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The Open Data Institute is catalysing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental and social value.

ODI board

Gavin Starks, Martin Tisné (observer), Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Richard Marsh, Rob Bryan, Roger Hampson, Sir Tim Berners-Lee

ODI team and associates

Adrian Philpott, Alison Walters, Amanda Smith, Andrea Cox, Anna Scott, Anneza Pitsialis, Briony Phillips, Bryony Barrass, Carl Rodrigues, Carlina George, Clara Lewis, David Tarrant, Dawn Duhaney, Ellen Broad, Elpida Prasopoulou, Emma Thwaites, Emma Truswell, Fiona Smith, Gavin Starks, Georgia Phillips, Gianfranco Cecconi, Hannah Redler, Iraia Monteagudo, Jack Hardinges, Jade Croucher, James Smith, Jamie Fawcett, Jeni Tennison, Joe Packman, Julie Freeman, Kateryna Onyiliogwu, Kathryn Corrick, Keren Bowman, Leigh Dodds, Liz Carolan, Louise Burke, Mandy Costello, Michelle Prescott, Patrik Wagner, Phil Lang, Richard Stirling, Sam Pikesley, Samantha Haines, Simon Bullmore, Steffica Warwick, Stuart Harrison, Sumika Sakanishi, Tom Heath, Ulrich Atz and William Gerry

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View from the founders

By any measure the past year has been hugely successful for the Open Data Institute. When the ODI opened its doors, its mission was to use open data to foster new businesses, transform public services, enhance policy-making and drive creation of social, environmental and economic value.

This year’s report highlights how open data is leading to improved efficiency, better services and increased transparency, from retail to education to governance. Open data is creating new businesses, and better returns for companies of all sizes.

Open data offers an efficient, equitable and energising way of creating value. But it would be wrong to think that the job of the open data community is done.

There is nothing inevitable about the continued drive to publish more open data. There is nothing inevitable about a critical mass of businesses adopting open data, or of sufficient people trained in the skills needed to exploit the opportunities it unlocks. There is nothing inevitable about a sustainable, value-creating ecosystem emerging.

At the ODI, we must continue to catalyse more supply and demand, continue to train more people, continue to promote open data locally, nationally and internationally, continue to incubate and mentor more companies. We must continue to develop the right policies and continue to assemble the evidence and stories that make the case for open data.

We are passionate about open data and its transformative potential. We will continue to reach out to people and organisations so that they too reap the benefits of open data.

Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Sir Tim Berners-Lee


From left to right: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Amy Mather,

Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Gavin Starks


View from the CEO

We are in a privileged position for a two-year-old company: an exceptional team (from board to operations), £3.9m income for 2014 with £3.8m secured for 2015, and growing market demand for our core products of membership, training and services.

Over 100 ODI Members are engaged in demonstrating the value of open data to their business and their customers. Two ODI Startup cohorts now employ over 70 people and have generated over £4m income and new investment.

Over 20 ODI Nodes in our emerging franchise network operate across 15 countries, and have generated £0.5m in their first year. This year we trained over 700 people, including our first cohort of trainers, reached over 500,000 people and held over 80 events.

We have also crystallised our own positioning as an Institute:

our Global Network (members, trainers, nodes) are steering us to become their professional body. Our Innovation Unit delivers the services, evidence and R&D needed to create impact, develops policy and runs our startup programme.

These are underpinned by ODI Core operations, who direct our strategy and culture, have supported doubling the number in our team, and manage both our physical and our digital presence.

The ODI must be sustainable and deliver impact. Balancing our requirement for margin with the need to deliver our mission is critical. With the support of our team and community, I believe we have created a strong position.

I am delighted with both the progress of the business, its direction and outputs, and the role its teams are playing in the development of open data culture in the UK and worldwide.

Gavin Starks

25 years of the web: a timeline of technology,

Highlights of 2014

Promoting the value of open data across the world With the help of 22 ODI Nodes in 15 countries, we trained diverse communities to use open data for social, economic and environmental benefit.

Incubating and accelerating emerging talent 18 businesses that use or produce open data received ODI mentorship, technical help and office space as part of our startup programme. The first two cohorts have secured £4m in contracts and investments while in the programme.

Mapping open data in business We launched the UK’s most comprehensive, systematic assessment to date of how companies are creating value by using and publishing open data.

Celebrating open data champions and pioneers Our first ODI Awards celebrated inspiring innovators, experts and pioneers in open data publishing, usage and impact. Five awards shone a spotlight on excellence in business, innovation, social impact, publishing and on an individual champion.

Paving the way for policy change To coincide with the 2015 UK general election, our ‘Open data roadmap for the UK’ highlighted ways the government can harness the benefits of open data for improved policy-making.

Helping government procurement benefit from open data We advised governments and businesses how to use open data to spot trends in markets and evaluate future opportunities.

Spreading open data knowledge We held 43 free Friday lunchtime lectures at our HQ in London, with guest speakers talking on broad subjects, from how government data portals work, to turning footfall data into music.


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Even more highlights of 2014

Growing the open data ecosystem and our team We welcomed 58 new ODI Members, 7 Registered Trainers and 8 ODI Startups to our global network. Our ODI HQ team doubled.

Convening world-class experts and innovators Our 2014 summit drew 400 attendees in person (with 5,000 following online) to hear from, and discuss with, diverse speakers on the positive impacts they have unlocked using open data.

Certifying excellence in publishing and enabling discovery Over 10,000 datasets gained an Open Data Certificate, helping people to publish, discover, use and monitor quality open data.

Challenging people to solve social problems Prizes of up to £55,000 were awarded to teams with innovative and sustainable open data solutions for crime and justice, energy, housing and education. The Open Data Challenge Series is a collaboration between the ODI and UK innovation charity Nesta.

Celebrating 25 years of the World Wide Web We reflected with Sir Tim on how the web has evolved into the billions of linked documents it is today, and envisaged how billions of open datasets will be linked over the next 25 years.

Sharing open data with millions, far and wide Reaching up to 20 million listeners, ‘Click’ by BBC Worldwide broadcast our summit panel discussion on the impact and culture of web science, technology and open data coming together.

Exploring data as art and culture Artworks for our Data as Culture programme were featured at the V&A and Royal Festival Hall in London, at TEDGlobal in Rio, Brazil, and via ODI Nodes in Manchester and Brighton, UK.

Income split

Activity split


Research 28%Income split Activity split 450K Training 14% Projects 11% Network 47%

Training 14%Income split Activity split 450K Research 28% Projects 11% Network 47%

Projects 11%Income split Activity split 450K Research 28% Training 14% Network 47%

Network 47%Income split Activity split 450K Research 28% Training 14% Projects 11%

What is open data?

Open data is licensed by organisations, businesses and individuals for anyone to access, use and share for any purpose.

Around the world, people are realising the value of open data, publishing and using it to find innovative solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges.

Open data is helping governments to make public services more efficient, improve public trust and boost political engagement. From the UK to Burkina Faso, Estonia to Mexico, Japan to Australia, governments are introducing policies and platforms to open up more data for people to access and use.

Open data is driving innovation and growth by revealing opportunities for businesses big and small to build new services. Landmark reports highlighted that by stimulating innovation in finance, transport, healthcare, energy, education and beyond, open data could generate trillions for the global economy.

Open data is saving lives, with new open geographic data and aid statistics being used by humanitarian groups to deliver crucial supplies in disaster zones. Open mapping data was vital to disaster response in Haiti and the Philippines, and is helping to track the Ebola virus in Western Africa.

Open data is provocative, with art and culture programmes challenging the huge impact of data on society and all our lives.

The open data movement is growing. It is being applied to enhance the world we live in. We hope you are inspired by the stories herein and build on them to help solve problems, improve transparency and stimulate innovation.

Transforming global development

Around the world, community groups, NGOs, governments and individuals are using open data to challenge and improve upon traditional models of global development.

With access to data and technology, communities in developing countries are empowered to find their solutions to problems and hold their leaders to account. In turn, donor countries and charities can use data to make sure the aid and support they give is relevant and useful.

We joined forces with the World Bank and Open Knowledge to form the Partnership for Open Data. It creates and supports sustainable open data culture in developing countries with hands-on training, assistance and practical tools.

In Burkina Faso, ranked by the UN as the third-poorest country in the world, we helped government officials and members of the open data community to pull together educational data at regional levels. The programme, ‘Our Schools, Our Data,’ is designed to improve citizens’ access to information about schools. It also helps government to engage citizens and trains local communities in software for surveying and editing.

‘Data Squads’ in Mexico overcame technical, legal and political barriers to develop the country’s first national open data portal,, with our mentorship and technical guidance. With our training, the governments in Morocco and Kyrgyzstan are now exploring open data’s potential in detail.

You can watch a short video explaining the benefits of open data, with open data case studies from Mexico, Moldova and Macedonia, and research on how open data can support sustainable development, all at


Latifa Danfakha of ODI Paris supporting the Open Data Initiative,

Office of Company Records, Burkina Faso


Amplifying open data culture: ODI Nodes

Our node franchise brings people and organisations together to learn, collaborate and promote open data around the world.

ODI Queensland aims to transform the lives of Australians. We strive to facilitate a thriving open data community through which challenges are solved, lives are improved, efficiencies are gained, transparency is enhanced and citizens are

At ODI Seoul we’re focusing on communicating and collaborating with communities and developers to expand the open data society in Korea and create business

Creating the first rural county node is an exciting challenge for us at ODI Devon. There are huge opportunities to use open data to develop new projects and services around important rural issues like environmental

Being a node has helped ODI North Carolina train people in open data. We sent our team to ODI HQ for classes and now have our own ODI Registered Trainer and Friday lunchtime lecture series. In 2015 we are looking to build a sustainable business with income from membership and

There are now 22 ODI Nodes in 15 countries providing a blend of training and developing business networks in their regions. They also publish open data, collaborate with people in their communities and build the evidence for open data impact.

The power of networks: ODI Members

A growing network with over 100 businesses, startups and

universities has been creating impact as part of our membership community. As sponsors, partners and supporters, they all play

a critical role in exploring and unlocking the value of open data.

From reviewing open data policies to discussing ideas over drinks at events, our members work with each other and with us to close new business, to create new insights and to innovate.

With Thomson Reuters we created a paper promoting open data identifiers. With Swirrl we helped design DaPaaS, a new platform for publishing and hosting linked open data.

GeoLytix published location data openly for UK supermarkets – the first time it has been published in one place.

Swirrl built – a new open data portal for the UK Department of Communities and Local Government, hosting a wide range of datasets including those on local government finance and deprivation statistics.

Whythawk collaborated with stakeholders in Pakistan to develop an open data portal that tracks progress in national education, and trained people on data tools, licensing and management.

You deliver what you promise and then offer more. The people are great fun too.Volker Buscher, Director, Arup

The ODI is thought-provoking and challenges us to think differently about how we work with information.Keir Fawcus, Managing Director, Precise Media


ODI Connect, July 2014, London


Spreading data knowledge: ODI Learning

We offer some of the most comprehensive open data training in the world. We teach people to solve problems, test ideas and use tools to make open data fun, easy, interactive and rewarding.

Training trainers As our network of nodes expands, we are helping them provide open data knowledge that is relevant to their communities. Our Train the Trainer course produces ODI Registered Trainers equipped with the skills to teach open data in specific contexts.

Coaching governments, near and far We advised and trained people in over 25 countries this year on how to use and publish open data, including at the governments of Botswana, Burkina Faso, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Singapore and the UK.

Boosting skills, whatever your background People from all walks of life come on ODI courses to understand open data: from policy-makers to web developers, entrepreneurs to journalists. As trainers, we share our experience in applying open data across different sectors, from business and smart cities to journalism and law.

You don’t have to be a geek to learn about or use open data. Whether you love music, politics, art and culture or public service, you can use open data to innovate and unlock more potential value in whatever you are passionate about.Ibrahim Elbadawi, an ODI Registered Trainer at ODI Dubai

Our courses this year included:

Open Data in a Day | Finding Stories in Open Data | Open Data in Practice Open Data in Public Procurement | Open Data Technologies | Train the Trainer

People can make better decisions on how and when

What people said

Information can long sit in dusty drawers but it only gains value when opened up; turning data into jobs, dust into gold.Neelie Kroes, former European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda

At least five open data-driven firms that did not exist 10 years ago now have valuations of more than $1bn.Oleg Petrov, World Bank

Open data cuts across a number of this year’s G20 priorities and could achieve more than half of the G20’s 2% growth target.Martin Tisné, Omidyar (ODI investor)

We needed access to skills, a vision and a critical friend regarding the value of data, with specific knowledge of linked data and open innovation – the ODI are just that.Volker Buscher, Arup (ODI Partner)

Data generally, and open data in particular, is changing the world entirely. People may not realise it, but down in the plumbing of our modern world, it is data that drives everything.Blair Freebairn, Geolytix (ODI Supporter)

Attending the Open Data Summit was a truly insightful experience … The conference left me feeling very positive about open data and excited about the prospect of future problems being solved through its analysis and application.Emily Bateman, theblueballroom (ODI Supporter)

To be inspired by data is to be inspired by our world, as more

than ever we experience life through the mantle of data itself.

Julie Freeman, ODI Associate



Open data roadmap for the UK in 2015

Open data is a fundamental part of modern policy-making and the digital transformation of government. It enables more people to engage with the big challenges we face and help solve them.

We were founded in the UK, where the government has already benefited from open data with improved policy-making and social, environmental and economic gains.

With the 2015 UK general election on the horizon, our open data roadmap sets out steps the UK Government can take to continue to drive progress in open data:

1. Continue to build a coherent open data strategy

Invest in a data framework: embed open data within a wider data strategy, handling all aspects of data policy in one place. Give it oversight and political attention: appoint a Chief Data Officer to monitor and seek the publication of open data. Combine policy with delivery: support the Government Digital Service to develop a world-class data publishing platform for the public sector to use.

2. Open up more data

Open up: release more important datasets as open data. Think big: use the National Information Infrastructure as a framework to plan for the future. Set best-practice: mandate that government procurement contracts require the release of open data.

3. Support even more reuse of open data

Commit to data training for government, business and citizens. Consume open data, don’t just publish it. Connect research and development frameworks to open data.


Open data is key to the transformation of government and society

Innovation Unit: Evidence and solutions

Open data is not a niche activity.

By the end of this year we had seen many signs of mainstream adoption and impact. Our research programme highlights evidence of the impact of open data so that others can share the benefits.

Along with partners at universities, research institutes and small businesses, we have invested in ‘Open Data Monitor’ to develop a platform to harvest and analyse open data that is available across Europe and provide relevant insights to policy-makers, investors and entrepreneurs.

Covering diverse issues from crime to regeneration, we are investigating how social media and open data can support decisions impacting urban areas (project ‘UrbanData2Decide’).

With the help of 42 European partners, we are capturing best- practice across the open data community (project ‘Share-PSI 2.0’). With six partners, we are shaping open data publishing techniques (project ‘DaPaaS’).

To help everyone understand where, why and how businesses are using open data, we launched the first comprehensive research study looking at open data companies in the UK.

This has already revealed that hundreds of companies large and small, across the UK, are working with open data. They cover a diverse range of areas (from legal services to agriculture), proving that open data goes far beyond the technology sector.

In 2015 we will learn more about these companies and how open data brings value to their businesses.



Innovation Unit: Technology, tools and products

Although not quite yet sentient, ODI robots are becoming powerful and sophisticated. Our Research & Development programme will develop tools and services that make data easier to find, use and publish.

Solving the painful parts of publishing

Open Data Certificates have now been localised with country- specific questions and translations available for the USA, Mexico, Romania and the UK.

We launched, a validation tool for CSV files. It has already shown itself to be useful to those who use it, including the UK Local Government Association. We have also been leading the World Wide Web Consortium’s ‘CSV on the web’ working group, making CSV simpler for everyone to use.

ODI Labs produced a number of interesting prototypes that help clean, publish and find open data. These include a GitHub data publishing tool, more tools to show differences in CSV files and plugging dataset search into the search engine DuckDuckGo. In future, these experiments will lead to simple web-based tools that ease the data publishing process and make data that is released much easier to reuse.

We also launched the discovery phase of OpenAddresses, an open address database for the UK, free for anyone to use. 2015 will focus our technology strategy, with the formation of an explicit Research & Development programme within the ODI’s Innovation Unit. We will be pushing boundaries of open data technology and striving to live up to our vision for R&D:

Evolving the state of the art in open data by creating tools, standards and techniques for the benefit of everyone.



Levelling the energy market: Open Utility

Open Utility believes there is a better way to buy and sell energy. Our vision is a world powered by renewables.

We are creating a peer-to-peer energy marketplace in the UK. In the 6 months since we have been an ODI Startup we have built a service to help people who develop renewable energy projects get the best price for their exported power.

Talking to our customers, we’ve learned that people are looking for more control over their energy. If they are a generator, they want to be able to sell to more than the 31 licensed energy companies in the UK; they ask ‘Why can’t we sell it to the local school?’

We’ve built the technology to open up the data, giving energy users real choice and transparency in deciding where their electricity comes from. In parallel, we enable renewable generators to set their own prices and sell their electricity locally.

By using the data from smart meters, generators can sell directly to energy users, promoting renewable distribution and putting users in control of their bills.

With the ODI’s support we have secured £500k in grant funding from the The Department of Energy & Climate Change, Nominet Trust and Climate-KIC. This will help pilot our peer-to-peer energy marketplace in collaboration with a fully licensed energy company.

We want to give people all over the world access to a fair and transparent market to buy and sell energy.

Alice Tyler and the Open Utility team



Help 999: Pesky People

If you are deaf it takes 20 times longer (up to 20 minutes) for you to contact emergency services than it does for people with sound hearing. Texting takes too long when lives are at stake.

At Pesky People, we develop an app called ‘Help 999’ that could cut the length of time it takes to contact 999 to just 20 seconds, saving resources and lives.

It all started with the Crime and Justice challenge run by

the ODI and Nesta. Winning it opened the door for myself and my colleagues – a group of deaf people – to make our idea

a reality. The £5,000 we won gave us the means to develop

a prototype app. This inspired me to keep going and apply to the ODI Startup programme.

It has been life-changing. It has given us credibility. I’ve gained

skills and expertise to take our project forward. It has given us the opportunity to pitch our ideas to investors. We secured £10,000 in funding based on a 5-minute flash-talk I gave at the ODI Summit in November.

Building on the work we have done, we are now involved with

a government accreditation scheme that will transform our emergency services with social media communication.

The backing of the ODI has given me invaluable support and the determination to succeed.

Alison Smith and the Pesky People team

Toys for girls and boys: I Can Make

I Can Make is a new type of educational publisher.

Our aim is to encourage girls and boys of all backgrounds to become the next generation of engineers and inventors.

We do this by facilitating playful learning with 3D printing and physical computing. We provide resources for teachers and parents to explore with children how they work.

We were founded in January 2014 and have had a busy year developing a suite of products for school and home use, from files to 3D print to teaching plans.

The kits have helped children to understand more about how things are built. Our customers have told us that the kits bring structures to life for children, and inspire them to ask more questions about engineering.

With the help of the ODI, we have been focusing on one area:

the importance of gender neutrality in engineering toys and play. We believe the world needs more engineers and a greater gender balance in engineering.

It’s therefore important that toys are marketed to children equally. Girls should have just as much of an opportunity as boys to play with toys that will inspire them and help shape their futures.

We have been promoting this idea at exhibitions, conferences, the ODI Summit and more recently at a Friday lunchtime lecture at ODI HQ in London.

We hope through our work with the ODI to make gender neutrality in toys and play a reality.

Chris Thorpe and the I Can Make team



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Solving social challenges

We all play a part in shaping society; in how it adapts and regenerates. Populations fluctuate, technology progresses and opportunities grow. But with these shifts come challenges that impact on us and our environment.

We created the Open Data Challenge Series with Nesta to encourage, enable, incentivise and support individuals and teams to use open data for social good. The winners are creating real impact in solving the problems we face, and have each received up to £55,000 to develop their ideas.

Crime and Justice CheckThatBike is a search engine that uses open data and crowdsourcing to help cyclists avoid buying stolen bikes.

Energy and Environment Community Energy Manager helps communities broker energy efficiency improvements, for lower carbon emissions and bills.

Education SkillsRoute is a website that helps young people understand the options available after GCSEs and choices for their future career.

Housing MoveMaker is an app that allows social housing tenants to swipe through properties available to swap and connect them with home matches.

Upcoming challenges focus on food and heritage and culture:

How can we use open data to help people eat more healthily, eat more sustainably and/or have a more secure food chain?

How can we use open data to engage more people, and more diverse people, in UK heritage and culture?

Open data’s pioneers and unsung champions

The ground-breaking, innovative and courageous ways that open data is being used and published throughout the world are inspiring – whether by governments on the global stage, pioneering businesses, or committed individuals, they deserve to be acknowledged, encouraged and promoted.

We held our first ever ODI Awards with that goal in mind. Through a public call, we invited nominations for outstanding open data people, groups, governments and businesses.

We brought together judges from across the open data community to vote for the winners:

Irina Bolychevsky won the Open Data Individual Champion Award for her role in developing the open government data portal CKAN at the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Plantwise won the Open Data Social Impact Award for using open data to reduce crop losses and improve rural livelihoods.

GeoLytix won the Open Data Business Award for building innovative algorithms and tools to help retailers make better decisions about where to put their stores.

Shoothill won the Open Data Innovation Award for its ‘Gauge Map’, which provides real-time data on rivers and flooding across England and Wales.

WikiData won Open Data Publisher Award for its free, linked database with over 13 million data items that anyone can edit, and stores structured data for sister projects like Wikipedia.

ODI Summit

In November, 400 business leaders, innovators and open data experts gathered over two days at the BFI Southbank in London for the second annual ODI Summit. Between training sessions, flash-talks, panel discussions, keynote speeches and conversations over dinner, one central theme emerged.

The summit celebrated open innovation and its impacts across cultural, economic, environmental and social spheres.

The training discovery day, gave 70 people a whistle-stop tour of open data with interactive, hands-on and technical sessions on publishing, data-viz, licensing and business.

Reflecting on 25 years of the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee told us about what had inspired him to invent it: that we should all be able to link information together, whether private or public.

Amy Mather, 15-year-old European Digital Girl of the Year (Ada Awards, 2013), explained why it doesn’t matter who codes, as long as everyone has the opportunity, regardless of their age, sex or ethnicity.

Entrepreneur Hermann Hauser talked about innovation in business, how scientific ideas and breakthroughs make it from universities to companies and why “machine learning is going to be the most important thing since Turing’s enigma machine”.

People told us the most memorable parts of the summit were the conversations that happened as they moved through the day: over coffee, outside by the Thames, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of hundreds of people. These moments shape what open data means for us and how we use it to alter our environment, economy and society for the better.


Amy Mather, ODI Summit 2014


Data as Culture

Art is a vital part of our cultural landscape. It stimulates critical debate and encourages new perspectives on how open data is changing our world.

Our Data as Culture art programme explores the wider implications of the culture of open data, to challenge our understanding of what data is and its impact on our lives.

Data means different things to different people. To artists, it can be used as an art material, as something to play with, to shape, to manipulate, to respond to and transform.

We broadened our collaboration this year, bringing new data artworks to the London HQ office, FutureEverything festival in Manchester, and the Lighthouse digital culture gallery in Brighton. Works by Sam Meech, James Bridle, YoHa, James Brooks, thickear and Paolo Cirio were exhibited across the three sites.

New commissions included thickear’s performance work ‘Pink Sheet Method’, James Bridle’s database-driven commission ‘The Remembrancer’ was premiered at the V&A, and a new online work was developed by Paolo Cirio to explore personal browser data in ‘Your Fingerprints on the Artwork are the Artwork Itself’.

Our partnership with The Space (a BBC and Arts Council England initiative) enabled us to commission ‘We Need Us’, an online animation and soundscape influenced by live open data generated by users of citizen science site The work was previewed at the launch of The Space in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern, London, launched at TEDGlobal in Rio, Brazil, and projected onto the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Web We Want Festival.


Hack the Space, Tate Modern



As our core team grows, as members join, as nodes emerge and as startups move in and on: from summits to lectures, standups to meetups, the community is enriched by sharing ideas, knowledge and friendships.

Together, they also shape #LifeAtTheODI.

Our teams love to join training sessions or take their lunch into our weekly Friday lectures. At our daily 10am standup we hear from every team member about their objectives for the day (even at 50 people, this only takes 10-15 minutes). Every fortnight we hold a half-day whole-team session to drill into key areas, and every three months we take everyone offsite to reflect on what we have achieved, where we should be and how to get there. As a result we feel we have balanced mission vs margin, adapted to the market and built a great team environment.

Hello We welcomed Alison Walters, Amanda Smith, Anna Scott, Bryony Barrass, Carlina George, Clara Lewis, Dawn Duhaney, Ellen Broad, Elpida Prasopoulou, Emma Truswell, Fiona Smith, Hannah Redler, Iraia Monteagudo, Jack Hardinges, Jamie Fawcett, Joe Packman, Kateryna Onyiliogwu, Keren Bowman, Liz Carolan, Mandy Costello, Simon Bullmore, Steffica Warwick, Sumika Sakanishi and William Gerry to the team.

Au revoir Stuart Coleman, Commercial Director set off for new pastures. We wish him all the best.


ODI team strategy day, October 2014, Bristol


Looking ahead: the future is open

Data catalyses change, yet there is still confusion as to how to use it, and what openness means. We must increase outreach in both data literacy and demonstrate the impact of open data. We must support organisations in their journeys from closed to shared, and from shared to open.

Open data catalyses systems thinking. Companies are already approaching us to explore openness as a competitive advantage. Open governments, open cities and regions, open industries and open research are all in progress. Open collaboration and open markets are the only approaches that will scale.

As a society, we over-emphasise the infrastructure-led value in solutions: we are still looking for technology to save us, when open is a cultural trend, not just a technology. Data – and especially open data – will inform policy, manage your daily decisions, shape design and shape our built environment.

So if data is our raw material, what form does it take in the physical world: our architecture, our environment, in society?

As the web dematerialises countries and technology dematerialises into data shadows, how will “the crowd” focus and engage to solve local, national and global challenges? How will our smart cities, the internet of things and the web of data rebalance state, business, community and individual agency?

We have a generation growing up in a peer-to-peer open culture. How will Generation O transform our public, commercial and personal spaces? If collaboration is at its core, should we evolve from user-centric design to culture-centric design?

This is a shift of web-scale, a cultural artefact, a shift in our collective psychological awareness. We are all data now.

Partners Ove Arup & Partners Limited Telefonica Thomson Reuters Ltd


Ove Arup & Partners Limited


Thomson Reuters Ltd

University of Southampton


BPE Lawyers


Precise Media





AIDA Technology Ltd

Aimes Grid Services

Aistemos Ltd


Amey PLC

Aplana Software Inc.

Applied Works

Association of Convenience Stores

BaleFire Global LLC


BES, Manchester Business School


Blue Yonder

Bright Blue

Building Research Establishment



Citadel on the Move


Cogent Analytics

Companies House

CoreFiling Limited

Ctrl-Shift Ltd




Dialogue by Design

Digi2al Limited

Digital Integration Technology Limited (DigIn)



Epimorphics Ltd Esri eSynergySolutions cloud-and-big-data F.

Epimorphics Ltd




F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.

FlyingBinary Limited


Hartree Centre, STFC

Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, University of Nottingham




Informed Solutions


Kiln Enterprises Ltd

King’s College London


Land Registry


License Direct


Lockheed Martin


London Business School

Marklogic UK Ltd

Mastodon C

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Model Futures

Mydex Data Services Community Interest Company

National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network

Oasis Loss Modelling Framework


Onepoint IQ Limited

Ontotext AD


Optimity Matrix

Ordnance Survey

Queen Mary University of London



RM Education

Royal Statistical Society

SamKnows Limited



ScraperWiki Sibdocity Sirius Corporation Ltd Snips



Sirius Corporation Ltd


Software for Data Analysis



Systems in Context Ltd

Taipei Computer Association

The Audience Agency

The City of Edinburgh Council

The Market Research Society

The Open University


The Server Labs


Thwaites Communications


UK Green Building Council

University of Aberdeen

University of Cambridge

University of Oxford

White October





ODI Node directory

ODI Nodes contribute to the local, national and international development of open data. They develop and deliver training to build capabilities, connect people and businesses through membership and events and communicate stories and catalyse the adoption of standards, tools and processes.

ODI Amsterdam ODI Athens ODI Brighton ODI Buenos Aires ODI Chicago ODI Devon ODI Dubai ODI Gothenburg ODI Hawaii ODI Leeds ODI Manchester ODI Moscow ODI North Carolina ODI Osaka ODI Paris ODI Philadelphia ODI Queensland ODI Rio de Janeiro ODI Seoul ODI Sheffield ODI Toronto ODI Trento

1st cohort of ODI Registered Trainers

ODI Startup directory

The ODI Startup programme is open to any startup business that uses and/or produces open data.

Each year we welcome new applicants into the programme and support them in developing a sustainable business. We assess applications based on their ideas, team, market opportunity and timing, potential scale and how they address a triple bottom line:

creating positive social, environmental and economic impact.

2nd cohort

3D Repo Ltd

I Can Make



Open Utility

Pesky People


1st cohort


Demand Logic

Honest Buildings


Mastodon C

Open Bank Project


Placr / TransportAPI


Spend Network by Julie Freeman,

Illustrations by Deborah Allwright & Ian Dutnall P19. People can make better decisions on how

Illustrations by Deborah Allwright & Ian Dutnall

P19. People can make better decisions on how and when they travel using apps based on open data.

P37. Open data can help us plan for and address the effects that climate change is having on our environment.

P45. A smart city is an open city.

Illustrations by Ian Dutnall

P5. 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. Since its creation, web technology, services and web standards have helped build a world of knowledge for everyone.

P23. The ODI’s ‘Open data roadmap for the UK’ sets out steps the government should take to drive progress, including appointing a Chief Data Officer and using the National Information Infrastructure as a framework to plan for the future.

P35. MoveMaker helps social housing customers swap rented property or find suitable accommodation in their communities.

P57. Starting to think about, publish and work with open data is easy. This checklist will point you in the right direction.

Illustrations copyright © 2015 Open Data Institute

P58-59. ODI Data as Culture artworks Clockwise from top left: Invisible Airs (2011) by Yoha Watching the Watchers (2013) by James Bridle We Need Us (2014) by Julie Freeman 8 Hours Labour (2013) by Sam Meech
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