About

Sean Roberts: ODI Director and Advisory Council Chair


Sean is a founding member of the OpenStack Foundation. This is in addition to his 20+ years of technology experience at places like Stanford, Yahoo, EDS, ADP, and Electronic Arts. Sean is passionate about donating his time mentoring engineers, participating in technical conferences, leading open source projects, and other public works. As part of volunteering, Sean enjoys public speaking, with more than fifty talks and events over the past few years.

Garrett Johnson: Lincoln Network Executive Director


Co-founder of Lincoln Network, which is focused on bringing civic organizations and government institutions into the 21st century. Previously Co-founded SendHub [acq. Cameo Global], a Y Combinator backed startup launched in 2011. Served as professional staff to the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Originally from (Tampa) Florida, graduated in 2005 from Florida State University and was the 2006 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Shot Put champion. Read for the degree of Master of Philosophy in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford, England as a Rhodes Scholar.

Albert Suarez: ODI Program Manager


Graduated with a Law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 2015. He is currently balancing his time between Clerking for the US District Courts in the Northern District of Texas, Policy Council for the Lincoln Network, ODI Program Manager, and Advisory Council member.

GOVERNANCE

ODI is only as strong as the people participating and backing up its mission. A few of us meet at least monthly as a group of shared responsibility to manage ODI strategic decisions.

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MISSION

The Open Data Initiative exists to advance government financial transparency. Through resources, partners, and events, we inform the public and the government on the best open data solutions available.

Implementing open data technology is much more than just making data available. For example, low quality published government data does not equal transparency. A modern government achieves transparency through open data published in a reporting format ready for data-driven decision making. Open Data Initiative and its partners track the government legislative and technology implementation of machine-readable reporting formats across the United States government. We publish the results to inform the public and to provide insights for improvements to existing government open data implementations.

However, even while armed with this valuable information, improvements to government open data implementations is a difficult, long term task. The skills and technology to make effective open data solutions possible is expensive and elusive. The good news is government wants to improve and be responsive to its constituents. Government understands by publishing high quality government data, the public can utilize data science for improvements. To meet this need, the Open Data Initiative and its partners are consistently improving their technology skills, tools, and resources. Find the impressive results of the government financial transparency community at the Open Data Initiative, where government, policy, and commercial organizations work together. Participate in person at Open Data Initiative events to learn about real world examples of modern government solutions and what is coming next.

ODI is administered through Lincoln Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.