Mapping the data ecosystem

Data ecosystem maps can be applied to multiple contexts and frameworks. There are two main approaches to mapping a data ecosystem:

  • Understanding the current state. For example, mapping out the key actors and data exchanges related to an existing health data project, to evaluate how and where use of data creates value.

  • Identifying a future state. For example, mapping out the relationships, data and value exchange you are aiming for, to communicate the ambition, and influence and build relationships with key actors to realise that ambition.

The following two use cases illustrate how data ecosystem mapping can be used to visualise interactions between different actors and ideas in a system and, in addition, how it can generate useful insights and communicate these to stakeholders.

For practical advice on how to draw an ecosystem map, the ODI’s data ecosystem mapping tool provides a logical approach, and a way to visualise interactions.

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