Open Data Institute launches new ‘Closed Data Institute’ with £104M funding from unnamed source

The Open Data Institute, a non-profit company known for championing the benefits of open data has today announced it will launch a sister company, the ‘Closed Data Institute’.

The announcement comes after a meeting between senior ODI staff, political leaders, international financial groups and advertisers, during which an agreement was made to support them to keep their data as closed as possible.

“With the election looming, we know that politicians will want to provide access only to those who should know, and know what is best for citizens.” ODI’s VP of Institutional Innovation, Tony Stark, explained in an industry press conference this morning.

“There are a lot of reputational – and financial – benefits in keeping closed data as scarce as possible,” Stark continued. “If governments or organisations wish to conceal aspects of their work or performance, we will now support them at the Closed Data Institute.”

The International Head of Data at the IDBF commented, “We’re entering into an age where data will be the only thing that matters. We’ll be making sure we hold the door open, or close it, depending on who can benefit.”

The ‘Closed Data Institute’ (CDI) will work along a business model similar to that of the ODI, offering training courses for public and private sector groups, developing a global network of closed, self-replicating data nodes, and an exclusive membership programme to world-leading groups, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Courses include ‘Closed Data in a Day’, ‘Identifying Colleagues in Closed Data’, ‘Keeping Institutional Knowledge on your Desktop’, and ‘Closed Data in Practice’ – a 3-day training course focusing on more technical Digital Restrictions Management applications.

Further, ODI is pleased to announced its new EU Horizon 3030 research project 'AWMAN' (Avoiding aWkward situations where facts May get in the wAy of opinioNs)

The location of the CDI has not yet been disclosed [due to a dispute with a geospatial data organisation].