Change or grow your business with better data

Change or Grow Your Business with Better Data

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Do have a fledgling idea for how your organisation could be working better with data to create new opportunities, but need some support to grow or explore it?

In this 2-hour session we’ll give you some practical tips on how to begin and point you to the relevant tools, organisations and courses to get you started on your journey.

Our experts will run you through some exercises and theory to get you started, from working out who you need to engage in the process to highlighting the crucial things you need to consider – such as data infrastructure and ethics.

Don’t worry – you don’t need to be a tech whiz or data expert to understand this course. 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.

Our session will cover:

  • What data infrastructure is and why it matters
  • Who is doing data innovation well?
  • Why people and processes are crucial to creating value from data
  • Important things you need to consider (ie ethics, standards, skills, licensing, engagement)
  • Where to begin?
  • Tools and support available

We’ll also be encouraging you to learn from one-another on the course, and exchange ideas and solutions.

Please note that this is an introductory course to kick-start your project. If you already have a full plan, budget or are looking for specific (ie technical) help, please contact for more customised advice.

We’ll kick off with informal networking over coffee or tea at 2pm, then the training will commence at 2.30pm

Our trainers

Deborah Yates – Technical Consultant at the ODI

Deborah is a data governance specialist and joined the ODI in May 2018 as Technical Consultant.

Deborah has worked on data governance and led culture change through open data in the public sector. She led the programme of work at the Environment Agency to embed ‘open by design’ into business as usual and worked with information asset owners to understand and improve data management practices across the organisation.

Deborah was also part of the team at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs leading data transformation and ensuring preparedness for the General Data Protection Regulations.

Josh D’Addario – Consultant at the ODI

Josh joined the ODI as a Consultant in April 2018. He works across various aspects of the organisation with a focus on international development, R&D and open banking. His expertise covers innovative solution design and delivery, research, and project management.

Josh is passionate about using existing and emerging technology to create tangible benefits to society, particularly the improvement of human rights, income equality, and the environment in low-income countries.

He had been in technology consulting for over three years before joining the ODI, working on projects ranging from performance analysis and improvement to technology and business strategy. Josh has a Masters in International Business from the Hult International Business School, and undergraduate degrees in Economics and Italian Studies from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

About the ODI

The ODI was co-founded in 2012 by the inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee and artificial intelligence expert Sir Nigel Shadbolt to show the value of open data, and to advocate for the innovative use of open data to affect positive change across the globe.

We’re an independent, non-profit, non-partisan company that, since our creation, has welcomed high-profile board members including Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts, founder Baroness Martha Lane Fox and former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes.

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, we invite everyone interested in developing with data – whether on an individual, organisational or global level – to get in touch.

Find out more about the ODI here