Charities invited to Open Charity Data Workshop #1, 24 November

Open Knowledge Ireland is inviting SORP compliant members of The Wheel  to participate in the 1st Open Charity Workshop on Monday 24, November 2014.

The idea behind this initiative to help the Irish charity sector to regain public trust. They aim to achieve this by providing the public with a possibility to see where the money goes. They also want to provide charities a possibility to show off stories about all the good things this money achieves.

Most large charities have an independently audited report on their website detailing activities for the year and financial statements. In most cases, the financial report is signed-off by the senior auditor in a high-profile accounting firm.

These are very credible and reassuring documents for any donor to read. The problem is that an individual would have to spend several hours reviewing separate charities’ annual reports before getting any sense of who they should be supporting.

Open Data can help make this easier for charities' donors.

When: November 24th, 2014, 14:00 - 17:00

Where: Guinness Enterprise Centre, Taylor's Lane, Dublin 8

Register: Information

What is open data?

“A piece of data or content is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and/or share-alike.” (more here)


One sunny day last July a group of volunteers came together to gather and create an open dataset for €640 million of 2012 charity data from 25 charities. We placed it in this visualization.(


  • Reassure existing charitable donors that their money is being well spent.
  • Convince people who have stopped donating after the recent scandals to start giving again.
  • A prototype of the tool which makes it easy for anyone to assess how charities use donations deployed.

Why you should go?

They want to collaborate with charities to create a tool, driven by already publicly available data, which will empower donors to get better insights into charities work. It's a strong transparency message to show that charities are coming together to display their financial data to the publicin useful in the 21st century machine-readable and non-proprietary formats.

  • You can add links to stories and video and photo content to your charities section of the dataset.
  • You will get a visualization for your own charity to display your data (like the above) on your website