CKAN Monthly Live 6 - January 2022

This month’s CKAN Monthly Live will highlight The Hale and Hearty Knowledge Base - a project that aims to make health and wellbeing information more easily accessible to the public. The project provides health and wellbeing related information, open data and a health and wellbeing app.

    19 January 2022 - 13:00
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This month’s CKAN Monthly Live will highlight the Hale & Hearty project: Creating a Knowledge Base to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Ireland. Hale & Hearty provide a comprehensive Health & Wellbeing knowledge base, available as Open Data on the National Open Data Portal, which can be used for rich analysis, insights and action. This involves the harmonisation and linking of data from many sources, including Local Authorities, the Central Statistics Office, and Healthcare Providers. The project provides health and wellbeing related information, open data and a health and wellbeing app.

Join us to hear Aishling Hyland, Katharine Cooney and Mario Romera speak about:

  1. The Why: Vision, objectives and overview of the project
  2. The How, Part 1: Data – Getting the data, categorisation, harmonisation, etc
  3. The How, Part 2: Dev side – Changing CKAN Core for advanced search functionality and improved visualisation

You will learn about the visualisation and advanced search functionalities (including both geo and non-geo) developed to deliver a user-friendly experience, facilitating access to information - with the goal of making open health and wellbeing data more accessible and useful.

About the project

Hale & Hearty is a project led by the Irish Government Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) and supported by the EU Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The outcome of the project is a CKAN based knowledge base - The Hale and Hearty Knowledge Base, which aims to make health and wellbeing information more easily accessible to the public - to use this information to improve their own health and wellbeing and to see it in the context of their personal health information and activities. The project supports the deployment of new innovative services by providing up-to-date API access to health and wellbeing data from a number of key Irish sources.  These includes the CSO demographic and mobility data, Local Government data, OSi data on the location of sports and amenity facilities, NTA data and health research data. Advanced search functionalities including both geo and non-geo data have been designed to deliver a user-friendly experience within the knowledge base, facilitating access to information with the view to deliver against the targeted outcome to improve sport related activities.

Hale & Hearty is funded by the European Commission’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency, under the 2019 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom Call - Public Open Data (CEF-TC-2019-2). The programme partners are: Central Statistics Office, Dept. of Health, Fingal County Council, Derilinx and Ireland’s Data Cloud Cluster (IDCC).


  • Aishling Hyland – Digital Strategy Manager at Fingal County Council
    Aishling is responsible for the development and implementation of Fingal’s digital strategy, within her role she coordinates digital initiatives and activities to drive better quality services and address local authority challenges. Representing Fingal County Council, Aishling has been involved in the Hale and Hearty project focusing on the areas of persona identification, user needs and local authority datasets for publication.
  • Katharine Cooney – Data Analyst at Derilinx
    Katharine has a career of acting as a senior business and data analyst in a range of industries. Katharine is proficient across a range of commercial and open-source Business Intelligence tools including Power BI, Tableau and SAS. In the Hale & Hearty project Katharine has been heavily involved with the user scenarios and has worked on data assessment, preparation and classification and helping design the user interface and functions.
  • Mario Romera – Software developer at Derilinx
    Mario is a skilled back-end software developer. He is specialised in Python Development and Open Source Development in general. Mario is the lead developer of the Hale & Hearty project.


  • Date: Wednesday, January 19 2022
    Time: 13:00 UTC
  • Language: English
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  • Frequency: Every third Wednesday of the month at 13:00 UTC

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Meetings agenda

  1. Welcome and introductions – 5 min
  2. Presentation – 20 min
  3. Discussion / Q&A – 15 min
  4. Closing – 5 min

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