Open data season underway as ODI attends US conferences

The ODI joins world-leading experts at two US conferences this week - with open data and government transparency at their heart.

Data Transparency 2013 takes place in Washington DC on Tuesday 10th September and is the country’s first federal open data policy conference. The ODI’s Programme Manager, Richard Stirling will speak on the challenges and opportunities of building demand for open data. The event is being hosted by the Data Transparency Coalition, which advocates data reform for the US government.

On Thursday 12th September, Can Open Data Improve Democratic Governance? takes place at the University of California, Berkeley. The conference will examine the promises and challenges of open data and how it affects public policy, democracy and the private sector. Richard Stirling joins a panel debating the contribution of open data and transparency to civil participation in the US, Europe and Africa.

Speaking ahead of the week’s conferences, Richard said: “these exciting events reveal the truly global nature of the open data movement. I’m looking forward to meeting colleagues from across the world, and to demonstrating the important role the ODI is playing in creating an open data culture that will benefit us all”.

The US visit marks the start of a busy autumn schedule at the ODI which also includes our first Summit on October 29th