EU Code Week – Coding in Galway’s Primary Schools

Last week was EU Code Week, where children were encouraged to take part in an Hour of Code. It’s part of an initiative to help build digital literacy in young people. Read more about the initiative in Galway2020’s introduction to the project.     The week ended with 74 primary schools taking part – meaning… | Read on »

A Tribal Vision – Galway’s Creative Culture

Back in June we had an idea to explore the people responsible for creating and working in Galway’s artistic and cultural communities. The result of that was A Tribal Vision. The site is a collaboration between myself, Jo Lavelle and Boyd Challenger. The idea was to publish one in-depth interview (Jo’s area of expertise) each week. We… | Read on » – exploring Galway with data visualisation

The official launch of happened in July. The dashboard, which I designed and developed, was part of an Economic Baseline Assessment project led by the Whitaker Institute, in collaboration with Galway City and Galway County Councils. The objective was to pull together open data that was available about Galway, and present it in a useful, interactive and user-friendly… | Read on »

Robertson Network Data Visualisations

The visualisations are based on a small dataset that shows the path of postal surveys among a network of people, connected to William Robertson (1721–1793). The data is the result of research by Dr. Ida Federica Pugliese, at the Moore Institute in NUI Galway. The objective was to create a set of visualisations suitable for… | Read on »

Nominated in the 2014 DH Awards – Best Data Visualisation

The “Exploring Dáil Transcript Visualisation” that I did late last year is nominated in this year’s Digital Humanities Awards. Awards are given based on a public vote, so if you have a few seconds to spare, it would be great if you could fill in the Voting Form – my project is the first option in the Data Visualisation… | Read on »

Displaying Likert rating data with D3.js

I was recently looking at approaches to handling the web-based visualisation of survey data that asked users to rate their answers on a 7-point scale. Using D3.js, and based on previous work by Asif Rahman visualising groups of journals, this is what I came up: The highlighted circles are the ones that have the most ratings for each question, with circle sizes being proportional to… | Read on »

Dáil Transcript Data Visualisation – Graphing Speakers & Named Entities

I recently published a visualisation of content from a selection of Dáil (Irish Parliament) transcripts – it is available at Data used for the project was published on GitHub by It covers transcripts between the 17th January, 2014 and the 17th July, 2014. Data is displayed as a graph, that shows what speakers talked about what people,  organisations, or locations… | Read on »

Laravel Static Page Generator

I wrote a small package for Laravel apps to generate static page versions of routes within the application. I’ve published it on Packagist, and it is also available through its GitHub repository. The idea behind the package was mainly for data-visualisation style applications where quite a bit of application code can be written in the app’s preparation, but only a small… | Read on »

Illustrating PhD research projects

As one part of the official opening of the new Hardiman Research Building at NUI Galway, there was a showcase of some of the 250 PhD research projects the building now houses. To give some sense of the breadth of the projects, and the diversity of the researchers working on them, I used the project titles along with the researcher… | Read on »