Open Data Institute (ODI)

ODI Theorey of Change

Data is moving from scarce and difficult to abundant and easy

open data institute logoThe ODI was co-founded in 2012 by the inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Artificial Intelligence expert Sir Nigel Shadbolt.

Its role is to advocate for the innovative use of open data to affect positive change across the globe.

It is a UK-based not-for-profit with a mission to help people, organisation and communities use data to make better decisions, more quickly. The ODI believes:

‘….this will help our economies and societies to thrive. Using data can enable us to innovate, create more efficient and effective services and products, and fuel economic growth and productivity. In this future, people can trust organisations to manage data ethically and for the benefits to be distributed fairly. Services that use data meet the needs of individuals, communities and societies. To bring about this future, we must make data as open as possible while protecting people‚Äôs privacy, commercial confidentiality and national security. We need to find the right balance for all societies and economies to feel the positive impacts data can bring.’

UK leads in Open Data

According to research by, the UK is ranked as leading the world in its use of open data in 2016, the last year data is available.

The ODI 6-point Manifesto

  1. INFRASTRUCTURE: Sectors and societies must invest in and protect the data infrastructure they rely on. Open data is the foundation of this emerging vital infrastructure.
  2. CAPABILITY: Everyone must have the opportunity to understand how data can be and is being used. We need data literacy for all, data science skills, and experience using data to help solve problems.
  3. INNOVATION: Data must inspire and fuel innovation. It can enable businesses, startups, governments, individuals and communities to create products and services, fuelling economic growth and productivity.
  4. EQUITY: Everyone must benefit fairly from data. Access to data and information promotes fair competition and informed markets, and empowers people as consumers, creators and citizens.
  5. ETHICS: People and organisations must use data ethically. The choices made about what data is collected and how it is used should not be unjust, discriminatory or deceptive.
  6. ENGAGEMENT: Everyone must be able to take part in making data work for us all. Organisations and communities should collaborate on how data is used and accessed to help solve their problems.

You can find out more about the ODI’s Theory of Change on their site, including events, guides and reports for individuals and organisation wanting to use or create Open Data for research or commercial purposes.

C-BIA and the ODI

C-BIA Consulting endorses the ODI mission and has an individual membership. We may consider corporate membership soon.

Want to know more?

Do contact us (see below) if you want to know more about Open Data and the opportunities to exploit it in your organisation.

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