GovCampConnect and Open Data Camp 2017

Some dates for your diary…

There are two exciting dates coming up for those interested in open data, digital transformation, open government, collaborative working, and improving public services. After a successful first year, GovCampConnect is running again on Saturday 2nd September 2017 at Narrow Water Castle in Warrenpoint. GovCampConnect is an unconference (no planned agenda, anyone can pitch an idea to present) Open Data […]

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Northern Ireland hits the Global Open Data Index

Yesterday, the 2016/17 Global Open Data Index (GODI) was agreed and published by the Open Knowledge Foundation. The Index sets a benchmark for . It was created out of a need for the open data community to measure and compare progress on the level and quality of open data published in any country and to […]

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Guest Blog: Robert M Chapple – Irish Radiocarbon Date Open Data

Who is this dude? For many people, going from being a field archaeologist, digging up sites across Northern Ireland, to working in data analytics seems like a big jump. In some respects that’s true – there’s a big difference in where I go to work and the way I collect data, but there are many […]


ElectionsNI: Assembly Elections #AE17. We’re back!

Well, it doesn’t seem all that long since we were frantically crowdsourcing live elections data for our ElectionsNI project. In fact, it’s only been ten months, but we’re back to another round of elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly. This time round it’ll be every bit as interesting, perhaps more so as people will be looking […]


Open Data helps patients reduce waiting times

Patients are able to check how long they might expect to wait at emergency departments across Northern Ireland with Waiting Times +, a new website built by ODI Belfast and the Detail Data project. The information helps patients choose the emergency department where they’re more likely to receive treatment sooner.  This is especially helpful for […]

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Hacking the way to a better Northern Ireland

Last weekend, ODI Belfast went along to the first in what will hopefully be an annual event for HackTheHub, a 12 hour hackathon organised by Nigma and Women Who Code Belfast. Attended by over 80 developers and students, the event was themed around Making Northern Ireland Better. Teams were tasked to identify the biggest problems affecting day to day life in Northern Ireland […]

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Open Data NI Challenge – #ODNI4EDU

Can you think of an innovative and sustainable way to use Open Data for education and teaching purposes? Teaching maths? Empowering learners? Learning about the environment? OpenDataNI are running their first Open Data Challenge #ODNI4EDU – in conjunction with CCEA, Digital Catapult NI, NI Science Park, Ulster University and ODI Belfast.   The requirements are: the product […]

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How the elections went down #AE16

We were busy over the past weekend creating lots of open data for the ElectionsNI project. With our partners in the Open Government Network NI, we wanted to create an open elections database for Northern Ireland, one that would also be as up to date as possible during the actual count process (stretching over 6-7 May). […]