ODI Adds Jeni Tennison, Gavin Starks to Executive Team

The Open Data Institute has announced that Jeni Tennison will take the role of Technical Director at the Institute and Gavin Starks will take the role of CEO. The announcement states, "Created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt, the ODI will open its doors this autumn and is a world-first, dedicated to incubating and nurturing new and existing businesses that want to use open data to create economic growth… The new hires will be based at the ODI’s Shoreditch HQ, which will open its doors later this year and will become a focal point for entrepreneurs and developers, start-ups and established corporates, technologists and creatives to meet, share ideas and drive growth." Shadbolt will give a keynote address at next week's SemTechBiz UK Conference in London.

It continues, "Gavin Starks has a unique background in business, technology, science and media. In 2006, he created AMEE to organise the world’s energy and environmental data, standards and calculations in to a simple web-service. As well as AMEE, Gavin has helped create many innovative and successful start-ups in the Shoreditch area over the past decade–working with organisations including the UK Government, Google, and Unicef."

It continues, "Jeni Tennison is one of the country's foremost developers in open data and web technologies, having pioneered the use of open data APIs within the public sector through legislation.gov.uk. She is known internationally for her work with both XML and Linked Data, and is a member of the W3C's Technical Architecture Group."

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