Online Resources

Online Resources

National Library of Scotland's Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland, 1897-1909

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National Library of Scotland

This is a pilot web-mapping application, which uses zoomable Ordnance Survey mapping to search and display images and records of the Bathymetrical Charts.

The first comprehensive examination of the depths and nature of 562 inland Scottish lochs, including some 60,000 soundings on 223 coloured maps.

Natura 2000


Natura 2000 Natura 2000 is an ecological network of protected areas, set up to ensure the survival of Europe's most valuable species and habitats. Natura 2000 is based on the 1979 Birds Directive and the 1992 Habitats Directive. The green infrastructure it provides safeguards numerous ecosystem services and ensures that Europe's natural systems remain healthy and resilient.

Designated protected zones are shown for most countries in Western Europe with the exception of: the UK, Switzerland, Austria and Norway. Users can zoom and pan around the map then select the area they are interested and return some statistics on the ecology of the selected designation.

Nature on the Map

Research Free Subscription Mapping Services

Nature on the Map Nature on the Map is Natural England's interactive map site. The web site provides a range of maps for users including Nature Reserves, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Habitats and Geological Sites maps. Users can also search for places and sights to see using the postcode search feature.

More information


World Free Mapping Services

NAVTEQ Map24 NAVTEQ Map24 is a free online mapping service, providing street level maps and driving directions for many parts of the world including the UK, Europe, North America and parts of Asia.

The service is powered by a company-owned technology called MapTP which offers features like a 3-D route flight and complete interactivity with each map.

Noise Mapping England

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Noise Mapping England The Noise Mapping England project is the first stage in the development of a National Ambient Noise Strategy for England. The project aims to establish the environmental noise climate across England. Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has now launched the London Road Traffic Noise Map, which is fundamental to the Noise Mapping England project.

For more information about the DEFRA project and to see the maps generated for 23 urban areas in England, please visit the Noise Mapping of England project pages.

North American Environmental Atlas

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North American Environmental Atlas

The North American Environmental Atlas is an online atlas of Environmental data for the USA and Canada. It has been put together by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and allows visitors to view and download a number datasets including:

  • Terrestrial Ecosystems

    • Land Cover
    • Forests
    • Conservation areas
    • Eco-regions
    • Wetlands
  • Marine Ecosystems

    • Eco-regions
    • Protected Areas
  • Pollution and Waste

    • Pollutant Releases
    • Emissions data
  • Human Influences

    • Anthropogenic Biomes
    • Human Influence (terrestrial/marine)
    • Irrigation
    • Light pollution
    • Renewable energy
  • Climate

    • Precipitation
    • Temperature

Users can pick basemaps or relief shading to enhance the online map and then share it with others through a WMS URL. There really is a huge amount of data in the Environmental Atlas and it is well worth an explore.

Old Maps

Free Mapping Services

Old Maps Provides online access to a digital historical map archive of Britain which is jointly owned by Landmark and Ordnance Survey, Britain's national mapping agency. The maps available for free viewing from this web site have been extracted from Ordnance Survey (OS) County Series 1:10,560 scale First Edition maps which are held by Landmark for the whole of Great Britain. Later editions and other scales of mapping are also available from Landmark. Map extracts can be purchased as Decorative Maps direct from this web site.

It is free to browse and view the maps, but they can also be purchased.

Old Maps Online

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Old Maps Online

OldMapsOnline.org is the world's largest portal for freely available, high-resolution images of historic maps, bringing together many of the world's largest online historic map collections in a single search interface. It was originally launched in 2012, with funding from JISC through the Great Britain Historical GIS Team at the University of Portsmouth, but it has steadily grown in size and functionality since then.

OldMapsOnline.org indexes over 400.000 maps. This is only thanks to the archives and libraries that were open to the idea and provided their online content. All new participants are warmly welcomed.

OneGeology Portal

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OneGeology Portal The OneGeology Portal is now available for anyone to view and for OneGeology participants to register their data.

OneGeology material is freely available for non-commercial use only.

OneGeology gives non-exclusive permission to reproduce free of charge:
* OneGeology images,
* posters,
* maps

For personal, academic, educational, non-commercial research, or other non-commercial uses, subject to appropriate acknowledgement and notification.

Open Street Map

World Free Mapping Services

Open Street Map

Open Street Map is a free editable map of the whole world. It allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth. Hosted by the UCL VR Centre.

It's possible to download the data in a variety of formats using the OSM2GIS service. Using this service it is possible to download quite large areas of OSM in the following formats:

  • ShapeFile
  • MapInfo TAB format
  • KML
  • GML
  • SQLite

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