Often standard of living is emphasised over quality of life, in part due to the fact that it is easier to measure, whereas quality of life gives the better measure of the success of society. With the resolution of the quality of life measures based at a community level, a better understanding of what initiatives and environment are working to improve people's lives can be understood.
The aim of our project was to make it easier to explore agricultural open data and thereby increase public engagement with the data themselves and with the open data project generally.
We downloaded the most relevant of the more than 100 databases stored under the Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and Food section. Although in the data.gov.ie site many of the databases are only stored as .json or .px files, we found most of them are available as downloadable csv which are easier to study.
On Saturday March 25th 2017, Open Knowledge Ireland held the first Open Data Citizen Workshop on Hospital Waiting Lists in Ireland. The workshop was well attended with citizens of different professional backgrounds and a shared interest in exploring and understanding the existing data on Hospital Waiting Lists as well as looking at the actual patient journey to see where opportunities for Open Data present themselves.
As Chair of the Open Data Governance Board, I am delighted to welcome the publication of the Open Data Strategy 2017-2022 which was developed by the Board in conjunction with the Open Data Unit in the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform and in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders including public bodies, business, research/academia, library and information professionals and civil society.
Under Ireland's Open Data Initiative and as set out in Ireland's Open Data Strategy 2017-2022 (in consultation until 4th July 2017), Public Bodies are to identify and publish appropriate datasets on the web as Open Data.
The Minister for Data Protection and the Government Data Forum are hosting the Data Summit on 15 and 16 June this year in the Convention Centre Dublin and the Open Data Unit is delighted to have the opportunity to host an exhibition stand at the event to highlight the Open Data Portal and Open Data Initiative generally. A short exhibitor talk will be given on the portal at 13.15pm on Thursday 15th June.
The Summit brings together a range of stakeholders, nationally and internationally, to discuss some of the key issues arising from the ever expanding role of data in modern life.
The Open Data Unit were delighted when the national Open Data portal was shortlisted for an eGovernment award this year and were thrilled when it won ‘best award’ in the general category. The Ireland eGovernment Awards ceremony took place in Dublin Castle on Friday, 26th May where the awards were presented by Minister Simon Harris.