Open data belongs in the academic curriculum, says Open Data Nation

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With the 2015 Open Data Awards just around the corner, we catch up with Carey Anne Nadeau, Founder and CEO of Open Data Nation, a finalist for the Open Data Business Award.

The Open Data Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in open data across the world. Hundreds of inspiring people and organisations have been nominated across five categories, from social impact to publishing.

The awards will be held on July 9 at Bloomberg’s London offices on Finsbury Square. Explore all nominees and finalists and follow #ODIAwards for updates on the night.


Open Data Nation


Hi Carey! How are you doing?

We’re busy looking for cities, causes and brands interested in making good use of open data.

What do you, or your organisation, do in a nutshell?

Our mission is to inform policies and improve communities by educating, empowering, and engaging those around us to use open data.

What first got you excited about open data?

We heard many talking about the potential of open data – to engage residents, share data across silos, and to make data-driven decisions – and felt a call to act, to create strategies that help cities, causes, and brands accomplish these goals.

What are your biggest data challenges?

Agencies with open data portals have accomplished their first goal: to increase transparency. We’re inspired to help our clients accomplish their next biggest open data challenges by creating an ecosystem of sharing internally, raising the visibility of data externally, and supporting the creation of innovative, new applications.

What kind of open data would you like to see more of?

We want to see more data visualisations, analysis, and web applications that make good use of existing open data. To this end, we’re partnering with educational institutions to insert open data into the academic curriculum, providing training for both civic technologists and agency administrators publishing open data.

How do you feel about being nominated for an open data award?

We’re beyond thrilled to be nominated. We deserve to win because unlike our competitors, we’re a social benefit corporation intended to do good and do well.

The Open Data Awards will be held on July 9 in partnership with Bloomberg at Bloomberg’s London offices on Finsbury Square.

Explore all nominees and finalists and follow #ODIAwards for updates on the night.

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