The Open Data Institute (ODI) have selected Bristol as a network node in its worldwide project supporting the global aim of catalysing open data culture in the UK.

Founded by Sirs Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt, the ODI is an independent, non-profit organisation which focuses on five sectors that will bring open data’s benefits to specific areas of society and industry.

Following overwhelming interest from international organisations a global network of Nodes has been selected to create worldwide impact from open data. Nodes operate as Learning hubs providing workshops and training or Network hubs bringing together local communities of interest around open data.

Kevin O’Malley, City Innovation Team Manager says:

This is a great opportunity for the City Council and Bristol Is Open as it cements our place amongst other pioneering projects worldwide looking at using open data to foster solutions that will benefit society.

There are currently 22 nodes including Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Chicago, Seoul, Paris….and now Bristol.

Bristol Is Open, the pioneering joint venture between Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol has joined its network and is actively delivering research and developing initiatives that contribute to the development of a smart city and the Internet of Things (IoT).

For more information visit http://theodi.org/