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Open Government Network - Open Local Government Workshops July 16, 2021

The Open Government Network NI are running a series of virtual workshops to help identify open government issues important to citizens and to ultimately improve local democracy and public services. The workshop dates are: 17th Aug: South-West area - ...

OpenDataNI Innovation & Outreach Fund 2021 - Winners announced! May 7, 2021

Launched in December past, this year's OpenDataNI Innovation & Outreach Fund attracted a fine selection of applications, seeking to gain funding for projects and events focused on Open Data across Northern Ireland. With a total available pot of ...

OpenDataNI Innovation & Outreach Fund 2021 - the tension builds.... April 2, 2021

  Following on from the success of last year's Innovation and Outreach Fund, keen OpenDataNI-watchers will know that the Fund was launched in December with entries closing on 4th March. Just as with last year's version, the Fund seeks to make awards ...

Belfast City Council seeking innovative solutions to COVID-19 response April 28, 2020

  Belfast City Council is working with government, our universities, and the community & voluntary sectors to support a coordinated contribution by the digital innovator community to solving local Covid-19 challenges.   They want to match the digital ...

Coronavirus and open data April 16, 2020

  The demand for access to data to aid public understanding of governmental responses to the coronavirus pandemic has been notable across the world.   The Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore have ...

OpenDataNI Innovation & Outreach Fund 2020 - And the winners are..... March 4, 2020

  A key strand of the Open Data Strategy for Northern Ireland 2020-2023, the OpenDataNI Innovation and Outreach Fund aims to promote NI government Open Data re-use, stimulate innovation with data, and broaden skills and competence in working with Open ...

OpenDataNI Innovation & Outreach Fund 2020 - One month until the closing date! January 7, 2020

  Keen OpenDataNI-watchers will already be aware that one of the key strands of the Open Data Strategy for Northern Ireland 2020-2023 is the creation of a new Innovation & Outreach Fund. This initative aims to provide funding to applicants who are: ...

Open Data Strategy for Northern Ireland 2020 - 2023 October 14, 2019

  Regular visitors to OpenDataNI (and our many followers on Twitter, too) will already have known that the new Open Data Strategy was on its way..... and now it has arrived!   Launched today by Department of Finance Permanent Secretary, Sue Gray, the ...

Open Data Strategy Launch event Monday 14th October September 13, 2019

  Open Data advocates in Northern Ireland will by now know that we have been working hard in recent months to refresh the Open Data Strategy for Northern Ireland. To inform the direction of the new Strategy, the Open Data Team ran an online ...

Open Data Strategy 2020-2023 Launch August 9, 2019

The review process for the second Open Data Strategy for Northern Ireland is almost complete. The Open Data Team are gearing up for a launch event to be held this autumn. Please consider this as a heads up! If you are an open government advocate, a ...

Open Data Within The Wider Data Landscape August 8, 2019

As finishing touches are being applied to our new Open Data Strategy for Northern Ireland, this work comes at a time when developments in information management and data, in both a national and international context, are of increasing importance as ...

Strategy Review Update! March 21, 2019

  The first Open Data Strategy was intended to run from 2015 to 2018, and whilst much of what was in the Strategy has been delivered, (including establishment of this very OpenDataNI portal), many of the goals and aspirations we had then have been ...

OpenDataNI Make-it Challenge Winners - The Grand Unveiling! May 11, 2018

  Another year of promoting the benefits of open data in Northern Ireland has come and gone, and with it, another OpenDataNI Challenge has reached a crescendo. Last year, we Challenged the developer community to create a teaching resource for our ...

Northern Ireland developing into a hotbed of ‘Open Data’ December 12, 2017

From tiny acorns, mighty oaks grow, …. well, that’s very much the aim! Open Data can bring a great many benefits such as accountability, efficiency, enhanced research, and commercial opportunity; albeit it can take time to realise the benefits. Here ...

Reflections on Open Data Camp November 6, 2017

Over the weekend of 21st – 22nd October, the UK Open Data Camp bandwagon rolled into town and ‘pitch’ed up at Queen’s University Belfast’s Computer Science Building.   Open Data Camp is run by a group of extremely enthusiastic volunteers from both the ...

Open Data Make-It Challenge!!! October 2, 2017

    Following on from the success of our last Challenge competition (‘Using Open Data for Education’ – you can read more about the winners here), we’re now giving students the opportunity to take some of the Open Data on OpenDataNI and get creative ...

Open Data Camp is coming to Belfast! August 3, 2017

The fifth UK Open Data Camp is to be held in Belfast on the weekend of 21st and 22nd October 2017 at Queen’s University Belfast, in the Computer Science building.   QUB Computer Science Building This is hugely exciting news for everyone interested in ...

OpenDataNI - stimulating innovation in the world of local education June 19, 2017

Image courtesy of www.jisc.ac.uk/ under a Creative Commons Licence (BY-NC-ND)   The OpenDataNI Challenge for Education was launched in June 2016, challenging participants to use data from the Northern Ireland’s public sector open data portal ...

Northern Ireland makes a splash in the 2016 Global Open Data Index survey! May 16, 2017

Each year, Open Knowledge International, (a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting publication of government open data around the world), conducts an Open Data survey which ranks participating nations and regions around the globe, based on the ...

Data Aggregation & Levels of Geography in NI March 1, 2017

When creating your Suggest a Dataset application it might be worth articulating to the data holder the lowest level of geography you are seeking when the data is being released as open data.  This could be data that is not currently published for ...

Getting the most from OpenDataNI January 20, 2017

OK, so you are already familiar with open data and the many potential benefits it can bring... but how can you extract the most value from OpenDataNI?   OpenDataNI has a number of features designed to help you to: Find datasets of interest amongst the ...