Who we are

Who we are

School of Data is a network of data literacy practitioners, both organizations and individuals, implementing training and other data literacy activities in their respective countries and regions. Members of School of Data work to empower civil society organizations (CSOs), journalists, governments and citizens with the skills they need to use data effectively in their efforts to create better, more equitable and more sustainable societies. Over the past four years, School of Data has succeeded in developing and sustaining a thriving and active network of data literacy practitioners in partnership with our implementing partners across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Our local implementing partners are Social TIC, Code for Africa, Metamorphosis, and several Open Knowledge chapters including Spain, Brazil, France, Greece and more. Together, we have produced dozens of lessons and hands-on tutorials on how to work with data published online benefitting thousands of people around the world, we have trained over 4500 people through our tailored training events and mentored dozens of organisations to become tech savvy and data driven. One of our flagship initiatives, the School of Data Fellowship Programme was first piloted in 2013 and has now successfully supported 23 fellows in 20 countries to provide long-term data support to CSOs in their communities. Our methodologies and approach for delivering hands-on data training and data literacy skills such as the data expedition have now been replicated in various formats by organisations around the world.

The coordination team

Marco Tulio Pires, Programme Director

Marco Túlio Pires is Brazilian journalist and programmer, who also is in the coordination team of Escola de Dados, School of Data Brazil. He is now programme manager at School of Data and will oversee the fellowship, work on fundraising and manage some of our grants. Marco studied Electrical Engineering and Journalism in Brazil, and Programming and Information Visualisation in the United States (University of Michigan). He also studied Leadership and Project Management in Georgetown. At Brazil’s largest Media Group, Globo TV, he was a Production Coordinator. At Editora Abril, largest publishing house in Latin America, he was the science news reporter for their biggest publication, VEJA Magazine. In 2013 Marco was awarded with the Malofiej Bronze Medal for best infographics with a story about innovations inspired by nature. He’s also worked for the government in São Paulo as a Technology & Transparency officer.

Cedric Lombion, Communications and Community Coordinator

Cédric is based in Bordeaux, France, and joined School of Data as a Communications and Community Coordinator. He supports the School of Data community and is as well in charge of the the communication of the project.

Before joining the team Cédric worked as a project and community coordinator for Open Knowledge France. He discovered School of Data there and has dedicated his time to the project ever since, working with the community and facilitating data workshops. He studied Public and Political Communication with a focus on open data and digital public services.

You can follow on him on Twitter at @clombion.

Meg Foulkes, Project and Event Coordinator

Meg joined Open Knowledge in 2012, where she initially worked in HR. Since then, she has worked as project coordinator for OpenSpending. She joins the School of Data team as project and event coordinator, making sure that everything runs smoothly and that our events are well planned. Meg lives in London, where she can also be found being a mother, studying law and writing poems. She has a particular interest in open data and immigration.

James Hamilton, Strategy and Fundraising Coordinator

Previously the Development Director at Open Knowledge, James now works for School of Data as a consultant, providing support in the areas of strategy, fundraising and management. He has over 10 years experience setting up, leading, managing and consulting for not-for-profits in the UK, USA and New Zealand, with a focus on organisations whose work deals with the intersection between governance, citizens, technology, media and information.