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GIS at UCD and on the Web: Introduction

UCD Library GIS Guide

GIS and Mapping Support Services

This guide provides information on GIS and Mapping Services in UCD Library

Install ArcGIS 10.4

ArcGIS 10.4 is suitable for installation on PCs only (see note on Macs in the instructions below) and the minimum required computer specifications for installing ArcGIS 10.4 are as follows:

2 GB RAM minimum or higher 
Display Properties 24 bit color depth 
Screen Resolution 1024 x 768 recommended or higher at Normal size (96dpi) 
Swap Space Determined by the operating system, 500 MB minimum. 
Disk Space 2.8 GB 


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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 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.


All 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 : Submission date

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

Dr Rob Sands, School of Archaeology, UCD




Eligibility & How to Apply 

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

Further information to follow 



Terms & Conditions

Information to follow


Introducing a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Service

The application of Geographic Information  Systems (GIS) to research has two key benefits:

it facilitates the analysis of data through visualisation

and it provides a method for disseminating research findings in an accessible and impactful way.

Read more about GIS in this UCD Library Impact Case Study - click on the image on the right to open this document.



With thanks to Dr Ainhoa González Del Campo for her suggestions and assistance.

One-to-One Support

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

GIS Workshops & Training