Our vision

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The ODI’s vision is a world where data works for everyone.

Data is moving from being scarce and difficult to process to being abundant and easy to use.

But harnessing its value for economic and social benefit – in ways that support innovation and deliver social justice – is hard. We envision a future where people, organisations and communities use data to make better decisions, more quickly.

This will help our economies and societies to thrive. Using data can enable us to innovate, create more efficient and effective services and products, and fuel economic growth and productivity. In this future, people can trust organisations to manage data ethically and for the benefits to be distributed fairly. Services that use data meet the needs of individuals, communities and societies. To bring about this future, we must make data as open as possible while protecting people’s privacy, commercial confidentiality and national security. We need to find the right balance for all societies and economies to feel the positive impacts data can bring