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ODI announces winners Open Data Awards 2015

Author: Adrian Offerman

Earlier this month, the Open Data Institute held its Open Data Awards ceremony at Bloomberg's London office, where ODI founders Sirs Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt presented this year's winners.

After an earlier invitation to nominate outstanding people, projects, groups, governments and businesses across five categories from around the world, a list of almost 500 nominees was compiled. This resulted in a shortlist from which the ultimate winners were selected:

  • Business Award: OpenCorporates: UK startup OpenCorporates has developed the largest open database of company information, with over 85,500,000 organisations worldwide. OpenCorporates provides accurate data about organisations and their structure, providing context to complex company activity.
  • Innovation Award: Medicines for Malaria Venture: Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), based in Geneva, facilitates open-source development of antimalarial drugs in the pharmaceuticals industry. MMV has launched 4 new antimalarial drugs, and developed a 'malaria box' of 400 open source antimalarial compounds, freely available to anyone wishing to develop new drugs in developing countries.
  • Social Impact: BudgIT BudgIT is promoting widespread understanding of spending and budgets in Nigerian government through a breakdown of government spending on its portal, whilst also working with citizens to provide further datasets in public demand.
  • Individual Champion: Mo McRoberts: Mo McRoberts, Chief Technical Architect at the BBC, has influenced open data integration into the BBC's portfolio of work, developed an open data platform for the BBC in addition to best-practices and policies for open data across the broadcast industry, whilst widening open data awareness.
  • Publisher Award: Greater London Authority: Greater London Authority has pioneered the release of local and regional government data as open data in London. GLA's London Datastore publishes 600 datasets with open data certificates to assure quality. GLA's exemplary work with Transport for London opened up transport data now used in hundreds of 3rd party apps and published the London Schools Atlas.
  • Jobs Challenge: Performance in Context: Performance in Context (PiC) is a platform improving access to jobs for people from less-privileged backgrounds. Using job applicant data against government education data, candidate-provided information and social background algorithms, the platform presents applicant performances in context. PiC enables recruiters to understand, make better-informed recruitment decisions and improve social diversity in jobs.

Open Data Awards

The Open Data Awards are held annually. This was the second year the event was organised. On the evening of the ceremony, ODI's CEO Gavin Starks also presented a paper on data ownership 'Who owns our data infrastructure?'. Ed Parkes from Nesta and Briony Phillips from the ODI presented a review of the Open Data Challenge Series, a collaborative project run in partnership between the two organisations.