Dublin data challenge is looking for new ways to support climate actionLeigh Mc Gowranon April 22, 2022 at 14:50 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic


A Dublin competition is looking for participants to use ‘open data’ to help drive and support climate action. All projects which get shortlisted and complete the will receive €1,000, with a top prize of €5,000 also up for grabs.

The organisers of Dublin’s Open Data Challenge said developments in technology and modes of communication provide new opportunities to understand the causes and consequences of the climate emergency.

“Climate change is the most pressing challenge of our time,” Smart Dublin regional manager Alan Murphy said. “Your local council plays a significant role to lead transformative change and measurable climate action across our cities and counties.

“With this data challenge, we are looking for innovative solutions such as analyses, applications, tools, maps, etc. to help support all aspects of climate action,” Murphy added.

The challenge is being launched by the four county councils of the greater Dublin region, with support from organisations such as Dublin’s climate action regional offices.

The organisers are looking for data-based proposals that can contribute to the five themes of Dublin’s climate change action plans. These themes focus on buildings and energy, flood resilience, transport, resource management with the circular economy and biodiversity.

Fingal County Council digital programme officer Aishling Hyland said the open data concept is about making data from public bodies accessible online for easy reuse and redistribution.

“Open data gives everyone access to non-personal government data which can deliver enhanced economic, social, environmental, and democratic benefits to all,” Hyland said. “The Climate Action Open Data Challenge encourages applicants to use open data to support and drive climate action and deliver greater insights into climate change.”

In February, two new framework agreements were launched in Ireland to support public sector bodies in fulfilling their open data obligations. This was part of Government’s efforts to require public sector bodies to publish high-value data, as part of the Open Data Strategy approved by the Government in 2017.

Shortlisted participants will be given eight weeks between May and June to develop their proposals into workable. Advice and support will be provided by the challenge organising committee during this time. After the eight weeks, participants will showcase their work and find out who has won the top prizes.

The challenge has shared a list of organisations where participants can find relevant environmental data to develop their project, such as the EPA, SEAI and the CSO.

The deadline for applications is 10 May before midnight. For more information on the competition including how to apply and previous winners, check the competition website.

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