Jane Crowe

Data Institutions Programme Lead, the Open Data Institute

Open data for life: the importance of data stewardship in the cultural sector

Open Data
Wednesday, February 8 • 1:35pm-2:00pm GMT
St James, 4th Floor
Jane Crowe

Open data for life: the importance of data stewardship in the cultural sector

Open data has expanded into all walks of life, from improving transport ecosystems to tackling the climate crisis around the world. In the cultural sector, open access to data published by and about the sector provides researchers, policymakers and the public with new data sets and insights from some of the most important institutions of our time.

This data has huge potential, and opening it up and combining it with open data about the institutions themselves can help to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society, and to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

This session will explore the importance of data stewardship in the cultural sector, and discuss what’s coming next for the sector.


Jane Crowe is Data Institutions Programme Lead at the Open Data Institute. The programme helps organisations, people and communities build new data institutions, and supports existing organisations to steward data on behalf of others more effectively.

In her previous role at the Data Science Campus at the Office for National Statistics, Jane worked on a mission to help organisations make better use of data for public good, through building data science capability and community across the UK government and public sector.

Jane has led diverse programmes across the public and private sectors with previous roles in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the BBC and branding and communications agencies.

When she’s not helping deliver the data needs of stakeholders, Jane can be found walking and swimming in wild places, studying plant life, and trying to keep up with her two boisterous boys.