Data Toolkit for Business

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Data Toolkit for Business

We produce free tools and guides to help you to manage, publish and use data | May 2020

ODI Data Ecosystem Mapping workshop with CABI, 2019
Image credit: Martin Parr, Director, Data & Services, Digital Development, CABI

Businesses are trying to unlock the value of data. When used well, data can benefit businesses in a variety of ways. It can improve decision making, grow markets and drive innovation. Our work with businesses of all sizes and across a variety of sectors has highlighted some challenges.

It is not always clear how sharing and using data can directly deliver business benefits.

Increasing concerns around privacy mean companies need to be seen to be trustworthy when it comes to data, and without the necessary skills, businesses can struggle to use data.

This Data Toolkit for Business is designed to help businesses overcome these barriers and includes: the Data Skills Framework; a guide to Data Ecosystem Mapping; the Data Ethics Canvas; and private sector case studies showing the value of sharing data.

These tools can help to map out a data ecosystem, identify skill gaps, and support the ethical use of data.

Use the tools

The ODI’s Data Toolkit for Business is a set of collaborative tools that will help businesses unlock the value of data. The case studies in this booklet show seven ways businesses are creating value by sharing data. View the guide and case studies here.

Data Skills Framework

The Data Skills Framework breaks down the complex landscape of data skills into the sets of skills required by different people in an organisation. It illustrates how technical data skills must be balanced with skills that enable data innovation.

The Data Ethics Canvas helps you to identify potential ethical issues associated with a data project or activity. Use this to ensure that ethical – and legal – use of data is considered from the very beginning of your project, and throughout. It can feed into your business case for using data, or be used on its own.

Our guide to Data Ecosystem Mapping helps to identify and plan the technical and organisational relationships needed to deliver a service. Use this guide to bring different stakeholders together to understand the flow of value through your data ecosystem. This can inform your business case, and be a useful tool on its own for project planning and delivery.

What data skills do you need to execute your strategy? This on-demand webinar explores how to use the ODI Data Skills framework to align data literacy programmes to strategy, then to identify skill gaps. Access the webinar here.

How do you unlock value from data? This on-demand webinar explores how to use the data ecosystem mapping tool to plot the journey from data to value for your business. Access the webinar here.

Get help with using the toolkit

Do you want to realise the value of data in your business? Our Data Toolkit for Business could help you. Please share your details below if you would like more information or help using the toolkit.

The Data for Business Toolkit was created by the Open Data Institute