About Us


The Principal Investigator of Data Stories is Professor Elena Simperl, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton and part of the Web Science Institute. She is joined by Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and a Director of the Web Science Institute; Professor Leslie Carr, Professor of Web Science at the University of Southampton and a Director of the Web Science Institute; Dr Justin Murphy, Lecturer in Governance and Policy within Social Sciences: Politics & International Relations at the University of Southampton; Tom Blount, a researcher in Web and Internet Science at the University of Southampton; and Laura Kösten and Emilia Kacprzak, two PhD students at the University of Southampton, working with the ODI.

Our Partners

University of SouthamptonThe University of Southampton is one of the most prestigious universities in the United Kingdom. It is ranked in the top ten of research led universities in the UK, and participates in a high number of collaborative research projects and related initiatives.



The ODI was co-founded in 2012 by the inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee and AI expert Sir Nigel Shadbolt to address today’s global challenges using the web of data.






The Parliamentary Digital Service works with the House of Commons, the House of Lords, and Parliament staff on their IT and digital needs.






The British Broadcasting Corporation is the world’s oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees.





Edelman is a leading global communications marketing firm helping business and organisations evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations.






Full Fact is the UK’s independent factchecking organisation.






MundoJumbo is a Sheffield-based company that has created public programmes covering a range of locally relevant topical themes such as the Hack the City datathon series and Air Quality+




The Office for National Statistics is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK.





Represent.me is a democracy platform for voting and deliberation that connects citizens and decision makers together.