Advisory Board: meeting July 2017

Written by Amanda Smith, Senior Consultant at the Open Data Institute.

The OpenActive coordination team at the Open Data Institute (ODI) announced to Advisory Board members this month that Phase One of the initiative was successfully completed, and met our target of opening 15 opportunity datasets with the support of the OpenActive community!

Sport England has approved Phase Two activity, with further information about the roadmap soon to come in future blog posts and the next monthly update (subscribe here).

We updated the board on the newly created Sports Business Council (SBC), which will ‘focus on supporting growth for the sports sector, improving access to finance and developing skills’. It is chaired by Sports Minister Tracey Crouch and Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore.

The next SBC is in September where we will be asking the SBC members to promote OpenActive and help us to make the initiative sustainable in the long term. You can find out more about the SBC here.

Finally, we agreed our focus for the next board meeting will be the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to understand any impact it may have on the OpenActive initiative. If you have any questions, do get in touch.

You can view the full list of Advisory Board members here.

About OpenActive

At OpenActive we’re bringing together sports and physical activity organisations from across the sector to make data on what, where and when physical activity sessions happen, openly available through open data. Our ambition is to get the UK’s 25% of inactive people active through promoting use of open data across the sector. This data will enable organisations to develop new and existing services that keep pace with the customer’s digital expectations, and make it easier for people to find and participate in sessions that are right for them.

OpenActive is a community-led initiative coordinated by the Open Data Institute providing open data expertise and is supported by Sport Englandproviding sector knowledge.

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