January 21, 2022

Winners of 2015 Open Data Awards Announced

The Open Data Awards were presented earlier this month in London, UK.

From the Open Data Institute Blog:

Awarded by ODI Co-founders, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, 300 delegates convened to recognise today’s open data champions creating real world impact. From Kenya, Uruguay and Indonesia, to Brussels, Italy, and Ukraine, the ODI received over 500 nominations commending unsung heroes working with open data worldwide.

2015 Winners

Open Data Business Award winner: 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.

Open Data Innovation Award winner: 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.

Open Data Social Impact Award winner: BudgIT

BudgIT is promoting widespread understanding of spending and budgets in Nigerian government through a breakdown of government spending in its portal, whilst also working with citizens to provide further datasets in public demand.

Open Data Individual Champion Award winner: 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, best-practices and policies for open data across the broadcast industry, whilst widening open data awareness.

Open Data Publisher Award winner: 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.

Open Data Jobs Challenge winner: 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.

Read the Complete Announcement Including Links to Interviews With Winners

See Also: Finalists in All Categories

See Also: Projects Shortlisted in All Categories

Hat Tip and Thanks: ePSI Platform

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.