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Datopolis at the ODI Summit 2020

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Tue Nov 10, 2020 20:00
Online

Want to learn about how ecosystems are built around open data? Like board games? Come and join this fun session

Want to learn about how ecosystems are built around open data? Like board games? Come and join this beta testing session of our online version of datopolis and see if you can save the city of Sheridan

Why a board game?

Board games communicate complex ideas in simple ways. They’re tactile, social, offer fresh ways of communicating what can be fairly uninteresting themes and demonstrating real world concepts in interesting ways. Trading wheat and sheep anyone?

Open data can sometimes seem a little… exclusive. If you’re working with data, talking about data, or in an area where more open data could be useful, then it’s easier to grasp. If you’re interested in access to information, or transparency and accountability, then you might have come across open data. But if you’re not already ‘on board’ (get it?), you may need other ways to understand its role and impact. A board game is one way of capturing interest in open data, without people necessarily realising they’re absorbing knowledge about open data.

A board game is a fantastic novel way of talking about open data, and fits in with the ODI’s myriad approach to illustrating the benefits of open data (from Data as Culture to videos to white papers and world class research to open data training) and helps demonstrate how ecosystems grow around data.

How do you join in?

There are limited spaces available to people who can help us beta test the online board game. The game happen during one of the breaks at the ODI Summit 2020 – more details to follow.

If you don’t yet have tickets to the ODI Summit, you can get yours here

To express and interest in joining and to be notified when bookings open up, please complete the form below.