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Digimap: Copyright, referencing and help

An introduction to online maps and map data via EDINA's Digimap database


As a registered user you can produce/print maps and use them for:

  • Teaching
  • Academic Research
  • Educational Research

You must include a copyright acknowledgement e.g. for OS content:

© Crown Copyright and Database Right [insert date]. Ordnance Survey (Digimap Licence)

This copyright information is included at the bottom when you print a map from Digimap. The format of this acknowledgement varies by product. See the licence. There is a summary per product on the Digimap blog post on the copyright statement.

The revised End User License Agreements are different and are all available from the Digimap Resource Centre pages.

Help and resources

You can contact the Library for advice at

EDINA provide official support , Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, via email. Use the Contact Us link at the bottom of the Digimap homepage, or email

Citing and referencing Digimap

If you have used maps and/or data from Digimap in your coursework you must cite and reference them as you would for any published source. EDINA provides its own recommendations for citing and referencing Digimap, which includes guidance on referencing maps, map data, and WMS from Digimap.

We have our own institutional referencing style - Harvard Bath. See below examples for the most pertinent templates:

Online map

Map publisher, Year published. Title of map section [Online], scale, map product name (where available). Available from: url or doi [Accessed date].

Ordnance Survey, 2020. Street view map of University of Bath [Online], 1:5000, OS VectorMap® Local. Available from: [Accessed 30 April 2020].


Creator’s Surname, INITIALS., Year. Name of dataset [Online]. Publisher. Available from: DOI [Accessed date].

Wilson, D., 2013. Real geometry and connectedness via triangular description: CAD example bank [Online]. Bath: University of Bath. Available from: [Accessed 20 April 2016]. 

Activities to test your Digimap skills

Go to the Digimap resource centre. There are activities in the Learning zone section in the middle of the page: