Geoportal Help

This page provides information on INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland. This service is available at https://inspire.geohive.ie.

INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland FAQ

Q1.1 What is INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland?

INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland is the Republic of Ireland’s portal for Geographic Information. This portal has been developed by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) with guidance and oversight from Irish public bodies on the Irish Spatial Data Infrastructure (ISDI) project steering committee.

INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland has been designed to comply with the EU INSPIRE Directive and to promote the sharing and effective use of Geographic Information and Geographic Information Systems.

Q1.2 What can I do on INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland ?

You can search, view, and download datasets supplied by various organisations on INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland. The datasets held on INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland includes INSPIRE and non-INSPIRE compliant datasets.

All users of INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland can:

  • Search and browse datasets available on INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland;
  • View metadata information about each dataset;
  • View spatial datasets that are not protected with restricted licences using the Map Viewer.

Using INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland

Q2.1 How do I search for a dataset?

Data can be accessed by conducting a keyword search in either the Find Data box on the homepage or by using the Search tab. For example, searching for land parcels, administrative boundaries etc. will bring up relevant datasets.

Q2.2 How can I gain access to a particular dataset?

Data can be accessed by conducting a keyword search in either the Find Data box on the homepage or by using the Search tab. For example, searching for land parcels, administrative boundaries etc, will bring up relevant datasets. Select the required service and select Add To Map in order to automatically bring up the Map Viewer and add the selected dataset to the map.

Please note that view ranges may be applied to some datasets and will only be visible when zoomed in to the appropriate scale. Please refer to the metadata for that scale at which this data will become visible.

Q2.3 How can I view all the datasets that are available on INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland ?

You can view a list of all the datasets that are available on INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland by leaving the keyword search field blank and then clicking on the Search button. This will return a list of all datasets on the right-hand side of the screen.

Q2.4 A dataset I require is not available on INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland, what do I do?

If there is a particular dataset you require and it is not available, please contact the data owner and ask them to contact INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland with regards to publishing the data. There may be a particular reason why it is not already hosted on INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland, or simply the data owner may not be aware of INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland.

Q2.5 I have a query relating to information in a dataset, who do I contact?

Contact information is listed in the metadata of each available dataset.

Q2.6 What is the scale of my current map view?

A scale bar is visible in the bottom left-hand corner of the Map Viewer.

Q2.7 Is my internet browser compatible with INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland?

To get the best results when viewing INSPIRE Geoportal Ireland, we recommend you use one of the following browsers: Internet Explorer (IE) 8 or later, Edge, Chrome, Safari or Firefox. Please ensure Compatibility View is enabled (IE only).

Web Services

Q3.1 What is a Web Map Service (WMS)?

A Web Map Service (WMS) provides georeferenced map images over the internet. The map images are configured for rendering on a computer screen and exist in formats such as PNG, GIF or JPEG. It is possible to display, navigate, zoom in and out, pan, and overlay the map image. As the service provides an image of the map it is not possible to edit either the map itself or the data it contains.

Q3.2 What is an INSPIRE View Service?

An INSPIRE View Service enable users to display, navigate, zoom in and out, pan, and overlay viewable spatial datasets and also to display any relevant content of metadata. An Inspire View Service has similar capabilities to a WMS with the main difference being that the base specification is defined with respect to the requirements of the INSPIRE Directive and the Implementing Rules for View Services.

Further information can be found on the INSPIRE website.

Q3.3 What is a Web Feature Service (WFS)?

A Web Feature Service (WFS) provides geospatial data over the internet. Unlike a WMS, a WFS can be edited as if the data were on the user’s own computer or network.

Q3.4 What is an INSPIRE Discovery Service?

An INSPIRE Discovery Service is a searchable catalogue that allows users to identify what spatial datasets are available.

Further information can be found on the INSPIRE website.