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 »

NUI Galway Citation Network – Data Visualisation

A work-in-progress interactive visualisation of a citation network (graph) of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies, and Business, Public Policy & Law. It shows co-authored publications listed by researchers across the Colleges’ various disciplines. This is a (very) rough first pass using data that displays over 5900 people, and the co-authorship connections… | Read on »

Data Visualisation: Primary Schools in Ireland

I’ve put an early version of some data visualisation work I’ve been playing with up at I’ve been interested in the types of open data that are available in Ireland, and because primary schools are something we’ve been looking at anyway, it seemed like a good place to start experimenting. I found data published by… | Read on »

Front-end development – Talk

As one of the workshops for this year’s competition, I gave a talk on front-end web development. It looks at some of current trends in front-end development, my workflow, and interesting front-end technologies (especially those of use to the students taking part in competition).

Bringing Bizcamp to Galway, Sept 2010

For the first time, Bizcamp is being run in Galway this September 11th. I’ve been to those run in Dublin and Limerick in the past, and they’ve been a worthwhile trip. It can be a great place to meet mix of like-minded people – from those who have been through the mill of setting up… | Read on »