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South Korea, NGO sign agreement on open data

The Open Data Institute (ODI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Information Society Agency (NIA) of...


The MoU focuses on the following key areas:

•Sharing open data best practice, including policy, laws and regulations, case studies, technology, standards, and big data
•Development of training programmes
•Joint projects in the field of open data
•Support for open data driven businesses including start-ups
•Development of open data related technology
•Open data workshops, exhibitions, and other events
•Cooperation in international organisations including the Open Government Partnership

“This MoU is the beginning of a relationship which will see the ODI and the Republic of Korea sharing open data expertise and experiences. It is great to see the social, economic and environmental benefits of open data being explored on a national scale by the Republic of Korea, we hope other countries will follow suit,” Gavin Starks, CEO of ODI said in an official statement.

He added that the MoU with the Republic of Korea is the latest development in the emerging international open data network. Since its official opening in December 2012, the ODA has been inundated with requests from across the globe, asking for support to improve their open data practices.

In fact, just recently, ODI has announced the creation of 13 ODI Nodes around the world. The Nodes bring together companies, universities and NGOs that support open data projects and communities.

Each Node has agreed to adopt the ODI Charter, which is an open source codification of the ODI itself, and embodies principles of open data business, publishing, communication, and collaboration.

Two Nodes are country-wide trials with NGOs in the USA and Canada. Eight are city or regional Nodes: ODI Dubai, ODI Chicago, ODI North Carolina, ODI Paris, ODI Trento, ODI Manchester, ODI Brighton, and ODI Leeds. The final three are communications-focused: ODI Gothenburg, ODI Moscow, and ODI Buenos Aires.

The ODI is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, Limited by Guarantee company founded by Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee. It has secured £10 million (US$ 15.9 million) over five years via the UK innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, and U$750,000 from global philanthropic investor Omidyar Network.

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