OD4D will promote and facilitate collaboration and knowledge-sharing among leading open data innovators working in governments around the world. Working with the OGP Open Data Working Group, OD4D will provide the necessary guidance, training, mentoring, and peer-learning to a network of global open data leaders.

As more datasets are being released, it is important to prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs, data analysts, journalists, visualization researchers, and professionals. People need skills to find, clean, interpret, and analyse data in order to uncover evidence, create visualisations, and tell stories so that they can present their arguments with more force.