Appointment of Open Data Governance Board (ODGB) Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform appoints Open Data Governance Board

Issued 23 October 2015

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr. Brendan Howlin T.D., today (23 October 2015) announced the appointment of the “Open Data Governance Board” Members, to provide a strategic vision and leadership for Ireland’s Open Data Initiative. 

The Minister acknowledged that considerable progress has been made since the launch of the Initiative in July 2014 and he believes the timing is right to put the Governance Board in place.  

Speaking about the significant interest from candidates for appointment to the Board, the Minister said: -

“The importance of Open Data in our modern digital society, and its potential to deliver real economic, social and democratic benefits across society, has been reinforced by the number and calibre of applicants for membership of the Open Data Governance Board”.

Announcing membership, the Minister noted the wide range of qualities brought to the Board:-

“The members bring a very good mix of skills and expertise encompassing academia/research, established Irish business, SME/Start-up community, international business, NGO/civil society, legal, technology and the cultural sector. These qualities will allow the Board to achieve its mandate as an action-oriented Board; providing strategic leadership and supporting me in driving implementation of the Open Data Initiative”.

The Minister also published the mandate of the Board. This is to provide strategic leadership and governance in line with best international practice in the area of Open Data,  to help improve the capability of public bodies in implementing Open Data, and to consider opportunities to maximise the value of public sector data and information for long-term economic, social and democratic benefits. 

Appointing Ms Emer Coleman as the Chair of the Open Data Governance Board, the Minister said:

“Emer Coleman brings a wealth of experience and an impressive international reputation to the Open Data Initiative. Along with her colleagues on the Board, Emer will provide insights and ideas that will help ensure that the Open Data Initiative is delivered in an innovative and sustainable way; and is recognised internationally as good Open Data practice”.




Notes to Editor

  •  The appointment of Members to the Open Data Governance Board follows an intensive application process run through the Public Appointments Service’s State Boards system.  Details of the members of the ODGB, and the mandate of the Board, are set out here.
  • ·Open Data is about making data held by public bodies available and easily accessible online for reuse and redistribution. As public bodies have progressed in areas like eGovernment and data analytics, the potential of data and, in particular, open data to help deliver economic, social and democratic benefits has become clear. 
  • There has been substantial progress made in implementing Open Data. Following the launch of the revamped Open Data portal on 30 June 2015, 1214 datasets are available from 86 public bodies. The number of datasets continues to rise. 74 spatial datasets were added on 20 October, all of which are associated with the Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY). This licence is internationally recognised as a truly open licence and its use if specifically recommended in the Open Data Technical Framework (