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Launch of OpenDataNI Innovation and Outreach Fund

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Launch of OpenDataNI Innovation and Outreach Fund

Funding is available for individuals and businesses in Northern Ireland to develop apps or other interactive visualisations that raise awareness, encourage, and make use of open data.

The Northern Ireland Open Data Strategy sets out a vision to stimulate the availability and use of open data. It aims to build trust in government services through a commitment to transparency and demonstrate the value of open data as an agent of economic growth.

Supporting the Strategy, the Department of Finance has created the Innovation and Outreach Fund as a means of encouraging the use of open data. Applications are being invited to promote the Strategy’s aims under the following categories:

  • Support the innovative use of data available on; either using open data on its own or in combination with other sources of data. This can include developing apps, interactive data visualisations and/or other products or services with open data.
  • Open data based advocacy, outreach and engagement activities that seek to promote the use of open data, eg workshops, hackathons, seminars, meet-ups, groups and conferences.

The competitive fund has an overall value of £30,000. Individual awards of between £300 and £5,000 are available to organisations and individuals in Northern Ireland that are developing apps or similar innovations.

Sue Gray, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Finance, said:

“Opening up public sector data has the potential to provide commercial opportunities and drive economic growth and innovation.

“This fund will encourage creative re-use of the growing number of public sector datasets available on the OpenDataNI Portal and help us deliver on the ambitious targets set out in the Open Data Strategy.”

The deadline for applications is Friday 7 February 2020. Click here for more information. 


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