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Public Consultations

The concept of Open Data is about making data held by public bodies available and easily accessible online for reuse and redistribution. Open Data forms a core element of the Open Government Partnership national action plan which was published in July 2014 and significant work has been carried out to advance the Open Data Initiative since then.

As public bodies have progressed in areas like eGovernment and data analytics, the potential of data and, in particular, open data to help deliver economic, social and democratic benefits has become clearer.

Engagement with all interested stakeholders is a core element of Ireland’s approach to Open Data and a number of public consultations have taken place to date on the Initiative as follows.


Draft Open Data Strategy 2017 - 2022  

On 20th June, 2017, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe T.D, launched a public consultation on the draft national Open Data Strategy, 2017-2022. The closing date for submissions was close of business on 4 July 2017.  The final published Strategy can be seen here.  


Suggest a Dataset

As part of this engagement process, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform welcomes your suggestions for datasets that you would like to have released as Open Data.   Suggest a dataset here.


Public consultation on a Foundation Document for the development of Ireland’s Open Data Strategy

This consultation was launched on 15/06/2015 and closed on 15/07/2015.  The final Foundation Document for an Open Data Strategy is available here.


Public consultation on a Technical Framework to underpin the publication of datasets in open data format on the Government’s Open Data Portal, .  This consultation was launched on 15/06/2015 and closed on 15/07/2015.   The final Open Data Technical Framework is available here.


Public consultation on Open Data Licencing

This consultation was launched on 11/02/2015 and closed on 18/03/2015.  The consultation paper is available here.  Subsequently the Licence of choice for Ireland's Open Data Initiative was CC BY 4.0 attribution.  Further details are available at


Public consultation on Open Data Reports

This consultation was launched on 01/07/2014 and closed on 30/09/2014.  The reports are available here.   


Further details on these consultations can be obtained by emailing



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