GIS at UCD and on the Web: OSI MapGenie
What is MapGenie? How to Access MapGenie
MapGenie is a mapping service from Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) It consists of a range of map series which have been created by OSi 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.
What map series are in MapGenie? A list of the map series available together with an image from each series is available in the document: Map Series Available in MapGenie
MapGenie can be accessed in several ways:
1. Access the mapping series available in MapGenie by importing them into GIS services such as ArcGIS 10.7, ArcGIS Online or QGIS. Instructions for importing MapGenie into ArcGIS 10.7 are given in the box below: MapGenie Username and Password
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:
3. See the box further below for information on using MapGenie in QGIS
1. MapGenie Username and Password
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 10.7 (Desktop), ArcGIS Online, QGIS or AutoCAD
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 . 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 Desktop are provided in this guide : How to Add MapGenie to ArcGIS
Using MapGenie in QGIS
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 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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