1. 5 Star Linked Data - The ERC application that I submitted recently leverages 5 Star Linked data in a big way for data sharing, so it is great to see that the Ireland's first 5 star datasets were released by OSI and the Dept of Public Expenditure and Reform. Now available on data.gov.ie. Linked open data will revolutionise how we share spatial data, linking data in a conceptual and semantic way online. I am really excited to see where this goes.
2. Minecraft - in a big plus for anyone involved in public engagement or demonstrating the many uses of maps and spatial data, large portions of Ireland have been taken from PRIME2 (OSi's spatial data storage model) and converted into Minecraft format. They have dublin city, killarney lakes, Limerick city and others.