What is open data?

Open data is data that is made available by organisations, businesses and individuals for anyone to access, use and share. Our Open Data FAQ has more information about open data.

What are the Open Data Institute’s aims?

The Open Data Institute will catalyse the evolution of an open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It will unlock supply, generate demand, create and disseminate knowledge to address local and global issues.

We will convene world-class experts to collaborate, incubate, nurture and mentor new ideas, and promote innovation. We will enable anyone to learn and engage with open data, and empower our teams to help others through professional coaching and mentoring.

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 $750,000 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 First Floor, St. James’ House, St. James’ Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3PR.

Further questions? Please email info@theodi.org.