Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt speaking at the ODI Summit 2022.


The ODI was founded in 2012 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, placing us at the heart of the data economy. Our primary mission is to foster transparency, accountability, and innovation through data.

We are independent of government, non-partisan and non-profit, making us the trusted delivery partner for corporate, public, and civil society organisations. We are funded through our market-leading commercial activities, and grants from philanthropic and government bodies worldwide.

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Our work

We work to advance trust in data by providing training, consultancy services, tools and guides - all designed to enable organisations to become more confident and capable in their stewardship and use of data. For more than ten years, we have conducted world-class research with the guidance of our founders, building an extensive body of knowledge and expertise on which to build our professional practice.

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Five year strategy

The ODI is consciously evolving to meet the needs of an increasingly complex and data-enabled world. Our strategy outlines our plans for 2023-28.

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We recognise the tremendous value of data across the economy and society. Over more than a decade, we’ve worked with companies and governments worldwide to advance trust in data and deliver real impact across multiple industries and sectors.

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    Work with us

    The ODI welcomes and encourages job applications from a diverse range of backgrounds to promote an inclusive culture and a diverse working environment.

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    The ODI is a non-profit company limited by guarantee. We have institute status, meaning that we carry out research at the highest level supported by our respected academic founders, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt.

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    Key documents

    We publish our annual reports and financial statements to provide information to our stakeholders, promote transparency and accountability and track our progress.

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    Press and media

    We have a high-profile and influential team at the ODI. National and international media outlets regularly consult our staff for expert opinion on topics such as data ethics and privacy, climate change and the built environment.

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    The ODI brand book

    The ODI Brand Book helps us, and partners, communicate our brand effectively

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Our ODI membership community

Join us in shaping a data-enabled future where data fosters collaboration, empowers individuals, drives economic growth, and addresses societal challenges. Together, we can create a world where data truly works for everyone.

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