Published: 30 July, 2020
The Open Data Institute (ODI) has announced funding for seven UK initiatives and projects as part of their Innovate UK funded R&D programme. All the projects and initiatives are exploring approaches that enable trustworthy and ethical sharing of data to help citizens and businesses lower their impact on the environment, improve public services and save lives.
Here at DNV we’re delighted to be one of the seven winners of the fund and we’ll be joining six other organisations (Open Climate Fix, Open Data Manchester, Your Dsposal, ODI Leeds, Etic Lab and Collections Trust) on the programme till March 2021. Headquartered in London, the ODI was co-founded in 2012 by the inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee and AI expert Sir Nigel Shadbolt to advocate for the innovative use of open data to affect positive change across the globe.
The ODI is the UK’s centre for excellence in data ethics and access and the project will feed into the wider research the team is carrying out on the long-term sustainability and infrastructure of data institutions and data access initiatives.
This Stimulus Fund is part of the ODI’s research and development programme – which includes a project to support data institutions in becoming sustainable and a project to create guidance and tools to help sectors build data infrastructure and address common challenges – and a broader programme of work on data institutions. A data institution is an organisation whose purpose involves stewarding data on behalf of others, often towards public, educational or charitable aims.
DNV will be using the funding, support and mentorship provided by experts at the Open Data Institute (ODI) to explore how sustainable data driven business models can help the UK achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, using data sharing to support decarbonisation for clean growth. As a trusted, independent expert, we aim to assist the energy sector by defining potential business models to enable a shift in attitude and behaviour towards data.
We believe that through our unique position at the intersection of the digital domain and energy transition space, we are well placed to support the ODI to explore the potential revenue models, funding sources and cost structures that can be adopted to become sustainable open data solutions as part of the overall energy transition within the UK.
Leigh Dodds, Director of Delivery at the ODI said: “These seven projects show the potential that sharing data has to solve challenges in the energy and health sectors in the UK and globally. It’s great to see people coming together to solve challenges that affect us all, like the cooperative using smart meter data to help individuals make better decisions on their climate impact.”
“At the ODI, we want to help these projects succeed. Our experience of ethical data sharing and improving data infrastructure, like supporting and growing data institutions and data access initiatives, will help these projects become sustainable for the benefit of all. We look forward to working with the projects to also learn from them and help to develop tools and guidance that will support the development of other impactful initiatives.”
DNV will be leveraging our position as a trusted independent third-party and building upon our Veracity open industry data platform and our expertise and involvement in the energy transition. We are delighted to be working with the ODI on this strategic topic and look forward to supporting them with this initiative as part of our engagement. If you can want to discuss this project further don’t hesitate to get in contact.