Open Data and Re-use of Public Sector Information

View of the Merrion Square entrance to the National Gallery of Ireland
Jack Caffrey, The Pimlico Project, 2017. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland. Credit

What is Open Data?

Open data is data that anyone can access, use and share. Open data becomes usable when made available in a common, machine-readable format. Open data must be licensed. Its licence must permit people to use the data in any way they want, including transforming, combining and sharing it with others.

The European Union (Open Data and Re-use of Public Sector Information) Regulations 2021 came into force on 22 July 2021. The Regulations do not affect existing regimes in respect of copyright, intellectual property, protection of personal data or Freedom of Information, and do not permit the release of information in a manner that is otherwise prohibited by law. 

Open Data available for re-use:

In line with the Regulations and in support of Government's Open Data Strategy, the Gallery is committed to releasing data for the public to use where possible and have already made many datasets openly available. 

To date, the Gallery has made over a 1000 high-resolution images of artworks from our collection available to download under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. 

You can also find this data on the National Open Data Portal.  

Over time, more and more data will be released from the Gallery and uploaded to the portal. 


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