Online Resources

Online Resources

Military Maps of Scotland (18th century)

Free Mapping Services

Military Maps of Scotland (18th century) During the Jacobite period in the 18th century, the Board of Ordnance made numerous maps and plans for the use of government troops. They provide valuable information about 18th century Scotland, and are of interest not just to military historians.

My Society

My Society A site that has a viaiery of interactive maps and searches that allow the user to find out what is going on in their area, or to report things like pot holes and broken street lights.

Through the website, 200,000 people have written to their MP for the first time, over 8,000 potholes and other broken things have been fixed, nearly 9,000,000 signatures have been left on petitions to the Prime Minister, and at least 77 tiny hats have been knitted for charity.

An interesting and useful resource for finding out things about areas that you would not otherwise be able to do.

National Archives - Interactive DEAL North Sea Map

UK Free Mapping Services Raw Data

National Archives - Interactive DEAL North Sea Map This map gives access to oil and gas information for UK waters and works as an example of DNF (Digital National Framework). This virtual repository links information from many sources into one interactive map.

This website currently only supports Internet Explorer.


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

Mapping Services Free

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

Free Mapping Services

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

Raw Data Mapping Services Free GIS RS World

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.

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