IRLOGI Webinars


IRLOGI Sponsor Member Webinar:

“From Desktop to Web: Spectrum Spatial Analyst”


Spectrum Spatial Analyst is a Web GIS Application that opens up your data and makes it easy to communicate with your audience. Do you need to share your maps and insights with a wider audience? Do you want to spatially enable your entire organisation? Spectrum Spatial Analyst is designed to deliver rapid ROI. You can leverage existing investment in MapInfo Pro, to which it is closely integrated.

In this webinar, we will look at how SSA works, including its extensive visualisation capabilities and integration with powerful APIs, how SSA integrates with spatial databases and MapInfo Pro and ultimately how it can benefit your organisation.

Richard Cantwell (Gamma) and Mark Balcon (Pitney Bowes) are your hosts.

May 2, 2018 @ 1:00 PM in Dublin

Register here:

IRLOGI webinars take place on a monthly basis, normally on the second Wednesday in each month starting at 13:00 Irish time.

To view past webinars click on the links provided below.


IRLOGI Webinar, 14 March 2018

14 March 2018

The 10th Irish Organisation for Geographic Information (IRLOGI) monthly webinar focussed on innovative GI practices by four Irish County Councils (CoCos).  The presenters were:

  • Barry Doyle from Roscommon Co Co who gave a high-level overview of GIS in Irish local Authorities and
    how it has evolved especially over the last 10 years;
  • Daragh McDonough from Donegal Co Co spoke about using GIS as tool to efficiently communicate with the public during the Winter Maintenance Programme 2017-18;
  • Jon Hawkins from Waterford Co Co who spoke on how they are improving business processes using FME; and
  • Stephen McLoughlin from South Dublin Co Co who spoke about how the Council have managed to prioritise locations in the County using maps and apps for the treatment of Invasive Species.

This webinar provides a great opportunity to see the application of spatial data and technologies in innovative ways that deliver value to the Councils and their customers.  The webinar should be of relevance to all Irish local authorities and possibly to authorities in other jurisdictions as well.

The link to the recording of the webinar can be found at

The past nine IRLOGI webinars can be seen at These webinars cover a range of topics, including;

  • Drones (June 2017);
  • Open Geospatial Consortium (July 2017);
  • UN Global Geospatial Information Management core datasets (August 2017);
  • The EU’s GDPR privacy regulations (September 2017);
  • Open Street Map Ireland (October 2017);
  • Copernicus Climate Change service (November 2017);
  • Key Geospatial trends (December 2017);
  • Data Cubes (January 2018);
  • GI and development challenges in The Gambia (February 2018).

Finally, our thanks to GeoDirectory for providing the GoToMeeting facility which enabled the webinar to take place.


The Role of GI Technologies in Africa

On 14 February 2018 IRLOGI held its 9th monthly webinar, this time one which focussed mainly on development challenges in The Gambia, a small country in Western Africa.  The webinar was presented by Dr Malanding Jaiteh, who last year moved from Columbia University, New York, to The Gambia, his home country. Malanding’s move to The Gambia is part of his commitment to help build his country after the end of many years of dictatorial rule.  After discussing general development challenges Malanding focusses on the potential role of GI and GeoTechologies in supporting Gambian development.

A link to the webinar can be found at


On 10 January IRLOGI held its first monthly webinar of the new year. Prof Peter Baumann, professor of Computer Science at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany gave a presentation which dealt with basic issues such as what is a Datacube, the strengths/benefits of Datacube technology, Datacube standards, cutting edge Datacube research areas, uses for Datacubes and existing current examples, including the rasdaman Data Cube engine which Prof Baumann has architected.

In addition to being a professor at Jacobs University, Peter is also an inventor and an entrepreneur. At Jacobs University he researches on scalable multi-dimensional Datacubes and their application in science and engineering. He has published over 150 book chapters and journal and conference articles, holds international patents on array database technologies, and has received numerous international innovation awards for his work. As inventor of the rasdaman Array Database system, which is in operational use on petabyte-scale spatio-temporal databases, he has pioneered the field of array databases. For its successful commercialization he has founded and leads the high tech spinoff, rasdaman GmbH. Peter is an active, often leading, contributor to Datacube standardization. In 2014 he was honoured with the prestigious OGC Kenneth Gardels Award. See for more information.

A recording of the webinar can be found at the following link

13th December 2017 – Impacts of Selected Trends on the Emerging GI Environment Webinar

On 13th December the IRLOGI webinar ‘Impacts of Selected Trends on the Emerging GI Environment – Open Data; AI/Machine Learning; Big Data/Analytics; Open Software; and Virtual/Augmented Reality’ took place. The webinar was presented by Dr Martin Charlton and Prof Chris Brunsdon from Maynooth University, Ireland.

A recording of the webinar can be found at

9th November 2017 – “Copernicus Climate Change Service” by Freja Vamborg

Freja is a senior climate scientist at the Copernicus Climate Change Service(C3S), operated by the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on behalf of the European Union. At the C3S, Freja is responsible for communicating climate science to users and stakeholders.

Freja worked for 10 years at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg before joining the ECMWF. She obtained her Phd in the area of paleo-climate modelling in 2011.

Apart from providing information about the Climate Change Service, Freja incorporated into her presentation information about the Copernicus involvement in the recent Ophelia hurricane which hit Ireland on October 16th.

To view the webinar click on the link below.

11th October 2017 – “State of OpenStreetMap Ireland”

The webinar was presented by Ciaran Staunton, who spoke in his private capacity, but is an Administrative Officer in Fingal County Council. Ciarán provided background information about OpenStreetMap, the state of play for Ireland and mentioned an initiative to put OSM Ireland on a sound administrative footing. He highlighted ways in which citizens can become involved in developing OSM Ireland. **Please note that there was an issue with the recording and the recording begins during Ciaran’s introduction to the webinar.

To view the webinar click here.

13th September – “GDPR and Geography”

Dara Keogh of GeoDirectory spoke about the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will come in to effect in May 2018, and its implications for location data. He talked through the current legislation that is in place in regards to location data and how GDPR will change how businesses can use and store location information.

To view the webinar click here.

16th August 2017 – “UN GGIM Fundamental Geospatial Datasets and UN GGIM Committee of Experts Recent Meeting”

Clare Hadley (Ordnance Survey GB) provided some background regarding the UN Global Geospatial Information Management initiative and the work carried out to identify fundamental geospatial datasets. Clare is one of the co-authors of the report to the UN GGIM on identifying the fundamental datasets.

Clare also provided an update on noteworthy developments at the 7th meeting of the UN GGIM Committee of Experts which was held in New York from July 31st to August 4th.

To view the webinar click here.

12th July 2017 – “OGC: Current Projects; Emerging Topics”

The presenter Scott Simmons spoke regarding current projects, a number of the on-going standards initiatives with a brief mention of some interesting technical issues which are being considered. Scott discussed the possible imacts on global “big picture” issues such as climate change, sustainable cities, poverty reduction, the SDGs etc.

To view the webinar click here.

21st June 2017 – “Drones – State of Play, Trends and Geographic Information”

The presenters Jonathan Byrne and Garrett Findlay dealt with both contextual issues such as the current control environment, training and various issues. They discussed a vision of where drone technology and usage will go in the future.

The webinar was recorded in two parts due to some technical glitches on the day.

  1. To view Jonathan Byrne’s and the beginning of Garrett Findlay’s presentations click here.
  2. To view the second half of Garrett’s presentation and the Q&A click here.


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