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ODI Leeds

About ODI Leeds

ODI Leeds is a pioneer node of the Open Data Institute. We work with sponsors, companies, organisations, governments and individuals to use open data to innovate and help people make better decisions.

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. ODI Leeds was founded a year later by Paul Connell.

We're an independent, non-profit, non-partisan company that, since our creation, has welcomed over 20 sponsors, hosted over 1000 innovation events and delivered 70 open data projects that have helped to make an impact upon people's lives.

What we do

We work with companies, governments and individuals to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem.

We advocate for and support practices that increase trust and trustworthiness: building ethical considerations into how data is collected, managed and used; ensuring equity around who can access and use data; engaging widely with affected people and organisations.

We help people identify and address how open data can be used effectively in their sector to improve decision making and processes, deliver more efficient and effective services and products, and fuel economic growth and productivity.

We connect, equip and inspire people around the world to innovate with data.

Our network

Pioneer nodes bring together communities, host events, produce open data projects and help promote understanding of open data in our region and worldwide, you can become part of our network by:

How is ODI Leeds funded?

ODI Leeds is an independent not-for-profit organisation funded by sponsors from local authorities, government, commercial, and academia, who all believe in the power of open data to drive social, economic, and environmental change.

Income is currently derived from sponsorship, support-in-kind, co-working and workspace hire, and events. All income is put straight back into ODI Leeds - paying for the rent/maintenance of the space, the staff's wages, new equipment, etc - to ensure the best possible experience and expertise for everyone who uses the space or services.