Wednesday, November 3, 1999 Published at 13:31 GMT
Internet 'Domesday book' goes online
You can look at the area where you live...
A map described as the first complete aerial record of Britain is being put on the internet.
The map is being hailed as a "Domesday book for the Millennium", which offers a detailed photographic snapshot of the country at the turn of the century.
They can download digital images up to a scale of 1:2,000 which show minute detail down to cars, trees and animals.
Users can zoom in close enough to make out cricketers on a field, sunbathers on a beach or crowds on a city-centre street.
The map will enable professional users to charter changes such as housing patterns, coastal erosion, loss of natural habitats, and urbanisation.
The map is being created by the Millennium Mapping Company, which has spent six months photographing the country from four aircraft.
It has taken 56,000 individual photographs on 20km of film, which is being scanned, digitised and put online.
The company plans to repeat the flyover every three years in urban areas and five years in rural areas.
This would record and update every change to the UK landscape.
The photographs taken so far should be available on the website from January 2000, with the rest to follow over the next three years.
Privacy groups have raised concerns about the availability of such detailed photographic information on the Net.
Liz Parratt, spokeswoman for Liberty, said: "This raises difficult questions about the limits of individual privacy, and how surveillance technology can be effectively regulated.
"People might worry about how access to this kind of information would be useful to burglars, for example, or what they themselves were doing at the moment the photo was taken.
"We would like to see much wider public consultation and debate about this.