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Mar 24, 2015

Data Supporting Tourism Workshop

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Interested parties joined us for a Dublinked Innovation Network workshop on the theme of Data Supporting Tourism. The workshop took place in the wonderful surrounds of Malahide Castle and Gardens on Tuesday March 24th. The workshop showcased tools and apps that are available for the Tourism sector, in addition to data driven tourism strategies implemented by Fingal County Council. We were also delighted to be a part of the launch of the PLoT project developed by the Insight Centre for Data Analytics.

Speakers on the day included:

Eoin Mac Donncha, E-Business Manager for Fáilte Ireland

Fáilte Ireland is the National Tourism Agency which supports the tourism industry and works to sustain Ireland as a high-quality and competitive tourism destination. Eoin manages the eBusiness Department and is responsible for implementing the organisations technology and digital strategy. This includes the development of mobile and web platforms for various programmes such as The Wild Atlantic Way, Visit Dublin and Discover Ireland. Eoin has worked in various technology roles over the past twenty years in organisations such as EDS, HP and Intel and in a number of industry sectors including manufacturing, banking and tourism. A graduate in 1993 of DCU’s Computer Applications programme, Eoin is currently completing a Master in Business Practice in the IMI.

Eoin’s presentation explored the digital platforms and apps available from Fáilte Ireland and highlighted a great open data resource → .

Ireland’s Content Pool is a free image repository provided by Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland where for example, new start ups can use their content for tourism related purposes. Eoin’s presentation:

Niall O’Brolcháin, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUIG and the Personalised Linked Open Tours (PLoT) Project

Niall has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry and was a pioneer in the use of the World Wide Web and the Internet. He has also spent 10 years inside Government at a local and national level. He served as Mayor of Galway from 2006-07 and was a member of Seanad Eireann until 2011 where he served as spokesperson on Communications Energy and Natural Resources. He is passionate about Open Government, the Environment and Heritage. Niall is currently working as a project lead with the Insight Center for Data Analytics in NUI Galway with a focus on open data, linked data and big data, strategy, visualisation, research and development.

Niall’s presentation launched the Personalised Linked open Tour (PLoT) project developed by the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. This tool represents the new generation in walking tours and employs open, geo-referenced data to create a personalised walking route around Dublin City based on your interests derived from Facebook. The tool is accessible on multiple platforms including laptops, tablets and mobile devices and the tour can be modified by the user and accessed in real time using google maps. Niall’s presentation:

Joerg Steegmueller, Editor, Publisher and Founder of the Dublin Event Guide

Joerg Steegmueller is a Telecoms Entrepreneur, Self-Defence Instructor, Online Publisher, Marketeer, Singer, Sound Engineer and Musician. Originally from Germany, he lives in Dublin for many many years and publishes the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” since 2007.This is Dublin’s most popular event publication that focuses on the vast amount of free cultural events. It includes Gigs, Festivals, Comedy, Talks/Lectures, Exhibitions, Family Events, Markets and any other cultural event that is free in Dublin. Every week it lists and describes more than 170 events! The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) started in 2007 and is sent every week to more than 23,000 subscribers and has more than 55,000 Facebook Fans.

Central to Joerg’s presentation were 13 key recommendations from a data publisher’s perspective about “good” data. These key points explored good practice for data content, structure and format that will allow tourism data and events to reach the masses. Joerg’s presentation:

Dr Sheila Flanagan Dublin Institute of Technology

Dr. Sheila Flanagan is currently Head of the Learning Development and External Engagement in DIT and is a graduate of University College Dublin. Previously she has also served as Head of School of Hospitality Management and Tourism in the Faculty of Tourism, DIT between 1997-2011. She was responsible for the development of the first Masters level programme in Tourism Management on this island, through the design of the MBS in Tourism for the Smurfit Graduate Business School in UCD. She has considerable industry experience in tourism planning in both public and private bodies, national and international, including the European Union, Irish Government Departments, and the Irish Tourist Board and management consultants.

Sheila’s presentation focused on the current tourist data capture strategies employed in Fingal County Council and how they use this data to drive decision making in the tourism sector. Sheila’s presentation:


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