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Mar 19, 2014 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

March 2014: Dublinked Data Visualisation Competition Launch Event

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The Dublinked Data Visualisation Competition was officially launched on Wednesday 19th March 2014, as part of the Dublinked Innovation Network’s second Data Visualisation event, held in NUI Maynooth.  Speakers on the day included Andy Kirk (VisualisingData.com), Eoghan McCarthy (AIRO NUIM) and Oliver Mooney (GetBulb). The event received great turnout with over 50 people in attendance, of those in attendance skill sets ranged from data visualisation novice, enthusiast to expert.

Dublinked Welcome

Dominic Byrne, Head of IT Fingal County Council and Management Team at Dublinked kicked off event by welcoming all attendees. Dominic also provided overview and updates on Dublinked Innovation Network activities and invited interested parties to explore the Dublinked Datastore, consisting of over 300 datasets ranging from pedestrian counts, planning applications, real time passenger information to ambulance callouts.

Start exploring Dublin’s data.

Andy Kirk, VisualisingData.com – Data Visualisation happenings in 2013, 2014 and Beyond

Andy Kirk
Andy Kirk

Following welcome, we were delighted for Andy Kirk of VisualisingData.com to officially launch the Dublinked Data Visualisation Competition. Andy Kirk, is a renowned UK based data visualisation specialist, launched visualisingdata.com 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.

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’.  On answering questions from attendees, Andy wished entrants to Dublinked competition luck and encouraged them to ‘give time to think’, to stand back and explore before jumping in!

View Andy Kirk’s Presentation on Data Vis 2013 Overview, 2014 & Beyond

Eoghan McCarthy,  AIRO NUIM, AIRO Tools & Techniques

Next attendees heard from Eoghan McCarthy, Data Analyst at the All-Ireland Research Observatory (AIRO) based at NIRSA, NUI Maynooth.  Eoghan is currently the data management and visualisation coordinator for the AIRO project and has strong background of planning knowledge combined with expertise in the area of spatial data analysis.  In his presentation, Eoghan highlighted AIROs 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 through Eoghan’s presentation.

Oliver Mooney, GetBulb – Present Complex Data Simply

Oliver Mooney
Oliver Mooney

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.

Interested in GetBulb, read up on Oliver’s presentation or visit website.

Dublinked Data Visualisation Competition Details

To conclude event, Dominic Byrne gave brief overview of Dublinked Data Visualisation Competition with €2,000 prize fund.  Put simply the challenge is to create data visualisation (static or interactive designs) using data from 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 Dublinked  or view event presentation for more details on competition and prizes – Best of Luck!


Speaker Biographies

Dominic Byrne, Fingal County Council & Dublinked

Dominic Byrne is Head of Information Technology with Fingal County Council and has 21 years experience working in IT. He is responsible for managing the provision of IT services in Fingal and his current interests include Open Data, Open Government, Social Media, and Knowledge Management.

Dominic is responsible for Fingal Open Data which was the first Open Government Data website in Ireland.  He is also a member of the Dublinked management team and the National Open Data Working Group.  In addition, he is a member of the Digital Dublin Forum which worked on the recently launched Digital Masterplan for Dublin. Dominic was designated a Dublin Digital Champion at the 2013 Lord Mayor Awards for his work on Open Data.

Andy Kirk, VisualisingData.com

Andy Kirk is a UK-based freelance data visualisation specialist. Andy launched visualisingdata.com in February 2010 and this has grown to become a popular source of information about the data visualisation field. He became a freelance professional in 2011 focusing on providing data visualisation consultancy and training workshops. Since then he has delivered over 80 public and private training events across the UK, Europe, North America, India, South Africa and Australia and including clients such as Walmart, Disney, Intel, WHO, OECD and McKinsey. He is a visiting lecturer at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) teaching on the Information Visualisation Masters programme and is a co-investigator on a prestigious research grant at the University of Leeds exploring visual literacy. Andy released his first book in December 2012, titled “Data Visualization: a successful design process” and is beginning work on a second title.

Oliver Mooney, GetBulb

GetBulb was founded by Oliver Mooney in October 2010 and was one of 10 start-ups to take part in the first Startupbootcamp Dublin programme and winner of the Irish Times Digital Challenge in 2012. GetBulb is a browser-based application that lets anyone make infographics simply by copying and pasting data from Excel or Google Spreadsheets. Now it’s easy to turn complex data into a simple story. What used to take weeks, GetBulb can do in seconds. It’s for analysts, researchers, data journalists, marketers, or anyone who needs to make data visualization part of their work.

Eoghan McCarthy, All-Ireland Research Observatory (AIRO)

A graduate of the Masters in Regional and Urban Planning programme in UCD, Eoghan joined NIRSA following a number of years working as a consultant in transport planning sector in Ireland and the UK. A strong background of planning knowledge combined with expertise in the area of spatial data analysis Eoghan is currently the data management and visualisation coordinator for the All-Island Research Observatory project at NIRSA. Eoghan’s main research areas are in the development of interactive mapping and visualisation systems to aid the improvement of evidence informed planning in Ireland. A key aspect of Eoghan’s current work is focused on the integration of cross border datasets to develop an all-island spatial planning toolkit. Eoghan has expert knowledge in a series of key data and mapping software: ESRI ArcGIS, ArcGIS Viewer for Flex, ArcGIS for Server, QGIS, Mapinfo, Tableau and FME.


Mar 19, 2014
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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