Fingal Open Data


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Presentation on Fingal Open Data to full meeting of Fingal County Council on 14th February 2011

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  • Thank You Mayor. Good Afternoon. In this presentation I would like to give you a quick overview of Fingal Open Data.
  • First, what is Open Data?
  • Open Data is data which is made available in Open formats, that can be processed by computers, and made available to the widest range of people for the widest range of uses.
  • Why would we publish Open Data?
  • Transparency To Open up Government and enable the Public to see the underlying information.
  • Participation To increase citizen engagement with Government.
  • Collaboration To enable the combination of data from different public sector agencies, and to enable other sectors to collaborate with the public sector.
  • Economic Opportunities Public sector data can be used as the basis for online services, mobile applications, analytics, etc.
  • Where did Open Data originate?
  • Open Data is based on the principles of Freedom of Information & Reuse of Public Sector Information. The 2003 EU Reuse of Public Sector Information Directive was designed to allow European companies to exploit the potential of Public Sector Data and to contribute to economic growth and job creation. In a 2009 report, the EU cited the value of EU Public sector data at an estimated €27B.
  • In the United States, Barak Obama promised Open Government during his election campaign. This website, was created in 2009 to share US Government data.
  • In 2010, the UK Government followed suit and established this website, to share UK Government data, with Tim Berners Lee, creator of the World Wide Web working on the project.
  • In 2010, the United Nations established the UN data website to share UN data
  • There are also many examples of Local Government Open Data websites around the world. In particular, the Greater London Authority have provided us with advice based on their experience with the London Data Store which was created in 2010.
  • What about Ireland? Up to now there have been no Open Data websites in this country. However, a growing number of people have been calling for Open Government Data. This Internet group has been established by interested people to discuss possibilities for Open Data in Ireland.
  • How can Open Data be applied in a practical manner? Applications can be built using Open Data to provide information and services to the public.
  • Examples from around the world include the Melbourne Public Transport App for iPhone. Like Dublin, Melbourne has a number of different transport operators. This app pulls together data from all the operators to enable journey planning from origin to destination. You can see the different forms of transport that you need for your journey, display them on a map and see when the next bus, train or tram is due.
  • In the U.K., Openly Local is a website that collates information from Local Authorities, presents it in a standardised manner and allows comparison between Authorities.
  • Ottawa Parks and Recreation App enables citizens to find Parks and recreation facilities on a map, and then find out information about the facility.
  • The final example is this website which provides a visualisation of the German Federal Budget. The coloured blocks provide a visual representation of the comparative sizes of different Government Departments expenditure. You can drill down to see the components of a Departments expenditure and compare expenditure from year to year.
  • What about Fingal? Fingal has considerable experience of data sharing. The Fingal Data Hub was created by the Fingal Development Board in 2009.
  • The website and the published data is the result of significant research and cooperation between 9 partner agencies. It was designed for sharing of anonymised data between partner agencies, to enable interagency cooperation and service planning. In 2010 the data was made publicly available.
  • The Fingal Data Hub partners agreed a Data Sharing Protocol which provides a framework for the partners to work together to share data.
  • Fingal Open Data has evolved from the principles of the Fingal Data Hub and the Open Data movement. It is the first Open Data website in this country. It is available at
  • The website, which you can see on screen, provides public access to source data from Council systems. There are over 65 datasets, some of which can be seen here in the centre of the screen These are grouped into the 12 categories on the left-hand side of the screen. The latest datasets which were added last week are Polling Stations and Polling Districts for the coming General Election. These could potentially be used to build applications to enable members of the public to find out where they vote, and to display it on a map.
  • Detailed information is provided about each dataset, such as Planning Applications shown here, including description, date published and available formats.
  • The data is made available for download in Open, Machine Readable formats that can be processed by computers.
  • The data is subject to the Irish PSI Licence, drawn up by the Department of Finance, which allows for fair use of the data.
  • Earlier I outlined possible services that could be provided to the public based on Open Data. The datasets now available on Fingal Open Data enable the services illustrated here to be developed.
  • What are the next steps? We want to encourage the creation of applications and services based on Fingal data by working with Fingal businesses, 3 rd level institutions and volunteers. We also want to work with others to open more Government Data including other Local Authorities, Government Departments, and Agencies.
  • As I mentioned earlier, Fingal Open Data is available at And you can also follow us on Twitter at fingalopendata Thank you.
  • Fingal Open Data

    1. 1. Comhairle Contae Fhine Gall Fingal County Council SonraíOscailte FhineGall Fingal OpenData
    2. 2. Open Data
    3. 3. Open Government Data Public Data not subject to data protection or other limitations Open Formats available in non-proprietary formats Machine Readable in a format that computers can process Accessible available to widest range of users for widest range of purposes
    4. 4. Why?
    5. 5. Why? Transparency
    6. 6. Participation
    7. 7. Collaboration
    8. 8. Economic Opportunities
    9. 9. History /
    10. 10. E.U. : Reuse of Public Sector Information
    11. 11. U.S. :
    12. 12. U.K. :
    13. 13. U.N. –
    14. 14. London Data Store –
    15. 15. Open Data Ireland
    16. 16. Applications Is the quality of the water okay for swimming? What Planning Applications have been submitted near me? How much waste is recycled in Fingal? Where do I vote? Where’s my nearest Bring Bank? Where can I find a disabled parking space? Where can I buy bin tags?
    17. 17. Melbourne Public Transport App
    18. 18. U.K. Local Authority Information
    19. 19. Ottawa Parks & Recreation App
    20. 20. German Federal Budget
    21. 21. Fingal Data Hub
    22. 22. Shared Anonymised Data
    23. 23. Data Sharing Protocol
    24. 24. Fingal Open Data
    25. 25. Over 65 datasets in 12 categories
    26. 26. Information about each dataset
    27. 27. Open Format, Machine Readable
    28. 28. Irish PSI Licence
    29. 29. Possible Fingal Apps Check bathing water quality for Fingal beaches Find Planning Applications submitted near you See the amount of waste recycled in Fingal Locate the place where you vote Find your nearest Bring Bank Locate disabled parking spaces in Fingal Find out where you can buy bin tags
    30. 30. Next Steps Creation of applications/services encourage Fingal businesses, 3 rd Level, volunteers, etc. Work with others to open Government Data Local Authorities, Government Departments, Agencies, etc.
    31. 31. Comhairle Contae Fhine Gall Fingal County Council SonraíOscailte FhineGall Fingal OpenData
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