The Open Data Institute (ODI) works with companies and governments to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem, where people can make better decisions using data and manage any harmful impacts.

ODI works with companies and governments to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem through three key activities:

  • Sector programs – coordinating organizations to tackle a social or economic problem with data and an open approach.
  • Practical advocacy – working as a critical friend with businesses and government, and creating products they can use to support change.
  • Peer networks – bringing together peers in similar situations to learn together.

The ODI was co-founded in 2012 by the inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee and AI expert Sir Nigel Shadbolt to address today’s global challenges using the web of data.

The ODI is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan company headquartered in London, with an international reach, hundreds of members, thousands of people trained, dozens of startups incubated, and a convening space based in the heart of London’s thriving Shoreditch area. The ODI invites everyone interested in developing with data – whether on an individual, organizational or global level – to get in touch.

Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

The ODI commits to bringing open data’s benefits to specific areas of society and industry. We are currently focusing our attention on six main sector themes: agriculture and nutrition, finance, global development, open cities (or smart cities), Data as Culture, and data infrastructure.


Resources contributed by Open Data Institute

Data Ethics Canvas Cover Page
Research, Methods and Good Practices

Data Ethics Canvas

This Partner Works to Achieve These SDGs