What is Spatial NI?

Spatial NI is the Northern Ireland portal for Geographic Information (GI). The portal was initially developed by Land & Property Services (LPS) in order to comply with the EU INSPIRE Directive.

The purpose of Spatial NI is to allow ease of access to LPS base mapping and NI Geographic Information to the public sector and the citizen. It has been designed so it can be used by both technical and non technical users who wish to unleash the full potential of GI within their own business areas.

Some of Spatial NI’s key features include:

  • It is a central location for the majority of NI’s public sector location datasets.
  • Spatial NI maps are the most up-to-date and accurate for Northern Ireland.
  • Spatial NI enables you to display your maps on mobile devices.

What can I see on Spatial NI?

As a user on Spatial NI, you can see:

  • Authoritative and up to date OSNI mapping and aerial imagery for Northern Ireland; and
  • Other spatial data that is freely available to view such as school locations and nature reserves.

You can get an idea of what data is freely available to view by opening the Map Viewer.

Advanced users may also be interested in accessing our ‘Spatial NI for INSPIRE’ geoportal where other data is available, as well as additional GIS functionality. To see a list of the other data available on Spatial NI for INSPIRE, check out our data catalogue.

For further information on this data and the process for gaining access to view it, please contact the Spatial NI team.

Using Spatial NI, which browser is best?

Spatial NI has been designed to work in most modern browsers. However, we suggest that for the best user experience, you should use one of the recommended browsers shown below:

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Please note that some components of the site may not work in older browsers.

Can I add my data to Spatial NI?

Spatial NI is the engine for hosting, sharing and viewing spatial data for Northern Ireland. As a result the Spatial NI team are always looking for new datasets that can be easily shared and used by not only the supply organisation but also by a number of other organisations across the public and private sectors.

The Spatial NI team can work with data in a number of different formats including:

  • Spatial data formats, for example, geodatabases, shapefiles, TAB, MID, MIF;
  • Microsoft Excel workbooks; and
  • Comma Separated Values (CSV) files.

If you have data that you would like to be considered for hosting on Spatial NI, please contact the Spatial NI team to discuss the options available to you. Please note that not all data will be suitable for publishing on Spatial NI.

How can Spatial NI benefit me?

It’s a great decision making tool

Spatial NI allows you to view a wide range of data on detailed mapping and aerial imagery of Northern Ireland. This lets you layer data on maps and be in a better position to review, analyse, visualise and understand previously unseen patterns, gaps, issues or problems. Analysing data in this way can lead to improved decision making.

It can save you time and money

You can download and share the location information you need from the portal, safe in the knowledge that a team of experts are ready to provide assistance if you need it.

It improves communication

Spatial NI gives you the ability to visualise data on maps which is invaluable when presenting findings to different groups inside and outside of an organisation.

Convenience

Tracking down data can be a difficult task. Spatial NI provides a centralised portal for the majority of NI’s public sector location data and in most instances there is no charge for using it.

A secure location for your data

Data providers can store their datasets in this central location, reassured by the fact that it meets required legal standards and is backed up daily.

Compliance

Spatial NI also provides a platform for public sector bodies to comply with the EU INSPIRE Directive.