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The DetailData Portal is a publicly-accessible data catalogue for open data from a range of sectors in Northern Ireland. Users can access, view and download data from the datasets available on the Portal.

The Portal is dedicated to promoting access to public, private and voluntary and community sector data. We focus on the needs of the local voluntary and community sector, but this focus in no way limits the range of datasets that can be hosted. Through openness transparency is increased, social and economic value unleashed and civic participation and engagement unlocked.


Our timeline covers the data stories, work with partners, training and events that we've achieved to date. (Fullscreen)

Project Strands

The Portal forms one of four strands of the Detail Data project


Data catalogue providing access to datasets for Northern Ireland

We provide a central resource for hosting and accessing data

Voluntary and Community Sector Data

Public Data

Survey Data



Data-based storytelling and investigative journalism

We produce data stories focussing on the voluntary and community sector

Investigative Journalism

Freedom of Information

Public Accountability



A suite of training and development opportunities in data

We build the capacity of the voluntary and community sector to use data for innovative service solutions

Accredited Training

Open Data Champions

Advocacy and Campaigning

Service Planning


Open Data for Public Good

We will work with Stormont and Local Government to ensure that more public data is made open

Public Services




Project Partners

NICVA support and represent voluntary and community organisations across Northern Ireland. We offer a wide range of practical services, products and support to help our members do what they do best - find innovative solutions for social challenges. Staff at NICVA develop and manage the Portal and its datasets, and support the project through the co-ordination and provision of training, networking and policy as regards open data. is an investigative news and analysis website dedicated to in-depth reporting on issues of vital public interest. The Detail's core areas of investigation include health, education, politics, justice & crime, government accountability, and the legacy of conflict in Northern Ireland. Data journalists based at The Detail will produce 30 high-impact data stories as part of the project which will link in with this Portal.

The partnership project is kindly supported by the BIG Lottery Ideas Fund NI


The Detail Data Portal is built on DKAN, the Drupal-based version of CKAN, the world's leading open source, open data publishing platform. It provides a complete open source software solution for data publishers, and adheres to the API, data, and functionality standards of CKAN. The goal of the project is to combine the utility of CKAN with the ease of maintenance and extensibility of Drupal. Developers, see for code, documentation, and to contribute.