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Useful Guides

Guide on how to add a dataset to

Open Data Audit and Publication Planning Guide

Data Audit Tool Guide


Other Publications

Open Data Video

A short video released by the European Data Portal explains what open (government) data is, its potential benefits and how to access the European Data Portal. The European Data Portal harvests data from national portals including Source: European Data Portal (CC BY 3.0). A version with Irish subtitles is available here.

Reports on European Open Data Maturity

In 2017 Ireland ranked first place in a report published by the European Open Data portal on how European countries have developed their Open Data Maturity since 2015. The 2017 Irish factsheet is available here.

The 2016 report, in which Ireland ranked overall 3rd place is available here (link is external). The 2016 Irish factsheet is available here

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Circular on use of Eircodes by Public Bodies

Circular 19/2017 on utilisation by Public Bodies of Eircodes is available here.


The following reports were prepared for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform by Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway:

Best Practice Handbook

Status: Published, May 2014

The core document that draws together existing best practice standards for the publication and re-use of Open Data to assist in establishing best practice standards in Ireland. Available here.

Data Audit Report

Status: Published, May 2014

Reports on an audit of the Irish public sector datasets available online and aligns the findings with the ‘common high-value datasets’ based on the G8 Open Data Charter categories. Available here.


Status: Published, May 2014

Sets out a detailed 3 year plan for the objectives, structure and actions necessary to advance publication of national and regional Open Data for maximum impact. Available here.

Evaluation Framework

Status: Published, May 2014

To assess the current state of readiness for Open Data in Ireland; to monitor and assess the ongoing progress of the initiative, and to measure the actual economic, social and political impact of the initiative. Available here.

Open Data Publication Handbook

Status: Published, May 2014

A step-by-step guide for public bodies publishing Open Data on the National Open Data Portal is available here.