How does OpenActive work?
Improving access to opportunity data – making data about where and when sport and physical activities happen open for anyone to access, use and share so that more places, products and services can better inform people of opportunities to get active.
Stimulating innovation with data to help meet people’s digital expectations – by stimulating innovation with open opportunity data, and creating products and services that use this data, in order to help people make better choices to get active and transform the way people discover and participate in relevant activities.
Developing open standards – in collaboration with the sector so that data about sport and physical activity opportunities is consistently described, categorised and structured. These standards aim to maximise use and compatibility for new tools, products and services designed to get people active.
Building data literacy within the sector – by championing data leadership, inspiring transformation and change across organisations, and strengthening the practical capability of sport and physical activity organisations to work with open data
Working collaboratively to evoke change across the sector – for a digitally-driven and better-connected future in the sector enabled by better data sharing and access to open opportunity data. Including establishing a sense of shared ownership within the sector to ensure the OpenActive initiative is self-governing and truly sustainable.
Who runs the OpenActive initiative?
OpenActive is a community-led initiative across the sport and physical activity sector. This means every OpenActive member – open to join – plays a part in progressing its vision “using data to help people get active” and shares ownership of its progress and achievements.
There’s a diverse range of organisations and people in the OpenActive community growing each month. From, influential bodies such as National Governing Bodies, County Sports Partnerships and local councils, large activity providers like leisure operators, individual groups like outdoor fitness classes, data service providers like platforms and booking systems, individual advocates, mass participation event providers and more. You can browse the full list of members.
Through lottery funding awarded by Sport England, the Open Data Institute stewards the initiative, driving engagement across the sector, building data literacy, collaboratively developing open data standards, stimulating innovation with startups and leading the initiative’s events and communications. The current funding phase is between November 2017 - November 2018.
Will the ODI steward OpenActive forever?
No. In order for the initiative to become a success, it needs to be self-sustaining and driven by various parts of the sector itself. The ODI aims to provide the knowledge, tools and foundation for open ‘opportunity’ data to thrive independently. Beyond its stewardship role, the ODI will continue to play a collaborative role as an active OpenActive member.
With this future in mind, all tools, documentation, and material have been built by the ODI and OpenActive members with community-led sustainability and maintenance in mind.