Member blog: Data and a more sustainable future

ODI Member SAP reveals the challenges and opportunities in open data

A little over one year ago, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated, “The data revolution is giving the world powerful tools that can help usher in a more sustainable future.”

For those who were at the ODI Summit on 3 November 2015, the award-winning film The Human Face of Big Data powerfully demonstrated the great things that can be achieved when we get data right. It also showed the perils if we get it wrong. There are always two sides to every coin.

The challenge is this: the data that we need is not stored in one, or even a dozen, clearly identifiable systems. It’s embedded in websites, in smartphones, in data centres and now in things. It’s not controlled by one government, one institution or one person. Nor is data universally accessible: some people have data, while others need data. If data is to usher in a more sustainable future, it must first be open data.

Recognising the challenge, an advisory group to Ban Ki-moon recommended the formation of a multi-stakeholder partnership. It’s a partnership of organisations helping to harness the data revolution to monitor and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It’s called the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. It launched in September and SAP is proud to be a founding member and anchor partner.

At SAP we are passionate about helping [unlock the potential within data]( "unlock the potential within data"). By making it accessible through easy-to-use tools to explore and gain understanding, organisations can shed light onto the greatest challenges they face and turn those insights into policy and action.

SAP’s vision is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. We are helping businesses, universities and startups realise transformational improvements across 25 industries in areas such as personalised healthcare, a better experience for citizens living in smarter cities, increased transparency of government, [connected education and insight]( "connected education and insight"), increased [confidence in the supply chain]( "confidence in the supply chain"), and the move to a digital economy shaped by the consumer.

More on The Human Face of Big Data

If you missed this informative and inspirational film, you can watch the trailer and some other [exclusive excerpts here]( "exclusive excerpts here").

If your organisation would like to see the film in full please contact Emma Barnard:

Email: [email protected] Tel: 020 8917 7874

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