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ODIQ and QCIF partner for open data and innovation projects

QCIF and the Open Data Institute Queensland have formally established a partnership to collaborate on projects involving open data and open innovation.

QCIF and ODIQ signed a memorandum of understanding on 23 February 2017 that extends and broadens their current collaborations delivering the value of open data and open innovation to QCIF members and to ODIQ’s activities in Queensland and increasingly nationwide.

ODIQ is a not-for-profit company that connects, equips and inspires Australians to innovate with data. It is one of the worldwide organisations aligned with the Open Data Institute in the UK. established by World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

QCIF has already been providing training as part of the ODIQ skills development program and has assisted ODIQ with developing tools for assessing organisational maturity with open data.

QCIF CEO Rob Cook said the partnership with ODIQ would stimulate open data and open innovation amongst its member universities and data openness and interchange between the academic sector and government and industry. It would also help make university expertise available to foster ODIQ’s important work.

“For Queensland, more open data and increased open innovation will lead to economic opportunities such as more jobs and growth. More government and commercial open data accessible to researchers will lead to more research, resulting in more applications in industry. It’s a beneficial cycle,” said Mr Cook,

“ODIQ is the only ODI offshoot in Australia. It is spreading its wings nationally and as it does so it will provide more national opportunities for the Queensland economy and for Queensland’s universities.”

The Queensland Government has already contracted ODIQ to assist it with making government data public and available in useful, innovative ways. ODIQ and QCIF will generate projects to assist with this process.

QCIF and ODIQ will work closely together on opportunities and further develop their existing training and skills development programs. Please contact Gavin Kennedy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further information about the QCIF/ODIQ partnership.

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