2017 was a year of transition for the ODI as we celebrated our fifth birthday and developed our plans for the next five years.
Two big programmes dominated our work. We continued working to get more people physically active by unlocking open data about 76,000 sport and fitness activities each month, through the OpenActive programme supported by Sport England. We also started a £6M three-year innovation programme funded by the UK government, creating practical guidance and tools to help businesses and government navigate our changing data landscape.
The recognition of data as a new form of infrastructure by the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission topped off a year where debates about the role of data in our societies and economies came to the fore. Our international work across transport, banking, agriculture and pharmaceuticals has highlighted the importance of our data infrastructure being as open as possible, while protecting privacy and security.
With the General Data Protection Regulation coming into force in May 2018, we expect to continue to focus on the opportunities it brings and provide tools like our Data Ethics Canvas to help organisations use data well and engage with people to build trust.
– Jeni Tennison, CEO