Open Data Day 2022 Update: Focus on the Ocean

Today we are pleased to announce a new Open Data Day partnership with Friends of Ocean Action that aims to support UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 – to ‘conserve and sustainably use our ocean, seas and marine resources for sustainable development’.

What’s this about?
Open Data Day is an annual, global celebration of open data. Each year, 300+ groups from around the world create local events to:

  • show the benefits of open data in their local community; and
  • encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society.

All outputs are open for everyone to use and re-use.
For several years we have worked with our partners to deliver hundreds of $300 mini-grants to help people organise Open Data Day events in their communities. These mini-grants have been distributed under four vertical themes:

  • Data for Equal Development
  • Environmental Data
  • Open Mapping; and
  • Tracking Public Funds.

See last year’s events here.
Today, we are pleased to announce a fifth vertical theme for the Open Data Day 2022.

  • Ocean Data for a Thriving Planet

Who is involved ?
Open Data Day is a community event. Everyone is encouraged to participate.
Last year 327 events were registered on the Open Data Day website, with 56 groups from 36 countries receiving financial support to run their event.
The Ocean Data for a Thriving Planet mini-grant scheme is supported by our partner Friends of Ocean Action – which is convened by the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with the World Resources Institute.
Friends of Ocean Action is a coalition of over 70 ocean leaders who are fast-tracking solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the ocean. Their work falls into five impact pillars – one of which is Creating a Digital Ocean. Learn more here.

The Ocean Data for a Thriving Planet mini-grant scheme has received funding from Schmidt Ocean Initiative. We are extremely grateful for their support.

What’s next?
Over the coming months we will share more information with you about this new initiative.
In the meantime, why not check out the list of ocean data resources available on the Open Data Day website, and start planning your ocean themed Open Data Day event!
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Photo of ocean by Kellie Churchman from Pexels