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We invite applicants to propose projects and initiative to feature in our open data space at the forthcoming State of Open Conference 2024 (#SOOCON24).

We have seen much value – economic, environmental and social – derived from open data in the past ten years. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the benefits, with the opening up of medical research and public health data, contributing to the faster development of vaccines and treatments, and the tracking and management of emergent variants.

One of the most significant open data success stories – in the UK – has been opening up, by Transport for London (TFL), of unified data about the transport network. Businesses such as Waze, Citymapper, and Bus Checker have been built using this data, which has also been used in academic studies and by non-commercial customer-facing oranisations. The most recent figures suggest that the release of the TFL data has led to the creation of more than 600 apps, used by 42% of Londoners.

Meanwhile, Open Banking, which grew out of an initial working group convened by HM Treasure and co-chaired by the Open Data Institute and Barclays, has been rolled out in more than 70 countries and is expected to have a market value of $395BN by 2026.

We have come a long way in many areas, but in others, open data is unfinished business. For example, in the UK, we still don’t have an openly available dataset comprising the country’s legally recognised addresses. This is a fundamental part of our national data infrastructure, and if made available as open data, it could unlock massive potential for new businesses and services – to the benefit of people across the country. 

We invite individuals, companies and organisations – large and small – to submit ideas for the Open Data Space at SOOCon24. This year we will look at projects that recognise the value of the data spectrum (i.e. the relationship between open, shared and closed data), and identify how solutions to the world’s most significant challenges can be solved across this spectrum of data. 

As with all tracks in 2024, this track will include AI openness and the benefits and challenges of this relevant to track topics.

This year’s CFP is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted content this year.  Our CFP Committees are busy reviewing all of the submissions and we aim to announce the conference schedule by 15th December.

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Emma Thwaites


Director of Corporate Affairs, Open Data Institute (ODI) 


Sonia Cooper

CFP Chair

Assistant General Counsel, Open Innovation Team at Microsoft and Vice President IP Federation


Nic Granger

Director of Corporate, North Sea Transition Authority

Melissa Tallack

Open Data Lead, Northumbrian Water

Ian Hodgkinson

Loughborough Business School

Stephen Abbott Pugh

Resham Kotecha

Global Head of Policy, The Open Data Institute

Josh D'Addario

Principal Consultant – ODI

Paul Westrip

Service Lead Open Data, NHS Business Services Authority

Sam Milsom

Programme Manager, Open Data Manchester

Jane Crowe

Data Institutions Programme Lead, ODI

Jane Crowe

Dave Rowe

Developer, Geovation

Jonathan Gray

King’s College London, Public Data Lab.

Paul Walsh

CTO, Link Digital

Elena Simperl

Professor, Computer Science, King’s College London

Gavin Starks

CEO and Founder, Icebreaker One

Jack Gilmore

Technical Lead, Open Data Scotland

Lee Fulmer

Data Sorcerer in Financial Services

Yiu-Shing Pang

Open Data Manager, UK Power Networks

CPF Committee

Ian Watt

Co-founder, Code the City

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Louise Burke

CEO, Open Data Institute (ODI)

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Volker Buscher

CEO ds30

Lisa Allen

Director of Data, UK Pensions Regulator

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Steven De Costa

Co-Steward of CKAN Project and Executive Director of Link Digital


Sian Basker

Dama UK committee member and Co-CEO of Data Orchard


Jack Gilmore

Technical lead, Open Data Scotland


Siân Thomas

Chief Data Officer, Department for Business and Trade