additional zones within the River and coastal flooding layer defining higher and lower areas of potential flood.

FIND also makes available this month the new aquifer designation dataset from the Environment Agency and the BGS. This data reflects the importance of aquifers as a groundwater resource, such as drinking water, as well as their role in supporting surface water flows and wetland ecosystems. is currently only place you can view, print and export this information.

In addition to the new BGS data, we make available new Soil permeability data layer from the Environment Agency. This displays soil permeability and soil class details, based on the physical and chemical properties of the soil that affects the downward passage of water and contaminants. It should be used with the new aquifer designation layer for maximum benefit.

Tell me more about the Geology data package
Tell me more about River and coastal flooding
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Tell me more about the Soil permeability layer

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

FIND launches a new free mapping website

Today we launch – a unique website that makes it possible for members of the public to create and customise their own maps for free.

Customised 'Your Google Map'

Last year the UK government released numerous datasets to the public, an example being the Ordnance Survey’s OS OpenData. However, to date the public has not had access to this data in a useful and accessible manner. FIND’s Personalise Your Map website is an exciting development that allows the members of the public to make use of UK government data for their own needs.

The site gives unprecedented access to a range of constantly updated maps and information from respected UK government sources such as Natural England, Ordnance Survey and Historic Scotland. For the first time users have been provided with a powerful mapping toolset meaning that rather than simply viewing a map users can now customise their own. Maps can be annotated with shapes, text, symbols, styling, and useful measuring tools then saved to PDF in a neat print template. The result is customised cartography at no cost.

Outdoor OS Map with heritage layers

An exclusive feature of the portal is the ability to customise a Google Map through the ‘Your Google Map’ feature. Users have the ability to change the colour of every feature on a Google map globally to suit their specific requirements and preferences.

Mariam Crichton, CEO of FIND says “ offers individuals the ability to mark up their own maps and share these with a wider audience. The possibilities of its use are endless, from customising a wedding invitation to sharing the details and the location of a significant local event for example the impact of major weather incident. The website acts as a powerful tool for communicating mapping information on a global scale”.

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