About the ODI

The Open Data Institute (ODI) is catalysing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It helps unlock supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates knowledge to address local and global issues.

We convene world-class experts to collaborate, incubate, nurture and mentor new ideas, and promote innovation. We enable anyone to learn and engage with open data, and empower our teams to help others through professional coaching and mentoring.

Founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt in 2012, the ODI is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, limited by guarantee company.

About ODI Nodes

ODI Nodes create open data impact globally. They contribute to the local, national and international development of open data. Operating at a city or regional level, they commit their local expertise and physical presence to:

  • Develop and deliver training to build capabilities
  • Connect people and businesses through membership and events
  • Communicate stories and catalyse the adoption of standards, tools and processes

Nodes are organisations who wish to develop a sustainable business line that supports the business case for openness, and ensure open data is for everyone. To underpin our approach, be clear about how they operate, and protect the ODI’s reputation, each ODI Node adopts the ODI Charter. The charter is an open source codification of the principles and rules which the ODI uses to develop open data impact. ODI HQ (based in London) charges ODI Nodes to be part of the network and shares revenue on income generated.

Learning nodes
Learning nodes provide workshops, events and training with ODI Registered Trainers.

Network nodes
Network nodes bring together communities. They host events, produce open data case studies and help promote understanding of open data in their regions around the world.