EDINA has calculated the commercial cost of all the data downloaded and maps created for printing using the flagship Digimap service. Calculating the values per institution for the period August 2013 to July 2014 came to a total of approximately £65.4 million.
The estimate is conservative as we reduced the quantity of data downloaded by 60% to account for duplication. When all the maps printed and data downloaded were included in the calculation (assuming users would continue to take their own data and maps, and not share them) this total rises to over £107 million for 2013-2014.
Since 2010-2011, a total of over £306 million (£170 million at 40%) worth of print maps and data has been served up from Digimap to subscribing institutions. The steep increase last year was caused by more Ordnance Survey products being downloaded and printed than ever before and also by the high commercial costs of several products added to the Geology Digimap service.