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Geography: Online Resources

Evaluating Information

These tips will help you evaluate the quality, accuracy and reliability of information you find on the Web.

Authority

  • Who wrote the page - where is the information coming from?
  • Is the author qualified to speak on the topic?
  • Is the site reputable?

Accuracy

  • Is the information Correct?
  • Can you verify the information from another source?
  • Are there references available to back up the author's claims?

Objectivity

  • Is the purpose of the website to inform you?
  • Is it promoting or selling something?
  • Is it biased?

Currency

  • When was the site last updated?
  • How current are the links – have some expired or moved?

‚ÄčCoverage

  • What topics are covered on the site?
  • Is the information on the site well presented?
  • Is special software required to view the page or is it fee based?

Useful websites

All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO)

A research and consultancy unit based at NIRSA in NUI Maynooth, specialising in socio-demographic analysis, spatial analysis (GIS), spatial planning and data analytics. Most of their work is in the area of demographics, economy, housing and the environment. 

Central Statistics Office (CSO)

The Central Statistics Office is Ireland's national statistical office and it provides statistics about Ireland's people, society and economy.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 

Publishes reports of projects funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. The agency is responsible for protecting and improving the environment as a valuable asset for the people of Ireland.

Geological Survey Ireland

Geological Survey Ireland is the national earth science knowledge centre. Founded in 1845, it is a division of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. It provides data and maps on Ireland's subsurface.

International Centre for Local and Regional Development

The International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD) is a North-South-US partnership programme created to explore and expand the contribution that planning and the development of physical, social and economic infrastructures can make to improving the lives of people in both Irish jurisdictions. Contains research papers and case studies.

Irish Organisation for Geographic Information

The umbrella organisation for the Irish geospatial industry.

Geographical Society of Ireland

The professional representative organisation of geographers in Ireland

Marine Institute Open Access Repository

Full-text access to the publications of the Marine Institute.

Sourcemap

Sourcemap is the first crowd-sourced directory of supply chains and environmental footprints. There are free and paid versions available. Some maps are completed while others are a work in progress.

URBACT

URBACT is a European exchange and learning programme promoting sustainable urban development. It helps cities to develop practical solutions that are new and sustainable and that integrate economic, social and environmental urban topics. The programme is financed by the European Commission. 

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