The Compass Biodiversity Information System is a comprehensive and world-leading data management and mapping system to store, manage and present biological records of animals and plants. The data is available in useful formats to planners, researchers, government and non-governmental organisations alike, to support evidence based assessment of biodiversity, and to the public.

System Features

  • Data presentation with an easy-to-use visual mapping interface.NBDC Data Hub graphic
  • Handling of land and sea-based records simultaneously.
  • Ability to view a number of species at any one time and for coincidence mapping to explore overlap between species.
  • Time filtering of data to see presence of species over a number of years or particular time of year.
  • Presentation of data at resolutions depending on user permissions.
  • Ability to add supporting map layers, e.g. aerial imagery, designated areas, geology.
  • Query tools for information on a record, area, designated site basis or other map feature.
  • Comprehensive metadata system displaying details on datasets and distribution of records over time.
  • Back office tools for loading data into the system from a range of sources, e.g. Excel templates, MapMate, Recorder.
  • Tools for serving biological records to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
  • Optional hosting with Compass or Cloud hosting facilities

Biodiversity screenshotThe system is the base for information management at the National Biodiversity Data Centre – Ireland’s biological records centre. Compass now seek to extend this highly customisable system to other organisations, regions, or countries. Data, metadata, search capability, online viewing and reporting – it’s all here! Click on the image to visit the system as it is now used by the Centre.


Compass Informatics and the mapping system was nominated for award in the “Public Web Application” category  at the 2013 Esri Partner Conference (EPC) held March 2013 in Palm Springs, California, where partners are recognized for developing and delivering quality Esri software-based solutions or services in nine categories.

At the GIS Ireland 2012 conference, held on 11 October 2012 in Dublin, IRLOGI, the national geographic information association for Ireland, awarded its ‘Business Case and Return on Investment’ Award to the Heritage Council and National Biodiversity Data Centre, which is operated by Compass Informatics Limited, under contract to the Heritage Council. See the full news release here.