OGP Framework

Everything you need to know about the Technical Services Framework for Open Data and Data Management for the Irish Public Sector

As a public body you’re collecting or using data as part of your day-to-day operations, which is used in the delivery of public services, for analysis and reporting and for future planning. Now it is time to share that data publicly for general reuse!

The Directive on Open Data and the Re-use of Public Sector Information – AKA The Open Data Directive – was transposed into National Law across EU Member States in July 2021 . Following this announcement we published an article on how to approach Open Data Publication for Irish Public Service Bodies – The Open Data Directive is here!

On January 24th 2022 the Office of Government Procurement made effective a procurement framework to facilitate access to specialist Open Data and Data Sharing skills and platforms – awarded to Derilinx and the Open Data Institute. The Framework was officially launched with a press release from Minister Ossian Smyth on February 23rd. 

This Framework supports the provision of technical services for Open Data and Data Management and it is divided in 3 different areas: 

1. Data Management

  1. Data audit
  2. Data extraction, transformation and load (ETL) and preparation services
  3. Develop an Open Data Public Plan and Publish Data
  4. Data Maintenance
  5. Data Maturity Assessment

2. Fully hosted and managed Open Data Platform Solution

Derilinx Open Data Platform datAdore.

3. Ad-hoc consultancy advice and support services for Open Data and Data Management

  • Advising the Framework Client of Open Data change management strategies that may be implemented to ensure successful introduction of Open Data within a PSB.
  • Collaborate with the Framework Client and support the development of the business case for using or increasing Open Data usage within a PSB.
  • Advice on the key components that a Framework Client needs to have in place to become a truly data driven organisation.
  • Supporting Framework Clients to implement good data governance ensuring an open by default and design approach in line with the principle of the Open Data Directive. To include but not be limited to data integrity, security and privacy in compliance with all data regulatory requirements such as GDPR and Data Protection Acts, ensuring an open as possible and closed as necessary approach.
  • Full analysis of the current digital data architecture to support the identification of Datasets.
  • In conjunction with the Framework Client’s IT providers, provide advice on the configuration and use of the Framework Client’s internal and external IT architecture to facilitate the publication of Open Datasets.
  • Advice and Support on Managing and Supporting the Open Data Ecosystem to create impact examples including but not be limited to the following:
    • Building and publishing impact stories to demonstrate tangible impact of Open Data.
    • Creating impactful visualisations, infographics or examples to demonstrate potential of the data.
    • Coaching Data Publishers.
    • Organising Open Data Community Events.
  • Provide Technical assistance and advice to PSBs to prepare and publish quality data to meet their responsibilities under the Open Data Strategy and the Open Data Directive and advise them on the preparation of an Open Data Roadmap for their organisation. This may involve training or presentations to staff on the value of Open Data and the client’s responsibilities under the Open Data and Reuse of Public Sector Data Directive (as transposed).
  • Provide Technical assistance and advice on the technical requirements of storing the data for linking to the Open Data Portal. This will involve advice on the storage of data in a stable location and the most appropriate methods for linking it to the Open Data Portal i.e. the portal tool at https://data.gov.ie/en_GB/dataset or via Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). 
  • Provide Technical assistance and Consultancy support for the publication of Open Data. To include but not be limited to:
    • Development Services and Support, to include but not be limited to the development of API’s to provide dynamic access to datasets, development of publication pages and services, federation to Data.gov.ie.
    • Transforming Data into open and machine readable formats.
    • Facility for bulk download of data.
    • Data harvesting configuration.
    • Migration Services and Support.
    • Data Suggestions.
    • Highlight Data usage and impact through Dataset Showcase(s).
    • Bespoke/Customised Data presentations
  • Technical assistance and support may be delivered in many different ways and can encompass many different forms of regular on-going support. To include but not be limited to:
    • Traditional approaches e.g. one-on-one consultation, conference calls or small group facilitation, with provision of supporting documentation.
    • Technology-based approaches e.g. Webinars or Video conferencing and Onsite support staff, with provision of supporting documentation.
    • Regular Service Delivery meetings to include but not be limited to reviews on recent work/projects, identifying new work items/projects, project planning, project reviews etc.
    • Software development services, such as the development of APIs. To allow the client to publish their data via APIs and promote its reuse by third parties.

The Open Data Initiative is underpinned by the Open Data Technical Framework and the Open Data Strategy 2017–2022. The Open Data Technical Framework provides a clear set of requirements for public bodies to ensure that published datasets meet clearly defined standards and are published in a consistent, persistent and truly open way, making them more discoverable, accessible, interoperable and reusable, while the Open Data Strategy sets out a roadmap for the Initiative’s continued progress and development.

The National Technical Services Framework for Open Data and Data Management is available to the following Public Sector Entities:

  • Central Government Departments
  • Government Agencies and Offices
  • Local Authorities
  • Contracting Authorities, inc. HSE, HIQA,Third Level Educational Institutions, ETBs, schools, etc.
  • An Garda Síochána (Police), The Irish Prison Service, and The Defence Forces

Steps and Documentation

The following steps will guide you through the process to start your Open Data journey and leverage the OGP Framework:

  1. Contact Derilinx for an introductory call to help you decide the best course of action for your organisation (This is optional and you can reach out to us at any stage of the process).
  2. Visit the OGP’s Buyer Zone: This is the place where you will find all the information and documentation you need to complete in order to access the Services. These quick guides will help you navigate through the portal.
  3. Review the Framework’s guide to familiarise yourself with it.
  4. Complete and send the Notification to Activate Services Form (NASF). You can find guidance on how to complete the NASF in the appendix 4 of the guide.

Through our rich experience in Linked and Open Data Management, Derilinx is optimally placed to provide best-in-class Open Data and Data Management technical assistance and support.

If you would like to find out more about the potential of Open Data, Data Sharing and Data Management and how we can help your organisation, we would be delighted to hear from you

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