These “Data Trust” Pilots are a Taste of the Future


The Open Data Institute (ODI) has published a report on three pilot “data trusts” – legal structures designed to provide independent stewardship of data – it set up under a government-funded trial that may have far-reaching impact. 

The pilots ran for three months to 31 March 2019 and focused on tackling illegal wildlife trade, reducing food waste, and improving public services in Greenwich. A key metric: whether they could “increase access to data while retaining trust.”

The report by the non-profit ODI comes as the government looks to find ways to unlock and monetise vast public data

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