INSPIRE Knowledge Base

Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI)

LMO Description
Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI)
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    Republic of Ireland
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>The general function of OSI is to provide a national mapping service in the State. In this regard it operates in the public interest by creating and maintaining the definitive national mapping and related geographic records of the State.<br /> OSI’s functions include all such tasks as are necessary to fulfil its general function including, but without prejudice to the<br /> foregoing, the following:<br /> (a) to maintain and develop the underlying physical infrastructure which is needed to support mapping applications,including to maintain a national grid and the national geodetic and height frameworks and to link these to international systems,<br /> (b) to create and maintain for the entire State mapping and related geographic databases which have national consistency of content, currency, style and manner including those areas which do not provide a commercial return on the activity,<br /> (c) to provide mapping and related geographic information to the public and private sectors in support of social, economic,legislative, security, business and administrative functions and equirements,<br /> (d) to encourage and promote the benefits of the use of the national mapping and related databases and the development of products, services and markets to meet national and user needs,<br /> (e) to advise the Government, a Minister of the Government, a body established by or under statute and other public sector organisations on matters relating to the policy and practice of survey, mapping and geographic information and on the development of national spatial data infrastructures,<br /> (f) to represent the State at international level on matters relating to mapping and geographic information,<br /> (g) to provide the necessary technical support to the Chief Boundary Surveyor in the performance of his or her duties in delimiting statutory boundaries and the delineation of such boundaries on maps,<br /> (h) to depict place-names and ancient features in the national mapping and related records and databases including the Irish language equivalent of place-names as advised by An Coimisiun Logainmneacha and declared in placenames orders made under section 2 of the Place-Names(Irish Forms) Act, 1973,<br /> (i) to protect the Government copyright on OSI records, databases, products and published material including copyright on OSI records, databases, products and published material made prior to OSI establishment day, 31 March 2001. </p>
    Main Activities: 
    Provision and maintenance of national topographic databases at scales ranging from 1:1000 - 1:450000. Provision and maintenance of national geodetic and height network. Development of mapping and geographically related products in support of identified customer needs. Maintenance of national administrative boundaries.
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    Republic of Ireland
    Societal Sector: 
    central government
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    As National topographic data managers for 180 years, we have extensive experience in: -integrating other non-topographic national datasets. -European data integration projects, including EuroRegionalMap and EuroGlobalMap. -generating multiple products from single source. Experience in developing national metadata portal and identifying the relevant issues. -developing national infrastructures. -participation in Irish National Data Infrastructure initiative.
    Primary Business: 
    Geographical information databases
    Environmental application domains: