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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.

GIS and Mapping Support Services

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

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

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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, the Mapping UCD Research competition will require entrants to create a printed map related to their research. 


The competition is open to all registered Graduate Students with a ucdconnect login account. Joint submissions are accepted ; if it is a winning entry the prize will be awarded equally between the map authors. 


Following judging, selected maps will be exhibited in the O'Brien Centre for Science from Wednesday 13th November until Monday 18th November 2019.


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


A first prize of €500 and a second prize of €300 will be awarded, both generously sponsored by Ordnance Survey Ireland


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.


The closing date for receipt of entries is Tuesday 29th October 2019.



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 and a second prize of €300 will be awarded, both generously sponsored by Ordnance Survey Ireland.


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

Key Dates

The competition will be launched on Monday, 16th September 2019

October 29th : Closing date for the receipt of entries

November 13th (International GIS Day) : Exhibition opens and winners announced


The Judging Panel


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

Mr , Product Development and Publications, Ordnance Survey Ireland

Dr Jeneen Naji, Dept of Media Studies, Maynooth University

Dr Eoin O'Mahony, Postdoctoral Researcher, 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) and Researchers will be eligible to enter this Gallery of Maps competition

How to Apply

Please complete and submit this template 

Your application will be acknowledged 

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