Datopolis: The open data board game

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Want to learn about how ecosystems are built around open data? Like board games? Come and join a datopolis session with the ODI team and see if you can save the city of Sheridan!

ODI People

Want to learn about how ecosystems are built around open data? Like board games? Come and join a datopolis session with the ODI team and see if you can save the city of Sheridan!

EXCITING NEWS: We’ve created a version of Datopolis that can be played online!

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 be 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 (hehe), 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.

Upcoming Datopolis sessions