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Open Data in a Day – April 21

April 21 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

New to open data? Get started with this half day interactive class with our expert trainers.

Whether you have some knowledge of open data, your organisation is interested in publishing open data or are completely new to it, this introductory, jargon-free course will give you a 360-degree view of the open data landscape in Australia and around the world.

For ODI Open Data skill level


Course aim

To introduce important open data concepts and boost your confidence working with and talking about open data.

Over the course you will learn

  • What open data is, its benefits and opportunities
  • Case studies of successful open data projects
  • How to minimise risks by understanding data licensing and certificates
  • How to discover and use open data

With a mixture of practical exercises, case studies and the latest learnings from the field of open data, our experts will remove the complexity of working with open data.

By the end of the course you will be able to

Session 1: Discovering open data
By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Define open data
  • Evaluate definitions of open data for different communities and requirements
  • Explain the difference between big, personal and open data
  • Describe the benefits of working with open data
  • Draw on successful case studies of open data use and publishing
  • Explain how open data sits in the current economic climate
  • Evaluate the success of open data projects and communities

Session 2: Managing risk
By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Describe how copyright and licensing relate to open data
  • Identify instances of open licences and their effective application
  • Understand the risks and benefits associated with open licences

Session 3: Finding and publishing open data
By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Identify ways to find open data
  • Evaluate tools for assessing the usability of open data
  • Suggest a number of ways to improve the publication of open data

Who is this for?

Open Data in a Day is ideal for those at the ‘Explorer’ level of the ODI’s Open Data Skills Framework. It’s designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to open data, answer questions you might have and leave you thinking about what you might do next.

It is suitable for government employees, private organisations, researchers, academics and students. Participants of previous courses have included: decision makers, managers, public servants, researchers, policy advisors, journalists, non-profit organisations, students, strategists, data owners and publishers.

What prior knowledge do you need?

No previous knowledge of data required.

What to bring

A laptop or iPad if you have one.

What we will provide

  • free wi-fi
  • refreshments

Course length

3 hours

Course cost

$250 + GST

20% discount available for all Foundation Sponsors, Supporters and Members.

Our Trainers

Ellen Broad

Ellen is a leading international expert in open data and is an ODI Certified open data trainer. Ellen just returned to Australia from the UK, where she was Head of Policy for the Open Data Institute. While in the UK, Ellen was recruited by then Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Elisabeth Truss (now Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary), as her expert adviser on data. Ellen steered Defra’s #OpenDefra commitment to publishing 8,000 datasets as open data and changing the way Defra’s 22,000 staff worked together. Ellen also designed the open data board game, Datopolis together with ODI CEO Jeni Tennison, which is being played in 19 countries.

Ibrahim Elbadawi

Ibrahim is an international expert and ODI Certified open data trainer. He founded the Dubai Node of the ODI Global Network in 2013. He has since delivered training programs and advised governments in various countries on their open data programs. In 2016, his certified training programs were attended by more than 100 trainees. Ibrahim is also a member of the United Nations e-Government expert group and has contributed to the UN e-Government Survey 2016 and the Open Data Barometer. His most recent activities include co-delivering an Open Data Maturity Assessment workshop for NSW government and speaking at the ODI Summit in London.


April 21
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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