All Island Research Observatory

The All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO) is based at the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM). It was set up under the guidance of the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) and the National Centre for Geo-Computation (NCG).

Read the case study for information on how:


The Challenge

  • This project aimed to: collate and process data from both sides of the border; analyse and interpret it; and then make it accessible via the Internet.

The Solution

  • The AIRO project team uses ArcGIS Server to collate, process, analyse and interpret relevant data from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.




  • Now planners north and south of the border now have greater insight into the needs of all communities across the whole of Ireland.

  • With the development of its GIS-enabled web site, the AIRO project team has created an invaluable new decision-making tool.


"We can set up new maps in just a couple of hours and don’t need heavy programming skills."

Justin Gleeson, Data and Technical Manager, AIRO

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