Friday 29 May 2015

Access to Ireland and UK mapping services to improve

Access to good maps, both historical and modern, is vital for Irish genealogy research so there's likely to be some worthwhile developments on their way following a new three-party agreement between Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi), Land and Property Services (LPS) Northern Ireland and Ordnance Survey (GB).

The deal is intended to improve access and availability of mapping services for customers and government users operating across the UK and Ireland. It will enable each of the national mapping organisations, for the first time, to act as a single point of access for customers choosing to view digital mapping from any of the three organisations via their web service platforms.

Exactly how this will work in practice, and how it will benefit family historians, should become clearer when the new service opens later this year.