20 July 2017

Derilinx awarded onto National Framework for the Provision of Technical Assistance and Support to Ireland’s Open Data Initiative

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We are delighted to announce that Derilinx has been awarded by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) onto the National Framework for the Provision of Technical Assistance and Support to Ireland’s Open Data Initiative.

Derilinx has been leading Open Data developments, both in Ireland and internationally, since 2010. We have extensive experience in the provision of fully hosted and managed data solutions, notably managing the Irish National Open Data Portal on behalf of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, as well as collaborating with the Central Statistics Office, the Environmental Protection Agency, Dublin City Council, and the international Natural Resource Governance Institute and Landesa Rural Development Institute.

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14 July 2017

Release of Ambitious Irish Open Data Strategy for 2017-2022

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Derilinx are delighted to welcome the publication of the Open Data Strategy 2017 – 2022. The Strategy builds on the substantial achievements of the Open Data Initiative and sets out a roadmap for the Initiative’s continued progress and development.

The Open Data Strategy provides a framework for data to be used to ensure that public services are delivered in a more effective and efficient manner and in a transparent and accountable way.”

Patrick O’Donovan T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment.

The Open Data Strategy is developed by the Open Data Governance Board (ODGB) in conjunction with the Open Data Unit in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and presents Ireland’s Vision and Action Plan of the next five years for the further implementation of the Open Data Initiative.

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31 January 2017

Showcasing DataSparks at the National Sustainability Summit


Derilinx were delighted to participate as an exhibitor at the 2017 Sustainability Summit, in the City West Convention Centre, Dublin.
We connected with manufacturers, service providers, energy suppliers, waste reduction technicians, energy agencies and other knowledge leaders. The stands and floor were busy with potential business partners reaching out to each other, discovering the latest technology and trends.
We showcased both DataSparks and datAdore at the Summit.

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5 October 2016

Talking Open Standards at the International Open Data Conference


What Open Standards should I be using to make sure my data is reusable? How do I find what Open Standards exist? How are Open Standards being developed?

These were among the topics of conversation at the Open Standards Day, held in conjunction with this year’s International Open Data Conference (IODC). Participants from around the world came together to share their experiences, pose challenges and offer solutions. There was a great mix of knowledge from community groups, standardisation bodies, governments and civil society.

Notes from the session are available here and follow-up collaboration from participants is taking place in Google Docs if you want to contribute!

2 August 2016

NDRC HealthTech Blog: Benefits of Open Data in eHealth

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NDRC and eHealth Ireland are currently running the HealthTech Pre-Accelerator Programme, with the aim of surfacing digital health technology that has the potential to disrupt and solve global healthcare challenges. Health tech startups are encouraged to apply for the HealthTech Pre-Accelerator Programme by Friday 12th August.

Open Data for Health is a fundamental element of the eHealth Ireland Strategy and an important resource for health tech startups. Read more about the benefits of Open Data in eHealth in my full blog post at NDRC HealthTech.

I’m looking forward to collaborating with the HealthTech Pre-Accelerator Programme participants as a NDRC HealthTech mentor.

10 July 2016

The Sunday Business Post reports benefits to regulators


The Sunday Business Post this week highlights the application of Derilinx’s data solutions for all public sector bodies, including regulators.

Read the full article at Sunday Business Post.

(Picture by Maura Hickey)

30 June 2016

Derilinx awarded SBIR to develop smart technology solution for BER

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We are excited that Derilinx is one of three winners of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) competition to develop smart technology solutions for Building Energy Ratings (BER). The SBIR competition is run by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), together with Enterprise Ireland. Derilinx will receive €30,000 from SEAI to research and demonstrate the viability of their smart solutions to help make BER more influential for homeowners.

Derilinx’s solution involves a smart Energy Data Hub that will provide data to property and energy supply chain stakeholders giving them insights into a buildings energy rating. Stay tuned for more information on the results of Phase I.

Full SEAI Press Release

21 June 2016

GovCampConnect – Unconference for Digital Government, 24 Sept 2016

Register for GovCampConnect today!

Narrow Water Castle by Carlingford Lough, halfway between Belfast and Dublin, is the impressive venue for GovCampConnect – Ireland’s first unconference for people interested in digital government. An unconference means that there is no predefined agenda – everyone can come along and pitch a session.

Are you working in the public sector, private sector or academia, or are an interested citizen? – GovCampConnect is for everyone.

Participation for GovCampConnect is free, but numbers are limited, so please register early. Doors open at 9am and session pitches at 10am. See you there!

(Narrow Water Castle picture source)

3 June 2016

Data on the Web Best Practices invites feedback


The Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group are delighted to announce the publication of the Data on the Web Best Practices document, the Dataset Usage Vocabulary and the Data Quality Vocabulary.

These deliverables are the outcome of two and a half years of collaborative effort from the Working Group. We believe the Best Practices document and vocabularies are complete, and would love to hear your final comments before they become a W3C Candidate Recommendation (BP doc) and Working Group Notes (vocabs). We are also eager to hear how you are implementing, or plan to implement, the Data on the Web Best Practices.

  • The Data on the Web Best Practices document offers advice on how data of all kinds – government, research, commercial – can be shared on the Web, whether openly or not. The underlying aim is to make data intelligently available, maximizing the likelihood of its discovery and reuse. The provision of a variety of metadata, the use of URIs as identifiers and multiple access options are key to this.
  • The Dataset Usage Vocabulary offers a framework in which citations, comments, and uses of data within applications can be structured. The aim is to benefit data publishers by enabling assessment of the impact of their efforts to share data, and to benefit data users by encouraging the continued availability of data and the visibility of their own work that uses it.
  • The Data Quality Vocabulary offers a framework in which the quality of a dataset can be described, whether by the dataset publisher or by a broader community of users. It does not provide a formal, complete definition of quality, rather, it sets out a consistent means by which information can be provided such that a potential user of a dataset can make his/her own judgment about its fitness for purpose.

Please send any comments or examples of how you are using the Best Practices to public-dwbp-comments@w3.org until June 12th. All feedback is welcome and will be responded to.

Deirdre Lee, CEO of Derilinx, is co-chair of the DWBP WG. We look forward to hearing from you!

30 May 2016

Travel to Digital DNA in Style!

Digital DNA, Belfast’s annual business and technology event, along with Deloitte Digital are taking over the Enterprise train to Belfast. The Digital DNA Express is a complimentary return carriage from Cork to Dublin to Belfast on 7 June, 2016 for all Digital DNA delegates, giving you the unique opportunity to network & meet mentors.

The Dublin to Belfast leg of the journey will include a speed networking event hosted by Deloitte Digital experts on five themes: MARKETING, DATA, SECURITY, FINTECH, INNOVATION. This will provide Digital DNA passengers with the opportunity to engage with experts and peers on specific topics – to explore, to learn, to collaborate and to form and build relationships.

Find out more about the Digital DNA Express.