What is open data?

Open data is data that anyone can access, use and share. It’s as simple as that. Read our full, simple explanation here.

Who is the Open Data Institute and what is its purpose?

We train, nurture and collaborate with individuals around the world to promote innovation through open data. We do this through training, membership, networking events, incubating startups and more. Read more about us

How can I find and access open data?

We don’t actually host a list of data sets, but we do offer advice on where you can find them. Many public sector data sets can be found at data.gov.uk but many private sector organisations tend to publish data on their own websites.

OpenDataMonitor shows where open data is being published and how its developing across Europe.

I want to learn more about open data. How can I do this?

We run training and events to introduce you to open data and its possibilities - no matter your level of experience.

Where is the Open Data Institute located?

Our HQ address is 3rd Floor, 65 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4JE. Our nearest station is London Liverpool Street, but we’re also easy to access from Shoreditch High Street and Old Street.

Not all events are run at our HQ, so please look at your event confirmation to confirm the address.

I need a refund for my course or event place. Who should I contact?

If you require a refund, please contact [email protected] and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.

How can I find out about become an ODI Member?

All you need to know is on our membership pages. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to email our friendly membership team on [email protected].

When is the next ODI Summit?

Our last ODI Summit was on 4 November 2015, and was a huge success. Dates are not yet fixed for 2016, but join our mailing list and we’ll send you an alert when we have more details.

When are the next ODI Awards?

Dates are not yet fixed for the 2016 ODI Awards, but join our mailing list and we’ll send you an alert when we have more details.

When and where do lunchtime lectures take place?

We have Friday lunchtime lectures every week unless it’s a school holiday. All lunchtime lectures take place at our HQ on Clifton Street unless stated otherwise on Eventbrite.

How can I join your mailing list?

Sign up to our e-newsletter to receive news updates, blogs, events and more.

Can I visit your offices?

We love having visitors, but we can’t always guarantee that the relevant person will be around. If you’re planning a visit, please call or email us in advance.

A great way to view our offices is through our free Friday lunchtime lectures which take place at our HQ.

How is the Open Data Institute funded?

The ODI has secured £10 million over five years from the UK Government (via the UK innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board), and $2.6 million from Omidyar Network, and is working towards long-term sustainability through match funding and direct revenue.

Income may comprise, for example, corporate sponsorship, memberships, contributions in kind, research grants and other paid work.

The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy.

Is the Open Data Institute a public body?

The Open Data Institute is a private limited company established as a not-for-profit organisation, limited by guarantee, dedicated to promoting open data. It is not a public body and there are no Government representatives on the ODI board.

The government and public sector will be major beneficiaries of the work of the ODI and the public funding it has received will be vital to demonstrate, encourage, promote and develop the use of open data by the private sector.

How is the Open Data Institute governed?

The Open Data Institute operate with a main Board comprised of the President Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Chairman Professor Nigel Shadbolt, Chief Executive Officer Gavin Starks, and a number of Non-Executive Directors to oversee the Institute’s activities and strategy.

An Executive Team led by the Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the Institute’s day to day activities and reports to the main Board on a regular basis.

An Advisory Board formed from the ODI Partners and other stakeholders will offer advice and support to the main Board on a regular basis, allowing for ODI’s community to directly feed into and influence the direction of the Institute.

What is the Open Data Institute’s registered address?

We are a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company number 8030289 and we have our registered office at 3rd floor, 65 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4JE.

Further questions? Please email [email protected].