SPACEial North West




SPACEial NW Project - Overall Winner of 'Maps Make Sense Competition for Salzburg 2015'

The winning map of ESRI Ireland's  prestigious competition is entitled 'Ireland's Call - to return its global diaspora home' and was created by Rosita Mahony, GIS and Research Coordinator of the SPACEial NW Project.   This timely, impactful and relevant map, provides an oportunity for the diaspora to reconnect with  the new and exciting job opportunities  that are emerging within the country, as Ireland recovers from its recession.     For more informaiton click here 


Sleigh Stats and Maps for Santa - 19th December, 2014

Dear all,

As we all know Santa is a very busy man delivering presents to all the boys and girls around the world on December 25th.

On the Island of Ireland alone, he will be laden with gifts for 1.2 million children – that’s a lot of chimneys to climb down…  So Santa, we think it would be really useful to have information and maps on hand, to help guide you and your reindeers from Lapland to the Island of Ireland.

Here is the link to the all of the information that we were talking about – maybe the elves could show you how to open this on your smartphone:

With over 80,000 square kilometres to cover alone and 18% of the population to visit, how will he get everything done… well that’s the magic of Christmas!


All the boys and girls on the Island of Ireland



UK recognition for SPACEial North West project at Awards for Geospatial Excellence in November 13th in Kenilworth, UK

The SPACEial North West project reached its ultimate recognition to date at the UK Association of   Geographic Information (AGI) Awards for Geospatial Excellence 2014. The prestigious awards acknowledge the exceptional work that is being done within the UK’s  Geographic Information industry. The SPACEial North West project was short listed under two categories ‘Excellence in Research & Development’ and the ‘Best Use of Geospatial for Business     Benefit’ through its innovative use of geospatial data, technology and tools and with positive impact on business processes and practices.


Pictured at the Awards Cermony  from left to right  Ms Anne Campbell AGI Northern Ireland Committee, Ms Loretta Mc Nicholas, SPACEial NW Project Manager,  Professor Iain Stewart, Geologist & BBC Braodcaster,Mrs Rosita Mahony, SPACEial NW GIS and Research Co- ordinator, Thérèse Devine  AGI Northern Ireland Committee.

News Item: SPACEial NW  Shortlisted for AGI UK Awards for Geospatial Excellence 2014

The SPACEial North West project team are delighted to be short listed for the Association of Geographic Information UK Awards under two categories ‘Excellence in Research &   Development’ and ‘The Best Use of Geospatial for Business Benefit’, to be held on November 13th in Kenilworth, UK.  The project was short listed on the basis of reaching the criteria of advancing best practice, technology, data and tools to the benefit of the geospatial industry and deemed as having had a positive impact on business processes or practices. Read More >>


News Item:  SPACEial NW Application Gains National Recognition

The Irish Organisation for Geographic Information (IRLOGI) has awarded the SPACEial NW website the runners up prize in the Best GI Application  in the Public Sector’.  This public sector application allows  tourists, state agencies, local authorities, planners, entrepreneurs, members of the public etc to  view, analyse and extract relevant information for different locations for County Donegal and the entire North West Region  read more >>



News Item: SPACEial NW App highly commended in Esri Ireland Story Map Competition, 22nd Sept, 2014

Recently, SPACEial NW developed an App on '12 Places to Go Visit in County Donegal', which was entered into ESRI Irelands Story  Map Competition and was highly commended by the judging panel. read more about our entry>>


News Item :  SPACEial NW  Project Developing a Housing Monitor for County Donegal, 31st August, 2014 

A new housing monitor is being developed for County Donegal using a combination of housing indicators mapped at  different spatial scales within the county. This monitor will be available at the end of October, 2014 and will provide a very important resource for planners, policy makers and the whole construction industry at large.



News Item:     SPACEial NW Examines Municipal Districts in County Donegal , 6th Aug, 2014 

As part of the work in developing a socio economic framework for County Donegal, Spaceial North West is constantly exploring data at different spatial scales.  The attached document presents some indicators for the five Municipal Districts in County Donegal.  read more >>


Case Study:           ESRI Ireland  Case Study on SPACEial NW

'Decision makers can now easily view and analyse data online to help  them make better, more informed decisions through the new SPACEial NW Application'. Learn more about how the SPACEial NW project has placed data at the heart of decision making within the North West Region Cross Border  region by  downloading the case study>>


News Item :    Irish Independent use SPACEial NW  Story Map  on  the '10  Best Wild Atlantic Way Beaches', 17th July, 2014 

Spaceial NW recently produced one of ESRI Irelands most successful story maps on the '10 Best Wild Atlantic Way Beaches' in Ireland, which has received to date in excess of 5,000 views read more>>


News Item:  Launch of Profiling Challenges to the Education Sector in Donegal in 2012” on the 17th June, 2014

This report was produced by the Economic Security Sub-group of the Children’s Services Committee and waslaunched today by Mr. Paul Hannigan, President LYIT in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny at 3.30pm. This report uses SPACEial NW data to identify issues facing children, young people, their families and educational institutes in County Donegal Read more about the Report >>


News Item :  SPACEialNW Present at the AGI NI Open Geospatial Conference, May 13th 2014 

Ms Rosita Mahony, GIS and Research Coordinator for the  SPACEial NW project in her presentation to the Association of Geographic Information Northern Ireland's (AGI_NI)  at their Open Geospatial Conference, Belfast  emphasised 'that user demand can be best achieved by realising the economic and social value of geospatial for competitive advantage especially for making investment decisions ' Read More>>


News Item :  Win an iPad Mini through our SPACEial NW Competition

Do you want to source free information about your area at the click of a button … well now you can!    Read More>>       To View Survey Click Here 


News Item:   Interview with SPACEial  NW Team post  Final Conference 22nd January, 2014.

This item contains a podcast of the Reserach and Policy Manager speaking about how data captured through SPACEial NW will help a wide range of stakeholders in making better decisions    Click to listen to podcast


News Item :  New website helps businesses make a decision at the touch of a button, now that’s SPACEial

The SPACEial Northwest Project is launching a new innovative website that allows users to make business or investment decisions at the touch of a button.   Read More »


News Item :  User Panel Testing 14th & 15th January, 2014  - A Huge Success

The SPACEial NW map viewer and website have been developed with the end user in mind. On the 14th & 15th January 2014, 80 users from across different agencies, local authorities, tourisms bodies, communities and different walks of life in the North West Region came together to test the system and to ensure that the information captured was meeting their needs and requirements.

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Photo: Participants at the User Panel Testing


Older News Items 

News Item :  Summary of SPACEial NW Project AGI News Letter  2012  Pg 4 

The AGI Northern Ireland regional group (AGI NI) was formed in 2001, and officially launched in 2002, to raise awareness of geographic information (GI) within Northern Ireland, and to encourage the sharing of knowledge and data between those with an interest in GI. It is a member organisation run by members for members.  Read More »

News Item:    'Europe Supports Cross Border Planning in the North West Region', EU BULLETIN Sept 2011 Pg 18

The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland and the Department of Finance in Ireland. The Body was established on 2 December 1999, under the Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ireland (8 March 1999), which created the implementing bodies.  Read More »