Datopolis board game

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Datopolis is a board game about building things – services, websites, devices, apps, research – using closed and open data. It was designed and developed by Ellen Broad and Jeni Tennison at the Open Data Institute

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Datopolis is a board game about building things – services, websites, devices, apps, research – using closed and open data. It was designed and developed by Ellen Broad and Jeni Tennison at the Open Data Institute

It’s set in a town called Sheridan, which is gradually declining as shops close, teachers quit, hedgehogs go extinct and pollution rises. The tools players build contribute to making Sheridan a healthier, wealthier, happier place to live.

There’s a short version and a long version of Datopolis. The short version is useful for team workshops and away days – it can be played within 20 – 30 minutes, and gets people comfortable talking to each other and negotiating to build tools with data. The longer version is for people who like to play board games – it has added role cards, bad things happening in Sheridan and generally more complexity.

The graphic design is by Chris Wells from FolkLabs.

Use Datopolis to learn with the ODI

Want to learn more about data sharing through the fun game Datopolis? Need to find a new way to engage your team around data issues? Get in touch and we can lead you through a Datopolis board game session.