HeritageMaps.ie

Originally conceived as a planning tool, HeritageMaps.ie is a user-driven, web-based mapviewer focusing on the built, cultural and natural heritage around Ireland and offshore. Its potential for use by the general public was quickly realised and users can now access 700+ up-to-date heritage datasets in map-form, originally provided across many Govt. platforms. HeritageMaps.ie a free ‘one-stop-shop’ for heritage data and acts as a discovery portal, providing direct links to promote research.

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Heritage Maps brings together, and allows you to look at and analyse, a wide range of built, cultural and natural heritage data-sets in map form - many of which have never been accessible to the public before. HeritageMaps.ie takes local authority, state agency and government departmental spatial data and, for the first time, pulls it all into one instinctual, user-friendly and intelligent map-viewer.

It allows users overlay many diverse maps for a region of interest and eliminates the need to access several portals to obtain information on archaeology, architecture, biodiversity, geology, habitats, planning and more. HeritageMaps.ie can be used to create customized maps, measure area and distance, identify points of interest and study local flora and fauna, as well as many other uses, both recreational and research-based. HeritageMaps.ie is pulling together local authority information and surveys with a view to creating a range of national coverage datasets, never before collated. HeritageMaps.ie is also involved in creating nationally important datasets on a range of important, yet diverse subjects including, Sheela-na-Gigs, Stained Glass, Museums, Maritime Collections and much more. Importantly, there is a large range of datasets unique to this project including thematic county heritage surveys, creation of which has been supported by the Heritage Council (HC) and the Heritage Officer Network (HON).

The Heritage Maps viewer acts as a “one stop shop” discovery tool, as it provides access to heritage data along with contextual data from a very wide range of sources. Offering a unique perspective on Ireland’s heritage, users can create cross-disciplinary views from hundreds of datasets - crossing over administrative boundaries, subject boundaries, and the land-sea boundary. It uses web services to access live data where possible, thereby increasing data reliability. Currently in development are two important new initiatives that will become a vital part of HeritageMaps.ie. First is an ‘Early Maps of Ireland’ image viewer that will allow access to high resolution digital imagery of maps of Ireland ranging from the 14th to 20th C., with maps being provided by repositories worldwide. The second initiative is a ‘Climate Adaptation’ viewer that will provide access to a broad range of current and historic digital climate, coastal and marine data to promote and further research in this field.

Heritagemaps.ie is a map portal for everyone - from professional architects to community groups, from primary school students to PhD candidates, from amateur historians to tourists - both in Ireland and worldwide. HeritageMaps.ie offers a unique perspective on Ireland’s heritage, and urges users to find their own.

To summarise, HeritageMaps.ie, originally conceived as a local government planning tool, is a user-driven, web-based mapviewer which focuses on the built, cultural and natural heritage around Ireland and off shore. Its potential for use by students, researchers, professionals and the general public was quickly realised and users can now, in one place, access over 700 up-to-date heritage-related datasets in map-form, originally provided across many platforms by upto 70 local authorities, state agencies and government departments. HeritageMaps.ie a free ‘one-stop-shop’ for heritage data and acts as a discovery portal, providing direct links to supplementary and individual point information, images, reports and websites, in order to stimulate and promote further research.

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