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What is GeoHive?

GeoHive is a new national platform for accessing authoritative geospatial information which provides free, web-based access to authoritative Irish spatial data from multiple providers, including Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) and many more.

Why was GeoHive created?

In today's world, location-based data has become a huge part of decision-making processes locally and globally.

An economic assessment of Ireland’s Geospatial Industry commissioned by Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) in 2012 estimated that the use of geospatial information accrues annual savings of €82m in the public sector, time savings with an economic value of €279m, and competition benefits of €104m.

GeoHive was created to improve the accessibility and usage of authoritative spatial data.

What information can I get from GeoHive?

The service provides access, through a data catalogue and a map viewer, to a range of authoritative Irish spatial data.

With GeoHive you can create maps specific to your task at hand using any of the available data. GeoHive provides access to numerous types of data which you can explore via the Data Catalogue page or the "Make Your Map" page. We have also included a selection of pre-built maps and applications in the Featured Picks section, and if you create and save a webmap using the “Make Your Map” page, you can find your saved map in the User Gallery. Webmaps in the user gallery are visible and available to all other users of GeoHive.

Is there any cost for using GeoHive?

GeoHive is free to use but subject to the published Site Usage Policy.

What do I need to start using GeoHive?

You will need an internet browser for basic functionality. If you wish to perform more complex tasks you may need to access the available authoritative content as web services through GIS software.

What is GIS?

GIS stands for Geographic Information System(s).
A GIS is designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data.

What is a webmap?

A webmap is a map that is delivered using geographical information systems (GIS) on a network. In the case of GeoHive that network is the World Wide Web.

How does GeoHive differ from the other data platforms?

GeoHive is about making spatial data easier to find, use and share and provides users with a capability to interrogate data based on the commonality of its location.

GeoHive therefore provides a national platform for OSi and data providers to enable location based data as part of key decision making processes.

Does GeoHive store any personal data on users?

GeoHive does not store any personal data.

How does GeoHive relate to INSPIRE? is Ireland's national portal specifically targeted at meeting the obligations of the INSPIRE directive. This portal has been developed by Department of Environment, Community & Local Government (DECLG) with Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) as a technical partner, in order to comply with the EU INSPIRE Directive.

Over time, GeoHive may incorporate services from


How does GeoHive work?

GeoHive is designed to allow you to join or "mash up" information on a map to provide a deeper understanding of topics that impact on our lives.

At a technical level GeoHive uses the functionality in ArcGIS Online as its content management system for listing and categorising web services. This means that any web service that is made available through GeoHive will be registered as a content item in ArcGIS Online.

Registration of services in this way enables users to find, view, combine and share spatial services. Registration does not mean that data will be hosted or stored in ArcGIS Online (unless it is already hosted there by you).

Can I share my map with others?

Yes. GeoHive webmaps can be shared to such platforms as email and social media.

Can GeoHive host my data?

Yes. GeoHive can host data from third parties and make it available through the GeoHive portal, although certain criteria will apply. The originator will still remain responsible for the maintenance of this data.

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Can I download data from GeoHive?

Data cannot be downloaded from GeoHive however users can share through such platforms as email and social media.

Can I use GeoHive on my mobile device?

Yes. GeoHive has a responsive design in order to work on smartphones and tablets.

Where can I find support information for GeoHive?

System support is available by contacting


What maps are available in GeoHive?

Maps available in GeoHive are OSi basemaps, featured content and user-made maps.

How up to date is the data on GeoHive?

The basemaps in GeoHive are updated approximately every six months from the most up-to-date topographic data available.

Other non-OSi data that is available on GeoHive is maintained by the originator of the data unless otherwise stated and related information can be found in the metadata.

Who maintains the data on GeoHive?

All datasets available on GeoHive are maintained by the originator of the data unless otherwise stated.

I can’t access some datasets on GeoHive.

GeoHive makes available data from OSi and other data providers. If the data supplier's web service endpoint is not available then the data cannot be displayed in GeoHive. If you experience ongoing problems with a particular dataset please contact us at

Are the roads, tracks and footpaths in the OSi basemaps representative of a public right-of-way?

No. Representation in the OSi basemaps of a road, track or footpath is not evidence of a right-of-way. OSi topographic data and maps are designed to show the physical features on land. As a result this can include both private and public roads, tracks and footpaths.


Who can I contact for more help?

If you have a query on GeoHive please contact us using the email address.

How can I report an error in a dataset?

Errors in OSi basemap data can be reported using the OSi Map Reporting Tool at https//

Errors in other datasets should be reported to the dataset originator through contact information available within the relevant metadata.

If I want to use GeoHive maps within my business applications, what do I do?

Please contact