An Award-Winning Entry in the Dublin Region Open Data Active Travel Challenge!

Digital Nature was delighted to present its entry to the Dublin Region Open Data Active Travel Challenge Showcase organized by Smart Dublin in July 2021.

The Digital Nature analysis Active Travel to School: Locating Investments for Impact was one of 12 projects presented in a rapid-fire series of demonstrations…and was awarded Second Prize in the competition!

All of the entries identified and pursued new ways of using Open Data to support and promote walking, cycling and being active in the Dublin Region.

Find out more, view the webinar presentation, and explore Digital Nature’s award-winning entry below…

Exploring Data: All About Clane

The breadth of data published online is growing all the time, but it can be challenging to filter, process, combine and visualise in a way that the most valuable insights are revealed.

Digital Nature is delighted to demonstrate some of the insights that can be revealed from freely available information….using our local community – Clane in County Kildare – as an example.

First off we explore the nature of the Population of Clane and provide answers to questions such as

Population Density as per CSO Small Areas using Hex Bins
Population Density of Clane as per CSO Small Areas using Hex Bins
  • How many people live in the area?
  • Where do they live?
  • How does the population density vary across Clane?
  • What is the age profile of the population?
  • How does the age profile of Clane differ to the national age profile?

This type of analysis can help inform investment priorities for school and medical facilities, infrastructure providers, community groups, sports organizations and businesses.

A similar analysis could be performed for any location in Ireland, and more specific questions can be explored in depth.

We look forward to extending this analysis over time. If you have suggestions for future topics to explore, or any follow-on questions please Contact Digital Nature.

Sustainable Commute Modes in North Kildare

Digital Nature has published a high-level analysis of Census 2016 commuter data for North Kildare. It includes interactive maps that illustrate the adoption of sustainable modes of transport by commuters.

This type of analysis might be of interest to residents, community groups, boards of management of schools, public transport providers, and local authority planners and engineers.

Locations with relatively low uptake of sustainable modes of commute can be identified. Exploring Maynooth, for example, the data reveal a small area very near to schools and universities yet where the amount of people sustainably commuting is very low. At the time of the census, it turns out that residents in that part of the housing estate had to travel a very circuitous route to and from their homes until construction of the estate was completed.

These maps can be used to select areas for deeper analysis, and prioritise possible interventions to increase the amount of commuting via sustainable modes of transport.

Sets of maps are provided for both the commute to school or college, and the commute to work.