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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 […]


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 […]

hack the hub

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 […]

Polling Station

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). […]

Elections NI

Crowdsourcing the Elections

We think it’s important for democracy that everyone is able to find accessible information and data on their elections. What’s more, we think they should have this as soon as possible, so they can follow the results as they happen. ODI Belfast at NICVA and their partners at the Open Government Network NI are leading on a […]

Evening rush hour traffic in Belfast

A green light to fight the traffic

There are a number of ways that open data can improve commuter journeys across the Northern Ireland road network. Last week, road users in and around Belfast were twice caught in rush-hour traffic chaos as a result collisions closing major roads, causing massive tailbacks across the city. We already know from the available traffic counter data that […]

OpenDataNI – a new platform for open government data

The movement towards open data in Northern Ireland has taken a big leap forward in the last week with the launch of OpenDataNI. This data portal has been developed as the platform to deliver open datasets to the public under the Open Data Strategy. It is the one place where a wide range of data […]

ODI Node Network

A New Open Data Culture in Northern Ireland

Open data is data that anyone can access, use and share. In the past 20 years open data has gained in popularity with citizens proclaiming their right to access data and governments around the world increasing the amount of data that they release as ‘open’. Open data has been referred to as the ‘new raw […]