BY EMMA CONNOLLY
A NEW website called the Cork Dashboard will help you find a parking space, plan your commute, report pothole, check social housing availability and monitor the quality of the air you’re breathing.
The site, corkdashboard.ie, supplies a range of information including real-time traffic, weather information and crime levels - all in one place and free of charge.
It draws information from a number of data providers including the local authorities, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the Central Statistics Office and a number of government departments.
The number of real-time, interactive maps and data-sets give users the ability to track changes in Cork as they happen.
The Cork Dashboard was created in partnership with Cork City and County Councils and Cork Smart Gateways, funded by Science Foundation Ireland and made at the Building City Dashboards Project based at the National Centre for Geocomputation at Maynooth University.
The goal of a city dashboard, according to principal investigator and Maynooth Prof Rob Kitchin, is to provide the public and policymakers with easy access to vital information about their city in order to empower more informed decision-making.
By providing visual representations for cost of living and economic performance, the Dashboard will also be a valuable tool both for companies who are considering investing in Cork and for advocacy groups like the IDA.
Over the next two years, the amount of data available on the Dashboard will be expanded to allow for even more monitoring services to include, for example, the ability to quickly assess areas for flood risk.