Today I am going to give an overview of Irish Open Data initiatives Give examples of how the Open Data has been reused with particular emphasis on commercial reuse
Some background about Fingal
Map illustrates population density in the County 239,813 citizens 4 th largest Local Authority 22.2% population growth 2002-2006 Fastest growing & Youngest county Population is concentrated in the South and East of the County 3 main population centres of Blanchardstown, Swords and Balbriggan North-West is rural farmland
To cope with our phenomenal growth we made extensive use of data & visualisation for service planning.
Fingal County Council launched the first Open Data website in the country in November 2010 Fingal Open Data evolved from the principles of the Fingal Data Hub and the Open Data movement. In Summer 2010 we were preparing a report with data about all Local Authorities which was difficult to find and only available in PDF We discovered the Open Data movement and felt that this was a better way We decided to take the initiative with the backing of the County Manager and Fingal Open Data was born It is available at data.fingal.ie The website, which you can see on screen, provides public access to source data from Council systems.
There are currently over 170 datasets organised into 12 categories Detailed information is provided about each dataset, including description, date published and available formats.
The Dublin Region encompasses Dublin City and the surrounding counties
In October 2011, the 4 Dublin Authorities and NUI Maynooth laucnhed the Dublinked website Dublinked is a Network for Sharing Data to facilitate innovation in the urban environment through collaboration between private, public and research partners with the Dublin city region as a proving ground The aim is to enable innovators to collaborate on tackling challenges facing the Dublin city region using public sector data as the basis. www.dublinked.ie
Datastore 200 datasets (557 files) Data from 4 Dublin Councils and OSI data in research zone (thanks to OSI for being the first) National datasets (Hazardous & Transfrontier Waste Shipments; National Public Transport Nodes; NIAH) Regional Datasets Themes focussed for first release of data were Land Use, Transport & Environmental Zones – Open and Research (Members) – O & M Data criteria for Members zone – Legal issues, Technical (e.g. streaming/live data (samples); binary (Traffic)), Commercial (high-value) Formats – open & non-proprietary where possible; can be onerous to convert – working towards this goal; go ugly early; respond to feedback Metadata for each dataset – Dublinked ‘lite’ standard developed in partnership with Dept. Environment, NUI Galway, Dept. Marine & Natural Resources; compliant with international standards
Dublinked facilitates Open Data release by other agencies
Dublinked is first and foremost an Innovation Network Dublinked organises regular themed events to facilitate networking and re-use of data
Progress is also being made at National level in Ireland
The National eGovernment Action plan was published in March 2012 It contains 3 specific actions relating to Open Data All public bodies will publish Open Data Data published in reports should also be published in parallel in open formats Public bodies will identify data holdings and release by default
In December 2012 the Irish Government announced it’s intention to apply to join the Open Government Partnership
For Open Data to be of value, it must be put to some use The most common use is through web or mobile Apps To encourage the creation of Apps we organised a competition
In order to encourage the reuse of data published on Fingal Open Data and Dublinked, Fingal County Council organised the Apps4Fingal competition The competition ran from 9 th November 2011 to 9 th January 2012 There was a prize fund of €11,500 thanks to the generosity of our sponsors 22 Apps were submitted
The Apps4Fingal section of Fingal Open Data contains all the information about the competition including details of and links to the competition entries, rules, judging criteria and the shortlisted entries
All winners and runners up of the Apps4Fingal competition
Winner of the Overall & Tourism Apps Categories was Discover Fingal Discover Fingal is a Mobile Web App in which users are encouraged to discover historical and cultural sites in Fingal through a Find and Reward Facebook App and Mobile Website. Detailed information is provided about each site. If a user checks into three cultural sites they are rewarded with a voucher for a free cup of tea or coffee which can be redeemed at Skerries Mills.
Winner of the Enterprise Apps Category was mypp.ie Mypp.ie is a Web App which uses Planning Application data from all 4 Dublin local authorities. These are displayed on a map allowing users to easily check planning applications in an area. Features include a notification service, a 3D interactive house showing what works need planning permission, a professional directory and planning-related news feed. Planning applications are colour coded by status and more info can be displayed.
Hit The Road is a startup using Public Transport data as the basis for its journey planner app
Parkya is a startup which has created an app to help people with finding and paying for parking
FixYourStreet is an open transparent tool for reporting problems to Local Government It also has an Open Data dimension, as the data is exposed for developers to write programs that consume the data behind the site – location, details and resolution of Reported issues
FixMyArea is a commercial website which utilises the FixYourStreet interface to submit reports to those Local Authorities using the system
FixMyStreet is a voluntary website which utilises the FixYourStreet interface to submit reports to those Local Authorities using the system
The Irish Open Data Community has existed online since October 2010 In October 2012 it organised its first real-world meetup 5 meetups to date Next one is on Thursday 18 th April on the theme of Commercial Reuse of Open Data
Open Data Day took place in 102 cities worldwide on 23 rd February 2013 The Irish Open Data community organised an Open Data hackathon in Dublin Participants worked on 10 different projects Some of these are being further developed – in particular a group has been working on advancing Health related Open Data
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Irish Open Data Exemplars
Irish Open Data Reuse Exemplars European Data Forum, Dublin 9th April, 2013http://data.fingal.ie @fingalopendata
Data release250 Datasets Organisation No of Datasets 13 Organisations Dublin City 91 6 dynamic data sets Fingal 54 Dun Laoghaire 49 South Dublin 16 Ordnance Survey 10 Ireland Government 5 Departments National Transport 3 Authority PRSA 1 Others 15
Innovation NetworkEvents Planned… • Planning • Tourism • Technical Workshop • Health • Spatial Data • Community • Visualisation • … & more • Open Innovation • Public Data • Public Transport 60-120 attending – high % entrepreneurs
Irish Open Data Community#OpenDataIRL https://tito.io/open-data-ireland/
Open Data Day 2013 HackathonProjects• Visualise university performance • How thick are your kids?• Do I need this health insurance? • Open Data Finder• Pedestrianise this street? • Hospital Dashboard• Where should business locate? • Crystal (Swing States)• Crowdsourcing local history • Distance from open space http://wiki.opendataday.org/Dublin2013
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