Category Archives: media coverage

Culture File’s Slow Computing Week

Culture File on Ireland’s Lyric FM, hosted by Luke Clancy, have dedicated this week to Slow Computing based on our workshop held late last year. Every evening, Monday 15th to Friday 19th January, 2018, at 6.05pm GMT, plus a special edition of Culture File on Friday 19th at 7pm, they’ll be a discussion on various aspects of computing and its effects on everyday life and how people can take back control and practice slow computing.  All of the segments will be available on Soundcloud after broadcast. The programs will feature interviews with Aphra Kerr, Rob Kitchin, Alistair Fraser, Stephanie Milan, Adi Kuntsman, Esperanza Miyake, and Lindsay Ems.

Rob Kitchin

Dublin Dashboard media coverage

As noted on the blog, the Dublin Dashboard was launched last Friday (19th Sept) in Wood Quay in Dublin.  There was a full house at the launch and it was also covered in the media, including the RTE 1 TV news, radio coverage on RTE 1 Drivetime, FM104, and KFM, and newspaper reports in the Irish Times, Irish Independent, and The Irish Sun.  The Irish Times website also included a short video.

RTE dashboard

RIA Gold Medal event video

ERC Advanced Investigator on the Programmable City project, Professor Rob Kitchin, was awarded the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal last month, and now we have video footage of the event from the Royal Irish Academy in which the contributions of the gold medalists to not only research communities but also Irish society were highlighted.

For the full video, please visit

Programmable City project launched

Yesterday the Programmable City project was officially launched by the Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock, TD.  The event was a great success, with some very interesting papers from our guest speakers, Siobhan Clarke, Martin Dodge, Adam Greenfield, Peter Finnegan, Tim Reardon, and Matt Wilson (program here).  We hope to put up videos of the talks shortly, along with slides. We were very fortunate to have an engaged audience, who asked some interesting questions and thanks to everyone that attended.  The event received some media attention.

RTE News site, including Morning Ireland radio clip

Morning Edition (TV clip – 31.08 minutes in)

Irish Times article (clipping below).
IT launch

Putting public data to work and putting the I back in IT

The Silicon Republic is “Ireland’s No 1 resource for technology news”.  Along with delivering the news about technology innovation in Ireland they orchestrate fantastic industry events to amplify emerging discussions of importance with the irish indigenous and foreign technology sectors.  Tracey P. Lauriault has attended three of their events to date, and participated in their latest, the Irish Data Forum.  Their events feature a cross section of industry, academic and public sector experts to discuss trends, issues and innovations. The discussions are frank and audience participation is skillfully moderated by Ann O’Dea CEO, Editor-at-large of the paper.

The Irish Data Forum Putting “I” back in “IT” discussed cloud, big data, data analytics, open data, data science and public data.  It also examined the data revolution and how Ireland can be at its heart.

Below is a selection of media from the event.

Panel 2 Part 1 Video

Panel 2 Part 2 Video

Some media coverage of AIRO-based work

A sister project of The Programmable City is the All-Island Research Observatory, also hosted in NIRSA at NUI Maynooth, and for which Rob Kitchin is also PI.  Over the past few years AIRO has been providing open data services and tools and fostering evidence informed analysis and policy making.  Through the blog IrelandAfterNAMA it has also sought to provide an analysis of what the data reveals.  In particular, AIRO and NIRSA have been key players in opening up data related to housing and planning and analysing how these are unfolding in the context of Ireland post-Celtic Tiger. Such data forms an important input into the notion of a programmable city by making the city knowable in specific ways and opening it up to modelling, prediction and simulation.  This week was a busy one on the media front with respect to AIRO-based analysis being sought by the media.  Here’s some links.

Semi-Detached, Prime-Time, RTE 1, 21 November.

Last Word, Today FM, 18 November 2013
Morning show, Newstalk, 18 November 2013
Morning Ireland, RTE1, 18 November 2013
Clare FM, 19 November 2013
Highland Radio, 19 November 2013

All-island interactive census map shows north,south differences, Irish Times, 20 November,
Irish ghost estates face demolition on safety grounds, Scotsman, November 19,
Demolition will not cost big money.  Irish Times, November 19,
Ireland Plans to Demolish Some of its ‘Ghost’ Housing Estates, Wall Street Journal, November 18th,
Minister will allocate money for demolition of ghost estates, Newstalk, 18 November
State set to pay for demolition of 40 ghost estates. Irish Examiner, 18 November
Ghost estate ‘monuments to skeleton of Celtic Tiger’ to be bulldozed,, 18 November