Launch of Dublinked Data Visualisation Competition – €2,000 in prizes to be won!

Over 50 people attended launch of Dublinked Data Visualisation Competition held on 19th March in NUI Maynooth. Presentations on the day included Andy Kirk (VisualisingData), Oliver Mooney (GetBulb), Eoghan McCarthy (AIRO) and Dominic Byrne (Fingal County Council and Dublinked).  With a prize fund of €2,000 the Dublinked Data Visualisation challenges all to explore Dublin’s data via Dublinked Datastore and create visualisation. Prize awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in design category, student award and recognition award for larger company.  Competition will close to entries at midday on Thursday 7th of May – Best of Luck!

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Data Visualisation Competition

We were delighted for Andy Kirk of to officially launch the Dublinked Data Visualisation Competition. Andy Kirk, is a renowned UK based data visualisation specialist, launched in February 2010 since then the website has grown to become a popular source of information about in the data visualisation field. 

As part of the event, Andy took participants on a data visualisation journey, over viewing current trends and development in data visualisation from 2013 and providing insight on where it’s heading in 2014. View Andy Kirk’s presentation ‘Data Vis 2013 overview, 2014 & beyond’ 

In his presentation Andy highlighted innovation projects, use of storytelling and infographics such as ‘Dialect Quiz Map’ as featured in New York Times, ‘The Age of a City’ and ‘Wealth Inequality in America’ video.  Andy’s presentation also highlighted development in tools and techniques in creating visualisation. In predicting future trends from 2014 onwards, Andy emphasised the many hats of data visualisation, consumer technology advancements, and move to ‘design for understanding’.

Andy wished entrants to Dublinked competition luck and encouraged them to ‘give time to think’, to stand back and explore before jumping in!

AIRO Data Outputs

Eoghan highlighted AIRO’s work with Census 2011 providing examples of data visualisation and mapping tools via the National Census Mapping Viewer & All-Ireland Mapping Viewer. In work with AIRO, invitation to attendees to attend future AIRO data for decision workshop held throughout the calendar year. Attendees were interested to hear about accessing AIRO data outputs through new website and various available open source software.  Learn more about All Ireland Research Observatory activities via Eoghan’s presentation.

To highlight data visualisation from business perspective and showcase GetBulb, winner of Irish Times Digital Challenge , Oliver Mooney data scientist and founder of GetBulb presented his story of ‘the struggle to present complex data simply’.

Oliver worked for a decade across the public, private and NGO sectors, helping them to get the insights they needed from their data.  Through this he wanted a tool to present data better, a tool that didn’t require programming or design skills. When he couldn’t find one, he built one himself.

In presenting GetBulb, Oliver highlighted experience in report writing and task of analysing data to aid awareness of underlying understanding.  While demoing GetBulb, emphasised no programming required GetBulb enables users to present complex data simply – visualising data in seconds via design templates and integrated graphics with GetBulb templates. In wishing data visualisation competition entrants good luck, Oliver invited participants to experience GetBulb via beta signup. View GetBulb presentation ‘presenting data simply’ 


To conclude event, Dominic Byrne gave brief overview of Dublinked Data Visualisation Competition with €2,000 in prizes to be won.  The challenge is to create data visualisation (static or interactive designs) using Dublin’s data available via the Dublinked Datastore. Prizes awarded to winner, runner up and third, with Student prize category. Closing date for entries is Midday Wednesday 7th May 2014. Visit for more details on competition and prizes – Best of Luck!

Dublinked Data Visualisation Competiton 2014 Flyer

Dublinked Data Visualisation 2014 Competition Details 

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