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Open data in action: the role of the Open Data Institute

Date: Tue March 18, 2014

Time:  15:00

Location:  Sala Stringa, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Povo (TN) Italy

Speaker: Ulrich Atz  (Head of Statistics, The Open Data Institute)

Title: “Open data in action: the role of the Open Data Institute”


The Open Data Institute (The ODI) has established itself as a world-leading centre of expertise on open data, incubating new startups, providing training, and an independent voice on policy issues affecting open data. The ODI is catalysing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It helps unlock supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates knowledge to address local and global issues. Ulrich Atz, Head of Statistics, will explain the ODI’s role and its strategy after a remarkable first year of activity, how The ODI’s team is researching and developing tools that remove barriers to open data publication and consumption, while working to understand and respond to the longer term implications of deploying and applying open data at massive scale. Ulrich will show us examples of open data business models, describing how the ODI has helped a dozen startups generate £1.4m income, and unlocked substantial funding for open innovation, and how the Open Data certificates work.

Speaker’s bio Ulrich Atz is Head of Statistics at the Open Data Institute. Ulrich has 5+ years practical experience of interpreting data. He has a broad background that blends modern statistical techniques with story telling. At the ODI, Ulrich leads research projects, consults startups and governments on the business case of open data, and helps out with training courses. He holds a Diploma in Economics from the University of Mannheim and a M.Sc. in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics. Before joining the ODI, Ulrich worked in the market research industry identifying commercial insights in seven-digit research projects. In other projects he also collaborated with leading thinkers such as Matthias Horx and Richard Florida. At university and in the private sector he has trained hundreds of people. He is one of the first members of the London Quantified Self community.

Organization The FBK-ICT research center has become in October 2013 the first Italian node of the Open Data Institute, founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt. Starting from January 2014, FBK has established a new exploratory unit, The Digital Commons Lab, under the supervision of Maurizio Napolitano, which will officially deliver projects as ODI Node in Italy. The unit is also launching the official Italian translation of the Open Data Certificates.

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Digital Commons Lab
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Sala Stringa, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Povo (TN), Italy
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