Quite a significant announcement by the Open Data Institute (ODI) to create a new centre for Open Referral UK. This is a recently-defined UK Government standard for cross-company data sharing. It is important for that reason, but also because it highlights the role of “data institutions” used to manage and promote shared data as a critical asset.
The ODI is today (30 March 2022) committing to hosting a data institution for the Open Referral UK data standard. This, the first data institution hosted by the ODI, is intended to free up and clarify information across organisations, meaning that the public may ultimately receive better and more efficient services.