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Sir Tim Berners-Lee's institute to launch in Birmingham

iCentrum building on Innovation Birmingham Campus will house the Midlands' first Open Data Institute learning hub

From left: David Hardman, chief executive of Innovation Birmingham; Gavin Starks, chief executive of the Open Data Institute; Hugo Russell, project manager at Innovation Birmingham
From left: David Hardman, chief executive of Innovation Birmingham; Gavin Starks, chief executive of the Open Data Institute; Hugo Russell, project manager at Innovation Birmingham

An institute co-founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee which aims to inspire people to innovate with data will launch in the Midlands for the first time next month.

The new iCentrum building on the Innovation Birmingham Campus will host the Open Data Institute (ODI) Node when it opens on March 18.

Launched in the UK in 2012, the ODI is a non-profit organisation which aims to connect, equip and inspire people around the world to innovate with data.

The institute was co-founded by Prof Nigel Shadbolt and Sir Tim, famous for inventing the world wide web, with funding from the UK Government and investor Omidyar Network.

There are over 25 ODI Nodes operating across six continents which are connected globally to deliver a common mission.

ODI Birmingham will develop and deliver training to build capabilities, connect people and businesses through membership and events.

Innovation Birmingham was awarded 'ODI Node' status following an extensive application and interview process.

David Hardman, chief executive of Innovation Birmingham, said: "We are very pleased to become the region's first ODI Node and look forward to delivering a whole host of open data activities.

"We will work with our partners, West Midlands Data Forum and Open Mercia, to actively engage with other innovators in key locations across the city region."

Gavin Starks, chief executive at Open Data Institute, added: "With demonstrated local expertise and a strong local community, we are proud to welcome Innovation Birmingham to our ODI Node network.

"As a learning and community node, the team will support hundreds of data-inspired start-ups, businesses and entrepreneurs, and in a purpose-built space that convenes innovators who share a vision for open innovation."

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