Dubs get access to health and wellbeing facilities

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

A two-year initiative focused on improving the health and wellbeing of people living in Dublin has been launched this month with the aim of becoming a one-stop shop for providing citizens with easily accessible wellness-related information.

Describing the project as “citizen’s empowerment in healthcare”, the website highlights the need to promote and enhance “people’s abilities to meet their own needs, solve their own problems and mobilise the necessary resources in order to feel in control of their own lives” as much as possible.

The Hale and Heary project, which is supported by the EU Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), will be a portal where Dubliners can access information that will help them to find facilities that could assist them in improving their health and wellbeing, via a user-friendly dashboard and interactive map.

To create the interactive map, dashboard and open data catalogue which form the Hale and Hearty knowledge base, project partners brought open data from a number of sources together. These include local authorities, the Central Statistics Office, sports and recreation providers, the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive.

Members of the public can then use the interactive map to look for access to outdoor exercise equipment or to locate their nearest cycle lanes or health centre. An overview of Dublin’s health and wellbeing statistics can also be accessed on the panel dashboard. The intention behind the dashboard and visualisations is to make open data as accessible and easy to use as possible.

The knowledge base is now live and the project partners are looking for people to try it out and to provide feedback.

This is a collaborative effort led by the Department of Expenditure & Reform’s Open Data Unit. Other project partners include Derilinx, Fingal County Council, the Dept. of Health, the CSO and the Irish Data & Cloud Cluster (ICCC).

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