12.05.2016

At AIRO we have upgraded all of the main national mapping viewers and migrated from the ArcGIS Viewer for Flex to the new ArcGIS API for JavaScript platform. As a result, all of our new viewers are now cross platform compatible enabling users to view our content on mobiles, tablets, laptops and iOS products.

As part of this upgrade we have also introduced a number of new features to each viewer and users can now:

  • Search by address
  • Annotate the map
  • Draw and measure
  • Use Google Streetview
  • Change base maps

The key update to the viewers is the new Chart Widget that we have developed - this application allows users to select a study area (page view, radius search) and develop a themed profile of the area, including housing, demographics, education.

You can also get access to and download all of our datasets via the AIRO DataStore and also on Data.gov.ie. Many of our services are also feeding into the content on the Ordnance Survey Ireland GeoHive platform.

Upgraded AIRO National Mapping Viewers
2011 RoI Census Mapping Viewer – View (see example below)
Environmental Sensitivity Mapping (ESM) - View (see example below)
The Atlas of the Island of Ireland – View (see example below)
All-Island HP Deprivation Index - View
POWCAR Commuting Catchments - View
Drive Time Accessibility Mapping - View

For a more detailed view on the updated Mapping Tools please download the User Guide

ROI Census Mapping Viewer

The RoI Census Mapping Viewer was developed in conjunction with the CSO to visualise the results of the 2011 Census. The viewer contains data across 15 themes and over 75 individual layers which are presented using the Census Small Area (18,488) geographies. This is the most detailed spatial geographical boundary set available.

It's easy to click on the variable that you are interested in and analyse the spatial distribution on the ground.

For instance, the image below shows the Private Rented housing sector at the SA level in Dublin. It's clear that many areas across the city and region are dominated by the private rented sector with dark blue areas representing >70% of households in an SA in the private rented sector. With the average rent in Ireland still on the increase and showing an average increase of 9.3% in the year to March 2016, households in this sector are coming under serious financial strain.

The viewer now also allows you to profile an area based on a user defined selection. The image below shows the 'Chart' widget in operation and provides a housing profile of a selection of SA's in the Rathmines area of the city.

Following the recent undertaking of Census 2016 on April 24th, AIRO will be working closely with the CSO to re-develop this viewer to include all the 2016 data and time series comparisons. We will also be developing a series of new geo-processing tools and widgets that will provide users with far greater analytical tools for interacting with the underlying data.

Key themes:  Housing, Education, Employment, Transport, Health, Social Class, Nationality and Ethnicity.

Key features: This viewer has Google Street View, Custom Area Profiles/Charts, Annotation, Print, Pop-Ups and Basemap selection features enabled. 

Look out for: Detailed Pop Ups (click on the map) providing contextual information for each Small Area.

An EPA Strive Project, the Environmental Sensitivity Mapping (ESM) viewer provides spatial evidence to support Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in Ireland. The ESM viewer hosts a broad collection of environmental spatial data from a wide range of resources. Distributed across the 7 SEA themes (see below), explore physical environmental features across 70 layers.

The most interesting part of this project is the development of an Environmental Sensitivity Mapping geo-processing widget that will allow users to create an on-the-fly sensitivity of any county, region or local study area in the country. Users can input a variety of environmental indicators (with pre-defined scientific score built in) from the 7 SEA themes into the analysis and then also include an additional theme weighting (1 to 2). The output of this process is a map of environmental sensitivities at the 100m scale (see example for Clare below).  

This geo-processing toolkit is currently under development and has been tested at a number of stakeholder workshops. The project team are also in the process of developing sectoral specific ESM widgets for renewables (wind, solar and biomass) and also land use planning.stakeholder workshops. The project team are also in the process of developing sectoral specific ESM widgets for renewables (wind, solar and biomass) and also land use planning.

Key themes:  Population and Human Health, Biodiversity, Flora and Fauna, Water, Soils and Geology, Air and Climatic Factors, Cultural Heritage, Material Assets.

Key features: This viewer has Google Street View, Annotation, Custom Print, Pop-Ups and Basemap selection features enabled. 

The undertaking of Census 2011 in the Republic and North of Ireland provided a rare demographic snapshot of the entire island. Data from both jurisdictions was presented using comparable Small Area geographies (23,025) allowing for the first time, the analysis of spatial trends without borders of the island. The Atlas of the Island of Ireland Mapping Viewer was developed as part of a wider 2 year project which resulted in the publication of an All-Island Census Atlas. A key challenge was a data matching exercise of both sets of Census results. The outputs from this exercise allowed the AIRO team to develop a web viewer with over 100 all-island layers across 17 themes.

Part of this work also lead to the development of the All-Island Deprivation Index. The All-Island HP Deprivation Index is an extension of the well established Pobal HP Deprivation Index developed by Trutz Haas and Dr Dr Jonathan Pratschke. The all-island index uses a similar methodology as the Pobal Index but is applied to encompass data from the north of Ireland. The output is a web tool that allows seamless comparison of deprivation scores at an all-island level and provides us with the first all-island index for scoring relative affluence and deprivation using Small Area geographies.

Key themes:  Housing, Religion, Education, Deprivation, Labour Force, Industry, Transport, Health, Carers, Nationality and Ethnicity.

Key features: This viewer has Google Street View, Custom Area Profiles/Charts, Annotation, Print, Pop-Ups and Basemap selection features enabled. 

Look out for: Comparing cross border census outputs in the border areas and developing quick cross-border census profiles.