Building healthy open data ecosystems [ODI Learning Month 2021]

Building healthy open data ecosystems [ODI Learning Month 2021]

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As part of ODI Learning Month 2021 and the Building healthy open data ecosystems series, join us for a new four-part series of 2.5 hour practical training sessions with our experts to help you get the most from open data ecosystems.

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In this four-part interactive and practical course, we’ll be looking at open data ecosystems, and helping you overcome challenges to unlock value from data.

Unlocking value from open data can be tricky. The data that businesses and organisations work with is part of a complex ecosystem – one consisting of data infrastructure and the people, businesses, and communities that benefit from it. It can also be limited by licences and data sharing agreements, worries about working with personal data, and data that isn’t even usable yet.

Our experts will help you address the common fears and misconceptions that can stop data getting to those who need it. 

At the end of each 2.5 hour session, you’ll have the tools, skills, guides and additional learning materials to apply your new knowledge in a real environment.

Sessions included on the course:

This course has four sessions over four weeks. Click on each section to learn more about them individually:

Date: October 5th 2021

Time: 13:30 (BST)

Length: 2.5 hours

The aim of this session is to help you confidently work within your own ecosystems, and begin to apply mapping and theories of change, to help leaders create strategies for building healthy data ecosystems.

By the end of this session you’ll have:

  • Identified the fears and barriers that prevent data being shared openly.
  • Devised potential activities that help overcome common fears and barriers and form them into a theory of change.
  • Created a simple open data ecosystem map to prioritise those who want to be involved.

Date: October 12th 2021

Time: 13:30 (BST)

Length: 2.5 hours

In this session we’ll teach you how to classify data as open, shared, and closed. Focusing on the legal aspects of accessing and providing access to data, and how proper licenses can protect and benefit everyone.

By the end of this session you’ll be able to:

  • List the factors that determine if data should be open, shared or closed.
  • Apply these factors to construct a data spectrum.
  • List the core parts of an open, shared, and closed license for data.
  • Describe a number of existing licenses that support wider data sharing.

Date: October 19th 2021

Time: 09:30 (BST)

Length: 2.5 hours

How can organisations minimise risk, and maximise opportunities with personal data? We’ll be looking at the misconceptions around what personal data is and isn’t, data protection regulations, and give you some practical steps to share with your team.

By the end of this session you’ll be able to:

  • Identify different types of personal data.
  • Describe the role of data protection regulations.
  • Explain the rights of data owners, organisations, and individuals in personal data.
  • Apply a number of techniques to minimise risk and maximise opportunities when working with personal data.

Date: October 26th 2021

Time: 13:30 (BST)

Length: 2.5 hours

We’ll help you work with organisations to overcome fears about data quality and apply tools and techniques to improve the quality and interoperability of data.

By the end of this session you’ll be able to:

  • Identify common quality issues in data.
  • Describe the role of standards in open data.
  • Apply techniques to improve the quality and interoperability of data.

More about the course

Click on each section to learn more about the course costs, time commitments, prerequisites and FAQs:

This course is perfect for those working with data: managers, policy-makers, technologists, directors, and those working in knowledge and transparency. This intensive, practical course has been carefully designed so you can apply your learnings to your work or project, problem solve, or create new opportunities.

Course cost:

Attendance to all four sessions: £209 + VAT for Members or £299 + VAT for General Admission.

Get 30% off by becoming an ODI Member:

You can join as an individual for £100. Organisations can join and share the training discount across their entire business. The cost for organisations is between £360 and £2,200, depending on sector and size.


Payment can be made via Paypal or via invoice.

Each session is 2.5 hours long, totalling 10 hours.

Some knowledge of open data is required. We suggest having a read of our What is ‘open data’ and why should we care? blog.

Additionally, you can take a look at the first two eLearning modules from our Accelerate course here. Each module will take around 10 minutes to complete.

How many places/people are on each course? 

There are 12 full attendance tickets available.

What are the practical course requirements?

Just an internet-enabled laptop or PC, that can access Zoom calls for the teacher lead aspects of the course. That’s all.

Interested in working with the ODI to run an open data ecosystems programme in-house?

If you have 50 or more people in your organisation who would benefit from this programme, you can register your interest


Co-founded by the inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, the ODI offers courses that are friendly, supportive and fun. No question is a silly question in our classrooms, and our expert teachers will arm you with all the practical skills you need for applying what you’ve learnt to the real world.

The majority of the course content is made available to reuse under an open licence.

About this course

This course was created by and is © The Open Data Institute.

Book a place on the four-part series now:

There are only 12 places available. Book below or visit the Eventbrite page directly here.

What is ODI Learning Month?

National Learning and Development Month is a global event celebrated every October, that encourages people to learn and build brand new skills. In support and celebration of this, the ODI has our very own Learning Month that we run in tandem, ahead of our annual summit.

Each year we focus on different topics. This year to coincide with the theme of Summit 2021, we’ll be looking at how we’ve all become ‘data people’ – more conscious than ever of the data we produce, use and share. Our three key areas of education will be: Building healthy open data ecosystems, Leading data transformation, and Data governance and ethics. All brought to you via a mix of training, webinars, and podcasts. 

Our one-off programme has been created exclusively for Learning Month, and all of the training is available at a subsidised price. All the more reason to get stuck in and get learning!