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 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.  She is also a Senior Consultant with the World Bank’s ICT and Transport and Trade and Competitiveness Global Practices. Laura focuses on data for sustainable development and economic growth, working primarily with low- and middle-income countries. 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. 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.

Laura serves as an Adjunct Professor at the NYU Wagner School of Public Policy, where she teaches Data Policy and Innovation, and is an Associate Lecturer at Columbia University's School for Professional Studies, where she teaches Introduction to Open Data in the Applied Analytics Program.

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About AudrEy Ariss

Audrey Ariss is the Director of Research and Design at the Center for Open Data Enterprise, where she also co-leads international initiatives. She is the project lead for the SDG National Reporting Initiative and 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 katarina rebello

Katarina Rebello is a Policy Fellow at the Center for Open Data Enterprise, supporting the development of the 2017 Open Data Roundtables series.

She recently graduated from the University of St Andrews, in Scotland, with a MA Honors Degree in International Relations. Her primary interests fall at the intersection of politics, policy, and technology innovation. Aside from her native language of Portuguese, Katarina also speaks Spanish and French.

Prior to joining the Center for Open Data Enterprise, 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.

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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 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 ryan linnen

Ryan is currently a Research Intern with the Center for Open Data Enterprise.  He focuses on aiding in research for the Open Data Roundtables Series. Ryan is originally from New Jersey but is currently attending The George Washington University. He is pursuing a double Major in History and International Affairs, concentrating in Latin America.  His academic and professional interests are policy, research, and anything having to do with history.

Before Interning with the Center, Ryan worked as a Political Affairs Intern with the Borgen Project, aspiring to end global poverty through lobbying and working with his congressmen.  He also worked as an Event Specialist with the Mansion on O Street and worked as a Historical Database Engineer with the Vietnam Veterans of America.

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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 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

Shaida Badiee

William F. “Bill” Baker

Kathy Conrad

Marc DaCosta

Elizabeth Grossman
Hudson Hollister

Miriam Nisbet

Theresa Pardo

Bryce Pippert

Nick Sinai

Jed Sundwall