CODE was founded in January 2015 as the Center for Open Data Enterprise, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. The organization’s mission is to maximize the value of open government data for the public good. This includes applications of fully open data - free, publicly available data that anyone can access and use, without restrictions - as well as strategies for sharing or exchanging data that requires privacy or security considerations.
CODE’s founding team launched the organization with a commitment to open data and its value. CODE’s founder and president, Joel Gurin, wrote the book Open Data Now that helped define this new field, and led the team at the GovLab that developed the Open Data 500, the first comprehensive study showing how businesses use open data from government. The team began convening Open Data Roundtables at the GovLab to encourage demand-driven open data - helping government agencies provide data in a way that meets the needs of its users. Building on this work, the original Open Data 500 team launched CODE as a new organization in 2015.
Today, CODE’s work reflects the evolving understanding of how open data’s value must be balanced against the need for data privacy and security. CODE works with stakeholders in government, academia, the nonprofit sector, and the private sector to enable different approaches to data publication, sharing, and exchange. Since its founding, CODE has worked with the White House and numerous U.S. federal agencies to help them leverage data more effectively. The organization’s international work includes facilitating the use of data for reporting on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, mapping applications of open data around the world, and promoting open data for business purposes.
RESEARCH & COMMUNICATIONS
Joel Gurin is the President and Founder of CODE and an internationally recognized expert on open data. His book Open Data Now (McGraw-Hill), written for a general audience, is considered a benchmark publication that helped define this emerging field. Before launching CODE in January 2015 he conceptualized and led the development team for the GovLab’s Open Data 500 project, the first thorough study of the use of open government data by the private sector. Joel’s background includes government, journalism, nonprofit leadership, and consumer issues. He 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. He is a graduate of Harvard University with an A.B. in Biochemical Sciences, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. You can follow him on Twitter at @joelgurin.
Paul Kuhne is a Project Manager at the Center for Open Data Enterprise. In this role, Paul leads CODE's Roundtable program, which brings together government agencies, industry experts, nonprofits, and other stakeholders. Paul has nearly seven years of professional experience in community engagement, programs development, and partnership building. While working in Boston, he managed Somerville's largest emergency food pantry. Paul also worked for Hostelling International USA where he oversaw intercultural programs, travel scholarships, and education initiatives for the Northeast region.
Paul pursued his Master's degree in Global Policy Studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He studied program monitoring and evaluation, and researched topics on open data and government transparency. As a Graduate Research Fellow for the Innovations for Peace and Development program, he researched the implementation of the Colombian peace deal. He also served as an AidData Summer Fellow in Kampala, Uganda where he taught GIS and investigated government policies towards environmental open data.
Matt is the Research and Communications Manager at the Center for Open Data Enterprise (CODE). He has deep experience in open government data as an advocate, policy analyst, and researcher.
Prior to joining CODE, Matt worked as an independent researcher with organizations including the Data Foundation, CODE, and the Sunlight Foundation. He conducted research and wrote policy and briefing papers on topics including DATA Act implementation, grants data standardization, legal entity identification, the interaction between open data and privacy, and open research data. He got his start in open data at the Sunlight Foundation, where he worked on federal policy initiatives. He advocated for passage and effective implementation of the DATA Act, conducted research and advocacy around executive branch open data efforts, and helped to conceptualize and draft what would become the OPEN Government Data Act. Matt has a B.A. in History from American University in Washington, DC.
Nidhisha Philip is a Research Fellow at the Center for Open Data Enterprise. She is a lawyer by training and a recent graduate of The Fletcher School where she focused on the intersection of technology, business, and development. Her recent research pursuits include privacy implications of health data and the emerging intersection of technology and financial health/inclusion. She worked as a summer fellow supporting the network team at Namati, a global community of legal empowerment practitioners. She was part of the founding team of Nyaaya, India’s first digital platform aimed at making legal information accessible to various types of digital users. Prior to this, she worked on capital markets and M&A transactions at a leading Indian law firm.
Temilola Afolabi is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Maryland College Park. She studies government and politics with a concentration in international relations and is pursuing a minor in international development and conflict management. Temilola previously interned at Learning Life where she implemented community development projects between low income families in Washington, DC, Senegal, and Jordan by facilitating live virtual dialogues. Temilola also interned at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution and Nextier: Security, Peace and Development (SPD) in Abuja, Nigeria. Temilola currently works at CODE as a research and communications intern.
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.
Hamadoun is the Finance Manager at CODE and is responsible for overseeing all financial activities of the organization including accounting, budgeting, taxes, and reporting requirements. Originally from Bamako, Mali, Hamadoun previously worked with UNDP in Burkina Faso. He holds a CPA license from the Virginia Board of Accountancy and a Masters in Information Systems Technology Management and a Bachelors from Business Administration from The George Washington University.
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.
CODE 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.
Since our founding in 2015, CODE has been fortunate to collaborate with public, private, and nonprofit organizations who have contributed to our programs with financial support and in other significant ways.