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The Open Data Challenge Series Handbook

This handbook provides a broad overview of the Open Data Challenge Series and the methodology for those interested in running their own.

The Open Data Challenge Series has now run seven successful challenges on Crime and Justice, Education, Energy and Environment, Housing and Food, Heritage and Culture and Jobs.

The handbook aims to tell the story of Challenge Series so far and will also help readers who may be interested in running a challenge of their own by providing an overview of the challenge methodology used encouraging an assessment of whether their sectors are suitable.

Use the handbook to:

  • see the range of ways that an open data challenge can make impact
  • understand the methodology involved in designing and running an open data challenge
  • explore your own ideas for running a prize and sense check whether you have enough data to run an open data challenge


Ed Parkes and Briony Philips


Ed Parkes

Ed Parkes

Ed Parkes

Senior Programme Manager

Ed worked in the Innovation Lab in Nesta, as the Senior Programme Manager for the Open Data Challenge Series, which was run in partnership with the Open Data Institute.

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