Technology

  • 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 […]

  • OSi – Experienced and trusted supplier of Aerial Imagery

    Ordnance Survey Ireland is the country’s most experienced and trusted supplier of aerial imagery and related products and services OSi’ has been quite busy in recent times, working to complete a series of coast-to-coast high definition aerial imagery. And their newest series of high-resolution 25cm imagery covering the entire country is now available, a product […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • OSi and Minecraft

    Gamers and educators can now use OSi Geospatial data in Minecraft Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) have released Irish geospatial data for Minecraft, a popular virtual game that is fast becoming a powerful educational tool in schools all over the world. What is Minecraft? Minecraft is a game where players mine for resources and use these […]

  • New Cameras

    OSi are upgrading their aerial tech to bring you Ireland in high-resolution With the installation of new aerial cameras in OSi’s aircraft this week, we are about to radically improve the way aerial imagery is captured and processed in Ireland. Here at Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi), we’ve been photographing the Irish landscape from above since […]

  • NMO Summit

    6 things to think about for your spatial data infrastructure Collaboration is key. An underpinning principle of spatial data infrastructures, the achievement of a level of collaboration across a diverse group of people from a variety of countries, was well illustrated by those contributing to the National Mapping Organisation Summit 2016, held in Dublin. Located […]

  • Research Initiative

    Innovation has been at the heart of everything Ordnance Survey Ireland has done from its very inception. Building on that proud tradition, we have recently announced support for research and development in geospatial information. We are offering five Masters Students an award of up to €5,000 each and two post-doctoral researchers a grant of €42,394 […]

  • Planning Packs

    Planning Applications Using OSi Digital Planning Packs Everything you need to know to get the correct Mapping Data for your Planning application from OSi Mapping data from OSi is one of the fundamental requirements of planning applications in Ireland.   If you are looking to apply for planning permission from your local authority for a new […]

  • Urban Planning

    GIS Datasets

    Local Authority Officials Share Their ‘Go-To’ GIS Datasets GIS Officials from Tipperary County Council, Galway City Council, and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council discuss the role of GIS in planning and effective decision making in their local authorities. Some of the most prominent users of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and OSi data are the 31 local […]