EU commits €14.4m to support open data across Europe

EU commits €14.4m to support open data across Europe by Samuel Gibbs.

From the post:

The European Union has committed €14.4m (£11m) towards open data with projects and institutions lead by the Open Data Institute (ODI), Southampton University, the Open University and Telefonica.

The funding, announced today at the ODI Summit being held in London, is the largest direct investment into open data startups globally and will be used to fund three separate schemes covering startups, open data research and a new training academy for data science.

“This is a decisive investment by the EU to create open data skills, build capabilities, and provide fuel for open data startups across Europe,” said Gavin Starks, chief executive of the ODI a non-for-profit organisation based in London co-founded by inventor of the world wide web Sir Tim Berners-Lee. “It combines three key drivers for open adoption: financing startups, deepening our research and evidence, and training the next generation of data scientists, to exploit emerging open data ecosystems.”

Money from the €14.4m will be divided into three sections. Through the EU’s €80 billion Horizon 2020 research and innovation funding, €7.8m will be used to fund the 30-month Open Data Incubator for Europe (ODInE) for open data startups modelled on the ODI’s UK open data startup incubator that has been running since 2012.

Take a look at Open Data Institute’s Startup page

BTW, on the list of graduates, the text of the links for Provenance and Mastodon C are correct but the underlying hyperlinks,
http://theodi.org/start-ups/www.provenance.it and http://theodi.org/start-ups/www.mastodonc.com, respectively, are incorrect.

With the correct underlying hyperlinks:

Mastodon C

Provenance

I did not check the links for the current startups. I did run the W3C Link Checker on http://theodi.org/start-ups and go some odd results. If you are interested, see what you think.

Sorry, I got diverted by the issues with the Open Data Institute site.

Among other highlights from the article:

A further €3.7m will be used to fund 15 researchers into open data posed with the question “how can we answer complex questions with web data?”.

You can puzzle over that one on your own.

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