(Only works for UK locations!)
So you need to put a map in your dissertation, paper or presentation, simply to show the locations of your study area or your sample sites.
There is no need to use any GIS tools for this, it is a lot easier. Let’s say we work on soil analysis in the Kinder Reservoir area in the Peak District, and now we need a map of our sample sites for a PowerPoint presentation.
- We go to http://edina.ac.uk/digimap/ and login.
- We click “Ordnance Survey Collection” and agree to the conditions for using the Ordnance Survey data.
- We select “Carto”, and then in the popup window click “Start Carto”.
- Once the map has loaded, we click the “Search” tab on the left and search for our area. We can search by coordinates, grid reference, postcode or place name. Let’s search for the place name “Kinder”. In the list of results we double-click “Kinder Resr, Derbyshire”.
- Using the zoom bar or the scale in the top bar we zoom roughly to our area of interest.
- In the top bar we click “Save image” and save the image as “studyarea.png in “My Documents”.
- We open PowerPoint and click “Insert > Picture > From File”, and select “My Documents\studyarea.png”.
- We use PowerPoint’s Drawing tools to add symbols for our sample sites, a legend and a title.
That’s all! This is how it looks:
As you can see, you don’t need to use complicated GIS tools – don’t make it more complicated than it is.