Engagement Fund Winners 2020/2021

November 12, 2020

The applications received under the 2020/2021 Open Data Engagement Fund call for funding proposals were assessed by a sub committee of the Open Data Governance Board.  Congratulations to the winning applicants, which are listed below.   We look forward to seeing the completed projects later on in 2021.


Project Details

Funding Requested

Funding Approved

Eimear Leahy, Health & Safety Authority To use the Health and Safety Authority’s (HSA) fatal accident statistics, in combination with other data from the HSA, and to present it in a novel, modern format. To date, the HAS’s statistics have been presented in standard tables on its website and much of the detail has been hidden in long reports. We feel that there is ample opportunity to increase the impact of the HAS’s message by presenting the data in new ways such as through the use of infographics, dashboards or interactive visualisations which can be easily accessible on its website and can be published on its social media channels. €2,000 €2,000
Rionach Ni Neill, Ciotóg To expand the Turas Chonamara digital and audio map charting the Irish language cultural heritage and oral history of the Conamara Gaeltacht through a large-scale community mapping project, which combines Open Data and community generated data, involving local contributors from Carna to Cois Fharraige. €5,000 €5,000
Luke Binns, Smart Dublin To conduct a competition run by the Dublin local authorities, using Open Data to show how people, goods and services move around the city and to encourage active alternatives to private motorised transport. €2,100 €2,100
Cathal Hoare This project proposes the development of a scenario exploration tool for the general public in order to explore the benefits of various technologies and lifestyle chances on their carbon and energy footprints. The tool would take the form of an interactive dashboard which could be personalised by users to enable them explore how relatively low cost technological and lifestyle changes could have financial and quality of life benefits while also reducing energy consumption. €5,000 €5,000
Orlaith Delargy, Irish Forum on Natural Capital The Irish Forum on Natural Capital proposes to host an online Data for Nature conference to facilitate the preparation of natural capital accounts in Ireland. Natural capital accounting is a cornerstone of the EU Green Deal and natural capital accounts can be used to inform policy decisions at national, local and community levels. The approach is now being piloted in Ireland and this conference would bring together policymakers, state agencies, data holders and academics to discuss ways in which the collection and publication of environmental, land and water data can be harmonised to facilitate the preparation of Ireland’s first natural capital accounts. €3,000 €3,000
Raena McElwee, Data Soc, UCD.

DataSoc will host a three-day virtual hackathon for third-level students in January 2021. The theme of the hackathon is “Hack4Change”.

Students will compete in teams to create social innovations derived from analysis of Open Data datasets. During the weekend, teams will be mentored by experienced professionals and speakers will give insightful talks about data science. A panel of judges will choose the winning teams, with spot prizes for the best use of data science and the best Covid-related solution.

€3,000 €3,000
Qian Xiao To create a web app to explore Dublin commercial leases and residential property registered prices on an interactive map enriched with ad-hoc filtering and animation. It presents multi layers of composite geo-temporal data sources in a single view, including large amount of housing market historical records and spatial-aggregated heatmaps. It allows great flexibility in how data can be explored, and meanwhile provides innovative ways of real-time interaction to help users to understand the market dynamics. €5,000 €4,000
Carl Lange, Tough Shoes To create an interactive web-based report on a hypothetical "cycle to school scheme", where all schools are given funds to buy and own bicycles for their student bodies. This report shall include a focus on environmental impact, as well as cost savings and health improvements, of this hypothetical scheme. The outcome is an open source website with the findings, including several interactive visualisations of the scheme, with accompanying explanations of how the analysis was done, with an emphasis on the discovery, cleaning, and use of open data specifically from data.gov.ie. €5,000 €4,000