Get £7K to develop stories of innovative uses of data

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Last year the ODI commissioned four diverse projects demonstrating how open data can be used to directly benefit individuals, organisations and society as part of its ODI Showcase series. This year we are happy to announce a new call for entries.

How the ODI can support your project

Do you want to tell the story of your innovation success?
Are you working on a project that needs development to demonstrate real change?
Would you like to carry out analysis to reveal the impact your work has made so far?

The ODI’s mission is to connect, equip and inspire people around the world to innovate with data.

They are awarding two projects with £7,000 grant funding, to help deliver and tell the stories of innovative uses of data that demonstrate longstanding value to others. They are particularly interested in projects using or producing open data within our core sector themes: finance, agriculture and nutrition, global development and open cities.

In addition to funding, they will provide support to help maximise projects’ impacts, with:

  • remote expert ODI mentoring on conducting research and communicating your story
  • a platform to tell your story through the ODI network and mainstream media channels
  • the opportunity to promote your work at ODI events, including at an ODI Friday lunchtime lecture

They’re looking for successful projects that:

  • are both large and small, from any region worldwide
  • are from one of the following sectors: finance, agriculture and nutrition, global development and open cities, however strong applications from teams outside of these sectors will be considered
  • clearly evaluate the direct benefit of the project for individuals, local communities, governments or businesses
  • have life beyond the ODI Showcase, with a vision to maintain and develop it further
  • publish their outputs under an open licence (eg open-source code, open data resulting from your analysis); if you are publishing open data we will expect you to create an Open Data Certificate for that data
  • can be feasibly completed, with their impacts communicated with the ODI for public promotion, within five months of their commission date in March 2016

Using storytelling to maximise the impact of your work

An essential aspect of successful applications will be the ability to tell a story that has clear findings to report on and resonates with the public.

Who will be interested in your story? Business leaders, citizens, government?
What findings would you like to uncover? Can analysis or research back this up?
Will you publish any data as a result?
Can you produce a visualisation, video, tool or even a game?

Interested in applying? Find out more here.