Open Data - Supporting Arts, Culture and Heritage

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The Open Data Impact Series promotes awareness, adoption and use of Open Data in different sectors, and supports the publication of high-quality Open Data.

Session 4: Open Data - Supporting Arts, Culture and Heritage

Open Data is a valuable resource that can help promote Arts, Culture and Heritage amenities and events. Open Data can be used to build new applications, enhance existing products or provide additional context for decision-making. The Arts, Culture and Heritage sector has embraced the Open Data initiative, with a large amount of data available, from information on libraries, tourist attractions, archaeological sites and sports amenities.

In this fourth session of the Open Data Impact Series, we will talk to both publishers and users of Open Data from the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector. We will look at how the data is being adopted and used, what challenges users face, and what other data could potentially be made available.

The Open Data - Supporting Arts, Heritage and Culture session will take place on Wed 23rd Oct 2019, organised by Derilinx, in collaboration with the Open Data Unit of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.


08.30 - 09.30 Registration and Coffee

09.30 - 09.35 Open Data in Action Demo - Logainm

09.35 - 09.40 Open Data in Action Demo -

09.40 - 10.20 Panel 1 Promoting Irish Language and Heritage

10.20 - 10.25 Open Data in Action Demo - Discover Kells

10.25 - 10.30 Open Data in Action Demo - Building City Dashboards Virtual Reality

10.30 - 11.10 Panel 2 Powering Local Applications

11.10 - 11.30 Coffee Break and Networking

11.30 - 11.35 Open Data in Action Demo - ToughSoles

11.35 - 12.15 Panel 3 Driving Sport and Tourism


We are delighted to include experts from the Arts, Heritage and Culture field from private industry, academia and government, including:

Panel 1 Promoting Irish Language and Heritage

Beatrice Kelly Head of Policy and Research at the Heritage Council of Ireland


Open data helps open up heritage to all.

Brian Ó Raghallaigh Logainm (DCU)


I am interested in promoting the use of standardised Irish placenames through Open Data.

Kevin Long Digital Archivist at Digital Repository of Ireland


Jane Dunne EU Research Project Coordinator at the European Language Resource Infrastructure (ELRI) project


By ensuring that language data is included as part of Open Data, the State would ensure a reduction in the cost of translations to the exchequer, along with the development of more successful MT system, thus addressing the risk of 'Digital Extinction' of the Irish language.

Panel 2 Powering Local Applications

Alison Boland Creator of ‘Discover Kells’ Android Application

Discover Kells App

Open data opens up the world of innovation for software developers and data analysts. It gives them the fuel to develop new technologies that bring about social benefits in the areas of Arts, Heritage & Culture. The Discover Kells application also won an award in at Ireland’s GIS conference 2017. “Excellence in application of Open Data”.

Gareth John GIS and Data Manager at Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht


Oliver Dawkins Data & Training Coordinator on the Building City Dashboards Project


Open data is essential for the Dublin and Cork city dashboards which uses interactive charts and maps to provide a shared overview of the city for citizens and local government alike. New sources of data and new means for exploring that data such as virtual and augmented realities are enabling new ways of understanding our cities, their present, past, and future.

Iseult Byrne CEO at Dublin City Council Culture Company


Panel 3 Driving Sport and Tourism

Alice Coleman ICT Officer at Fáilte Ireland


Fáilte Ireland is the National Tourism Development Authority and our role is to support the tourism industry and work to sustain Ireland as a high-quality and competitive tourism destination. One of our services is to promote tourism businesses and destinations to potential visitors – to facilitate this we maintain a database of tourism products to promote under our various brands and home and abroad. We now share this data via Open Data in the hope what we can expand the potential market reach for the products and services of tourism in Ireland.

Carl Lange Co-Founder of Tough Soles


Ireland's incredible heritage and culture is made even more engaging by open data!

Cormac Mac Donnell Programme Manager at Sport Ireland


Sport Ireland is responsible for the development of sport in Ireland and that includes all forms of sport and physical activity undertaken in formal and natural settings. Sport Ireland is working to create a national digital database for all sport and outdoor recreation amenities in Ireland with a large network of partner agencies.

Denise McDonagh Digital Programme Manager at Galway2020


Arts organisations are just beginning to see the benefits of open data. It can provide new ways of working together, new innovations and applications that could have a positive impact on the arts, heritage and culture.

Who should attend?

This is an open and free event – everyone is welcome! This session will be of particular interest to private-sector practitioners who are interested in finding out more about how Open Data can be used within their business, or who are already using Open Data and would like to share their experience.

Open Data in Ireland

The National Open Data Initiative in Ireland is led by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, and is a key part of reform activities aiming to build more open, transparent and accountable public governance in Ireland. Over 9,000 datasets are available on the Open Data Portal from a wide range of Public Sector publishers, including the Central Statistics Office, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and Fáilte Ireland.

Ireland has been highlighted as an Open Data Leader in Europe, ranking 1st for the second year running in the Open Data Maturity Report in terms of readiness and quality of data published, use, and impact.

The Open Data Strategy 2017-2022 builds on the substantial achievements of the Open Data Initiative and sets out a roadmap for the Initiative’s continued progress and development for the next five years.

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