About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Open Data Enterprise is to maximize the value of
open government data as a public resource, by focusing on data users.

We believe that open data can support
economic growth and social good around the world.

To realize its promise, this global resource needs to be developed
and managed in ways that meets the needs of the people and organizations that use it.
However, there are currently few effective ways for data users to give input and feedback.

We seek to fill this gap by starting with data users - working with governments,
businesses, and nonprofits – to develop smarter open data strategies.

Our Partners

The Center for Open Data Enterprise collaborates with public, private and nonprofit organizations that have a shared interest in advancing demand-driven open data. 

Who  We Are

About Joel Gurin

Joel Gurin is a leading international expert on open data with a background in government, journalism, nonprofit leadership, and consumer issues. His book Open Data Now(McGraw-Hill), written for a general audience, has helped define this emerging field.  Before launching the Center in January 2015 he conceptualized and led the development team for the GovLab’s Open Data 500 project. He previously served as Chair of the White House Task Force on Smart Disclosure, which studied how open government data can improve consumer markets, and as Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. For more than a decade he was Editorial Director and then Executive Vice President of Consumer Reports, where he directed the launch and development of ConsumerReports.org, the world’s largest paid-subscription information-based website. Joel Gurin has been a featured speaker at open data conferences around the world and blogs at OpenDataNow.com.

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About Laura Manley

Laura is the Co-Founder for the Center for Open Data Enterprise in Washington DC, where she leads partnerships and programs. At the Center, she oversees both the Open Data Impact Map, the first global mapping of the uses of open data and the Open Data Roundtables series in partnership with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy .

Laura is also a Digital Entrepreneurship and Open Data Consultant with the World Bank’s Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice. Laura specializes in utilizing government data for economic growth, working with low- and middle-income countries on their data policies. She is a lead author of the Open Data for Business Tool, which is the first assessment methodology for private sector use of government data.

In addition to her work on open data, Laura has over a decade of strategic planning experience with multiple international agencies including the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF, the National Endowment for Democracy, and MasterCard Foundation.

She holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from NYU Wagner focusing on international policy and entrepreneurship and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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About AudrEy Ariss

Audrey Ariss is the Director of Research and Design at the Center for Open Data Enterprise in Washington, D.C. She is the project lead for the Open Data Impact Map, the first global mapping of organizations using open data. In addition, she co-leads the US federal Open Data Roundtables in partnership with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to convene data providers with data users.

Prior to her work at the Center, Audrey spent five years focusing on the use of information and technology for economic development. Audrey was a Google Policy Fellow, researching information policies. She was also a lead researcher for the GovLab at NYU’s Open Data 500 study of the business applications of government data. More recently in 2016, Audrey was one of the lead authors of the World Bank’s Open Data for Business Tool, the first assessment methodology for the business use of government data.

 Audrey holds Masters in International Affairs and Quantitative Methods from Columbia University focusing on technology policy and applied statistics, and a Bachelors in Modern History and French from the University of Oxford.

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About Katherine Garcia

Katherine Garcia is a member of the founding team for The Center for Open Data Enterprise, where she manages communications and outreach. She is the project lead for the Open Data Roundtables, gatherings that identify case studies, lessons learned, and best practices in open data across the federal government.

Previously she served as a Research Assistant on the Open Data 500 Study and Project Liaison on the Open Data 100 Mexico Study at The Governance Lab at New York University. Prior to joining The GovLab, Katherine served as Press Assistant at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. She has over 10 years of media and publishing experience. Katherine earned her MPA with an emphasis in Policy Analysis from Baruch College and BA in Communications at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Katherine is a Board Director of SustainUS, a youth-led organization advancing justice and sustainability by empowering young people to engage in advocacy. She is a former Co-President of the Metro NY Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women, which aims to increase public, political and financial support for UN Women - the United Nations entity for women’s empowerment and gender equality. She is passionate about open data because of its impact on governance and human rights. She tweets at @katherinejulia.

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Gustavo Magalhaes, originally from Porto, Portugal, is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin affiliated with UT Austin-Portugal program. He researches the commercial re-use of open government data and civic entrepreneurship. He has experience in both the private and public technology sectors, having worked at organizations such as Siemens., Banco Santander, and the European Central Bank. He has also provided expert advice and mentorship to early stage tech start-ups at INESC institute in Portugal.

More recently, he collaborated with Code for America as well as with the GovLab at New York University for the OpenData500 project as a researcher. Additionally, he participated in the Open Data Barometer and the Open Data Census as a country reviewer, and is an active member of the Open Austin community group. He holds BSc. and MSc. degrees from Imperial College of London.

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About Matthew Rumsey

Matt is a research fellow at the Center for Open Data Enterprise where he is exploring how open data interacts with complicating factors such as privacy and data quality.

Previously, he advocated for federal level open data initiatives as a senior policy analyst at the Sunlight Foundation. His priorities at Sunlight included ensuring the DATA Act was implemented through an open and collaborative process and urging federal agencies to fully comply with President Obama's open data executive order.

Matt holds a bachelors degree from American University and called Washington, DC home for a decade before recently relocating to Paris, France.

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About Myeong Lee

Myeong Lee is a PhD student at the University of Maryland's iSchool at College Park. His research interests are in understanding how socio-technical factors affect various kinds of communities and organizations, and in designing computing systems to solve community problems. He has experience in IT start-ups and had worked on robot/software research projects funded by government and IT companies in South Korea. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and MS in Software Engineering from Seoul National University, and a Master of Information Management degree from the University of Maryland College Park.

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About hanlun song

Hanlun Song is a recent graduate from University of Maryland College Park, with a Master of Information Management. His study focused on Human Computer Interaction – specifically, front end web design and development. Among other experiences, he had worked with Food and Drug administration to design an internal web portal for tracking personnel and financial information. He also interned in Elliott Management Corporation to build a database for public records resources. Currently he is working with The Center for Open Data Enterprise as a technology fellow, assisting the redesign and development of Open Data Impact Map.

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Theo is a senior at Georgetown University studying Government and Economics. His interests lie in the political representation of minority communities and finding tools to empower these communities. He is currently a candidate in the Government Honors Thesis Program at Georgetown.

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Our Advisors

The Center for Open Data Enterprise draws on a network of advisors and board members for insight, and guidance. Our advisors bring expertise from many perspectives, including the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Steve Adler

Shaida Badiee

William F. “Bill” Baker

Marc DaCosta

Elizabeth Grossman

Hudson Hollister
Miriam Nisbet

Theresa Pardo

Bryce Pippert

Nick Sinai

Jed Sundwall