Map Collections at UCD and on the Web: OSI MapGenie
Access to MapGenie
MapGenie can be accessed in two ways:
1. Access the mapping series available in MapGenie by importing them into ArcGIS. To do this follow the instructions in the box below Using MapGenie via ArcGIS 10.7
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 Website Interface 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 Powerpoint below:
1. Using MapGenie via ArcGIS 10.7
Whatever discipline you are teaching, researching or studying will include location data. Likewise administrative staff deal with data which includes location based information. Visualising this on a map can transform a table of spatial data into something which is more clearly understood and reveal new insights.
By using a software package such as ArcGIS 10.7 you can use the OSI mapping available in MapGenie and then add your own data.
You will need a username and password to access MapGenie layers via ArcGIS 10.7
To request these please submit this online request form. 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.
Full step-by-step details showing how to add MapGenie layers in ArcGIS are provided in this guide : How to Add MapGenie to ArcGIS
Install ArcGIS 10.7
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 10.7 is the desktop format of ArcGIS and is suitable for installation on PCs or laptops (see note on Macs in the instructions below) and the minimum required computer specifications for installing ArcGIS 10.7 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
2. Using MapGenie via Website Interface
OSi MapGenie is a web mapping service that provides online, immediate access to the mapping collections of Ordnance Survey Ireland ranging from the historic 19th century 6inch maps to current large scale data.
There are various map layers available but there are more in ITM than IG.
There are both Public and Premium layers for Medium/Small Scale mapping. The current difference between them is outlined below:
Large Scale Public:
Reduced visibility of avenues and minor paths
Housing division visibility reduced
No street furniture of Man holes, Lamp standards, Hydrants, Footpaths
More defined street names
More defined buildings with shadow effect
Includes an OSi watermark.
Large Scale Premium:
Includes all possible features
MapGenie ITM Service (this has most map series)
MapGenie IG Service (use this if you need Irish Grid data)
Image of Athlone town from MapGenie
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.
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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