Solving our global challenges through turning ocean data into innovation opportunities for the digital blue economy.
ODF Sweden is the national marine data lab in Sweden. Our mission is to enable data-driven innovation by both commercial and non-commercial actors to ensure that the ocean and its resources are managed in the best possible and most sustainable way. In doing so, one of ODF Sweden’s goals is to enable Sweden to be a global leader in sustainability and innovation in the global digital blue economy.
The global digital blue economy is expected to double by 2030 to around USD 3 billion. Today an increasing number of countries across the world are establishing ocean data labs. One reason for establishing these labs is to reverse the rapid decline in ocean health, which is crucial for global economic and food security and for achieving the UN’s 2030 sustainable development goals. Today climate change, fishing, pollution, and other human factors have damaged 96% of the world’s oceans, with 41% already seriously damaged.
ODF Sweden leads a consortium forming Sweden’s marine ‘European Digital Innovation Hub‘. Our initiative has been shortlisted by the Government as one of Sweden’s candidates. This up-scaling from a small factory to a large hub will allow us to shift focus from in-house projects to facilitating others.
How we do it
ODF Sweden is an arena for competence building and innovation within the ocean space and is open to all who believe that crunching data from the ocean
- is fun,
- holds the answers to a sustainable blue economy, and
- becomes really productive and innovative when different competences do it together!
We conduct our activities in high-paced cycles focusing on selected themes, as described in our innovation cycles.
It is important to note that ODF Sweden is not a data provider per se. However, we work with all the agencies responsible for making ocean data available. In Sweden, this includes our partners SMHI and SND, but also SwAM and SLU. These agencies work in international networks to make ocean data globally available.
What makes ODF Sweden distinct is that our starting point is not ocean data but rather ocean challenges and how ocean data can address those challenges.