Dublin City Council seeks Feedback on new Planning Application Interface

Buildingeye is a new user friendly planning information portal, which is being tested by Dublin City Council through the Smart Dublin pilot programme.   We want to make it easier for residents, planners and councillors to find the planning information they need straight from their mobile or tablet.  Click here to use the Buildingeye demo and see what is planned for your neighbourhood.

How does it work?

The Dublin demo shows a map of all planning applications received by Dublin City Council from January 2003 up to the end of last month. It also has an easy to follow tutorial that shows you step by step how to search by address, neighbourhood or constituency.

Image of Drimnagh Map
Image of Drimnagh Map

Blue dots show applications that have been submitted and green represent approved applications. Select a dot on the map and an overview of the planning details are displayed. Select “more details” and the application links you to the full planning application on the city council’s website.

Tell us what you think.

We are running this pilot until the end of September so please tell us if you think it is a good idea or not by selecting the feedback option under the menu tab on the Buildingeye demo.

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Website: Buildingeye.com

Twitter: @buildingeye

About Buildingeye

Ciaran Gilsenan
Ciaran Gilsenan

We took the DCC planning data feed from Dublinked and within one day we were able to transform it into a fully functional application which helps citizens to interact with the planning information and set local alerts in a way that was not possible before”

– Ciaran Gilsenan


Ciaran Gilsenan has over 12 years experience as a civil engineer working with local authorities and planning developments. His initial idea began with  a planning website which used open data published by the local authorities. Buildingeye.com has greatly grown and is now operational in several cities in the US including San Francisco, Palo Alto and Adams County, Colorado.  Buildingeye has also been named as one of the GovTech100 a listing of the leading 100 companies to improve or transform government services.

Knowledge Preservation in the 21st century



8/9 Westmoreland Street,
Dublin 2.

(Next to Palace pub in Temple Bar)


June 14th 2016

Who is it For?

Anyone with an interest in Open Data  and Open Knowledge.

What Does it Cost?

Entry is free but a donation of €5 would also be appreciated to support continued work by Open Knowledge Ireland. You can book your tickets here.

 For more information see  Open Knowledge Ireland


New Fire Brigade and Ambulance Data!

Now you can check out the incidents activity log for 2013-2015 for:

Image Source: www.dublincity.ie

Dublin Fire Brigade Service

Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance Service

Also included with the new datasets is a fire and ambulance service type file which provides an incident description and explanatory notes for each incident.

Visit the Fire and Ambulance Service types here.

Code For Ireland Meet up

Code for Ireland are hosting another Meet Up tonight, April 28th at Dogpatch Labs.  Their vision:

 Improve society and the lives of people in Ireland using technology.

Code for Ireland
Code For Ireland Meet Up

If you want to get involved check out their current projects below:

Code For Ireland Projects


Dogpatch Labs,

The CHQ Building,

Custom House Quay,

Dublin 1


Tonight, April 28th 2016

Who is it For?

Citizens, government officials, designers, developers, code warriors, data analysts, project managers – all welcome.

Entry is free but you must register in advance.

For more information on the current projects, visit: http://codeforireland.com/apps/

NASA Space Apps Challenge 2016

This weekend sees the launch of one of the largest International Hackathon events in the world, NASA Space Apps Challenge 2016. People from countries all over the globe will begin collaborating for up to 72 hours on over 25 different challenges facing the Earth.


Driven by NASA’s Open Innovation Initiative, the challenge invites citizens to connect and innovate to create solutions using open data. It aims to bring people with a variety of skills from different backgrounds together to share and build upon their ideas.

To find out more on the Irish launch pad for this event, see Space Apps Dublin 2016

Where ?

The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoighaire


23rd-24th April 2016

Who is it for?

Engineers, coders, makers, artists and storytellers – anyone with an interest in problem solving on Earth and in Space!!

Where can I find out more?



Dublin Airport Hackathon

Dublin Airport Hackathon Image
Dublin Airport Hackathon

Can you help Dublin Airport reach its 2020 goals? Have you an idea which can help improve the passenger experience or optimise the capacity of the airfield? If so, why not sign up for #hackDub? This event is hosted in conjunction with Dublin City University, for more details see below:

Dublin Airport Resources for hackathon
Source: http://dublinairport-hackathon.com/


DCU Alpha Innovation Campus


15th-17th April 2016


To improve passenger experience and optimise airfield space

Who is it for?

Engineers, designers, entrepreneurs and intrepid travellers

How much is it to enter?


Where can I find out more?


5 things I learned at the ODI Open Data Leaders Network

I recently took part in the  Open data Leaders Network (ODLN) in the ODI offices in London, representing the Dublinked Open data portal for Dublin, Ireland.  This was a very intensive but inspiring week of training, networking and ideas exchange with leaders of government open data initiatives from around the world, from other cities and regions like Aragon in Spain, Jakarta and Sao Paulo and national leaders from India, Burkina Faso, Ukraine, Serbia and Italy.

brainstorming ideas to promote open data

We had a packed itinerary of workshops and sessions to share the latest thinking in open data, help us troubleshoot technical issues and common problems and how best to maximise impact and share stories of success.  We also had meetings with leading open data champions like Gavin Starks CEO of ODI and Richard Stirling, formerly of opengov.uk, who shared their experience and lessons with us.  During the visit, I had some initial insights that I will be taking away:
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Smart Technology Solutions to help scale up cycling in Dublin

Seeking smart, innovative and low cost solutions to increase the number of people cycling in Dublin.

The SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Challenge is a joint initiative between Smart Dublin and Enterprise Ireland and is open for applications from 8th March until 3rd May 2016. Successful applicants will be selected by an open competition process run in two phases. The competition is open to any organisation, developers of ICT and software solution providers, universities and service providers.

Find out more on how to apply for the challenge here.

There are a number of sources of data that may inform your cycle solutions.  You can search for cycle data on Dublinked, also visit www.nationaltransport.ie and www.dublincitycycling.ie  for more information.  The Transport for Ireland Cycle Journey Planner is a great source of route information, incorporating ease of use and dublinbikes station locations into recommended cycle routes.

Presentations from the SBIR  Challenge Information Evening:

Maria Gavin – Enterprise Ireland

Jamie Cudden – Smart Dublin Manager

Sarah Scannell – Cycling and Walking Promotions Officer

David Timoney – Dublin Cycling Campaign

Pauline Riordan – Dublinked Manager

Apply for the Challenge Today

New and improved Dublinked

Cartoon sketch describing Dublinked Driving InnovationWelcome to the new Dublinked site! We’ve been busy over the last few months building our new open source CKAN portal, setting up our new project team and putting the policy in place to take Dublinked to the next level.

Last summer we carried out a survey of Dublinked users to figure out what improvements you wanted to see and this has informed our rebuild of the site.
Pauline Riordan, Dublinked Manager

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Want To Talk About Data?

Dublinked is part of a multi-disciplinary European project, which is building a next generation open data platform to enhance citizen engagement around open data.  We’re working with leading researchers in Salerno, Italy and Insight, Galway to develop new transparency enhancing technology for you to test.

Based on your feedback, we will improve and integrate what works into our new Dublinked platform!

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