Posted on 6th Nov 2018

Library Services are very pleased to tell you that we have free trial access to the Jisc Geospatial Data Service until July 2019.

The Geospatial collection consists of the following: Environment, Geology, Historic, Marine and Ordnance Survey collections.

To access the service follow these steps:

  • Go to
  • Click on Account from the top right of the screen
  • Then click on Login
  • Type and select 'Abertay University' from the 'Which organisation would you like to sign in with?' screen.
  • Login with your network credentials
  • Access is available to all Abertay staff and students for the duration of the trial period.

What is the Jisc Geospatial Data Service?

Jisc have partnered with multinational earth observation specialist Airbus to develop this new, commercial quality geospatial data service - it offers highly accurate, detailed current mapping with unlimited download capability and spatial data. Environment, Geology, Historic, Marine and Ordnance Survey collections are all included in the service.

Who is this service for?

Researchers, lecturers and students who need an accurate tool for mapping and adding layers and spatial data to support research and learning in the arts & social sciences, earth & life sciences and engineering.

What's included? (Features & content)

  • Current and contemporary Ordnance Survey (OS) maps and data, including gazetteer and postcode information.
  • Geology data from the British Geological Survey (BGS)
  • Historic OS maps from 1843
  • Marine mapping and chart data
  • LiDAR (light detection and ranging) and coastal aerial maps, plus other open source data from a wide variety of governmental and agency sources.
  • Land cover data from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)
  • OS Northern Ireland data, for the very first time (available from October 2018)
  • Cutting edge shaping, drawing and point tools to manipulate data
  • Printable and downloadable selections of data over-layers on slippy maps.
  • Downloadable data for use in other applications such as computer-aided design (CAD) and geographic information system (GIS)
  • Adaptability - adjust and interrogate data, turn layers on and off and compare data sets side by side. Annotate and label as required.
  • Facility to upload your own geographic data and share as projects within student groups etc.

Where can I get help?

View the User Guides here

View the FAQs here

If you have any feedback on this resource trial, please email

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