PloneGov: Health Atlas Ireland wins the Irish Public Service Excellence Award 2008

Health Atlas Ireland is an open source application developed to bring health related datasets, statistical tools and GIS together in a web environment to add value to existing health data. The application is part of the PloneGov project, an international Plone based egovernment collaborative initiative.

The Irish Prime Minister, Mr. Bertie Ahern, hosted a reception in St. Patrick's Hall, Dublin Castle on Friday April 18, 2008 at which he handed over the "Prime Minister Public Service Excellence Awards" to each of the 20 successful projects selected from this year's process.

The 20 Award winning projects were selected from among the 183 projects put forward for inclusion in the Awards process. The Chair of the awards Selection Committee, Professor Mary Daly and her colleagues had a very difficult task in selecting the winners, given the quality and diversity of the applications received overall.

Health Atlas Ireland was selected among dozens projects for its innovation capacity and its technical perfection. It is an innovative project that greatly improves the quality and the efficiency of services delivered by health services. Health Atlas Ireland is easily transferable to similar foreign authorities and its potential for replication is enormous. This project open the way to international software collaboration. The development of such software sharing initiatives helps underpin the sustainability of public services and makes a real difference now and into the future.