Engagement Fund: Health data workshop facilitated by Open Knowledge Ireland - one attendee's experience

As part of the Engagement Fund project, Open Knowledge Ireland has run the first of a series of 4 citizen workshops focused on exploring use cases of open data using hospital waiting lists recently published as open data, together with other health related data.

The workshop was a real success and we had a lot of professional talent in the room that we are now engaging with on an individual basis.

As one outcome of the workshop a participant has written a first person account of attending the workshop and the publication is getting traction on social media.

Engagement Fund: Apps4Gaps - Building Apps with Open Data- Niall ó Brolcháin, Insight Centre for Data Analytics

The Apps4Gaps ( http://apps4gaps.ie ) competition has successfully run each year from 2014 through to 2016. It encourages participants to use open datasets from the Irish Open Data Portal ( http://data.gov.ie ) to produce apps. It is run as a partnership between the Central Statistics Office (CSO) and the Insight Centre for Data Analytics with a prize fund of €5,000.

Geo Open Data Publishing Best Practices in a Day (training) by Trevor Alcorn, Marine Institute

The Marine Institute hosted two “Geo Open Data Publishing Best Practices in a Day” training courses funded under the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform sponsored Open Data Engagement Fund at the Marine Institute offices in Galway (February 10th 2017) and Dublin (February 21st 2017).

Geo Open Data is Open Data that contains a geographic or location feature, reference or attribute; has an open licence; and can be accessed, used, adapted and shared subject only to attribution.

Minutes of Open Data Governance board meeting 1 February, 2017

Attendance: Emer Coleman (Chair), Dennis Jennings, Denis Parfenov, Sandra Collins, Cronan McNamara, Dietrich Rebholz, Sue Duke, Barry Lowry, Ashling Cunningham


Apologies: Andrew O’Sullivan, Daithí Mac Síthigh


Secretariat: Evelyn O'Connor, Fiona Morley Clarke, Marian Beakey


Request for Tenders

The Open Data Unit has recently issued two Request for Tenders for the provision of support to the Open Data Initiative - the first for the provision of open data training and the second for the provision of open data technical assistance and support - both are now available on etenders and can be accessed at the links below.


Announcing HackYourWayDay Winners

The judges have deliberated and voted and the results are in. We are pleased to say that the x-Gov Eircodes Hackathon held on February 10th was a great success and congratulations to the three winners.

In case you missed it, the theme of HackYourWayDay which took place in the NDRC, Dublin 8 last Friday was on how to use Eircoded location open data to solve real problems that citizens have.

Ireland rated as 'a trendsetter' in Open Data

Ireland has ranked very highly in a report (link is external) published by the European Portal on how European countries have developed their Open Data Maturity since 2015. Ireland has in fact scored overall third place in terms of Open Data Maturity Assessment across the EU28+ countries assessed, which is a terrific achievement. The measurement is built on two key indicators - Open Data Readiness and Portal Maturity,

Second webinar on Open Data

On Wednesday 8th February the second of a series of webinars on Open Data organised by the European Open Data Portal will take place.   The theme is - What can Open Data do to improve transport & mobility?  Registration details are here.

Forthcoming hackathon on open government data

A hackathon using HSE, LGMA and other government open data to try and make finding and using government services easier will take place on Friday 10th February in the NDRC, the Digital Exchange, Crane Street, Dublin, D08 HKR9.  The hackathon will feature open datasets for eircoded health and local government services and the prize money is being sponsored by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.  The hackathon is open to everyone and further details including how to register are available at this link 

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