Open data, implications forteaching and learningDun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design & TechnologyRobert GriffinEdTech 2013
1.Background2.Implications for teachingand learning
The public create 2.5 Quintillionbytes of new data per dayThat is• 48 hours of video uploaded to YouTube• 47 seven thousand apps downloaded• 570 new websites created• 2 million Google searchesEvery minute (Zikopoulos, 2012)
The public sector also creates a lotof dataThe European Commission in 2011 estimated economic gains from public data to beworth €140bn throughout the EU (Vickery, 2011).
What we teachDigital literacyThe ability to identify, retrieve, evaluate anduse information to both ask and answermeaningful questions.
Research about Open Data• The economic impact of open government data(Vickery, 2011; Pollock, 2009; Arzberger et al., 2004;Uhlir, 2009)• The democratic potential of open data (Mayo andSteinberg 2007).• Open Data can be used for making better governmentdecisions.(Puron-Cid, Gil-Garcia, & Luna-Reyes, 2012).• Transparency and open data can increase trust ingovernment (OHara, 2012).• Open data can be used to improve the effectiveness ofaid (Linders. 2012)
Academic Publishing• Open data offers new ways of disseminating academicknowledge called “open access”.• All research papers that describe work paid for by theBritish taxpayer will be free online by 2014(Willetts, 2012).• The United States announced that federally fundedresearch will be available to the public for free within ayear (Felsenthal, 2013)
Find out More• The Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) in Galwayis an internationally recognised institute in semantic webresearch, education and technology transfer.• OpenData.ie : The Open Data group meets on a monthlybasis to bring together people who are passionate aboutsharing, learning, using and progressing Open Data in Irelandtogether. The meetings consist of guest speakers andnetworking opportunities.
Conclusions• The open data movement is gathering momentum worldwide.• Ireland is well placed to capitalise upon the opportunity that it presents, with a strong technologysector and being home to many of the companies involved in big data, cloud computing andapplication development.• Membership of the OPG will bring many benefits such as more transparency, publicparticipation, collaboration opportunities and economic benefits.• Open Data is undoubtedly a driver for economic growth which is sorely needed in Ireland at themoment. The eGovernment 2012-2015 Reform Plan needs to be followed and the proposedactions implemented.• A central portal for publishing data needs to be created.• A standardised format for data needs to be agreed upon which is open and non-proprietary.Ireland needs an open data licence which will make the data available free to use for any purpose.Awareness of what is available and what can be done with the data is needed.• Educators need to be trained in the required skills to use this data and programmes and modulesneed to include them in their curriculums.• As shown above there is a lot of public sector data which is valuable but being underutilised.Ireland is behind other countries in the amount, quality and availability of this data. Publishing itshould become automatic and the norm. If the experience of the other OGP countries can bereplicated here it could be of great benefit for the economy and civic society.