News 2021

Title:  Ordance Survey Ireland are seeking input from our member's
Date:  16/11/2021


Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) has recently consolidated all of its digital mapping data across all scales, in a single database named Prime2. This enable’s all of OSi’s map products and services to be generated and updated with minimal human intervention. This highly innovative automated cartographic solution to map production will dramatically transform the organisation’s product and service production capabilities. 

Automating the generalisation and cartographic process

Map production has been seen previously as a standalone task, compiling information together from various sources while making manual decisions of best placement to produce a visually appealing cartographic product. This traditional view is now challenged by the availability of new environments which bring together data basing, object data modelling and automated cartography/text placement to produce a unified flowline for production of multiple maps and geospatial data. Generalisation of geo-information is the extraction of less-detailed data from highly detailed data to fit a specific purpose. Less-detailed data is more suitable for displaying geographic information at small scales and for obtaining overview-like visualisations of a particular area e.g. 1:50,000. Interactive or manual generalisation to achieve these products is time and labour-intensive, it can take years to generalise a map at 1:50,000 scale from 1:1,000 data for a complete country. Which is why we as an organisation have looked to the automation of generalisation.



The future for Mapping

Primarily, and most significantly, this new way of map production will enable OSi to provide better quality maps.   When new and updated information is captured by the organisation and loaded into the single database, it can be instantly filtered down through the automated processes to all map products across all ranges. 

What is more, OSi will be able to drastically reduce the time-to-market for its many map products, which will be hugely beneficial for customers and stakeholders

OSi currently refreshes its 1:50,000 leisure map series once every five years, with about 50 of the 250 tiles that make up the series updated each year.  Using new automated processes, OSi will be able to update its 1:50,000 maps more regularly and have more frequent, smaller print runs, giving citizens and businesses access to more up-to-date maps. The organisation believes that a fully automated generalisation workflow is the only sustainable workflow for the future, as well as the only way to produce products on demand. This is the quickest way to create a consistent product that delivers our most up to date data to the market.

OSI are seeking Mountaineering Ireland members input

They have produced the existing 1:50,000 in the method described above and have printed them in exactly the same format as their existing Discovery Series maps. They would like to gather the opinion and feedback of some experienced users of Ordnance Survey Ireland maps and are seeking the input of Mountaineering Ireland members from a hillwalking perspective. This will help them in the future to continue to produce a quality product that will stand the test of time and with your assistance modify and enhance our product range.


Register your interest here and OSi  will be distribute a number of physical maps beginning with the 1:50,000 scale maps. This will be followed by a survey which will ask you to answer some questions and comment on the content and style of the maps.  


Osi would like to thank you for your participation and to show their appreciation there will be a draw for some prizes and maps for those who participate.     


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