Special Achievement in GIS Award

2017 SAG Award Winners

Ordnance Survey Ireland

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Project Goal

Working with Esri Ireland, Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) launched their new online mapping service GeoHive to help unlock Ireland’s vast reserves of geospatial data by making trusted, location based information easy to find, interpret and share, from one place, using any device, for the first time. GeoHive is a free web app that supports the recovery of the Irish economy and paves the way for public and private sector organisations to save millions of Euros through sharing authoritative data off a centralised infrastructure.
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Business Problem Solved

Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi), the national mapping organization for the state, already had an online map viewer, which attracted over 1.5 million unique visitors a year. However, the technology behind this web service was becoming outdated and could not deliver digital cartography to tablet and mobile devices. OSi therefore launched an ambitious project to replace its existing map viewer with a new online portal that would improve the user experience, as well as make third party, public sector data easily accessible from a single location. Essentially OSi needed to make geospatial data about Ireland more accessible and usable; offer new functionality for OSi’s 1.5 million web users; deliver improved access to multi-party geospatial data, from a single website; give the ability for users to create and share maps using mobile devices; provide trusted information to support decisions about new investments in Ireland; and provide new value-adding services for members of the public.

Technology Implemented

OSi completely redeveloped and modernised its online mapping capability using Esri’s ArcGIS platform to create GeoHive ( For the first time, users can access current and historical OSi maps on their mobile phones and tablets, as well as create maps, save them and share them instantly with colleagues using any device.

Most importantly, as a classic portal, GeoHive combines OSi mapping with data from a wide range of public sector partners, to create an authoritative national Spatial Data Infrastructure which combines over 142 layers of third party data from 35 public sector bodies and presents them seamlessly to the end user from a single site.

ArcGIS Online and story map templates were used to publish ready-to-use maps with “curated content” on specific topics. For instance, OSi has built a map viewer for people buying residential properties that displays key considerations such as schools, environment, transport, employment, hospitals and crime.

Development Team Biography

The GeoHive project was delivered by a combined OSi and Esri Ireland team. The OSi team was led by Lorraine McNerney (General Manager for Geospatial Systems), with the project delivery itself managed by Éamonn Clinton (Geospatial Services Manager). Stakeholder requirements were managed by Hugh Mangan (General Manager Business and Marketing). The Esri Ireland team consisted of Michael Byrne as account executive, Marie Hogan as customer success manager, Eamonn Doyle as Chief Technology Officer, and Andrew Cullen as solution architect.

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