The ODI will be working with a consortium of UK water companies led by Northumbrian Water on a new project to transform customer services in the water sector by driving innovation through data sharing.
The Stream project will see the development of a new open data-sharing platform which will eventually facilitate data sharing between UK water companies, other utilities companies, and the wider public. It’s hoped that the platform will provide innovators within and beyond the sector with richer insights that will enable them to improve services and make better-informed decisions.
The ODI will primarily provide strategic oversight as a leading organisation in open data initiatives globally. We will also provide specific advice regarding developing user personas, designing technical architecture and mapping the wider water data ecosystem in the UK.
The funding for the Stream project has been awarded through the Water Breakthrough Challenge, an innovation competition ran by water regulator Ofwat and innovation foundation Nesta.
Other partners in the Stream project include: Anglian Water, Dwr Cymru, Scottish Water, SES Water, Severn Trent, Southern Water, South West Water, Thames Water, United Utilities, Yorkshire Water, Aiimi, Costain, and Sia Partners.
Louise Burke, Managing Director at the ODI, said:
“The Open Data Institute (ODI) is pleased to provide advice on the infrastructure, standards and capabilities required for the sharing of open data in this project, as well as being one of the bid partners for Stream. We know the importance of a clean and efficient water supply and strongly believe in encouraging innovation to both solve problems and improve services to the public.”
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