Great turn out for Open Data Day

A quick post to say thank you to everybody who made it along for the Open Data Hackday at DERI and 091Labs last Saturday. We had a great turn out.

We really want to promote the opening of Irish Data and this was reflected in the apps people made on the day. These included

* A map with RSS alerts showing the latest planning applications submitted to Galway City Council
* A multi company bus schedule application for searching connections between Galway and Dublin.
* An interactive map of public toilets in Galway with details about opening hours and wheelchair access.

For more information on the event see http://bit.ly/OpenDaWest and on Open Data in Ireland generally check out Open Data Ireland mailing list , http://ie.ckan.net/

We are already planning a follow up event for late January and it looks like the folks at Scraperwiki will be coming over too. All in all 2011 is looking good for Open Data in Ireland.

On top of all that we got a great write up in Silicon Republic

International Open Data Day

Saturday December 4th is International Open Data Day

International Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities
around the world to write applications using open public data to show
support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the
world’s local, regional and national governments.
Open Data policies can increase government transparency, spur digital
enterprise and improve civic participation.

This Saturday NUI Galway’s Digital Enterprise and Research Institute
www.deri.ie will be hosting an Open Data Hackathon at their campus
located at the IDA Business Park, Lower Dangan from 10am till 5pm
followed by project presentations and a public discussion on Open Data
at 091 Labs at the Fairgreen near the Radison from 6pm till 7pm.

For updates, who’s coming and direction see
http://bit.ly/OpenDaWest
We also have a forum for discussion on boards.ie
http://bit.ly/OpenDaWestForum
For further information see
http://www.opendataday.org
or email opendatagalway at gmail.com