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May 28, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

May 2014: Environment DubMeet

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As part of Dublinked Innovation Network DubMeet series, Dublinked hosted a thematic environment dubmeet presentations on the day highligted environmental data available via Dublinked datastore, Dublin City Council and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The dubmeet provided an opportunity for those exploring or interested in environmental data to come together, network, interact with data owners and ask question, share ideas and challenges in relation to identifiying/ accessing environment information.

Dublinked Driving Innovation


Dublinked Dublin Region Open Data Portal and Innovation Network

Pauline Riordan, Dublin City Council & Dublinked Innovation Network

Pauline Riordan has worked for 14 years as an urban planner in Irish local government, in a number of roles including community planning, environmental management, development management and strategic planning.  She also worked for a number of years in the Studio – Dublin City Council’s innovation unit.  The Studio was a pilot that was set up to test ideas that are new to the city and council, redesigning public services and ways of engaging with customers, staff and external partners. For the last two years she has also been co-ordinating Dublin City Council’s Open Data input to Dublinked- the Dublin Regional Open Data Network and dealing with data and research issues both corporately and regionally.  Pauline also has qualifications in Architecture and in Urban Design.  She has an interest in sustainable living, smart cities and new models of collaborative urbanism.

Pauline Riordan of Dublin City Council & Dublinked opened dubmeet by inviting attendees to share their ideas/ challenges, participate via data queries or requests and extended invitation to public bodies to share operational data to the Dublin’s regional datastore and innovation network. Within her presentation, Pauline highlighted demand driving data release such as top downloads in thematic areas of transport, planning, environment and mapping. Pauline also highlighted Dublinked achievements, challenges and initiative outcomes such as new digital products and services.


Ambient Environmental Sensory Network; Challenges & Data Utilisation

Brian Mc Manus, Head of Traffic Noise & Air Quality Unit, Dublin City Council

Brian McManus is head of the Traffic Noise & Air Quality Unit in Dublin City Council. He has worked in the field of environmental acoustics and air quality for close to 30 years. He was seconded to the City Council in 2001 to advise the Director of Traffic on policy development and implementation in relation to impacts of traffic on the environment and health. McManus has wide experience in ambient air quality and acoustical measurement and modelling. He was first in the country to set up an ambient air quality monitoring network for particulate matter. More recently he was first to develop a 3D Dublin City noise model in order to assess population exposure to noise.

As part of the first Noise Action Plan for Dublin – for which he was the main lead, McManus has established a permanent sound monitoring network in Dublin, producing near real-time data, which is publically accessible. Also as part of the Noise Action Plan he was first to identify and but forward for protection eight ‘Quiet Areas’ in Dublin City.He currently sits on the European Environment Agency’s advisory ‘Expert Panel on Noise’ committee, which advises Member States on the practical implementation of various European Directives on environmental sound. This Panel is currently finalising a good practice guide on ‘Quiet Areas’, which is hoped to be of assistance to member states in identifying and protecting ‘Quiet Areas’ in the urban landscape. He is currently working with computer chip manufacturer Intel, exploring the concept of an environmental sensor network covering the entire city.


Sharing Environmental Data: Our Experiences at EPA

Dr. Peter Mooney, Research Fellow EPA, Department of Computer Science NUI Maynooth

Peter Mooney has worked as a Research Fellow with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Computer Science at NUI Maynooth for the past ten years. During this time with the EPA he has played a key role in driving the EPA’s adoption of open public access to environmental data and information. He has developed some of the EPA’s foremost public data access tools including: SAFER, the H2020 Catalogue of Environmental Expertise and the Air Quality Index for Health (AQI). He has worked proactively with a broad range of stakeholders such as: the general public, local authorities, government agencies and European bodies such as the European Environment Agency.

At the Department of Computer Science he is an author (or co-author) of over 25 peer-reviewed journal papers and over 60 peer-reviewed conference and workshop papers with expertise in the areas of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), Citizen Science, Open Data and web-based GIS. When he’s not working on these issues Peter enjoys his two passions in life: marathon running and photography.


May 28, 2014
9:30 am - 11:00 am
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