Digimap OpenStream – Part III

This is the third part of my Digimap OpenStream blog and will focus on getting the data into gvSIG. The previous two posts have described how to get data into ArcGIS and QGIS.


gvSIG is a desktop application designed for capturing, storing, handling, analyzing and deploying any kind of referenced geographic information in order to solve complex management and planning problems. Like QGIS, it is part of the OSGeo project so users can be confident that the software works, development will continue and that there is plenty of support material available.

So, here we go, Digimap OpenStream in to gvSIG:

  1. Click Add Layer… and select the WMS tab
  2. In the Server field, copy in the URL with your API key remembering to delete the square brackets http://openstream.edina.ac.uk/openstream/wms?token=[your_aipkey]
  3. Click Connect

  1. Click Next
  2. Then click Next again
  3. Select the top layer OS Open Data and click Add
  4. Click Next
  5. Choose the image format, e.g. image/gif
  6. Select the spatial reference system to be used, EPSG:27700 (this British National Grid ) is recommended.
    Click OK and the data will load into the map view.

That should be it, Digimap OpenStream will be available in gvSIG on your desktop. This can save you a load of time say when you need to check where some data is, or to find out where a field area is, or to as a quick map reference. Quick, simple, easy and importantly FREE.

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