Building open, trustworthy data ecosystems to solve common challenges

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This programme of work focuses on building open, trustworthy data ecosystems to advance broader social, environmental and economic goals such as those set out in the UN’s 2030 Development Agenda

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This programme of work focuses on building open, trustworthy data ecosystems to advance broader social, environmental and economic goals such as those set out in the UN’s 2030 Development Agenda. 

Making data ecosystems efficient where data flows appropriately between people, devices, organisations and even countries requires complex multi-stakeholder interactions. The ODI aims to map these ecosystems and bring these stakeholders together to solve societal and business challenges.

This programme aims to:

  • assess and map the status of data ecosystems related to challenges such as those outlined in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals,
  • research and communicate the value of data sharing to tackle social, environmental and economic goals to stimulate collaboration between data holders and users,
  • help organisations to effectively share and open data for ecosystem-level use in ways that promote trust and ethics, and
  • help organisations to take better decisions and develop more innovative solutions by integrating open and shared data from multiple sources.

This will result in:

  • data infrastructure that is as open as possible around common challenges, and
  • innovation mechanisms to stimulate the use of data for the creation of products and services.

How you can get involved

Access our research and provide input

Explore how data sharing in your field of work can create public good, or how improving access to a specific type of data can further the goals of the wider sector.

Access, provide input, and use our tools developed by the ODI to help illustrate data sharing opportunities in different sectors.

Explore how data sharing in their field of work can create public good, such as the report published with the Lloyd’s Register Foundation on how sharing engineering data can increase safety, or how improving access to a specific type of data can further the goals of the wider sector such as the report for the Data Communications Company about improving data access in the UK smart meter data ecosystem.

Access, provide input, and use our tools developed by the ODI to help illustrate data sharing opportunities in different sectors such as the data spectrum for energy.

Get help

Whether you hold relevant data or would like to access some data, or are just interested in improving data flows to solve challenges and make sure data is used for positive impact, this programme will offer opportunities to become part of joint efforts to make data ecosystems work better.