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.

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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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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