Metrography (2012) by Benedikt Groß & Bertrand Clerc. part of the first Data as Culture exhibition at the ODI. Image © the artists.
Metrography (2012) by Benedikt Groß & Bertrand Clerc. part of the first Data as Culture exhibition at the ODI. Image © the artists.

Lighthouse announced as Open Data Institute Node

15 June 2015

We’re delighted to announce that Lighthouse has been selected as one of thirteen inaugural Open Data Institute (ODI) ‘nodes’.

The Thirteen inaugural ODI Nodes at the ODI Summit, 2013.
The Thirteen inaugural ODI Nodes at the ODI Summit, 2013.

The new nodes will connect organisations that support open data projects and people. The creation of ODI nodes around the world demonstrates how other countries are recognising the power of open data to drive transparency, boost innovation and economic growth, and promote efficiency. Like the ODI in London, all new nodes will be responsible for catalysing open data culture within their direct communities and communicating open data success stories. City and regional nodes will be expected to identify open data collaboration projects, and publish data relating to themselves and their work using Open Data Certificates.

Since its official opening in December 2012, the ODI has been inundated with requests from people across the world, asking for support to help set up country-wide and regional versions of their own ODI. Today’s announcement marks the start of an open data global network, catalysing open data for everyone.

An official signing ceremony will take place later today during the first annual ODI Summit, Tuesday 29th October, at the Museum of London.

‘We’re delighted that Lighthouse is an inaugural partner in the global ODI Node Network. Through the partnership between Lighthouse and the ODI, Open Data will form a key strand within our new interdisciplinary studio for creative residents, a major new initiative to be launched at Lighthouse in 2014.

We see this partnership as a way to harness the power of Open Data as a vital force, not just within the creative sector, but also within the wider digital culture in which we all participate. We look forward to working with the ODI and other partners to explore Open Data and bring the benefits to new audiences.’

Honor Harger and Miriam Randall, Directors, Lighthouse, Brighton.

Gavin Starks, CEO at the ODI said:

“In the twelve months since the ODI opened its doors, we have received overwhelming interest from Governments and organisations across the world, as well as in the UK, that want to establish their own ODI centres. The emerging network offers exciting opportunities to collaborate locally, nationally and internationally, to realise the economic, social and environmental benefits of open data for society as a whole. The fact that organisations and individuals from countries which many regard as “closed” are building some of the first nodes is a further indication that the open data movement is here to stay".

We are excited to be working in partnership with the ODI on the next phase of their Data as Culture programme. In partnership with FutureEverything, we put out an open call for proposals for curators to conceive and produce the next exhibition in the Data as Culture programme.


Web inventor’s open data organisation announces new global network (Guardian UK)

Open Data Institute creates 13 ‘Nodes’ around the world. (Wired UK)

About the ODI:

The Open Data Institute catalyses the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It unlocks supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates knowledge to address local and global issues. Founded by Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the ODI is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, Limited by Guarantee company. It has secured £10 million over five years via the UK innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, $750,000 from global philanthropic investor Omidyar Network, and is working towards long-term sustainability through match funding and direct revenue.

List of host organisations for city, region and communications nodes:

ODI Chicago – Webitects
ODI North Carolina – Open Data Solutions
ODI Paris – Five By Five
ODI Dubai – Exantium
ODI Trento – Trentorise
ODI Manchester – Future Everything
ODI Brighton – Lighthouse
ODI Leeds – Actuated Futures
ODI Comms Link Buenos Aires – Cippec
ODI Comms Link, Gothenburg – West Coast Big Apps
ODI Comms Link, Moscow – Informational Culture



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