Inagural meeting of the Open Data Governance Board IReland

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Front: Emer Coleman (Chair) Minister Brendan Howlin, Sandra Collins Back: (Left to Right) Cronan McNamara, Dennis Jennings, DietrichRebholz, Suzanne Duke, Ashling Cunningham, Denis Parfenov, Daithi Mac Sithigh
I was delighted to chair the inaugural meeting of the Open Data Governance Board in Dublin last Tuesday. It was great that Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, was able to join us to outline his views on the importance of open data as a key element of the Irish Government’s Reform Agenda.

Head of the Open Data Unit, Evelyn O’Connor, gave the Board a comprehensive background briefing on the progress made to date as well as the challenges facing the Irish public service in delivering open data that meets real user needs. I followed that with a short summary of my thoughts fairly self explanatory from the presentation below.

Full summary of the meeting here and agreed next steps. For the next few months I’ll be managing the Twitter account
So get in touch if you’d like to talk to me about open data in Ireland or you can email me at
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