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Challenge / Goal

As countries across the world are facing rapid urbanisation, government officials, real-estate developers, and business enterprises experience tremendous pressure while addressing public utilities and services infrastructure. In addition, they have to manage the ever-increasing urban population in a sustainable and efficient manner. 


The Cork Dashboard is a product of the Building City Dashboards Project based at the  National Centre for Geocomputation and the Social Sciences Institute at Maynooth University. The project, created in partnership with Cork City and County Councils and Cork Smart Gateways, is funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

It enables users to gain detailed, up to date intelligence about the city that aids everyday decision making and fosters evidence-informed analysis. Data is pulled together from major sources, including Cork City Council, Central Statistics Office, Eurostat, government departments and others, and includes links to a variety of existing external applications. The information is provided in interactive data visualisations. The underlying data is freely available, so others can undertake their own analysis and build their own applications and visualisations.

Cork Citizens: Individuals can use the Dashboard to plan their commute, to compare property prices and planning permission information and even report issues such as broken street lights and potholes to local authorities.
Public Officials: The Dashboard collates a huge number of data sets that provide public officials with a valuable and up-to-the-minute insight into Cork life, allowing them to review vital statistics such as prevalence of crime, health data and pollution levels, making city planning more efficient and effective.
Foreign Direct Investment: By providing visual representations for cost of living and economic performance, the Dashboard will be a valuable tool both for companies who are considering investing in Cork and for advocacy groups like the IDA.
Tourism: The amount of information available on the Cork Dashboard will let potential visitors plan their trip with greater ease and in more detail than ever before, allowing them to check transport options, hotel availability and bathing water quality on Cork beaches.

Citizen participation

Over the next two years, the amount of data available on the Dashboard will expand to allow for even more monitoring services to include, for example, the ability to quickly assess areas for flood risk. Citizens play a key role by providing data and supporting open data initiatives. 

The Dashboard will further be developed in time to allow users to self-identify as policy-makers, private citizens, law enforcement, etc., and to interact with the data in virtual and augmented reality.


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Time period

Planning time: 6 months to 1 year

Implementation time: More than 5 years


Cork City Council

Service providers

Cork City Council

End users


    Main benefits

  • Smart data

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