GIS

  • Dublin Housing Observatory

    All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO) launches Dublin’s most comprehensive housing mapping tool The Dublin Housing Observatory Mapping Viewer offers new insights into the breakdown of housing in the capital and will inform new Dublin City Council housing policy The All-Island Research Observatory, based at Maynooth University, in partnership with Dublin City Council and Ordnance Survey Ireland […]

  • Why You Shouldn’t Use Drones To Make Maps

    Getting an aerial perspective was once an expensive undertaking for businesses and local authorities. However, today, we can much more easily obtain aerial imageryfrom different sources both online and offline. A popular offline option is to use drones to fly over an area and capture an aerial image. People often refer to other online mapping services […]

  • How do we make maps from orthophotography?

    The art of map making has come a long way, mainly thanks to aerial photography. Early map preparation was a long and painstaking process. Cartographers set out by foot to literally walk the land and draw as they went. In the 1940’s as technologies evolved, cartographers began to use 5 lens cameras and instruments called […]

  • What does LiDAR mean?

    LiDAR is an acronym for Light Detection and Ranging. Sonar uses sound waves to work out the distance between things. Radar uses radio waves in the same way. LiDAR uses light from a laser to measure the distance, elevation and contours of an area. How is the LiDAR data recorded? LiDAR can be recorded from […]

  • Film and TV locations in Ireland

    Movie and TV Locations

    Ireland’s Famous Movie and TV Locations Enjoy our list and map celebrating some of the most famous movies and TV programmes that were filmed on location in Ireland.   Ireland has been the jewel in Hollywood’s eye for many decades, with our unique and beautiful landscape acting as the backdrop for many a box office success. […]

  • Empowering Citizens

    Ireland Provides All Citizens with a Greater Sense of Place

    by Mark Cygan | Map Modernization | October 20, 2017 Improved data sharing leads to cost savings and better decisions across government with a greater sense of place for citizens. This is the second in a three-part series on Ordnance Survey Ireland’s map modernization efforts. National mapping agencies, like many other industries, have seen impacts […]

  • Ireland Transforms Mapping, Adding Intelligence to Data

    by Mark Cygan | Map Modernization | October 13, 2017 First in a three-part series on Ordnance Survey Ireland’s map modernization efforts Isn’t data just data? Once you start asking questions of your data, it doesn’t take long to realize when key details are missing. The location data that underpins mapmaking is of limited use […]

  • Ireland Puts Policy Initiatives on the Map

    by Mark Cygan | Map Modernization | October 27, 2017 Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi), the national mapping agency of Ireland, has undergone a digital transformation that includes great efficiency gains in mapmaking processes, and the creation of a one-stop shop called GeoHive to collect and serve the government’s spatial data across departments. These changes now form […]

  • Esri FedGIS

    Esri FedGIS conference 2017 – an OSi delegate’s experience I recently had the opportunity to attend the Esri FedGIS conference in Washington, an event that invites government delegates from around the world to come together and share their geospatial knowledge, challenges and solutions. The CEO of Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi), Colin Bray, and I were […]

  • UK GI Agreements

    How Geospatial Information has empowered public services across the UK Ireland’s National Mapping Agreement (NMA) is about to be launched, giving Irish public sector bodies free access to most of Ordnance Survey Ireland’s (OSi) geospatial data. Under similar agreements, national mapping agencies in Northern Ireland and Great Britain have been making mapping data freely available […]

  • GI in Public Sector

    How geospatial information can transform decision making in the Irish public sector Ireland’s first ever National Mapping Agreement (NMA) is here and it’s a big deal for the public sector. Why? Because it makes Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) products, which come in the form of maps, aerial photography and spatial data, freely available to all […]

  • Linked Data

    A New format for Ireland’s Geospatial Data Irish geospatial data is now available in a new format, called ‘Linked Data’, which means that it can be used in a more intelligent and meaningful way. What is Linked Data? Data comes in many forms (e.g. census, geological, medical, weather) and when we analyse it we can […]