Open Data Engagement Fund 2016 - And the winners are .......................

Blog by Emer Coleman

I am delighted to report that the inaugural ‘Open Data Engagement Fund 2016’ was a great success with a total of 29 applications received by the closing date of 16th November 2016.  10 applications were received under category A - outreach and engagement activities (training, seminars, workshops etc.), 10 under category B - sponsor the holding of competitions/events to promote open data usage such as hackathons, conferences etc. and 9 under category C - promoting the innovative use of data published on the Open Data portal such as the building of apps, creation of use cases, development of interactive visualisations.

A Selection Committee comprising, Dennis Jennings, Daithí Mac Síthigh and Ashling Cunningham (Open Data Governance Board) and Fiona Morley Clarke (Open Data Unit) assessed each application individually and made a recommendation based on the merits of each application.  Subsequently a total of 14 applications were approved for funding/part funding.

Details of the successful applications are set out below.   We have asked the successful applicants to report back to the Board on the progress of their project so I look forward to hearing from them in 2017. 

 

Applicant

Application details

 

 

Funding Applied For

Funding Granted

Category A – Outreach and Engagement activities within Public Bodies to promote the use of and release of Open Data (training, seminars, workshops etc.)

 

 

 

Rebecca Grant, National Library Ireland

T&S expenses to facilitate attendance at the Open Data Institute ‘Train the Trainer’ course in London.  This will enable Rebecca to deliver courses to multiple public bodies, cultural bodies, librarians, archivists, researchers.

 

€533

€533

Trevor Alcorn, Marine Institute

Eight 1-day training courses with 16 participants per course in ‘Understanding and applying open data publishing best practices’.

€2,747.22

€610 (committee agreed to part fund 2 sessions)

Prof Declan O’Sullivan, ADAPT Centre, TCD

2 day workshop on ‘Introduction to linked open data’ and ‘Transforming non RDF data sources to RDF’ to enable publication as linked data or as an RDF dataset.

 

€1,551

€800  (committee agreed to part fund workshop)

Nicola Graham, Dublinked

4 separate applications on behalf of the 4 Dublin local authorities to organise a workshop for staff on preparing data for 3* publishing as part of an open data challenge competition.

 

€3,200 (€800x4)

€2,400 (600x4)

Category B – Sponsor the holding of competitions/events to promote open data usage such as hackathons, conferences etc.

 

 

 

Flora Fleischer, Open Knowledge Ireland

4 events (1 meet up, 2 workshops, 1 hackathon) in order to support the creation of Irish Open Data use case scenarios and proof of concepts with a focus on hospital and health data.

 

Option 1 €5,400

Option 2 €8,400

€5,400

Nicola Graham, Dublinked

Dublin Local Authorities Open App Challenge (competition with prizes) - create apps which can improve information/services for local authorities and/or their citizens.

 

€5,000

€5,000

Niall O’Brolchain, Insight, NUIG

In the context of the ongoing international Apps4Gaps Competition (which encourages use of data.gov.ie), this is a proposal for developing 4 training sessions in schools (2 in Dublin and 2 in Galway) to encourage participation in the competition and to develop a greater knowledge of open data and part contribution to prizes for young Irish participants.

 

€5,000

€4000

Category C - promoting the innovative use of data published on the Open Data portal such as the building of apps, creation of use cases, development of interactive visualisations etc.

 

 

 

Brian O’Mullane, Crème Software

This project plans to put the ‘quality of life scores’ on a locational basis in Ireland using the defined public formula from NUMBEO. Results will be presented on a web app and made available via an API, to government funders, social entrepreneurs and members of the general public

 

€3,000

€3000

John O’Brien, Crème Software

Develop a data exploration tool that can be made available to the public to allow integration of and exploration of the great deal of agricultural data available on the data.gov.ie portal so that correlations between different variables can be discovered.

 

€3,000

€3000

Christopher Debruyne, ADAPT Centre, TCD

Project to add a geospatial dimension to datasets available on data.gov.ie via Ordnance Survey Ireland authoritative linked data.

 

€4,935.70

€4450

Cyril Connolly, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire

Two interactive visualisations of (a) crimes at Garda stations and (b) pedestrian footfall.

 

€800 (€400x2)

€800

 

 

Total Funding Approved

€29,993

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