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Opening Up About the Open Data Institute

ComputerWorldUK - Glyn Moody - As I've noted before, open data is one area where the UK government shines - unlike open source, where it has yet to deliver the goods. One of its bright ideas was the creation of an Open Data Institute (ODI), which I wrote about at the end of last year. It still doesn't exist yet, but it does have a Web site with some interesting further information about its intentions.

The most detailed document is entitled "The ODI business plan" [.pdf]. Here are some of the highlights of the ODI "vision":

The vision is to establish the Open Data Institute (ODI) as a world-leading centre to innovate, exploit and research the opportunities for the UK created by the Government’s Open Data policy.

Not only world-leading, the ODI is the first of its kind anywhere in the world and as such will become the ‘go to’ venue for those countries, companies, institutions and other bodies seeking to understand Open Data, overcome the challenges of publishing Open Data, make commercial gain from Open Data and employ the best technologies to ensure Open Data is exploited in the best possible way.