In an Australian-first, the Open Data Institute Queensland (ODIQ) was officially launched this week by Queensland Premier The Honourable Campbell Newman as part of the Premier’s Awards for Open Data.
In an awards ceremony held on Tuesday 2 December, Premier Campbell Newman congratulated the Open Data Award winners and finalists, and launched the ODIQ as leaders in the open data movement.
GWI senior partner Neil Makepeace is at the helm of the not-for-profit, appointed as Founding Chair, with Maree Adshead appointed CEO.
Neil Makepeace said the official launch of the ODIQ was a proud moment for the Board and sponsors.
“We are all excited to see the Open Data Institute Queensland officially launched as the driving force for open data in Queensland and Australia,” Mr Makepeace said.
“Since the Premier’s Awards for Open Data began, we have seen a vast amount of imagination and innovation already present here in Queensland.
“Our role as the ODIQ is to now extend these brilliant ideas to business and communities across the state, getting more people involved in harnessing the valuable data that is accessible to all.”
Read Premier Campbell Newman’s media statement here.
Hear from Premier Campbell Newman and ODIQ Chair Neil Makepeace in the short video below.