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1st Irish Open data Meetup

Posted by Dominic Byrne on Sun, 27 Jan 2013 23:03:45 GMT

The Open Data Ireland online community moved into the real world on Thursday 25th October, 2012. The first Open Data Ireland meetup took place at EngineYard in Barrow Street, Dublin 4. Around 60 people turned up at 7:00pm in EngineYards cool offices for the event.

Photo above of 1st Irish Open Data Meetup from @rodono

Open Data Ireland Meetup Video   

Eamon Leonard @eamonleonard welcomed everyone to the venue and talked about his hopes for the development of the Open Data community in Ireland.

Denis Parfenov @xzy_ from ActiveCitizen was MC for the evening and he kicked off the meetup by speaking about the Active Citizen initiative and the campaign for Ireland to join the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

Gavin Sheridan @gavinsblog of KildareStreet.com then took centre-stage with a presentation on Freedom of Information and KildareStreet.com.

Next up was Paul Maassen @maassenpaul from the Open Government Partnership who joined us via Skype.  Paul spoke and answered questions about the OGP.  He also played a video describing the work of the OGP.

Open Government Partnership 

Then it was the turn of Dominic Byrne @dominic__byrne from Fingal County Council to present on Progress with Open Data in Ireland over the past two years including the Fingal Open Data and Dublinked initiatives.

Alex Howard @digiphile of O’Reilly Media took time out to join via Skype and participate in a discussion about Open Health Data.

After a break for pizza and beer, we heard from two startup companies who are making use of Open Data.

Jason Roe @jasonroe of Parkya talked about how Parkya aims to make parking easier.  Jason shared the challenges of developing a business and the additional challenges of using Open Data including quality and availability of data.

Ciaran Gilsenan @buildingeye of Building Eye and mypp.ie outlined how BuildingEye aims to make planning information easier to find.  Ciaran also outlined the challenges in developing the business and spoke about the opportunities provided by Open Data – particularly internationally.

The final presentation of the night was from Rob Stocker of EMC23 who talked about the potential for Open Data and CoderDojo to complement each other.

The meetup finished up with a discussion on the various talks and presentations, potential areas for the group to focus on and what the next steps should be.  The main areas of discussion related to how to get more Irish Open Data released, Irish membership of the Open Government partnership, the potential for Open Data to be used to support community and civic initiatives, and Freedom of Information.  It was agreed that the next Open Data Ireland Meetup would take place on Thursday 22nd November at 7:00pm in EngineYard.  In the meantime everyone was encouraged to contribute to the Open Data Ireland Google Group and suggest topics for discussion/presentation and ideas for the development of the group.

Thanks to everyone who attended, presented and organised and in particular to Eamon Leonard and EngineYard for the generous hospitality, great venue and the pizza and beer.  Looking forward to the next meetup.

#opendatairl tweets from the meetup have been captured and can be seen at http://storify.com/FingalOpenData/1st-open-data-ireland-meetup

Dominic Byrne,
Fingal County Council.

29th October, 2012


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