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September Newsletter


We hope you have enjoyed some time off this summer and are ready to welcome September with open arms. At ODI Leeds we have had a busy few months - we've got lots to fill you in on and we have some great projects and events for you to get involved with!

We have exciting news! #OpenDataSavesLives is planning a full day online event on 29th September 2021 that will bring together people from across health and care to share data, learning and innovation around key issues related to health. There will be a talks in the morning with speakers including:

  • Dr Marcus Baw, Chair RCGP Health Informatics Group, Freelance Software Developer, Locum General Practitioner
  • Tina Woods, Social Entrepreneur and system architect in Preventative Health, Healthy Longevity and Open Health Data/AI
  • Ed Parham, Director of Innovation and Design, Space Syntax
  • Dr Chris Bates, Director of Research & Analytics, TPP
  • Kate Croft, Chair, NHS Digital Mental Health
  • Mohua Siddique, Business Development and Innovation Manager, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
  • John O'Connell, Director of Strategic and Service Innovation / Transformation Director - Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, NHS South, Central and West
  • Rupert Dunbar Rees, Founder & CEO Outcomes Based Healthcare.

In the afternoon we will hold an Unconference. The agenda for the Unconference will be guided by YOU - the participants. To find out further details, grab a cuppa and have a read of our #OpenDataSavesLives Associate Ali Morpeth's blog. Also, don't forget to sign up via Eventbrite to get involved.

If helping take action against the climate emergency crisis is your thing, we have plenty for you to get your teeth stuck into! We are running monthly Powered Up sessions where we discuss a key topic related to the energy sector and/or the climate emergency. The next session is on 7th September and will be in collaboration with one of our sponsors, FutureGov. The event will focus on local net-zero plans and how these can be informed by data, which feels very topical given a recent BBC report stating that council policies are often inconsistent with climate goals. On the 1st October we are exploring the data that can support retrofitting of houses in collaboration with West Yorkshire Combined Authority. We would love to see you there, so sign up for these events via Eventbrite. Please let us know if you would like to talk about the work you or your organisation are doing!

Did you say you wanted more events related to the climate emergency crisis?! Well, we've got just the thing for you; our next event lined up is our fourth #PlanetData event! There will be a launch event during Leeds Digital Festival on 20th September at 9:30 AM. The main unconference event will kick off on 21st October and it will take place online, over a single day. The morning session will be a show-case, sharing the work of our partners, clients and other interesting individuals and organisations - most of these projects can be actioned NOW to make a difference. The afternoon will be a mixture of networking and collaborative working sessions on key topics focusing on action and making progress. To get you excited for #PlanetData4 here are a couple teaser speakers we have confirmed so far Louise Crow, Programme Director, mySociety; Dan Stowell, Open Climate Fix; Stuart Lowe, Data Projects, ODI Leeds. We would love to have you join us for the day, please sign-up and share with colleagues to help us bring together a wide range of fascinating people!

We have been collaborating with Yorkshire Water on a diversity data project. Back in September 2020 at the Leeds Anchors Network roundtable, a diversity dashboard for Leeds was proposed, with some of the largest organisations in Leeds committing to sharing their data. We then kick-started the project by hosting a diversity data special for the Open Data Collaboration Group, looking to get more insight about the data quality and what might be involved in making a data standard. From there, we started asking the Open Data Collaboration Group for their datasets about diversity so that the team at ODI Leeds could start to examine and work with it. The team has made a data standard draft where we welcome any feedback and appreciate any comments as they will be used to help build a new data standard collaboratively. We have now built a Diversity Dashboard - prototype, we have put everything together to create a diversity dashboard for Leeds. However, we still do not have the data. We are now in the process of asking organisations to publish and share their data openly with us. If your organisation would be keen to get involved, please email

ODI Leeds' collaborative workspace has now fully reopened and is back to business as usual. We are still exercising some precautions; hand sanitising stations, reduced capacity, increased cleaning. We have a variety of flexible spaces. The Gather, our largest event space, The Bothy and the Huddle are ideal for smaller meetings and The Common which is our open and collaborative space perfect for training, away days, and group sessions. All of our rooms are well ventilated, flooded with natural light and come fully equipped with 60-90 inch HD TV screens, superfast WIFI, wipeable whitewalls, stationery and more.

With our broadcast studio Live@ODILeeds we also offer a range of hybrid and virtual events - so we can help you deliver your perfect event whatever it is. To find out more details on the type of spaces and virtual services we have to offer, click here for our brochure. We look forward to welcoming you back! Please get in touch here if you would like to enquire about making a booking.

As you can see, there is so much for you to get involved in whether it's Health, Energy, Climate or Data - we really do have something for all! ODI Leeds is here to aid and support any bids, events or any other projects you are working on. If there is any work that you need a helping hand with, please do not hesitate to seek our assistance. Likewise, if you have any new projects in mind that you would like to collaborate on together, we would love to hear more!