About ODI Leeds

ODI Leeds, a Node of ODI HQ, was established in November 2013. There are currently 22 Nodes across 15 countries and this number is growing. ODI Leeds and its extended network has access to this unique resource as well as the support of ODI HQ.

ODI Leeds opened in May 2014 at its physical innovation and collaboration space at Munro House. You can read our piece about it here, and we try to keep everyone updated with our blog.

The Open Data Institute (ODI) is catalysing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value worldwide. It helps unlock supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates knowledge to address local and global issues.

We convene world-class experts to collaborate, incubate, nurture and mentor new ideas, and promote innovation. We enable anyone to learn and engage with open data, and empower our teams to help others through professional coaching and mentoring.

The Open Data Institute was founded in 2012 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southampton. More details about the ODI is can be found here.


We started out with a plan to to take the promise of open data, the world leading work of Leeds Data Mill and be the catalyst for action with Open Data, for good across Leeds & the City Region.  We knew that to be successful we had to do this with partners and we had a chance because we had the brand and access to resources from ODI HQ.

Our Node Charter commits us to creating economic, social and environmental value, We also set out with a determination to be sustainable and long term – this means we need to have a commercial outlook in the way we operate so that we can deliver on our charter. We started with one main sponsor Leeds City Council, which was closely followed by West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Bradford Council, Bloom Agency and Arup.

Over the course of 2014 and 2015 we have been lucky to secure further sponsorship from Calderdale Council, KPMG, BJSS and the University of Leeds. In 2016 Highways England joined the sponsorship group and all of our sponsors renewed their sponsorship which gives us a balanced sponsorship group of 10 organisations across the public & private sector of various sizes, with Academic support.

We thank all our sponsors as your help has provided us with a platform to establish ourselves and develop into the organisation that we think can make a real long-term difference. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor visit our Sponsorship Opportunities page.


We have launched our individual membership scheme alongside the ODI HQ membership scheme so you can be part of ODI Leeds as well as the HQ.