Data sources

Maps and data on sketchmap have been sourced from a variety of different public and private bodies. See below for a list of each data source, additional information about their data, and links to relevant webpages.

Ordnance Survey OpenData
Ordnance Survey is Great Britain's national mapping agency, and have been providing geographic data for over 200 years. sketchmap use five of Ordnance Survey's OpenData maps within its Outdoor OS map background. These maps can be viewed, PDF'ed and saved to your computer. Also available from OS OpenData are administrative boundaries and height contours that can be viewed on all maps.

Bing Maps
Bing Maps is a Microsoft service offering powerful and user-friendly mapping technology for the whole world. Sketchmap uses Bing Maps as one of four mapping backgrounds including Bing's satellite photos (aerial imagery). You can view data layers and draw annotations on top of these background maps before printing them.

OpenStreetMap
OpenStreetmap (OSM) is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. sketchmap uses OpenStreetmap, from Mapbox, as one of four mapping and imagery backgrounds. View data layers and draw annotations on top of the OpenStreetMap background before PDFing your map for printing.

British Geological Survey
British Geological Survey (BGS) was founded in 1835 and is the world's oldest national geological survey and the United Kingdom's premier centre for earth science information and expertise. Sketchmap display maps of superficial and bedrock geology (625k) for the whole of the UK.

Historic Scotland
Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government, they are charged with safeguarding the nation's historic environment and promoting its understanding and use. sketchmap uses this data to display the location and status of Listed Buildings; Parks and Gardens (Gardens and Landscapes); Scheduled Monuments and World Heritage Sites.

English Heritage
English Heritage is a non-departmental public body of the British Government that manage the historic built environment of England, they are best known for their role as the steward of over 400 significant historical and archaeological sites. sketchmap use their data to display the location and status of listed buildings, scheduled monuments, registered parks and gardens, world heritage sites, and battlefields.

Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Natural Heritage is a Scottish public body responsible for Scotland's natural heritage, especially its natural, genetic and scenic diversity. sketchmap display many of their data-sets including, Designated National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Countryside Council for Wales
The Countryside Council for Wales is the Government's statutory advisor on sustaining natural beauty, wildlife and the opportunity for outdoor enjoyment in Wales and its inshore waters. sketchmap display many of their data-sets including, Designated National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scienfic Interest.

Natural England
Natural England is the government's advisor on the natural environment. They provide practical advice on how best to safeguard England's natural wealth for the benefit of everyone. sketchmap display many of their data-sets including, Designated National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) is a British charity which works to promote conservation and protection of birds and the wider environment through public awareness and the operation of nature reserves throughout the United Kingdom. Sketchmap display locations of Important Bird Areas and RSPB reserves.

HS2 Ltd
HS2 Ltd is a company wholly owned by the Department for Transport. Since the Government’s decision to go ahead with HS2, HS2 Ltd is the organisation that is developing and promoting the project. Sketchmap displays the route of HS2.

Department for Communities and Local Government
The Department for Communities and Local Government's job is to create great places to live and work, and to give more power to local people to shape what happens in their area.

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