About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Open Data Enterprise is to maximize the value of 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 bookOpen 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 ofConsumerReports.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 atOpenDataNow.com.

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About Katarina rebello

Katarina Rebello is Director of Programs at the Center for Open Data Enterprise. In this role, she oversees all federal and international programs, including the Center’s Open Data Roundtables and the SDG National Reporting Initiative. Katarina's work focuses on the intersection of politics, policy, and technology innovation. Throughout her time at the Center, Katarina has led Roundtables with the White House and numerous federal agencies, bringing together government data providers and data users. Katarina has also facilitated workshops at the United Nations on using data to achieve the SDGs.

Prior to joining the Center, Katarina worked at 1776, a global startup incubator and seed fund based in Washington DC. She also worked at the Group of Fifty Foundation, a global business community operating under the auspices of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.Katarina holds a MA Honors Degree from the University of St Andrews, in Scotland.

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About brock fanning

Brock Fanning is a web architect and data scientist who is active in the world of open-source software development. Prior to joining the Center for Open Data Enterprise, he contributed to open-source projects and developed web experiences at the University of Maryland, Manifest, and the U.S. Department of Justice.Brock holds graduate degrees in classical guitar performance, and enjoys playing with flamenco and jazz bands. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. Brock grew up in New Orleans, later adopted Baltimore, and currently lives in Arlington, VA with his wife and three daughters. He is a strong believer in the power of a good data visualization.

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About ANDY LO

Andy Lo is a web developer at the Center for Open Data Enterprise working in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals National Reporting Initiative. He brings a wide range of experience centered around web development, and has had a history of working with non-profit organizations helping to develop and maintain their digital solutions. Prior to coming to the Center for Open Data Enterprise, Andy worked at the Sunlight Foundation where he served as the primary maintainer of the Open States project as a member of Sunlight Labs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University-Commerce and is currently based in Dallas, TX.

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About Daniela Nagar

Daniela Nagar is a Research Intern at the Center for Open Data Enterprise working on the Open Data Impact Map. Her work involves ensuring quality control of the Impact Map, assisting with case study development, and contributing to research efforts related to the State of Open Data. During her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, Daniela focused on international development and conflict management and health epidemics such as HIV. Daniela has spent time abroad working at Gigawatt Global, a solar panel start-up in Jerusalem, and volunteering at HIV clinics in Botswana. Locally, Daniela has researched good governance at Transparency and Accountability Initiative in Washington, DC.

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About jacob lewis

Jacob Lewis is a political scientist with a decade of experience researching and implementing governance and democracy in the developing world. Jacob is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland, and focuses on issues of government corruption and contentious politics. He has held research positions at Uppsala University, the Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, and Global Integrity. He has worked in Africa and Central Asia, and speaks English and French.

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About Myeong Lee

Myeong Lee is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland's iSchool at College Park. His research interests are in understanding the information dynamics of and inequality in local communities, and designing socio-technical strategies to solve community and information problems. Myeong has been leading the Open Data Impact Map project as a Data Science and Technology Fellow from the technical perspective, and advising on data/technology strategies in general. Recently, he has been playing a role as a data/technology advisor on the SDG National Reporting Initiative for the Center for Open Data Enterprise.

He has experiences in IT start-ups and had worked on data science and software research projects funded by universities, government and IT companies. 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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About caleb rudow

Caleb Rudow is a Research Fellow at the Center for Open Data Enterprise and works on the SDG National Reporting Initiative. He researches patterns of data use, open data policy, and the development of SDG national reporting platforms. Caleb has specialized research experience in both qualitative and quantitative methods, specifically running randomized control trials.   As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, Caleb worked with USAID’s climate change program and the Zambian Forestry Department to develop GIS trainings and geospatial products.

After the Peace Corps, he attended the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and focused his studies on data analysis for international development. At the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Caleb worked on the Avoiding Data Graveyards: Insights from Data Producers & Users in Three Countries report from AidData and was a program manager for the Innovations for Peace and Development research lab. 

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About Gustavo Magalhaes

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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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
FORMER CHIEF INFORMATION STRATEGIST, IBM

Audrey Ariss
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL, WORLD BANK GROUP

Shaida Badiee
MANAGING DIRECTOR, OPEN DATA WATCH

William F. “Bill” Baker
PRESIDENT EMERITUS, WNET

Amparo Ballivian
FORMER LEAD ECONOMIST, WORLD BANK GROUP

Kathy Conrad
DIRECTOR, DIGITAL GOVERNMENT, ACCENTURE FEDERAL SERVICES

Marc DaCosta
FOUNDER, ENIGMA.IO

Elizabeth Grossman
DIRECTOR OF CIVIC PROJECTS, TECHNOLOGY &
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT GROUP, MICROSOFT
Hudson Hollister
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DATA COALITION

Laura Manley
DIRECTOR, TECHNOLOGY & PUBLIC PURPOSE PROJECT
BELFER CENTER, HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL

Miriam Nisbet
FORMER DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT
INFORMATION SERVICES

Theresa Pardo
DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY IN GOVERNMENT

Bryce Pippert
PRINCIPAL, BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON

Nick Sinai
FORMER U.S. DEPUTY CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
WALTER SHORENSTEIN FELLOW, HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL

Jed Sundwall
OPEN DATA TECHNICAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER,
AMAZON WEB SERVICES