Some of the language we use to explain the benefits of GeoDirectory is necessarily specialised. Here we try to define some of the terms to familiarise you with the services our products provide. For insightful content from GeoDirectory visit our Reports page, listen to our series of Webinars or check out some of our latest Blogs.
Boundary data: GeoDirectory records can be broken down and sorted by county, electoral division or townland boundaries.
Electoral division: The Republic of Ireland is divided into electoral divisions based on where people vote. The GeoDirectory database identifies the electoral divisions into which each building falls. This is especially useful for market and demographic analysis. Other databases, including census data, are also broken down according to electoral division.
Flat database: GeoDirectory is supplied in ‘flat files’ which means they contain only records. However, GeoDirectory is highly flexible and can be easily synchronised with interactive applications such as Geographic Information Systems and mapping software.
Geocode: A code or reference number which pinpoints a specific location is known as a geocode. Commonly-used geocodes are those found in the index pages of a city street directory, which allows you to find the page and the square where each street is marked out on the map.
GeoDirectory: The Republic of Ireland’s definitive database of buildings, each matched to a unique postal address, and pinpointed on the map to within a single square metre.
Geographic Information System (GIS): GIS is an interactive computer program capable of assembling, storing, analysing and displaying information which has been identified by location. At its most basic level, a GIS application can be a computerised map. At a more sophisticated level, GIS technology can analyse complex layers of data, match them to a specific locality and predict future trends. The GeoDirectory database will work with most Geographic Information Systems.