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Taking Open Data to the Next Level

2260844587_70aef23924Phil Richards of Research Information recently wrote, “The academic researcher tends to be a competitive animal who perhaps operates most naturally at this more individualistic scale. But scientists are a pragmatic bunch – and so, where needs must, larger groups of researchers set personalities and personal differences aside to tackle ‘big science’ problems such as genomics or the discovery of the Higgs boson… But now, digital technology is opening up new possibilities for research. A researcher can test a new hypothesis relatively quickly against a sizeable pre-existing set of open digital research data, originating from a whole range of different past experiments in which he or she had no direct involvement, but which can be repurposed at large scale. Could that herald a step-change in the rate of scientific discovery, and associated creation of new knowledge and economic value?” Read more

‘Heritage and Culture Open Data Challenge’ Launches

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CHALLENGE ASKS: “How can we use open data to engage more people, and more diverse people, in UK heritage and culture?”

With support from the British Museum, Nesta and the Open Data Institute(ODI) have today launched the ‘Heritage & Culture Open Data Challenge’.

As part of the Heritage & Culture Open Data Challenge, competing teams are tasked with developing products and services, which answer the question ”How can we use open data to engage more people, and more diverse people, in UK heritage and culture”. Read more

First ODI Open Data Awards given to Wikidata, Others

Wikidata representatives, Lydia Pintscher and Magnus Manske  receiving award from Nigel Shadboldt and Tim Berners-Lee.19:30 GMT Tuesday 4th November 2014 –Four organisations and one individual have been acknowledged for their contribution to the worldwide open data movement in the very first Open Data Awards, held at the Open Data Institute’s Annual Summit and Gala Dinner.

The awards were presented by the ODI’s founders, Sir Tim Berners Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt in a ceremony attended by leaders from the business, data and technology worlds. Nominations for the awards were open to everyone and judged by a team of six including panelists from the USA and Pakistan. Read more

EU Gets Behind Open Data with €14.4M for New Startups, Research & Training

ODINovember 4, 2014 — Building on the success of the Open Data Institute (“ODI”) startup programme, training business and research functions, and combining the skills of world-class partners, the EU has committed €14.4m (£11m) to three initiatives to catalyse open data innovation across the region. The funding is being announced today (4th November) at the ODI Summit in London.

1.    €7.8m Europe-wide incubator programme based on the ODI’s startup programme

2.     €3.7m Europe-wide web data research network

3.    €2.9m new academy to train the next generation of data scientists

This is the largest direct investment in open data startups in the world, to date. Read more

The Open Data Institute Gains Five More Partners

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Max Smolaks of Tech Week Europe reports, “The Open Data Institute (ODI), the UK non-profit organisation co-founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt to make better use of the huge amounts of information collected by the public sector, has signed up another five organisations to serve as its international ‘Nodes’. The Tech City-based ODI was established in December 2012 as the culmination of plans to transform access to government data and has since expanded to a number of different countries. The new nodes are located in Osaka, Seoul, Sheffield, Philadelphia and Hawaii, marking the first time the ODI has expanded to Asia.” Read more

ODI celebrates New Year OBE for Technical Director, Jeni Tennison

Photo of Jeni TennisonThe Open Data Institute has announced that Jeni Tennison has been awarded an OBE in the “Queen’s New Year Honours.”

For those not familiar, King George V created these honors on 4 June 1917, during World War I. The honor was intended to reward services to the war effort by civilians at home in the UK and servicemen in support positions. Today, they are awarded for prominent national or regional roles and to those making distinguished or notable contributions in their own specific areas of activity. There are three ranks to the honors: Commander (CBE), Officer (OBE) and Member (MBE). Tennison is being given the OBE.

The official release reads:

Open Data Institute (ODI) founders, Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Sir Tim Berners-Lee have warmly welcomed news that the organisation’s Technical Director, Jeni Tennison has received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

Tennison, who grew up in Cambridge, first trained as a psychologist before gaining a PhD in collaborative ontology development from the University of Nottingham.

Before joining the ODI, she was the technical architect and lead developer for legislation.gov.uk, which pioneered the use of open data APIs within the public sector, set a new standard in the publication of legislation on the web, and formed the basis of The National Archives’ strategy for bringing the UK’s legislation up to date as open, public data.

Speaking about today’s Honour, ODI Chairman, Sir Nigel Shadbolt said: “Jeni inspires affection, loyalty and admiration in all who know her. She has a special blend of deep technical know how and an intuitive sense of what works in the world of the Web. In Jeni the ODI has a fantastic CTO and the open data community a great role model. It has been a privilege to work with her for over two decades and it is wonderful to see her recognised in this way.”

Before taking up her post at the ODI, Tennison worked with Shadbolt on the early linked data work on data.gov.uk, helping to engineer new standards for the publication of statistics as linked data; building APIs for geographic, transport and education data; and supporting the publication of public sector organograms as open data.

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ODI’s Sir Nigel Shadolt Signs Letter of Intent During Taiwan Visit

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According to a new article on Gov.uk, “The UK’s Open Data Institute (ODI) and Taiwan’s Open Data Alliance (ODA) have signed a Letter of Intent today, which will see the two organisations promote and explore the potential open data holds for the public, private and academic sectors in both countries. The Letter was signed by ODI Chairman and Co-Founder Sir Nigel Shadbolt during a visit to Taipei, and Chairman Peng Chi-Ming, from Taiwan’s Open Data Alliance at a high level open data forum which involved Taiwan’s ICT Minister Chang San-Cheng and Chris Wood, Director of the British Trade & Cultural Office in Taiwan.” Read more

Jeni Tennison on the 5 Stages of Data Grief

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Jeni Tennison recently wrote a clever article for the Open Data Institute on the five stages of data grief. She writes, “As organisations come to recognise how important and useful data could be, they start to think about using the data that they have been collecting in new ways. Often data has been collected over many years as a matter of routine, to drive specific processes or sometimes just for the sake of it. Suddenly that data is repurposed. It is probed, analysed and visualised in ways that haven’t been tried before. Data analysts have a maxim: ‘If you don’t think you have a quality problem with your data, you haven’t looked at it yet.’ …In our last ODI Board meeting, Sir Tim Berners-Lee suggested that the data curators need to go through something like the five stages of grief described by the Kübler-Ross model. So here is an outline of what that looks like.” Read more

UK’s Only Copy of the SKOR Codex Presented to ODI President, Sir Tim Berners-Lee

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Tuesday 29th October 2013 — The SKOR Codex, an artwork designed as a lasting symbol of the preservation of cultural data in a non-digital format was presented to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, President and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute (ODI) at the ODI Summit in London today by Dutch artists, La Société Anonyme.

The SKOR Codex is one of only eight books in existence designed to last 1000 years. They have been created by La Société Anonyme to help inform future generations about the diversity of European cultural life in years to come, when today’s computer systems are beyond recognition. Read more

ODI Celebrates Double First – Announces University of Southampton as Honorary Partner on One-Year Anniversary

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Tuesday 1st October 2013 — The Open Data Institute (ODI) has awarded Honorary Founding Partner status to the University of Southampton in recognition of its exceptional contribution to the setup and development of the organisation. It comes exactly 12 months after its unofficial opening and move to its London HQ.

Since the ODI’s inception, the University has provided expertise, practical advice and in the very early stages, seed funding. On an ongoing basis, Southampton remains a key partner: the ODI’s Chairman and co-founder, Sir Nigel Shadbolt is also Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University; and it provides academic guidance and hands-on support in the delivery of the ODI’s training programme. Read more

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