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Northern Ireland kicks off new open data competition


Mark Say Managing Editor

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People holding Open Data Fund banner

Northern Ireland’s Department of Finance (DoF) has put out its annual call for ideas to support under the Open Data Innovation and Outreach Fund.

Finance Minister Conor Murphy said it will provide grants of up to £5,000 per project under the annual £40,000 funding scheme to promote the use of open data from the public sector.

He said it could apply to the development of an app or interactive data visualisation, organising a hackathon or coming up with a new way to examine the impact of Covid-19.

Murphy (left in picture) said: “This Innovation and Outreach Fund is a real opportunity for people to come up with new and innovative ways to use government data.

“From increasing accountability and transparency to improving public services and helping citizens bring about social change, open government data can have a positive impact and this fund is an opportunity to showcase that.

“Last year we had a range of projects including one aimed at tackling online disinformation about Covid-19 and I look forward to seeing what proposals this year brings.”

Image from, Open Government Licence v3.0



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