About Us

Catalysing open data for the benefit of everyone

Who We Are

Established in December 2014, ODI Australian Network’s mission is to catalyse open data for the benefit of everyone. We want ODI in Australia to be an effective, self-sustaining organisation, valued and trusted by its stakeholders across government, industry, academia and research, and the community. We strive to strengthen the global ODI network, and leverage the network to create value in Australia.

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ODI Australian Network is passionate about the transformative potential of open data. We believe in the power of open, we believe in the power of cross-sectoral collaboration, and we believe in challenging boundaries to create value.

Right from the start, it was our mission to create a place where people are imaginative, innovative, collaborative and committed. We want ODI Australian Network to be vibrant, inclusive and fun to be a part of.

ODI Australian Network is unique in the global ODI network, having been formed and funded by a strong collaboration between private industry, academia, research and the community – which demonstrates their genuine commitment to the open data movement. It is critical for us to develop a sustainable financial model in order to deliver genuine, lasting impact.

How Is ODI Funded?

ODI Australian Network is an independent not-for-profit organisation funded entirely by sponsors from across industry, research and academia who believe in the power of open data to drive economic, social and environmental prosperity.

Income is currently derived through corporate sponsorship, contributions in kind, research grants and other paid work.

Is ODI a Public Body?

ODI Queensland Ltd is a public company established as a not-for-profit organisation, limited by guarantee, dedicated to promoting open data. The company uses two trading names, ODI Australian Network and ODI Queensland.

How Is ODI Governed?

ODI Australian Network operates with a Board of Directors, representatives from our Foundation Sponsors, to oversee the Institute’s activities and strategy.

An Executive Team, led by the Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for the Institute’s day to day activities and reports to the main Board on a regular basis.

From time to time Advisory Boards will form from the ODI AU community to offer advice and support to Board, and directly influence the direction of the Institute.

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About the ODI

The Open Data Institute (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.

The ODI convenes world-class experts to collaborate, incubate, nurture and mentor new ideas, and promote innovation. The ODI enables anyone to learn and engage with open data, and empowers our teams to help others through professional coaching and mentoring.

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Founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt in 2012, the ODI is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, limited by guarantee company.

About ODI Nodes

ODI Nodes create open data impact globally. They contribute to the local, national and international development of open data.

Operating at city or regional levels, ODI Nodes:

Develop and deliver training to equip people with new skills

Connect people and businesses through membership and events

Communicate stories that inspire people around the world

Through peer-learning and collaboration, the network highlights the case for open innovation, and brings people together around our collective vision: knowledge for everyone. The network spans over 20 countries.

About the ODI

The Open Data Institute (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.

The ODI convenes world-class experts to collaborate, incubate, nurture and mentor new ideas, and promote innovation. The ODI enables anyone to learn and engage with open data, and empowers our teams to help others through professional coaching and mentoring.

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Founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt in 2012, the ODI is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, limited by guarantee company.

About ODI Nodes

ODI Nodes create open data impact globally. They contribute to the local, national and international development of open data.

Operating at city or regional levels, ODI Nodes:

– Develop and deliver training to equip people with new skills
Connect people and businesses through membership and events
Communicate stories that inspire people around the world
Through peer-learning and collaboration, the network highlights the case for open innovation, and brings people together around our collective vision: knowledge for everyone. The network spans over 20 countries.

Our Board

Our Board of Directors are made up of representatives from our Foundation Sponsors that oversee the Institute’s activities and strategy.

Linda O’Brien

Chair
Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of Logan Campus, Griffith University

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Neil Makepeace

Deputy Chair
CEO, Glentworth

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Jon O’Brien

Director
Queensland Government Services, Telstra

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Brett Lightfoot

Director
Queensland State Director, Microsoft

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Tim Wark

Director
Director of Products, Programs & Marketing, Data61, CSIRO

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Jean Burgess

Director
Professor of Digital Media & Director of the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) at QUT

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Mandy Ross

Director
Chief Information Officer, Tatts Group

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Maree Adshead

Founding CEO
Open Data Institute Queensland

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Meet The Team

Our team delivers training, services, projects, and keeps our operations running smoothly.

Maree Adshead

Founding Chief Executive Officer

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Megan Duane

Executive Officer

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Stephen Gates

Associate

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Ellen Broad

Associate

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Ibrahim Elbadawi

Associate

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Maree Adshead

Founding Chief Executive Officer

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Megan Duane

Executive Officer

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Stephen Gates

Associate

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Ellen Broad

Associate

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Ibrahim Elbadawi

Associate

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What is Open Data?

Open data is data that anyone can access, use and share.

What can open data do for you?

Everyday vast amounts of open data are being used to change the way we live our lives.

The value of open data

Read how open data is having an impact around the world.

Learn about the world of data

Data is changing our world for the better. It is improving the quality of life of billions of people everyday.

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