Data Quality

Screenshot via @darraghdoyle

It has been some time since I’ve written here about Jobbridge, and my Freedom of Information request for a datadump of the database of Jobbridge companies and vacancies held by the department of social protection.

In brief, the department released to me a broken database, because one item in the database, COMPANY_ID, a reference number which links employers to the vacancies they offered, was withheld.

The department argued that as the ID number was used as part of the login process by companies, releasing it could lead to people impersonating companies, posting specious Jobbridge requests, that sort of thing.

So today, this appeared on the Jobbridge website.

Screenshot via @darraghdoyle
Screenshot via @darraghdoyle


I appealed the FOI refusal. I’m still awaiting a decision.

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.