NTT DATA joins Open Data Institute to promote open data innovation

NTT DATA has joined the Open Data Institute (ODI) as a sponsor member in the UK.

London, August 5, 2013 – NTT DATA has joined the Open Data Institute (ODI) as a sponsor member in the UK. The ODI, an independent not-for-profit body, is the first organisation of its kind in the world. It encourages everyone to learn about and engage with open data, bringing together world-class experts to exchange ideas and promote innovation. Founded by the inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee,  and Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt from the University of Southampton, it is part-funded by the UK Government via the Technology Strategy Board.

By joining forces with the Open Data Institute, NTT DATA is building on its long track record of working with startups as well as small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) to provide sustainable, enterprise-level services that use open data to provide innovative, value-for-money solutions and services.

Anna Price, NTT DATA UK’s Head of Public Sector and Financial Services, is delighted with the collaboration: “We’re enjoying working with the ODI, its start-up organisations and experts, and helping our clients to blend open data and enterprise data to create added value. We are also exploring the possibility of working with the ODI to conduct primary research into effective use of data by organisations.”

ODI Chief Executive, Gavin Starks said: “In joining the ODI, NTT DATA is showing leadership in its sector, recognising the social, economic and environmental potential of open data. More than 30 pioneering member companies are now helping to deliver new products and services, to create value for business, and society.”

 

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. The ODI offers membership, training, research and expertise to connect to opportunities in these areas.

Founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt and launched in Dec 2012, the ODI is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, Limited by Guarantee company. In pursuit of a sustainable business model 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 growing investment from industry (currently totalling £500k).