ODI to forge stronger connections between UK data innovators and government

Minister Matt Hancock calls on the ODI to bring the voice of data businesses and innovators to the Cabinet Office and promote data innovation across government

Speaking at the ODI’s third annual summit yesterday, Minister Matt Hancock announced that the Cabinet Office will look to the ODI to help shape its data agenda. He said:

As a data-driven government, we want to engage with the UK’s data economy. So from today, I’ve asked the ODI to help us connect with the businesses, start-ups and innovators progressing this field. Those who are at the leading edge, not just in open data but across the whole data spectrum.

In the same speech, the Minister announced that the Cabinet Office is creating a steering group to oversee the embedding of data infrastructure across government. ODI Chairman Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Mastodon C CEO Francine Bennett will sit on the committee along with other digital and data experts.

The ODI’s mission is to connect, equip and inspire people around the world to innovate with data. Through its membership, events and other activities, the ODI will enable Ministers and officials to engage directly with businesses to inform Cabinet Office work around data. The primary aims are to achieve:

  • strong engagement between the Cabinet Office and the business community on the use of government data
  • a better understanding within government of data and challenges faced by innovators
  • a better understanding amongst data innovators of the Cabinet Office data agenda

Welcoming the announcement, ODI CEO Gavin Starks said:

The Cabinet Office is backing the UK’s leadership role in shaping the future of our data infrastructure. Companies working with data will benefit from [a] deeper connection with Government and help deliver open innovation that is geared to the pace of our digital economy.

Today’s announcement comes as the ODI celebrates its third successful year at the annual ODI Summit. Since being founded in 2012 by Sirs Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt, the ODI has: