Between 2013 and 2021, the ODI node network was a group of franchises of the ODI, operating in cities and regions around the world to build momentum around open data. Nodes were hosted by existing (for-profit or non-profit) organisations locally.
In the latter years of the network the infrastructure that supported the initial phase of work funded by a UK government grant could not be maintained as our funding became less secure. Some of the nodes continued to operate successfully with independent funding and resources, and in other cases, former node members went on to develop products, ideas and companies in the open data space. They have continued the work that they started in the network in new or different ways. Many of them are still working with the ODI, and are members or partners. The last fully active ODI node, ODI Leeds ceased to operate in November 2021 but continues its work as Open Innovations.
The world around us has also changed. Over the past few years, the ODI has worked increasingly at an international level and across the data spectrum. Data sharing and data stewardship have emerged as critical areas in our work. We have forged new relationships with organisations in the private and public sectors around the world. We’re leveraging new approaches to convening that were borne of necessity – during the pandemic – and are working more closely with partners and stakeholders across the UK and overseas.
Nowhere is this more in evidence than in our annual summit which in 2021 attracted more than 1,500 delegates and over 140 speakers from more than 90 nations. Something we could not have dreamed was possible when we opened our doors in 2012.
In the past nine years we’ve also:
- Incubated 191 startups and small and medium-sized enterprises across 25 countries and seen many of them grow into market leaders.
- Worked with some of the world’s most credible brands to drive data best practice internationally in sectors including health, engineering, and agriculture. They include Arup, Wellcome, Microsoft, the Gates Foundation, Luminate, Roche, Deutsche Bank, Telefonica, Experian, Refinitiv, and the BBC
- Through the Open Data Leaders’ Network, worked with 43 countries, directly advising the governments of Ukraine, Tanzania, Malaysia, Rwanda, Burkina Faso and Mexico;
- Led or been invited to participate in dozens of national and international panels and committees including:
There is no doubt that the relationships and friendships forged through the node network have been a significant contributor to all these successes.
We are enormously proud of the node network and all that it, and its members have been able to achieve. We are fully committed to realising our vision for a world where data works for everyone by working increasingly at regional, national and international level with our partners. If you would like to work with us please get in touch.
We’d like to say a big thank you to the ODI nodes: ODI Aberdeen; ODI Accra; ODI Athens; ODI Barcelona; ODI Belfast; ODI Birmingham; ODI Brasil; ODI Bristol; ODI Cairo; ODI Cardiff; ODI Cornwall; ODI Devon; ODI Dubai; ODI Galloway; ODI Gothenburg; ODI Hampshire; ODI Leeds; ODI Madrid; ODI Osaka; ODI Queensland; ODI Rio; ODI Riyadh; ODI Rome; ODI Seoul; ODI Toronto; ODI Trento and ODI Vienna.