The ODI calls for a global discussion on our data infrastructure

Today, we are calling for a new global conversation about our data infrastructure, and who should own it.

With a new paper, Who owns our data infrastructure?, we are exploring what data ownership looks like and what we can expect from those who manage data fundamental to our societies functioning well.

Just like our food, transport, energy and health infrastructures keep us fed, connected, warm and well, data keeps us informed: helping to create new discoveries or insights, better services or simply greater transparency.

A central aim of a data infrastructure is to make important data as accessible and widely used as possible, so its impacts can benefit everyone.

Much of this can be achieved by making more important data available as open data. Not all data will be open data, but at the Open Data Institute we believe that we need an open debate about its management and use. The ODI is starting the debate by asking: “who should own data infrastructure, globally, nationally and locally?”

Our co-founder, Sir Nigel Shadbolt will also kick off the discussion during his keynote speech today at the International Open Data Conference in Ottawa.

What do you think? You can share your thoughts by writing a blog (just ask if you’d like us to host it), contacting your local ODI Node, organising a discussion with your local data community or simply sending your thoughts to policy@theodi.org or @ODIHQ.