JISC Geospatial Data service now available for UK maps and spatial data

JISC developed this new mapping and spatial data service with Airbus. Until July 2020 they are making it available for free to the FE/HE community in the UK. It makes available current and historic Ordnance Survey maps and data (including Northern Ireland), current and historic coastal photography (with LiDAR), as well as geological, marine, environment maps and data. All through a single package.

You can customise maps with different layers, annotate, print and download maps, download data for use in software (e.g. CAD, GIS), upload your own data, share data with other students and access user community and JISC support if needed.

Find out more about maps and map data products available via the Library.

Contact David Stacey with any feedback or comments on this resource.

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Silent and quiet study during revision and exams

quietPlease be considerate to your fellow students during the revision period by keeping noise to a minimum on the quiet floors (Levels 3 and 4) and maintaining silence on Level 5.

Quiet and silent study space is very popular at this time of year. As a result, students have requested that unattended personal items left in order to reserve Library desks are removed to allow others to use the space. Please be aware that Library staff may remove unattended personal items and take them to Security for safekeeping.

Please also remember to observe our food and drink regulations – reusable, bottled/lidded drinks are acceptable. Food can be consumed in the Snack Area at the front of Level 2 but not beyond the entry gates.

For information on Library spaces (group, individual, bookable) and other study venues around campus see: study areas and bookable workrooms.

There are also other rooms available on campus including the various Learning Commons and Graduate Commons.

Extended opening times for the Learning Commons during May 2019:

  • Virgil Building:  from 7 – 31 May we will be open from 8am until Midnight, Monday to Friday and 10am until 8pm on Saturday and Sunday excluding the 27th May when we are closed.

The University is again making additional spaces available to students for study. Dates and times of rooms available are listed by week.

Good luck with your exams!
The Library

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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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