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Map Collections at UCD and on the Web: Introduction

Find, access and purchase maps at UCD Library. Lists of map resources and suppliers on the web. Examples of map symbols and scales. Copyright and booking forms.

Kevin Donovan talks about UCD Library mapping services

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Mapping UCD Research - COMPETITION


An initiative of
The School of Geography & UCD Library

In keeping with the objectives of the University, specifically the consolidation of disciplines and the support of novel interdisciplinary research and education, we are proposing to hold a competition which will seek entrants to create a printed map related to their research.


The competition will be open to registered Graduate Students (Masters & PhDs), Researchers and All Staff.


Following judging selected maps will be showcased in an exhibition which will be held in the O'Brien Centre for Science from Thursday October 25th until Friday November 2nd 2018.


Those selected for exhibition will illuminate the diverse ways in which UCD researchers and staff from across the campus have used maps to enhance and disseminate their research in an innovative way.


A 1st and 2nd prize will be awarded by the judges.



We will be looking for maps which:


  • Make a visual impact
  • Reflect the research priorities of your School / Research Unit
  • Provide insight from the data used
  • Surprise the viewer


The best maps don’t just show data, but tell a story! We are encouraging you to visualise your research with a map. Enlightening and inspiring the viewer, their reaction should be:


“I never looked at it that way before.”


Having your map selected for exhibition will give you the opportunity to promote the quality and impact of your research to the rest of the University.



Sponsorship & Prizes


An expert judging panel will assess all entries and compile a shortlist for display in the O’Brien Centre for Science.

A first prize of €500 will be awarded, generously sponsored by Ordnance Survey Ireland.

A second prize, to the value of €300, will be a place on a GIS training day in the School of Geography, to be held before the end of this academic year.


Selected submissions will be available to view, subject to your consent, on this website.


Key Dates

The competition will be launched on Monday, 10th September 2018

October 12th : Closing date for the receipt of entries

October 15th - 17th : Judging

October 25th : Exhibition opens


The Judging Panel


Professor Orla Feely, Vice President for Research, Innovation and Impact, UCD

Mr Brian Madden, Product Development and Publications, Ordnance Survey Ireland

Dr Jeneen Naji, Dept of Media Studies, Maynooth University

Dr Eoin O'Mahony, Teaching Fellow, School of Geography, UCD

Dr Francesco Pilla, School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, UCD

Dr Rob Sands, School of Archaeology, UCD


The Judges will look for maps which:


-enable understanding of the research topic


- communicate the research visually in an impactful way


- demonstrate skills in the presentation of research through the cartographic medium




Registered Graduate Students (Masters & PhDs), Researchers and All Staff will be eligible to enter this Gallery of Maps competition



How to Apply

Please complete the template and e-mail to

Your application will be acknowledged 

Using This Guide

Information about where to find maps both in UCD and on the web.

This guide covers map collections available via:

Richview Library, UCD

Special Collections, UCD Library

UCD Digital Library

The Barbara Miller Map Room, School of Geography

The Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) e-Commerce Service

OSi MapGenie from Ordnance Survey Ireland

Ptolemy's Map of Ireland, circa A.D. 150

(c) Royal Irish Academy 

Contour Layers in Discovery Mapping

(c) Ordnance Survey Ireland

Maps & GIS Librarian

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Jane Nolan
Jane Nolan
Maps & GIS Librarian
Room R250, Level 2
James Joyce Library
University College Dublin
Dublin 4

Tel: 01 716 7532 / 2796

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