The Open Data Leaders Network brings together leaders of government open data initiatives around the world.

These open data leaders:

  • work within government on implementing open data initiatives
  • have innovative ideas about the future of open data and government
  • would benefit from being connected with peers from around the world, and make positive and supportive contributions to the community

Hear first-hand from our participants what it takes to be an open data leader in our 3-minute video:

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Listen to our podcast with participants of the African Open Data Leaders Network, a regional variation of the programme that took place this year in Accra, Ghana, on Soundcloud.


The network offers a space for sharing knowledge and ideas, discussing common challenges, best practices and learning from peers. It is supported by the International Development Research Centre as part of the OD4D network and the European Commission.

Our first cohort launched in February 2015 with participants from countries including the UK, Chile, Morocco, and Macedonia – each responsible for the implementation of their government’s open data initiatives.

The week-long ODLN programme brings participants to the ODI’s London offices to engage with our world-class trainers and resources. While here, leaders also encounter other members of the global open data community including the Centre for Public Impact at the Boston Consulting Group, UK Transparency Board member Andrew Stott, and entrepreneurs in the ODI’s own Startup programme.

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