Frequently asked Questions

Q1. What is Spatial NI?

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

Spatial NI has been enhanced and in addition to being the portal for INSPIRE it now has a more appealing interface, a more intuitive map maker facility and additional features for sharing and displaying maps.

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 private sector. 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.

Q2. What can I do on Spatial NI?

Q3. Do I need to register to use Spatial NI?

No, you can view the OSNI mapping without a login. However, if you want to search and add other data to your map, you will need to be a registered user.

Q4. A dataset I require is not available on Spatial NI, what do I do?

If there is data you would like to see on Spatial NI. Please contact us via the contact us page.

Q5. How do I make my data available on Spatial NI?

Contact Spatial NI with the details of the dataset you want to upload. Please note that not all data will be suitable for publishing on Spatial NI.

Q6. Is my internet browser compatible with Spatial NI?

To get the best results when viewing Spatial NI, we recommend you use one of the following browsers: Internet Explorer (IE) 10 or 11, Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. Please ensure Compatibility View is enabled (IE only).

Q7. Can I access Spatial NI on my mobile phone or tablet?

Yes the new site is fully responsive, you can view Spatial NI and create maps on your mobile phone or tablet.

Q8. Is there a measurement tool available on Spatial NI?

There is a measurement tool available in all map viewers.

Q9. How can I use Spatial NI data in my own application/GIS Software?

If you want to consume Spatial NI services directly into your own application or GIS see the How To section or contact us via the contact us page for advice.