International Open Data Conference 2016: what the ODI has in store

The Open Data Institute will be running diverse sessions, joining panels and reporting at the International Open Data Conference this week in Madrid

The International Open Data Conference is where the global open data community – from governments and researchers to NGOs and startups – comes together to debate and discuss the future of open data.

We’ll be leading diverse talks and sessions at this year's conference, focusing on strengthening data infrastructure and promoting open innovation. You can read about our sessions in more detail below.

Over the course of the conference, we’ll be reporting on sessions and sharing reflections on all things #IODC16 through blogs and tweets, so keep an eye on our @ODIHQ Twitter feed and join the conversation.

Are you coming to IODC?

Come to see us at our stand (booth 1) and we’ll tell you about our work. We’d love to talk about how me might collaborate. Whether you’re interested in becoming a member, receiving training, joining our global network or enabling your organisation to innovate better with data, our experts are here to help.

We’ll also be running a competition to win a free copy of Datopolis, our new open data board game.

ODI sessions

Wednesday, 5 October

Open Data Leaders' Summit – 9:30, Room F
This half-day pre-event to the International Open Data Conference will bring together leaders of government open data initiatives to learn from each other, and discuss strategies for achieving impact.

Examining open data as a source of competitive advantage for big businesses – 9:45, Hall B, Centro de convenciones Ifema Norte
Jamie Fawcett, ODI Researcher, will present his recent paper aimed at tackling the knowledge gap on how big businesses (with over 250 employees) engage with open data.

Researching the economics of data for government – 11.15, Hall B, Centro de convenciones Ifema Norte
Jeni Tennison, ODI CEO, and Peter Wells, ODI Associate, will share our research on the economics of data, debate how this can help governments make better choices when publishing data and talk about some of the gaps in open data research.

Thursday, 6 October

Open Data and Business – 11:00, Main assembly room
Richard Stirling, ODI International Director, will join business leaders to talk about the economic benefits of open data to the private sector, with a focus on our startup incubator programme.

Open Data and Performance – 12:45, Room F
Fiona Smith, ODI International Development Manager, will join a panel of open data experts from governments and businesses to talk about how we can build open performance into the fabric of government.

Open Data and Elections – 15:30, Room B
Anna Scott, ODI Editor, Liz Carolan, ODI Associate, and Fiona Smith, ODI International Development Manager, will present a new case study produced by the ODI in partnership with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems about Burkina Faso’s 2015 Open Elections project and lessons for how open data can be applied in future elections.

Friday, 7 October

Action Session (innovation) – 08:30, Room C
Richard Stirling, ODI International Director, will join a panel discussion on open innovation, moderated by Center for Open Data Enterprise president Joel Gurin.

Action Session: capacity building – 8:30, Room D
Fiona Smith, ODI International Development Manager, and Steffica Warwick, ODI Product Manager, will run a workshop focusing on how capacity building helps people to realise their development goals. The workshop will highlight challenges across different sectors, identify the skills needed to overcome them, and the mechanisms needed to grow those skills.

International Open Data Charter: Creating Open Data Packages to Move from Principle to Impact – 11:00, Room A
Fiona Smith, ODI International Development Manager, will join a panel of experts to discuss the International Open Data Charter and how progress can best be made in putting open data principles into practice for beneficial impacts.

Moving towards open data maturity: how can you sustain impact from open data portals? – 12:00, Room A
Amanda Smith, ODI Account Manager, and Tom Sasse, ODI Graduate Consultant, will share their perspectives along with a panel experienced in running, sustaining and creating impact with open data portals.

Open data leaders panel: updates on government programmes from around the world – 12:45, Room A
Anna Scott, ODI Editor, will chair a panel of open data leaders from around the world – all members of the Open Data Leaders Network – who will give updates on their programmes, discuss common challenges and share how best to engage user communities in their regions.

GODAN Action: capacity development for open data users in agriculture and nutrition security – 14:00, Room D
Fiona Smith, ODI International Development Manager, will join experts in open data and agriculture in discussing how best to enable those working to promote agriculture and food security to access and use relevant open data.

You can find the full agenda on the IODC website. We’re looking forward to seeing many of our global network there. If you would like to meet any of our team, tweet us at @ODIHQ.