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About Fingal Open Data

Fingal Open Data has been created by Fingal County Council to enable citizens to access data relating to Fingal. We will provide access to data from Fingal County Council and other public sector organisations that publish Fingal related data. Citizens are free to access and use this data as they wish, free of charge, in accordance with the PSI general licence. Use of any published data is subject to Data Protection legislation.

Fingal Open Data was launched in November 2010 and is the first Open Data website in Ireland.  We hope that following this initiative, other public sector bodies in Ireland will also release their data as Open Data.

Fingal is located in north County Dublin, Ireland and is the third largest local authority area in the country by population.

Why Open Data?

Public sector data is used as the basis for many products and services offered to citizens. The value of the EU Public Sector Information market is estimated at €27 billion. There is an opportunity to use public sector data as a building block for the development of innovative ideas, services and business propositions. Fingal County Council believes that Open public sector Data used in this way can be a key component in building the smart economy that will enable Ireland’s economy recovery.

We have three main objectives for this site:

  • Transparency – citizens can access the data that assists the Council and other public sector bodies in making decisions. Citizens can also use this data for additional social value.
  • Participation – citizens can increase their participation in the county of Fingal by using the data to analyse issues, to propose new ideas, to gain an insight into local government and to enrich their lives and their community.
  • Collaboration – citizens and businesses are encouraged to suggest ideas about additional data that could be published, what applications or services could be built using the data and how access to the data might be improved by contacting opendata@fingal.ie Citizens and businesses are encouraged to turn this data into apps, websites or other useful products.

Open Data is based on the principles of Freedom of Information and the Reuse of Public Sector Information. The Open Data movement is growing rapidly with more and more countries and regions throughout the world publishing their public sector data. For a number of years, the Fingal Data Hub has published aggregated data about Fingal which provided by various public sector agencies. Fingal Open Data complements and builds on the work of the Data Hub.

Data Formats

The Data on this site is published in CSV, XML and KML formats. In some cases the data is also available through an application (APPS) such as an interactive map or a searchable database.

CSV data can be opened in a spreadsheet such as OpenOffice Calc

XML data can be opened in your browser

KML data can be opened in Google Earth

Contact

You can contact us at opendata@fingal.ie

Acknowledgements

Apps and Ideas icons for Apps4Fingal from The Noun Project and Adrian via the Open Data Challenge

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