CSIRO’s Data61 recognised as leader in digital and open innovation

CSIRO’s Data61 has been recognised in a country case study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as a global blueprint for digital and open innovation.

The case study, released to coincide with the launch of the OECD’s “Digital Innovation: Seizing Policy Opportunities” report in London, highlights CSIRO Data61’s unique capabilities, ambitions and network model at a time of deep structural change for Australia in the global networked economy.

Data61 is Australia’s leading digital innovation network, with internationally recognised expertise in artificial intelligence, robotics, cybersecurity, data analytics and blockchain, among other areas.

A report commissioned by CSIRO identified that digital innovation can deliver $315 billion in gross economic value to Australia over the next decade, making it a critical ingredient to the country’s — and indeed the world’s — ongoing economic success.

CSIRO’s Data61 CEO Adrian Turner said now more than ever, mission-driven digital innovation is critical for continued progress within Australia and across the world.

“Our model is about bringing the best R&D capabilities together, breaking down institutional boundaries and building global partnerships to drive digital innovation at speed and scale, for the benefit of Australia.

“Several other countries are looking to establish their own versions of Data61, modelled in whole or in part, on our approach,” said Turner.

The case study is part of OECD’s Digital and Open Innovation project. The initiative analyses how digital transformation is affecting innovation across the economy and identifies the most appropriate instruments to foster vibrant innovation ecosystems.

OECD head of the science and technology policy division, Dominique Guellec, said CSIRO’s Data61 is a good example of a research and innovation centre.

“It promotes multidisciplinary teams combining strong data and field-specific expertise, which are much needed in the digital age,” said Guellec.

Data61 has collaboration agreements in place with over 30 universities, enabling an effective approach to accelerated and scaled research and development outcomes for industry and government.