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Nigel Shadbolt - Participant

Sir Nigel Shadbolt is a Professor at the University of Southampton where he leads the Web and Internet Science Group.

He has made significant contributions to Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science and the emerging field of Web Science. He has founded successful technology companies one of which, Garlik, won the BT Flagship IT Award in 2008 and was acquired by Experian in 2011.

He is also the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute (ODI). Launched in December 2012, the ODI focuses on unlocking supply and stimulating demand for open data. It promotes the creation of economic, environment and societal value from open data releases.

He was appointed in 2009 by the Prime Minister to transform access to public data, work that resulted in – he currently advises the Coalition Government on Open Data and Chairs the Local Public Data Panel for the Department of Community and Local Government, is a member of the Information Economy and is also leading the UK’s midata programme aimed at given individual’s control of their data. 

In 2013 he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to science and engineering.



Open Data Institute


Chairman and Co-Founder