Map Collections at UCD and on the Web: MapGenie
What is MapGenie? How to Access MapGenie
MapGenie is a mapping service from Tailte Éireann (formerly Ordnance Survey Ireland). It consists of a range of map series which have been created by Tailte Éireann for the Republic of Ireland.
These include current detailed mapping, the Discovery map series and also various aerial photography map series. The historical map series in MapGenie pre-date 1922 and so they cover the island of Ireland.
MapGenie is ideal for use in any subject or discipline which includes location data, so it's not just for geography, archaeology or planning but for disciplines ranging from business, science, history, politics, medicine and engineering to architecture, literature, environmental studies and tourism.
MapGenie can be accessed in several ways:
1. Access the mapping series available in MapGenie by importing them into GIS services such as ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) QGIS or AutoCad. (See details for each of these options further below)
2. Via a website interface where you can print a basic map. To do this click on one of the links in the Using MapGenie via WebApp box below. The link with the most map series available in it is MapGenie ITM Service. Use your own UCD Connect details at the Login page. Step-by-step instructions are in the pdf below:
1. Using MapGenie in ArcGIS Online
These MapGenie layers are available in ArcGIS Online - log into ArcGIS Online with your Username and Password - Search for the MapGenie layer you are interested in and add it as a basemap. For a brief description and small image of each of these layers please open this document. Instructions on how to add a MapGenie layer to ArcGIS Online are in this document: Adding MapGenie to ArcGIS Online
MapGenie Imagery Black&White (1995) ITM
3. Using MapGenie in ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap)
The map series within MapGenie give you a choice of background / base maps which you can overlay your own data onto.
You will need a username and password to import the different mapping series within MapGenie into ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap)
To find details for adding MapGenie to ArcGIS Desktop please login here with your UCD connect account and follow the instructions in the document Adding MapGenie_to_ArcGIS Desktop_via GIS Server. Username and Password are included in this document.
This service is only available for UCD staff and students.
Do NOT share these details with any other person, as this would be a violation of OSi copyright and a breach of the terms and conditions under which UCD Library has subscribed to MapGenie.
4. Using MapGenie in QGIS and AutoCad
Some Ordnance Survey Ireland mapping series are available via a Web Map Service. A WMS is a standard protocol developed by the Open Geospatial Consortium for serving georeferenced map images over the internet. You will need a list of MapGenie links and username and password to use this service which allows you view Ordnance Survey maps in QGIS.
To request username / password details please submit this online request form. This service is only available for UCD staff and students.
The instructions in the PDF below are provided by OSi.
Install ArcGIS Desktop 10.8.1
ArcGIS is GIS software produced by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) which allows you to collect, store, manage, visualise, export, analyse and map geographic data.
ArcGIS 10.8.1 is the desktop format of ArcGIS and is suitable for installation on PCs or laptops
Can I use ArcGIS on a Mac? There is no Mac version of ArcGIS. A Windows emulator (virtual PC) could be installed on a Mac in order to run ArcGIS. To be legally compliant you would need to purchase a full Microsoft Windows licence. ArcGIS will work on a Windows emulator - and Esri have their own advice here: www.esri.com/arcgis-blog/products/3d-gis/3d-gis/arcgis-pro-in-mac-os-x. More information here: gis.harvard.edu/faq/how-installing-arcgis-desktop-or-pro-mac-computer
2. Using MapGenie via WebApp
You can view and print map extracts from either of these MapGenie website applications:
Click on the MapGenie option of your choice and log in with your UCD Connect details
MapGenie ITM Service (this has most map series - ITM maps are compatible with modern GPS systems)
MapGenie IG Service (use this if you need Irish National Grid data - this is an older mapping projection system)
Image of Athlone town from MapGenie
Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find questions and answers on MapGenie. We will add more as we receive questions and prepare answers for these.
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