The Irish General Election 2016 has generated a huge amount of data both via the media and through social media platforms such as Twitter. The Insight Centre for Data Analytics has created the Insight4Elections website which uses data collected from Twitter, news outlets and other open web sources such as political manifestos, Dáil speeches and so-on, to generate new insights into #GE16. You can explore attitudes to political parties, individual candidates and election issues on the site. Insight4Elections has received wide press coverage by the Irish Times, RTE, Silicon Republic, Broadsheet.ie and thejournal.ie. The Insight4Elections tools were built by researchers at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics lead by Dr. Georgiana Ifrim, Dr. Derek Greene (Machine Learning & Statistics Group), and Dr. Neil Hurley (Recommender Systems Group), in collaboration with Dr. Jane Suiter, the centre for Future Media and Journalism.

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics is an SFI funded data science research centre. With over 350 researchers it's one of the largest research centres of its kind in Europe conducting research that aims to use data to enable better decision making across society. The centre has sites in DCU, NUI Galway, UCC and UCD.

*Note for the media: If you are using information taken from Insight4Elections, please credit researchers from the Insight Centre for Data Analytics.

Team

  • Bichen Shi, Technical Lead, Ph.D. Student, Insight Centre for Data Analytics
  • Gevorg Poghosyan, Ph.D. Student, Insight Centre for Data Analytics
  • Atif Qureshi, Postdoc Researcher, Insight Centre for Data Analytics
  • Severin Gsponer, Ph.D. Student, Insight Centre for Data Analyticsn
  • Mark Belford, Ph.D. Student, Insight Centre for Data Analytics
  • Thach Le Nguyen, Ph.D. Student, Insight Centre for Data Analytics

Resources by Insight Centre for Data Analytics

The Insight GE16 Twitter Counter keeping track of Twitter activity per candidate and party.

The Irish Parties GE16 Manifestos analysis and visualisation.

The Dáil Éireann Ngram Viewer, a high level visualisation of the past 10 years of activity in the Irish parliament.


Funding

This work is supported by Science Foundation Ireland under grant 07/CE/I1147 (Insight Centre for Data Analytics, University College Dublin).