Digimap update: Global and Society Roam trial access

Our subscription to EDINA’s Digimap service gives our staff and students online access to current (OS) and historic maps and map data for the UK, as well as Environment (land cover), Geological, Marine, Aerial and Lidar content.

Until 31 July 2019 we also have trial access to the following packages:

Global Roam (Beta): explore international maps and data (OpenStreetMap, Natural Earth and Collins Bartholomew World Panorama content). Upload data or map layers using a WMS feed.

World Panorama Data - Collins Bartholomew

Society Roam: explore more than 40 layers of processed 2011 census data – for individuals e.g. health, economic activity, for households e.g. home type, number of cars, internet access, and also neighbourhood classifications e.g. from rural residents to constrained city dwellers.

In need of inspiration? Digimap’s maps and data can be used in many ways. EDINA provide a number of case study examples. Here at Bath, Digimap is most popular with Architecture & Civil Engineering students, who may manipulate the content using CAD and GIS software.

The trial content may open up more possibilities for other disciplines e.g. Social Scientists (Society Roam e.g. health and crime analysis) and Management students (use of geodata for market intelligence, business cases, etc).

Coming soon! Maps and data for Northern Ireland will soon be added to OS Roam.

Did you know? Researchers who need Royal Mail address data can contact EDINA directly to find out how they can make a request and how much it will cost – edina@ed.ac.uk

Get started now: Register for and access Digimap

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Celebrating British Science Week 2019

British Science Week logoBritish Science Week is a week-long celebration of sciences, with various events taking place all around the country (and the University!). To mark the occasion, we have put together a display featuring a selection of titles from our ‘popular science’ reading list and free British Science Week stickers. Check out the display if you want to know more, it will remain in the Library foyer (Level 2) until the 17th of March.

British Science Week stickers

3 different models of stickers, all available from the display on Level 2 of the Library.

We also wanted to celebrate the people at the University who made some great contributions to the scientific field. We used SciVal, a powerful analytical tool, to highlight a small selection of impactful scientific papers written by our academics over the last 5 years. Click on the ‘article URL’ to read an article, or click on an author’s name to see their University of Bath researcher profile.

Beiglböck, M., Cox, A.M.G. and Huesmann, M., 2017. Optimal transport and Skorokhod embedding. Inventiones Mathematicae, 208(2), pp. 327-400.

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Birks, T.A., Gris-Sánchez, I., Yerolatsitis, S., Leon-Saval, S.G. and Thomson, R.R., 2015. The photonic lantern. Advances in Optics and Photonics, 7(2), pp. 107-167.

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Caliskan, A., Bryson, J.J. and Narayanan, A., 2017. Semantics derived automatically from language corpora contain human-like biases. Science, 356(6334), pp. 183-186.

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Corti, A., Haskins, M., Nordström, J. and Pacini, T., 2015. G2-Manifolds and associative submanifolds via semi-fano 3-folds. Duke Mathematical Journal, 164(10), pp. 1971-2092.

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Duro, J.A., Padget, J.A., Bowen, C.R., Kim, H.A. and Nassehi, A., 2016. Multi-sensor data fusion framework for CNC machining monitoring. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 66-67, pp. 505-520.

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Eames, C. and Islam, M.S., 2014. Ion intercalation into two-dimensional transition-metal carbides: Global screening for new high-capacity battery materials. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136(46), pp. 16270-16276.

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Ghanbarian, A.T. and Hurst, L.D., 2015. Neighboring genes show correlated evolution in gene expression. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 32(7), pp. 1748-1766.

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Lipani, L., Dupont, B.G.R., Doungmene, F., Marken, F., Tyrrell, R.M., Guy, R.H. and Ilie, A., 2018. Non-invasive, transdermal, path-selective and specific glucose monitoring via a graphene-based platform. Nature Nanotechnology, 13(6), pp. 504-511.

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Maher, S., Mrsny, R.J. and Brayden, D.J., 2016. Intestinal permeation enhancers for oral peptide delivery. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, 106, pp. 277-319.

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Richardson, G., O’Kane, S.E.J., Niemann, R.G., Peltola, T.A., Foster, J.M., Cameron, P.J. and Walker, A.B., 2016. Can slow-moving ions explain hysteresis in the current-voltage curves of perovskite solar cells? Energy and Environmental Science, 9(4), pp. 1476-1485.

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Vinther, J., Stein, M., Longrich, N.R. and Harper, D.A.T., 2014. A suspension-feeding anomalocarid from the Early Cambrian. Nature, 507(7493), pp. 496-499.

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Wolverson, D., Crampin, S., Kazemi, A.S., Ilie, A. and Bending, S.J., 2014. Raman spectra of monolayer, few-layer, and bulk ReSe2: An anisotropic layered semiconductor. ACS Nano, 8(11), pp. 11154-11164.

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The criteria to select these papers were:

  • High number of citations within the subject area
  • Published in a journal with high impact factor
  • Published by University of Bath researchers (often in collaboration with others) between 2014 and 2018

You can find out more about SciVal and publication data on our research analytics page. Happy science week!

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LGBT+ History Month (February 2019)

The Library, working with Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity partners across campus, is celebrating LGBT+ History Month with the addition of more than 30 books to Library stock!  All the books purchased were suggested by members of the student LGBT+ group. A display of the titles, pictured below, can be found on Level 2 of the Library throughout February. We have also compiled a reading list which you can browse online.

LGBT+ History Month display 2019

The Library’s LBGT+ History Month Display is launched by Tamara Reid (Student Ambassador for Inclusivity), Jack Kitchen (SU Education Officer) and Kate Heinrich-Jones (POLIS undergraduate)



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New resources: books, databases, journals and more!

We hope you enjoyed Inter-Semester Break and are now back in the groove for the new Semester! Here are some highlights of new and recently added Library resources, as well as some general updates since Autumn that may have passed you by:

Humanities & Social Sciences; School of Management / Level 5

Science / Level 4

Engineering & Design / Level 3


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A Week of Days from our Archives & Research Collections Team

31 January LRS weekWhat are days for?

The poet Philip Larkin said that days are where we live*.

If that’s true, then they are also the receptacles of our past, present and future, connecting time gone by with time still to come.

To mark Library Research Services Week (28th January-1st February 2019) we chose five days from amongst the many thousands we look after in Archives & Research Collections.

01 February LRS weekThey make up a week of life being lived in diverse, interesting and productive ways, including a snowy campus throwback, sporting endeavour, Students’ Union elections and a floral birthday reminder.

Visit the Libary’s Instagram page to see the images in full.

Whatever your days have been filled with this week, we hope you enjoyed them.

28 January LRS weekTo learn more about the Library’s Archives & Research Collections go to https://www.bath.ac.uk/topics/library-archives-and-research-collections/ or come visit us on Level 4 of the Library.

Lizzie Richmond, University Archivist

* https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/48410/days-56d229a0c0c33

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Digital Identity Health Check for Researchers

Managed strategically, your online presence can be an effective tool for:

  • networking
  • publicising your work and expertise
  • public engagement
  • information discovery


In a workshop I run for doctoral researchers I ask: when choosing where to do your doctorate, did you Google the name of your potential supervisor? They all say ‘yes’. And they won’t be the only ones searching for you.

So when you do an online search for your name, what comes up?

The Digital Identity Health Check for Academics from jobs.ac.uk offers 10 easy to implement tips for improving your visibility as a researcher online, including:

  • Create profiles on sites that rank highly in search results – Your University of Bath research portal profile is set up for search engine optimisation and will usually appear near the top of search results for your name. Are you making the most of your profile page? Use Pure to add information about your research interests, a picture and links to your profiles on other sites.
  • Manage your name with ORCID – An ORCID is a unique, persistent identifier for an individual researcher. You can use ORCID to distinguish yourself from other researchers with similar names and save time when it comes to sharing information about your publishing and research activities. Come to my Using ORCID workshop on 11th March to set up and connect your ORCID.
  • Measure your research impact online – Set up alerts to notify you of citations to your publications and explore other online attention to your publications by perusing the Altmetric.com ‘donuts’ for your papers. These appear automatically on your University of Bath research portal page. Contact me for advice on using these and other indicators to evidence the strength of your publishing track record.

I’d also recommend looking at other researchers’ digital identities. What’s their style and what can you learn from them? What makes for a good online presence?

For expert 1-to-1 advice about using social media, book yourself in for an appointment at the University’s monthly Social Media Café with Social Media Manager Tom Mason.

Be strategic: you don’t need to use every social media tool and academic networking site. Consider your priorities and what you want your digital identity to do for you and choose appropriate tools to achieve this.

Be visible! Library Research Services can support you with developing your publishing strategy, sharing your research outputs online and tracking attention to your publications. Why not come to one of our regular workshops on Managing your digital identity as a researcher?

Katie Evans, Research Analytics Librarian

January 2019

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Digitised Theses in the Research Portal

We are pleased to announce that a project to digitise all Bath theses and upload them to Pure so the are available via the Research Portal is nearing completion. Staff from the Library, Computer Services, and Research and Innovation Service spent time over the summer and autumn uploading over 2,000 digitised records which can now be accessed for free on the Portal.


Since 2008 the University has required students to upload an e-copy of their thesis to Pure as well as submit a hard copy to the Library. Prior to this date only a paper copy was submitted and stored on level one of the Library. In order to increase access and discoverability of these historical theses, several years ago the University contracted ProQuest to digitise them all. Having uploaded the majority to Pure, you can now find theses dating back to the 1970s on the Research Portal.


Once the project is complete the earliest thesis available will be from 1967, awarded just one year after the University received its royal charter. What speedy writers they must have been!

The British Library will soon start harvesting the theses from Pure meaning they will also be available via their well-established EThOS service.

We currently have 4000 e-theses records in the Portal and this will continue to grow as new theses are awarded and uploaded to the system. With around five to ten deposits added every week the numbers will soon increase!


As well as showcasing their theses to the world, students can make the most of Pure’s functionality by linking out to the datasets that underpin the research, as well as to publications that may have derived from their studies.

Usage statistics indicate that our student theses are some of the most downloaded outputs from the Research Portal. Roland Hudson’s thesis ‘Strategies for Parametric Design in Architecture: An application of practice led research‘ has been downloaded nearly 19,000 times since 2010. And Carlos Finol Parra’s ‘Heat transfer investigations in a modern diesel engine‘ from 2008 comes in at almost 17,000 views over the last decade.

We hope that by making all our theses openly available even more people will be able to discover and access the valuable research conducted by our doctoral students.

For any questions related to e-theses at the University of Bath please contact Hannah DeGroff, Scholarly Communications Librarian (H.J.DeGroff@bath.ac.uk).



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