The 2012 GIS Ireland/IRLOGI Best Practice Awards have been been kindly sponsored by GeoDirectory. GeoDirectory is the most comprehensive and clear address database available of buildings in the Republic of Ireland.
The GIS community in Ireland were asked to submit nominations for the Best Practice Awards in the following categories: Innovation and Best Practice, Business Case and Return on Investment and Research. Two other awards were also sponsored – the IRLOGI Special Award and Best Poster on the Day. Following a period of review the Awards Committee selected the following winners:
Innovation and Best Practice Winner: MyPlan.ie
MyPlan.ie is a a free and easy to use public information system about the development plan or loca area plan in your local area. The aim of Myplan.ie is to create a one stop shop for information about plans and also to provide other information which is relevant to planning decision-making (census, heritage sites, patterns of housing development etc). Myplan incorporates many different sets of spatial information and is innovative in its ability to overlay and analyse the data in a web browser environment. For more details on MyPlan.ie click here
This project was developed by the Department for Environment, Community and Local Government and GI technology company ESRI-Ireland.
Business Case and Return on Investment Winner: National Biodiversity Data Centre
The National Biodiversity Data Centre is an Initiative of the Heritage Council and is operated under a service level agreement by Compass Informatics. The main mapping function of the National Biodiversity Data Centre, Biodiversity Maps, provides access to high quality data on Ireland’s biodiversity. For more information on this system see BioDiversity Ireland click here
This project was developed by the Heritage Council, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and GI technology company Compass Infomatics.
Research Winner: All-Island Research Observatory
The All Island Research Observatory is a research unit and interactive spatial data portal based in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. AIRO seeks to produce all-island, spatial datasets and specialist tools to aid their analysis and to undertake academic and applied mapping research. AIRO aims to act as a single point of access to a wide variety of spatial data and information about the various regions of Ireland. The intended audience of this site are planners, policy makers, researchers and those interested in gaining an understanding of the dynamics that are shaping the island of Ireland today. For more information on AIRO click here
This research award was for the work that AIRO carried out with the Central Statistics Office for the mapping and visualisation of Census 2011. View the mappinhg system here: airomaps.nuim.ie/census2011