Effective 30th June for the new O/S mapping system
When will I be able to start using the new Ordnance Survey mapping system on eDofE?
The new mapping software will be available for you to use from Thursday 30 June 2022.
It will be visible to users on 28 and 29 June, but this is when we’ll be carrying out final testing, so please don’t start to use it until 30 June. We’ll share an update on eDofE as soon as it’s ready to use.
Why are we making this change now?
The infrastructure that runs Mapping will no longer work from 30 June, and the supporting O/S services will no longer be available. To mitigate disruption and data loss the DofE will migrate c400K files which contain all additional GPX and route card data. Our new system will be available on 30th June and have access to this data.
Will there be any time when mapping won’t be available?
Yes. We’ll be taking the current Mapping system offline from midnight on 27 June 2022 and will launch new mapping on the morning of 30 June.
This is to enable us to move 400,000 legacy maps created in the old mapping system to within our eDofe environment. Please make sure you’ve finished any route planning using the current mapping tool by midnight on 27 June 2022.
What happens if I have an expedition planned over this period?
Please print any routes or route cards required for upcoming expeditions before midnight on 27 June 2022.
Will I lose all my old maps or route cards?
We will extract all GPX files from the legacy system, this contains all additional route card data. We have provided a mechanism to access this data from eDofE.
For more information on how to access your old routes, please see the article below:
Does the new mapping solution change any expedition programme requirements?
No. This is a technical change only. There aren’t any associated programme changes.
Do I have to use OS maps?
There is no requirement from DofE to use an electronic mapping system.
Is there a cost to use the new Mapping system?
The cost of the new mapping system to participants is included, currently one year from the start of the expedition section. Commercial use of this solution is limited.
I already have an OS Explore account – do I still have to make a new one?
We would encourage a separate account for this solution, our licence is for web only. If you re-use a commercial license, you may lose access to the mobile version You will need to access O/S mapping pages in eDofE. Our routes and data are kept away for the public version of O/S maps using the links from eDofE. Only routes created in this version can be shared back to eDofE.
For more information on how to create an OS Explore account, please see the article below:
Is participants’ data stored by Ordnance Survey?
Routes are stored in OS mapping, but all participant data, including route cards will be stored in eDofE.
How will OS use my data when I register an account to use Mapping?
Ordnance Survey have updated their terms and conditions to refer specifically to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in preparation for go live: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/legal/os-maps-terms
Where can I find further information about how to use OS mapping software?
You can find full guidance on using OS mapping in the OS Maps Help Centre
Where can I find further information and guides on how to use eDofE route cards?
We’ll publish new articles to help you with the new mapping software at help.edofe.org as part of the go-live process. They will be available from 30 June.