The Irish Organisation for Geographic Information (IRLOGI) presented its Space & Place Awards on the day of the GIS Ireland conference 2015.
Running for a fifth year the awards aim to recognise innovative and challenging projects that have taken place over the last 12-18 months in the Irish GeoCommunity, whether it was a new project or a major enhancement of an existing project.
The standard was extremely high and we are very grateful to our panel of judges:
- Barry Doyle – Roscommon County Council
- Jon Hawkins – Waterford Council
- Justin Gleeson – Maynooth University
- Pauline Riordan – Dublinked
- Robert Ovington – Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government
- Chris Brunsdon (Student Poster judge)
We would also like to express our appreciation to the Award Sponsors:
And the Award goes to….
1. Best use of Location Based information on the Web
Ever wanted a simpler life? Well this award recognises any company or individual, who has developed an innovative web application that uses geographic information via a website that does just that. Whether the web service is aimed at optimising internal resources and processes, or external facing to deliver smart solutions. If your web service has made life easier this is the category for you.
This project represents a Online Map Portal and social media presence for Donegal County Council GIS section. The judges noted that this was an excellent demonstration of the ArcGIS Online Platform. The Map Portal is data rich and integrates information from a variety of interesting sources. Click here to View Case Study
Street Pew is a crowd-sourced, interactive map of roadside Shrines and Grottos in Ireland as captured by Google Street View. This interactive map is a great example of GI technologies being used in a fun and engaging way and should be greatly encouraged.
Tellus is a ground and airborne geoscience mapping programme, collecting chemical and geophysical data that will inform the management of Ireland’s environment and natural resources. The Tellus flight plan project is a system with a clear focus delivered to an excellent standard.
2. Most Innovative use of Geographic Information or Location Based Content
This award recognises innovation in the use of any available geography related content. For example have you used geographic information or location based data or services to deliver a really innovative solution for your organisation or to meet public needs? This can be something already covered in the other categories or be something entirely different we are looking for new and interesting ways of using location in business
GeoFindIT is an app developed to showcase the data contained in GeoDirectory and enhanced with Property Price and telephone information and new technology called Augmented Reality. The judges agreed this was a great user friendly App and an excellent example of Augmented Reality.
Tallaght Hospital is the first hospital in Ireland to produce an indoor map for patients and visitors. The map enables patients and visitors to find hospital locations without experiencing any of the stress and anxiety associated with becoming lost or missing an appointment. This is an excellent example of a cross between service design and Geographic information, a very worthwhile project.
3. Most Innovative use of Technical Infrastructure in a GI Solution
This award is targeted at those customers who have taken an innovative approach to the technical infrastructure involved in their GI solution, be it local or cloud-based, using commercial or open source technology to deliver cost-effective but great solutions.
The Geospatial Management System is based on the 1Spatial Management Suite product set. 1SMS introduces the innovative use of rules-based automation, to ensure that the data in PRIME2 is safe, accurate and always in a validated, publishable state. It enables OSi’s staff to focus their time where it is most valuable by removing large amounts of routine, administrative tasks.
4. Best GI Application in the Public Sector
Local Authorities and other state organisations represent one of the biggest groups of users, developers, distributors and managers of data, services & software relating to geographic information. If you have developed a really great application this year, be it mobile, web or desktop, and then submit in this category to be rewarded for your innovation, dedication and hard work.
The ESB Networks (ESBN) GIS project was initiated to replace, enhance and extend 3 legacy ESBN mapping based applications; GeoDART, DFIS and FRAMME WebView. The replacement solution is a Intergraph G/Technology based solution with an Oracle Spatial Database.Th judges recognised the impressive scale of this project which used a variety of software systems.
Autoaddress successfully appended Eircode to 46 million government records over a period of six months. This work helped to ensure a smooth launch of Eircodes and enabled public sector bodies to fully encode their databases prior to launch. The judges noted that this was a very efficient project with low error rates.
The ISDE is an Online metadata catalogue describing spatial data resources available across a number of public sector organisations in Ireland. It currently hosts over 390 datasets from 25 organisations. The judges agreed that the number of user sessions is a clear indication of the value and success of the ISDE over many years.
GIS Day 18th November
IRLOGI Awards Event
Please join us on GIS day, the 18th of November @4pm in the McClelland room of the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin where the winners of the IRLOGI Space and Place awards 2015 will be presenting.
Entry to this event is free to IRLOGI members and a nominal charge to non-members. Please email email@example.com if interested in attending as places are limited.
This event will be followed at 6pm by a GeoBeer in the Central Hotel’s Library bar.
For more details please visit http://www.irlogi.ie/events/