Insight is a Blog edited by Niall Ó Brolcháin a researcher with the eGovernment Unit at Insight Centre for Data Analytics in the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). The institute was formerly known as the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI).

The purpose of the Blog is to promote Open Data in Ireland, in Europe and Worldwide in that order. It is a discussion forum for Open Data and we would encourage those with something to say to submit guest articles.

There are many views on what Open Data is. Our focus is on data that is open for anybody to use, is reliable, is robust and is machine readable. This will allow it to be used in commercial, public or academic applications. Ideally we would encourage Linked Open Data so that there is one source for the data but many uses. For a definition of Open Data, probably the most widely accepted one is provided by the Open Knowledge Foundation.

The eGovernment Unit at Insight led by Dr Adegboyega Ojo is arguably Ireland’s foremost research centre in Open Data, eGovernment, Open Government and Data Sharing in Ireland and is well regarded throughout the world. We originally developed Ireland’s Open Data Portal data.gov.ie and we work closely with the Irish Government to provide expert support, particularly to the Government Reform Unit at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER). We also work closely with local Government in Ireland. We were instrumental in getting Cork, Dublin and Galway city councils to join the Open Agile Smart Cities network and we are progressing that initiative.

We are developing close links with the Open Data Institute in London headed by Sir Tim Berners Lee and have participated in a number of joint initiatives.

We are also working on a number of EU and international projects involving Open Data with various European Partners.


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