The government and other public bodies are collecting huge amounts of data on the public and on behalf of the public ... ; however, currenly very little of this data is shared with the public and even less of this data is used for the greater good and to improve the lives of all citizens in Ireland.
Open (read 'public' & 're-usable) data has the potential to benefit everyone of us and the Open Knowledge Ireland have partnered with the Department of Public Expenditure and the NTPF to use the recently published data on hospital wait times to build a proof of concept of how this data can be used to improve the lives of everyone.
With this project we want to encourage those that hold data to make it available to the public so it can be used for the greater good and to improve individual lives. And we want to show how this could be done by developing proof of concepts, visualisations, simple web apps and other ways that may benefit patients waiting for treatment.
Who Should Attend?
This event is open, encourages and benefits from the involvement of all, regardless of their occupation or background. For this event specifically we encourage patients, patient advocate groups and citizens concerned with hospital wait times to attend. Other attendees typically attendees may include: volunteers lending their skills to the greater good - e.g. open data subject matter experts, professionals from the digital/tech/analytics/user experience community, government employees, non-profit professionals, students and teachers, hackers and makers, etc. – and hopefully You!
We are thankful to Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's Open Data Engagement Fund for supporting this event.
ABOUT OK Ireland:
The Open Knowledge (OK) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2004 and dedicated to promoting open data and open content in all their forms – including government data, publicly funded research and public domain cultural content.
Open Knowledge Ireland (https://openknowledge.ie/) is the regional chapter of the global nonprofit Open Knowledge network. Open Knowledge Ireland is at the forefront of Ireland’s Open Data community with the aim of developing a selfsustainable, enabling ecosystem for open data to empower citizens and organisations to make better informed, evidence based decisions. Our mission is to open up all essential public interest information and see it used to create insight that drives change.