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Supporting Historic England to develop as a data institution

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We’re supporting Historic England’s vision of becoming a data institution in order to tackle its new data responsibilities and ambitions as a steward of England’s history

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The Open Data Institute (ODI) is supporting Historic England’s vision of becoming a data institution in order to tackle its new data responsibilities and ambitions as a steward of England’s history.

The challenge

Historic England is a public body that champions and protects England’s historic places so that people can care for and enjoy them. It is a steward of history – it identifies and protects heritage, and provides expertise at a local level to raise the profile of the historic environment.

Historic England has been developing its digital transformation strategy. A significant motivation for this is its ambition to develop as a data institution – which we define as organisations that steward data on behalf of others, often towards public, educational or charitable aims.

Historic England is rapidly taking on new data responsibilities, and has recognised that it can increase the impact of its work by publishing data under an open licence. It is already a steward of England’s history, and so stewarding data about history is not only complementary to its mission, but a vital part of it.

The ODI is supporting Historic England to develop as a data institution and build the foundation to realise its new data ambition.

Our approach

Over the next few months, the ODI will be helping Historic England to understand its data ecosystem so it can realise the untapped potential of its data and create value in the form of services, policy insights and more. The ODI will also support Historic England in thinking through the ethical implications of data activities, such as when collecting, using and sharing data and help them to make more informed decisions about their current and future revenue models.

We will run workshops with Historic England using ODI tools designed to help organisations better understand their data ecosystems and the ethical implications of data activities. These tools will include:

Get in touch

If you have any questions about this project, get in touch by emailing info@theodi.org