Open Data competition launched

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Monday, June 20th, 2016
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The Finance, Economy and Education Ministers have launched an Open Data competition aimed at supporting local schools. open data niThe competition, which is jointly funded by the Department of Finance and the Department for the Economy on behalf of the Northern Ireland Digital Catapult, is themed ‘Using Open Data for Education’. Announcing the competition, Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said, “We need to look beyond traditional ways of delivering services and Open Data is a valuable resource which can help stimulate the development of new products, goods and services. “This competition will provide an opportunity to engage with the local software development community to develop innovative ways to use open data for teaching.” The open data portal ( brings together a range of data from government departments and other public sector organisations and is free to copy, adapt, commercially exploit and publish. “Applicants are asked to harness the power of public sector open data on the portal in the development of new teaching resources which can be used by schools here.” The aim of the Open Data Strategy is to embed a culture of ‘open by default’ within the public sector here to drive public service efficiency, encourage innovation, and improve the economy.
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May June 2016 updatedEconomy Minister Simon Hamilton said, “The sharing and reuse of data are central to the role of the new Northern Ireland Digital Catapult and key elements of the Executive’s Innovation Strategy. “Our knowledge economy has a strong cluster of data analytics and creative digital companies and I look forward to seeing how the results of this competition will encourage innovative educational resources.” Education Minister Peter Weir said, “I welcome any project or competition that provides schools with educational resources to help in the delivery of the curriculum. I look forward to the outcome of the competition and to seeing the resources that are developed. “Competitions such as OpenDataNI, provide schools with the opportunity to engage with the business world, and in this case, the local software development community. I strongly believe that employers have an important part to play in the education of our young people.” An engagement evening will be held on 21st June from 6-8pm at the Ulster University Belfast campus. Potential applicants will have the opportunity to hear and interact with representatives from the teaching community. The competition is supported by Ulster University, CCEA, ODI Belfast, NI Digital Catapult and the NI Science Park.
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