Northern Ireland Assembly opens up its data

21 May 2012

The Northern Ireland Assembly is opening up its data, so app developers and those who specialise in web analytics can have access to the work of the assembly and its committees.

Via the project, the Northern Ireland Assembly’s data and information will be available through

People will be able to copy, publish and adapt the data from the site, as well as collating it with other statistics and information to create new products, such as web and mobile phone apps, according to William Hay MLA, the speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

“The possibilities that this project opens up are vast. It is now up to interested individuals and organisations, including lobby groups, journalists, campaign groups and data specialists to bring their ideas, creativity and skills to bear on what they create with the data and how they use and interpret it,” he said.

Apparently, the first phase of the open data service will include names of Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and their assembly roles.

People will also be able to access the questions tabled by members since 2007, along with their respective answers; as well as the names of departments, committees, political parties and all party groups.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic