Azavea to Represent Philadelphia as a New Regional Open Data Institute Node

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - May 13, 2014) - Azavea, an award winning geospatial analysis (GIS) software development company, announces that it will represent Philadelphia as a new regional Node in a global open data network launched in 2013 by the Open Data Institute (ODI).  The Nodes bring together companies, universities, and NGOs that support open data projects and communities.

Often, open data initiatives are driven by local and federal government or incentivized by foundation grants, but there has been an increasing growth in open access to scientific papers and experimental data, greater transparency from some corporations, and increased pressure for access to the personal data held by corporations. In creating this global open data network, the Open Data Institute set itself to bring more rigor, structure, and guidelines in the open data movement, beyond government transparency. ODI is promoting open data through a number of initiatives including: case studies that make an economic case for open data, a badging system called Open Data Certificates, training workshops, implementation guides, open data startup incubation, and a commitment to expanding the influence of "open data culture."

Azavea has both relied upon and contributed to the open data community for many years. As the original developers of the OpenDataPhilly.org data portal, becoming an ODI node is a way for the company to both celebrate the growing availability of open data in the Philadelphia region and to engage in activities that will promote advancement of the open data ecosystem. "I believe that open data is important not only for government transparency but also for academic research, corporate accountability, and to build new businesses. Working with ODI will be an effective way to advance all of these outcomes," said Robert Cheetham, Azavea President and CEO.

There are three types of Node:

  • Country Nodes: Independent NGOs who are building national centers of excellence, working across public and private sectors, NGOs, educational institutions and other Nodes within the country.
  • City or Regional Nodes deliver projects, and can provide training, research, and development. ODI Osaka, ODI Seoul, ODI Philadelphia, ODI Dundee, ODI Sheffield and ODI Amsterdam fall into this category.
  • Communications Nodes amplify open data case studies from around the world and promote understanding. ODI Kenya and ODI Hawaii have joined at this level.

For more information about the Open Data Institute Nodes or to apply to become one, visit: http://theodi.org/nodes

About Azavea - Azavea is an award-winning geospatial data analysis and software development firm. Azavea is a certified B Corporation that applies geographic data and technology to promote the emergence of vibrant and sustainable communities while advancing the state-of-the-art through research. Each of Azavea's projects, products and pro bono engagements showcases this commitment. Find out more at http://www.azavea.com/

If you would like more information about Azavea or to schedule an interview with Robert Cheetham, Azavea CEO and President, please contact Amy Trahey at (215) 558-6184 or e-mail Email Contact.

About the Open Data Institute - The Open Data Institute catalyses the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It unlocks supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates knowledge to address local and global issues. Founded by Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the ODI is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, Limited by Guarantee company. It has secured £10 million over five years via the UK innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, $750,000 from global philanthropic investor Omidyar Network, and is working towards long-term sustainability through match funding and direct revenue. Find out more at http://www.theodi.org

Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2014/5/13/11G015661/Images/The_Open_Data_Institute-92b3a49f-386c-4c62-97d4-e2b6f7e7ae87.jpg


        
Amy Trahey 
(215) 558-6184 

Email Contact

      




Review Article Be the first to review this article

Featured Video
Jobs
Associate Packaging Engineer for Unilever at Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Vice President, GIS Business Unit for RAMTeCH Software Solutions, Inc. at Stillwater, Minnesota
GIS ANALYST for Cobb County Government at Marietta, California
Management Analys for City of Lenexa at Lenexa, Kansas
GIS Analyst for Institute for Children and Poverty at New York, California
Upcoming Events
COMSOL Conference 2018 Lausanne at SwissTech Convention Center Quartier Nord EPFL, Route Louis-Favre 2, 1024 Ecublens Switzerland - Oct 22 - 24, 2018
6th OpenFOAM Conference 2018 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg Airport Flughafenstraße 1-3 Hamburg Germany - Oct 23 - 25, 2018
ASSESS 2018 CONGRESS at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort 100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton GA - Oct 28 - 30, 2018
MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress—MSEC 2018 at Silverado Resort and Spa 1600 Atlas Peak Road Napa CA - Oct 28 - 30, 2018
Kenesto: 30 day trial



Internet Business Systems © 2018 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
25 North 14th Steet, Suite 710, San Jose, CA 95112
+1 (408) 882-6554 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation GISCafe - Geographical Information Services TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy PolicyAdvertise