🌍 Introduction#

Data is the new oil πŸ“ˆ powering our world. From stats and maps πŸ“ to real-time sensors πŸ“Ά and experiment results πŸ”¬, responsibly collecting, managing and sharing data has become critical.#

As our societies run on data to drive decisions and insights, we need a robust global data infrastructure to:

  • 🌳 Combat climate change

  • πŸ“ Support evidence-based policies

  • πŸ“΅ Fight online exploitation & disinfo

  • πŸ‘₯ Confront societal polarisation

Building this global infrastructure is no easy task though. It requires coordinating across:

  • πŸ—ΊοΈ Borders

  • 🏭 Sectors

  • πŸ”¬ Disciplines

  • πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Technical standards

  • πŸ“œ Legal regimes

Aligning all those stakeholders with different goals & systems is a complex challenge. The ODI’s #GlobalDataInfrastructure investigates how researchers can break down barriers and unlock cross-boundary collaboration for research tackling global challenges.