To access all our latest news, please follow the ‘read more’ link to our latest articles. At Compass we seek to keep you informed of our own activities – across our Systems Services, GIS & Data Analysis, Survey Solutions, and National Biodiversity Data Centre teams; those of partner companies including iGeotec and the Ubipix location-tagged video innovation; and key events across the information and mapping technologies industries.

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan – Marking a year of action

To mark a year since the publication of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, and the recent Junior Pollinator Plan publications – in both English and Irish – we provide a short overview of this important initiative.  The National Biodiversity Data Centre is operated by Compass Informatics on behalf of the Heritage Council, Ireland.  The Centre combines … Continued

Discovering local heritage –

Interested in what’s around you? Want to find out more about your local heritage? Check out – a rich resource that Compass Informatics has had the opportunity to work on through various phases over recent years. It is a key initiative of the Heritage Council, Ireland. This  map viewer is  the A-Z of Ireland’s heritage … Continued

Biodiversity Ireland: Issue 13 on sale now with proceeds going to Special Olympics Ireland

Compass Informatics operates the National Biodiversity Data Centre, Ireland, on behalf of the Heritage Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.  The Centre publishes a regular high quality publication which is typically available for free.  However in support of the annual collection day for Special Olympics Ireland, Biodiversity Ireland will be for … Continued

Compass sponsor OSGeo Paris 2016 Code Sprint

Compass Informatics was delighted to provide sponsorship support and to attend the OSGeo Paris Code Spring in February (  This continues our support of information and location technologies events, be they open source or generally focused.  We are active users of open source tools, often alongside .Net technologies, or proprietary GIS such as Esri ArcGIS. … Continued

Heritage Council supports 70 jobs plus a community focused heritage grants programme

The Heritage Council, on behalf of whom we at Compass Informatics operate theNational Biodiversity Data Centre, will support 70 full-time jobs this year, and operate a €500,000 community grants programme. The Data Centre’s work reflects the opportunities for high value employment in information management and technology, within the heritage and environment sector. The 70 full-time jobs that will … Continued

Flood mapping using Sentinel-1 data

The European Space Agency’s Sentinels Scientific Data Hub ( is an invaluable repository of earth observation data. Many GIS users are already familiar with multispectral satellite data, such as that provided by Landsat, and the opportunities for analysis which it provides. The ESA are now also contributing to the ever growing catalogue of freely available, … Continued

Ireland’s Marine Atlas Re-Released

The Marine Institute have just recently upgraded and re-released Ireland’s Marine Atlas to . This builds on the previous Esri-based system delivered by Compass, and now the new Leaflet-based system developed with extensive support from Compass Informatics staff. Background Ireland’s Marine Atlas is developed and maintained by the Marine Institute with funding by the … Continued

NMP Online Launched by Minister Hayes

Promoting good soil fertility management for increased grass production and profitability on grassland farms was the focus of the Teagasc Soil Fertility Conference, which took place in Clonmel, today, Friday 16 October. Hundreds of grassland farmers and the fertiliser industry representatives attended the conference. The new Teagasc NMP-Online, a farm nutrient management planning system, and … Continued

See you at…National Sustainability Summit 2015

Following our Compass15 conference, a reminder that we will also attend and contribute to the following events: National Sustainability Summit 2015 – Securing Ireland’s Future Compass Informatics will exhibit at the National Sustainability Summit 2015, and Managing Director, Gearóid Ó Riain, will speak on achieving sustainability best practice at national and corporate levels using location and … Continued

Compass15: Thank You!

On behalf of the Compass Informatics team I wish you to thank everyone who attended the Compass15 conference this Thursday Sept 10.  We hope that the day succeeded as a forum for knowledge exchange and an opportunity to make new links across organisations. We would like to recognise the contribution of our esteemed presenters and … Continued

Compass Informatics in an infographic

Trying to capture the essence of Compass Informatics in an infographic!hare on Twitter We hope you enjoy browsing through the information graphic below.  Mixing icons, graphics, figures, word clouds, and key text, it has been an interesting exercise to try and capture just a sense of Compass Informatics in an 950kb png. Or a pdf if you … Continued

National Biodiversity Data Centre publishes its Annual Review 2014

The National Biodiversity Data Centre has just published its Annual Review 2014. The review provides an overview of the different work programmes that were delivered by the National Biodiversity Data Centre during the year. The Centre is operated by Compass Informatics on behalf of the Heritage Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The … Continued

Compass Informatics & the Namibia SDI Plan

Compass Informatics and its principal SDI expert, Roger Longhorn, was selected by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) to provide guidance to the Committee for Spatial Data (CSD) in developing the 5-year NSDI Strategy and Action Plan for Namibia.  This followed an open public call for proposals. The work began with a visit by the consultant … Continued

Compass15: Focus on…National Transport Authority

In advance of Compass15 conference, we summarise the framework programme of works being delivered with the National Transport Authority. Following a public tendering procedure in 2014, Compass Informatics was awarded the contract for provision of GeoSpatial Information Support Services to the National Transport Authority, Ireland.  The Authority engaged Compass Informatics to provide spatial data management and … Continued

Compass15: Focus on…Ubipix location-tagged video

As the Compass15 conference draws near, we highlight another contribution to the event.  Ubipix is an innovative company – a spinout from the National University of Ireland Maynooth, and with links to Compass Informatics.   If you need to capture geo-tagged imagery in the field, including video, with your SmartPhone, to share with friends or … Continued

Compass15: Focus on…Handheld rugged field computers

In advance of the Compass15 conference and workshops, we highlight our rugged field computer partner, Handheld.  Tove Gioeli  of Handheld will be available for technical queries, demonstrations, and will run an interactive workshop too. To those not familiar already with this excellent rugged computing suite, we are pleased to introduce the Handheld ultra-rugged mobile PDAs, … Continued

Compass15: Focus on…OSi and a national spatial data framework

In advance of our Compass15 conference, we highlight the contribution from Ordnance Survey of Ireland (OSi) and the opportunity for OSi data and Prime2 in particular to act as the national spatial data framework. Hugh Mangan is Head of Business & Marketing at Ordnance Survey Ireland. Hugh’s contribution to Compass15 will focus on the role of OSi, as … Continued

Compass15: Focus on…GoParkit and location-smart parking

Transforming parking – a pocket full of quarters, or a dashboard full of data? Building the GoParkit platform. Connor Cantwell, GoParkit Technologies GoParkit comes to Compass15 to tell a story of a huge parking industry that is fighting its way from inconvenience for drivers and planning guesswork, to a driver friendly offering and operations informed … Continued