How publishing interoperable, harmonised data can directly benefit its use and impact
The Irish National Open Data Conferenceis an annual event that brings together the open data community to learn from each other, exchange ideas, and cooperate to advance open data in Ireland. The 2021 edition focused specifically on data quality, and how publishing interoperable and harmonised data directly benefits re-use and impact.
Open data publishers shared their knowledge on data standards and how to apply them, on validation and quality monitoring, and showed how to improve data reusability. Many data re-users joined the event to express how they experience working with open data, and which challenges they encounter.
Stefaan Verhulst, co-founder and chief research and development officer at the GovLab from New York University delivered the keynote speech for the event, stating that:
“If data is only as valuable and relevant as the questions it may answer, why do we stay focused on releasing data without a more rigorous process of defining the questions that matter in society? This talk [event] will focus on establishing a new ‘science of questions’ to complement data science and to accelerate the practice of publishing with a purpose.“
Ireland is a trend-setter in terms of open data, ranking 2nd in the 2021 Open Data Maturity assessment.