National Open Data Conference 2023

 Open Data: Policy & Practice. Strategy Launch & Conference

  23rd November 2023,  9 am – 1 pm  (GMT)

Clayton Hotel, Cardiff Lane, Dublin 2 (and streamed online)

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Event Info

We are delighted to announce that Ireland’s National Open Data Conference is back on the 23rd November. It will be an in-person event for the first time since the conference was launched in 2020. The event will also be streamed online.

This year’s conference will focus on the new National Open Data Strategy 2023-2027, and on the policy and strategic context for open data nationally and internationally.


Tea/Coffee 8.45am-9.15am

Session 1: Strategy Launch 9.15am -10.00am
During this session Minister for Public Expenditure, NDP Delivery and Reform, Pascal Donohoe, will launch the new National Open Data Strategy 2023-2027 which lays out the strategic direction for the use of open data to support innovation and transformation in the public and private sectors. We will also hear from Assistant Secretary Marianne Cassidy, Head of Public Service Transformation in DPENDPDR.

Session 2: Open Data Policy 10.00am – 11.00am
This session will cover the implications of the EU’s Open Data Directive and the OECD’s agenda around open and innovative government. We will hear from Barbara Ubaldi of the OECD, Sarah Gibney from the Department of Health, Rob Kitchin of Maynooth University will talk about the data ecosystem around planning and property data in Ireland, as well as Catherine Dempsey from the Department of Agriculture.

Tea/coffee break 11.00am -11.30am
During this break, attendees will be given the opportunity to network but also visit stands that will showcase some of the Engagement Fund Projects. Open Data training providers, Urban Tide will also be present to chat with anyone interested in signing up for any open data training days.

Session 3: Open Data in Practice 11.30am-1.00pm
During this session, we will hear from the Open Data Unit’s Helena Campbell on the Open Data Engagement Fund and the launch of the new Open Data Portal. Eoin MacCuirc will speak on the 1st Implementing Act on High-Value Datasets. We will also hear from a panel of open data publishers and users who will showcase their projects and answer questions. The panel will consist of Barry Doyle of Galway County Council, Payal Pandya from Dublin City Council and Claire Duggan of Dublin Culture Near You.


Open data is about making data held by public bodies available and easily accessible online for reuse and redistribution.

Join us on the 23 November to meet with colleagues interested in, and working with open data, and to learn more about the hot topics and strategic direction for open data in Ireland.


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The Open Data Conference is always open to all public servants who wish to learn more about the Open Data initiative, those working in the area of Open Data or with data in general. Open Data Liaison Officers in particular are encouraged to attend.

The previous conference, in 2021, was focused on the theme of “The Importance of Data Quality – How publishing interoperable, harmonised data can directly benefit its use and impact.” You can read more about it and watch the recording here.

Open Data in Ireland

The NationalOpen 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 pulic governance in Ireland. Over 10,000 dtasets are avalable on the Open Data Portal from a wide range of Public Sector publishers, including the Health Services Executive, the Central Statistics Office and Tusla.

Ireland has been highlighted as an Open Data Leader in Europe, ranking 2nd 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. The new Open Data Strategy 2023-2027 will be launched at the conference.