Measuring Distance to Everyday Services

Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) and the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have launched a GeoHive StoryMap and an interactive dashboard which provide an overview of the recently published CSO report on “Measuring Distance to Everyday Services in Ireland”

OSi and the CSO have launched visualisation tools aimed at getting geographical and statistical information into the hands of Public Service decision makers and Civil Society groups to meet a growing demand for authoritative national data and insights. It is clear to Official Statisticians that the range and depth of demand cannot be met from survey data alone but through analysis of new data sources such as public sector administrative records and some private data sources. That is why the blending of statistical and geospatial data sources can contribute to meeting this demand for insight, as well as supporting the development of the National Data Infrastructure, and helping to measure several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) indicators, such as SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities.

One output from that collaboration has seen the CSO publish a report, “Measuring Distance to Everyday Services in Ireland”, on the 27th November 2019. That report analyses how close or far away Irish people live from everyday facilities, such as schools, hospitals, public transport and post offices. This analysis provides insights on the differences in accessibility to services at regional and local level.

To accompany that report, OSi and CSO have collaborated on two additional resources which are available on GeoHive the States geospatial data hub. The first is a StoryMap which presents the report outputs, at both County and Electoral Division level, in an alternative way, demonstrating the value of successfully integrating the geospatial data held by OSi with statistical data from CSO.

The second is an interactive dashboard showing the report results at County level, in a series of maps and statistical charts, indicating average distance per County of a dwelling to different services.

These resources are available as part of OSi’s GeoHive platform at the following locations:

The StoryMap: interactive dashboard:

The publication of this report originates from a memorandum of understanding signed between Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) and the CSO where both agencies agreed to collaborate towards:

The improved visualisation of statistical outputsPublishing certain geographies as Linked Open Data

Fulfilling Ireland’s reporting responsibilities under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Promoting the development of the National Data Infrastructure.

The site was built by OSi using the ArcGIS Hub platform from Esri Ireland.