Featured blog: OpenDataNI

Since launching in late 2015, OpenDataNI (Northern Ireland’s public sector Open Data portal) has made significant strides in promoting the release of public sector information as open data. The portal has been developed as part of the implementation of the Open Data Strategy for Northern Ireland 2015-18. The vision of the strategy is to embed a […]

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 […]

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Open Data Day 2016 – Belfast

This year, on Saturday 5 March, the fourth annual International Open Data Day was celebrated. In Northern Ireland, ODI Belfast organised and facilitated an informal grassroots event bringing together people to talk about what they are doing with open data. The event which was sponsored by the NI Open Government Network was attended by over […]

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 […]

Better impacts with open grantfunding data

ODI Belfast recently hosted a networking event at NICVA looking at the potential for grantfunders and charities to improve their impact with open data. For grantmakers, making an positive impact with the funding that they distribute is the number one priority. For applicants, being able to access funding suited to the funder’s requirements forms part delivering successful projects. […]

ODI Belfast Launches

ODI Belfast launches

ODI Belfast, a new NICVA project, will work with voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, government, businesses, and citizens across Northern Ireland to drive innovation, boost transparency and bring about social, economic and environmental change. Open data is data that anyone can access, use and share. Described by many as the raw material of the 21st century, there has […]

Smart councils

Cities are a wealth of data. From buildings to bins, trees and parks, streets and buses, business and leisure, there is a continuous stream of information being generated in a multitude of places and formats, all within a concentrated area. With 340,000 people living in the new Belfast council area and an urban area of […]