Maps are useful. Everyone uses Google Maps on their smartphones and location-based data is increasingly important. North Mapping Services specialise in developing interactive webmapping, allowing client data to take off by hosting your map online and giving it added interactivity. Although ‘the map is not the territory’, webmapping helps it to come close.
Here are some of our recent projects.
Cuilcagh to Cleenish Memory Map
The Cuilcagh to Cleenish project is a community development initiative based in south-west Co. Fermanagh, NI. For the last 3 years they have been collecting local heritage information to help record and communicate the unique natural and cultural aspects of the region. NMS collaborated with the project to produce an interactive map for their website, bringing together a series of films, sound recordings and images and presenting these against a custom-made interactive webmap, designed to work on desktop and mobile platforms.
Belfast Townlands webmap
Ireland is divided into townlands, one of the oldest surviving units of land division still used in Europe. Most townland names are 'anglicised' versions of their original Gaelic names. The original names describe important information, like geographical features and the names of locally important people from the past. We created this webmap to show the names of the townlands around Belfast, the original Irish names and what the original names mean translated into English. The data comes from OSNI townlands mapping available on OpenDataNI and Place Names NI.
Use your mouse/ trackpad/ fingers to zoom into the map and reveal the townlands of Belfast. Use the buttons at top-right to change the townland names.
The Ring of Steel project
We recently produced the Ring of Steel website, which tells the story of the infamous security cordon that surrounded Belfast city centre during the period of the Troubles. The work involved researching geographical and archival information from a variety of sources and creating an interactive map showing the changing extent of the cordon over the period.
Larne Church Trail
The Larne Church Trail is an interactive story map, showing locations and historical information for old churches in the district around Larne, Northern Ireland. We produced the mapping and also the photography and historical research.
Webmapping is a powerful way of presenting information. We help to create the map by building the story from various sources - researching public records, interviewing individuals and exploring and collecting data on the ground.
There are many options for designing online graphic interfaces and interactive elements. Get in touch to find out more.