Tuesday 15 October 2019


Data. Trust. Data trusts.

Jeni Tennison, CEO of the Open Data Institute

Data is a new form of infrastructure. Our economies and societies are coming to rely on data, but it is also an emerging battlefield where public interest, individual preference and corporate avarice seem poised to clash.

Massive volumes of data are being generated and processed every day. The data revolution is happening quickly, driving more informed policy making, scientific discovery and business innovation. But there is growing public awareness and concern about how data is collected, used, shared and monetised. How do we get from where we are now to where we might want to be, given the power that access to data confers?

Join Jeni Tennison of the Open Data Institute to learn about why access to data is so important and about the new kinds of institutions that could help ensure that data works in ways that are worthy of our trust.

Jeni Tennison

Jeni Tennison is the CEO of the Open Data Institute. She specialises in the technology, public policy and cultural transformations needed to support increasing trustworthy data access and is passionate about creating a world where data works for everyone.

Jeni gained a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, then worked as an independent consultant specialising in open data publishing and consumption. Before joining the ODI as Technical Director in 2012, she was the Technical Architect and Lead Developer for


The Open Data Institute (ODI) is an international, independent not-for-profit organisation founded by the inventor of the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and artificial intelligence expert Sir Nigel Shadbolt. ODI has a mission to work with companies and governments to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem. It brings together experts in, advocates for, and critics of, data and its role in our lives.