Open Knowledge Ireland

"open data is the public library of the 21st century"

What is the project doing?

The government is opening up its data for other people to reuse. This is only about non-personal, non-sensitive data information like the list of schools, crime rates or the performance of your council. This site is the first step in creating a network of reuseable Government data in Ireland.

What is Open Data?

Open data is a practice requiring that certain data are freely available to everyone, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. It has a similar ethos to a number of other ‘open’ movements, such as Open Source and Open Access.

Why Does Government Data Matter?

Open data gives us a window into how our government operates so we can enhance its services, help build on its analysis and, when necessary, hold it to account. Data also powers our economy, better information and data can mean more efficient services, higher productivity, and more informed choices. There are lots of people who are much articulate on this subject. Some suggested reading:

How can I engage in the discussion?

You can follow us by reading the blogs page here and by signing up to the Open Knowledge Ireland mailing list. If you use the #odirl hashtag on Twitter, your tweet will show up here as well.

How can I add an Irish government data set?

Click on Register a Data Set. Instructions on how to proceed are described there as well.