Cork Data Dashboard
Cork
Ireland
Building City Dashboards Project, National Centre for Geocomputation in Maynooth University in partnership with Cork Smart Gateway, Cork City Council and Cork County Council and funded by Science Foundation Ireland
Dimension
Open data

Cork Data Dashboard is an online resource that will let citizens, businesses and policy makers access information about the city in an unprecedented way. The Cork Dashboard allows users to monitor a huge range of public data at a glance – from real-time traffic and weather information to air quality and crime levels – all in one place and free of charge. You can visit the Cork Dashboard at www.corkdashboard.ie

The Cork Dashboard is a product of the Building City Dashboards Project based in National Centre for Geocomputation in Maynooth University. The project was created in partnership with Cork Smart Gateway, Cork City Council and Cork County Council and was funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

The website draws information from a number of data providers including the local authorities, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the Central Statistics Office and a number of government departments. The number of real-time, interactive maps and data-sets will give users the ability to track changes in Cork as they happen.

The dashboard is developed using all open source software so that it can be replicated in cities elsewhere.

What has been the challenge or initial problem that the good practice was supposed to address?

Problem addressed: Local authorities wish to provides citizens, public sector workers and companies with real-time information, time-series indicator data, and interactive maps about all aspects of Cork city and county.

How objectives are reached:
The Cork Dashboard allows users to monitor a range of public data – from real-time traffic and weather information to air quality and crime levels – all on one free platform www.corkdashboard.ie

Information is drawn from various data providers including local authorities, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the Central Statistics Office and government departments. A number of real-time, interactive maps and data-sets give users the ability to track changes as they happen. Potential applications for users include:

Cork Citizens: to plan their commute, to compare property prices and planning permission information and even report issues such as broken street lights and potholes.
 
Public Officials: review up-to-the-minute vital statistics e.g. prevalence of crime, health data and pollution levels, making planning more efficient and effective.
 
Foreign Direct Investment: visual representations for cost of living and economic performance for companies considering investment and for advocacy groups such as IDA.
 
Tourism: allow potential visitors plan their trip with greater ease and in more detail, e.g. check transport options, hotel availability and bathing water quality on beaches.

The Cork Dashboard will be the first major output from the Science Foundation Ireland funded project based in the National Centre for Geocomputation, Maynooth University.  
The Cork Dashboard provides citizens, businesses and local authorities access to an interactive and accessible website to view and query real-time and time-series information about the city and region.  The information is displayed via graphs, maps and infographics and includes data related to traffic, travel, weather, services, housing, education, health and employment, and other aspects of everyday life.  Real-time datasets include weather, water levels, pollution levels, car parking, bike stations and CCTV.
 
The data is sourced from multiple agencies including the Central Statistics Office, Met Eireann, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Failte Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Department of Health, Department of Education and Skills and the Road Safety Authority.

For the Cork citizens the launch of the Cork Dashboard is an important online tool that is available for everyone to explore and discover what is happening in the city and county. For policy makers, planners, local authority staff and politicians it provides detailed information and analytic tools in a single site to inform evidence-led service delivery to track the effectiveness of existing policy and operations.  Importantly, users do not need to know how to handle and process data or how to create graphs or maps, the site does this for them.  Those who want to access the datasets to undertake their own analysis can do so.

Successful launch of over 70 open datasets for public consumption.

Identification of more internal datasets for future release

Workshops with to identifity more data sets in local government

Applications developed based on the data in the dashboard

AR and VR applications

Training to improve internal capacity to update data