ODI Nodes create open data impact globally.
ODI Nodes contribute to the local, national and international development of open data. Operating at a city or regional level, they commit their local expertise and physical presence to:
- Develop and deliver training to build capabilities
- Connect people and businesses through membership and events
- Communicate stories and catalyse the adoption of standards, tools and processes
Nodes are organisations who wish to develop a sustainable business line that supports the business case for openness, and ensure open data is for everyone. To underpin our approach, be clear about how they operate, and protect the ODI’s reputation, each ODI Node adopts the ODI Charter. The charter is an open source codification of the principles and rules which the ODI uses to develop open data impact. ODI HQ (based in London) charges ODI Nodes to be part of the network and shares revenue on income generated.
Learning nodes provide workshops, events and training with ODI Registered Trainers.
Network nodes bring together communities. They host events, produce open data case studies and help promote understanding of open data in their regions around the world.
Currently we are only operating ODI Nodes at a city or regional level. We are continuing to explore the need for national nodes and, if required, these will be wholly owned subsidiaries of ODI HQ. Acting as independent NGOs, they will build national centres of excellence, working across public and private sectors, NGOs, educational institutions and other ODI Nodes within the country. We will provide updates as and when this position evolves.
All nodes are engaged in communicating open data stories, evidence, helping develop and deliver standards, processes and tools that are of use to the whole community. Nodes can be for-profit companies or not-for-profit organisations (such as universities).
On a case-by-case basis, and as agreed with ODI HQ, some nodes may collaborate on projects, research, or services that address a specific issue, if it is of use to the wider community. ODI Node host-businesses must develop custom projects directly, rather than under the ODI brand, if they do not serve the broader community.