A team of LNM researchers (led by Neil Selwyn and Michael Henderson) have been awarded a research grant from the Spencer Foundation in the US to investigate the opportunities that ‘open data’ offer to high schools. The project will explore the benefits and challenges associated with the introduction of ‘open’ access to school-generated and school-related data within whole school communities – i.e. students, teachers, parents, school administrators and leaders. This project is distinguished by its dual focus on: (i) supporting schools to ‘build-their-own’ digital systems and practices for accessing and using open data; and (ii) then evaluating how these open data tools and techniques are used ‘in the wild’ of the school context. The project will run until the end of 2014.