Towards a sustainable Open Data ECOsystem


ODECO is a 4-year Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network initiative (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020, grant agreement 955569). The central aim of the ODECO consortium network is to train the next generation of creative and innovative early stage open data researchers, to unlock their creative and innovative potential to address current and future challenges in the creation of user driven, circular and inclusive open data ecosystem.

The programme runs between October 2021 and September 2025 and will deliver 15 PhD degrees, in joint supervision and training between the public and private sectors.


ODECO offers 15 PhD projects for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), each of them covering a specific part of the open data ecosystem supervised by leading European beneficiaries.

WP No.WP TitleActivity TypeLead BeneficiaryESR involvement
1TrainingTrainingTU DELFTAll
2From supplier driven to a user driven open data ecosystemResearchUNIZARESR1-7, 9-15
3From a linear to a circular open data ecosystemResearchAAUESR1,2,8-15
4From an exclusive to an inclusive open data ecosystemResearchUNICAMESR1,2,5,9,13,15
5Towards a sustainable open data ecosystemResearchUAEGEANAll
6Communication and DisseminationDisseminationKU LEUVENAll
7Management and coordinationManagementTU DELFTAll
8Ethics requirementsManagementTU DELFTAll


Early Stage Researchers
ESR01-Davide Di Staso_1

Davide Di Staso

PhD student (ESR01)

ESR02-Dagoberto José Herrera Murillo_1

Dagoberto Herrera

PhD student (ESR02)

ESR03-Silvia Cazacu-Bucica_1

Silvia Cazacu-Bucica

PhD student (ESR03)

ESR04-Ramya Chandrasekhar

Ramya Chandrasekhar

PhD student (ESR04)

ESR05-Mohsan Ali_1

Mohsan Ali

PhD student (ESR05)

ESR06-Maria Elena Lopez Reyes

Maria Elena Lopez Reyes

PhD student (ESR06)

ESR07-Ioanna Mar_1_1

Maria Ioanna Maratsi

PhD student (ESR07)

ESR08-Abdul Aziz_1

Abdul Aziz

PhD student (ESR08)

ESR09-Georgios Papageorgiou_1

Giorgos Papageorgiou

PhD student (ESR09)

ESR10-Alejandra Celis Vargas_1

Alejandra Celis Vargas

PhD student (ESR10)


Liubov Pilshchikova

PhD student (ESR11)

ESR12-Caterina Santoro

Caterina Santoro

PhD student (ESR12)

Héctor Ochoa

Héctor Ochoa Ortiz

PhD student (ESR13)


Umair Ahmed

PhD student (ESR14)

ESR15-Ahmad Ashraf Ahmad Shaharudin_1

Ashraf Shaharudin

PhD student (ESR15)


ESRs will be supervised at the host beneficiary by a team of experienced supervisors. Each supervisor has experience in supervising research. Each ESR will have an academic supervisor in the institute where they enrol. ESRs performing their training and research at a non-academic beneficiary will be supervised by an experienced supervisor from a university.

TUDELFT-Bastiaan van Loenen

Bastiaan van Loenen

Associate Professor & Scientific Project Coordinator, TU DELFT

TUDELFT-Anneke Zuiderwijk

Anneke Zuiderwijk-van Eijk

Assistant Professor, TU DELFT

TUDELFT-Ingrid Mulder

Ingrid Mulder

Associate Professor,

TUDELFT-Hendrik Ploeger

Hendrik Ploeger

Associate Professor, TU DELFT

TUDELFT-Frederika Welle Donker

Frederika Welle Donker

Researcher, TU DELFT

TUDELFT-Marijn Janssen

Marijn Janssen

Professor, TU DELFT

KU Leuven-Joep Crompvoets

Joep Crompvoets

Professor, KU LEUVEN

KU Leuven-Glenn Vancauwenberghe

Glenn Vancauwenberghe

Senior Researcher, KU LEUVEN

KU Leuven-Therese Steenberghen

Thérèse Steenberghen

Professor, KU LEUVEN

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Cesar Casiano

Postdoctoral Research Associate, KU LEUVEN

CNRS-Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay

Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay

Associate Professor, CNRS

UNIZAR-Francisco J. Lopez-Pellicer

Francisco Javier López-Pellicer

Associate Professor, UNIZAR


Javier Nogueras-Iso

Associate Professor, UNIZAR

UAEGEAN-Alexopoulos Charalampos

Charalampos Alexopoulos

Senior Researcher, UAEGEAN

UAEGEAN-Yannis Charalabidis

Yannis Charalabidis

Associate Professor, UAEGEAN

UAEGEAN-Loukis Euripides c

Loukis Euripidis

Professor, UAEGEAN

AAU-Rikke Magnussen

Rikke Magnussen

Professor, AAU

AAU-Birger Larsen

Birger Larsen

Professor, AAU

UNICAM-Andrea Polini

Andrea Polini

Full Professor, UNICAM

UNICAM-Barbara Re

Barbara Re

Assistant Professor, UNICAM​

Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board is the primary management structure within ODECO. The SB is responsible for overseeing the quality of the network-wide training of ESRs and for ensuring that scientific/technological training is balanced with transferable skills training appropriate to the needs of each recruited researcher. The Supervisory Board will also oversee the quality and quantity of supervision of the ESRs. 

TUDELFT-Bastiaan van Loenen

Bastiaan van Loenen

Associate Professor & Scientific Project Coordinator, TU DELFT

KU Leuven-Joep Crompvoets

Joep Crompvoets

Associate Professor, KU LEUVEN

CNRS-Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay

Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay

Associate Professor, CNRS

UNIZAR-Francisco J. Lopez-Pellicer

Francisco Javier López-Pellicer

Associate Professor, UNIZAR

UAEGEAN-Alexopoulos Charalampos

Charalampos Alexopoulos

Senior Researcher, UAEGEAN

AAU-Rikke Magnussen

Rikke Magnussen

Associate Professor, AAU

UNICAM-Andrea Polini

Andrea Polini

Associate Professor, UNICAM

FAROSNET-Antonis Fourlis

Antonis Fourlis


Project coordination

The project coordination in ODECO is performed at two levels:

  1. The scientific coordination performed by Bastiaan van Loenen (TU Delft) for the scientific development of the project. The main responsibility is to ensure that the main goals of the project are pursued and to verify the quality of all deliverables resulting from the project. The scientific coordinators will cooperate closely with Work Package Leaders to guarantee that the project delivers the expected impact.
  2. The project coordinator Danitsja van Heusden-van Winden (TU Delft) assists the scientific coordinator and the consortium on financial, legal, administrative as well as on organizational matters.

The scientific coordinator and the project coordinator work closely together to guarantee a smooth project communication internally (within the project) and act as the intermediary between the project beneficiaries and the external funding authority the European Union and the public at large.

TUDELFT-Bastiaan van Loenen

Bastiaan van Loenen

Associate Professor & Scientific Project Coordinator, TU DELFT

TUDELFT-Danitsja van Heusden

Danitsja van Heusden-van Winden

Project Coordinator, TU DELFT


Distributed among the 8 beneficiaries, 15 ESRs will be recruited and involved in the ODECO training programme. Being part of the ODECO network offers unique possibilities for individual fellow research trainings, an online training programme, and five training weeks hosted at European project beneficiaries for all ESRs. Training will be delivered through 5 types of training activities:

  1. Individual Fellow’s Research Trainings are the primary means through which ESRs obtain essential skills, knowledge and experience, by working on the Research and Training Objectives under guidance from researchers and supervisors in academic and industrial sectors.
  2. The Introductory Online Training Programme aims to create a common vocabulary within the consortium and introducing the ESRs to the basic concepts of open data. Project lead: TU Delft.
  3. ODECO Training Weeks. ODECO will implement five training weeks each dedicated to one of the ODECO challenges:
    – Training week 1: ‘Understanding open data as an ecosystem’. Project lead: AAU.
    – Training week 2: ‘Towards a user driven open data ecosystem’. Project lead: UNIZAR.
    – Training week 3: Towards a circular open data ecosystem’. Project lead: UNICAM.
    – Training week 4: ‘Towards an inclusive open data ecosystem’. Project lead: KU LEUVEN.
    – Training week 5: ‘Towards the open data ecosystem’. Project lead: UAEGEAN.
  4. Consortium Meetings are meetings of all consortium members. During these meetings, the Supervisory Board will meet, using the ESR presentations to monitor training and research progress.
  5. Communication and Public Engagement Activities provide both training and outreach functions.


The ODECO consortium is an integrated team of beneficiaries and partners. The beneficiaries are composed of European top universities and a research institute with extensive expertise in high-quality open data research, including both governance and technical aspects. The beneficiaries joined forces with a number of partner organizations, which results in a network in nine European countries (NL, BE, FR, ES, IT, EL, DK, IE, FI). Together, they are covering multiple domains from the public, private, academic, and non-profit sectors.




ODECO it’s most recent publications, such as conference papers, journal articles, can be found on the ODECO community on Zenodo

Below you can find all public deliverable reports prepared so far within the ODECO project. This section will be updated during the duration of the project when results are becoming available.


Deliverable numberDeliverable titleDownload
D1.3Training Week 1 ‘Understanding open data as an ecosystem’download
D1.4Training Week 2 ‘Towards a user driven open data ecosystem’download
D1.5Training Week 3 ‘Towards a circular open data ecosystem’download
D2.1Open data user needs: seven flavoursdownload
D2.2User needs from a technical perspectivedownload
User needs from a governance perspectivedownload
D3.1Closing the cycle: Understanding potential contributions of open government data users to the open data ecosystemdownload


The ODECO Newsletters are available here: 

ODECO Newsletter July 2023

ODECO Newsletter September 2022