School of Data is a global network committed to advancing data literacy in civil society. Information that directly impact people’s lives is increasingly accessible but civil society is falling behind in making effective use of it. Through our global network of data literacy practitioners and trainers, School of Data seeks to address this data skills gaps in order to amplify the messages of civil society through the use of data. We level the playing field by ensuring that civil society organisations and newsrooms have the knowledge, resources and tools they need to participate fully in the information age.
School of Data is a network of data literacy practitioners composed of organisations and individuals. Together, we implement an array of data literacy programmes in our respective countries and regions. Members of School of Data network work to support civil society organizations (CSOs), journalists, and citizens to engage with and use data 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 network of data literacy practitioners across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Our network includes 13 organisations across the world and a total of 101 active individuals, all of whom contribute to School of Data mission and programmes. We have trained over 6,500 people through our workshops and community events. We have mentored dozens of organisations to become tech savvy and data-driven. Our flagship initiatives, the School of Data Fellowship Programme, was piloted in 2013 and has now successfully supported 31 Fellows in 25 countries to become effective data literacy trainers and to provide long-term data capacity building in their communities. The Fellowship programme specifically run in partnership with organisations in our network and beyond: SocialTIC and Internews in Latin America, the Natural Resource Governance Institute and OD4D in Africa, The Engine Room in Eastern Europe.
Our methodologies and approach for delivering hands-on data training and data literacy skills, such as the data pipeline and the data expedition, have now been replicated in various formats by organisations around the world.
These successes are due to the passionate dedication of the members of the School of Data network who have been adopting, adapting and delivering School of Data training in their local communities while simultaneously feeding back their learnings and materials to be reused by larger network. The governance structure of School of Data reflects this commitment of our network members, who have elected our second Steering Committee tasked of overseeing the strategy of the network.
The coordination team
Katelyn took the lead of School of Data in 2017, following several years as the Working Groups Community Manager of Open Knowledge International. She grew up in California and is currently based in London, after a four year stint in the southwest of France.
Prior to joining Open Knowledge she worked at Wateraid on WASHwatch, an online platform for monitoring governments on their delivery of water and sanitation commitments. She holds a BA in Philosophy and French from UCLA and an MSc in Public Policy and Management from KCL where she wrote her dissertation on open government data policies in the Global South.
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.
Operations and Events Manager
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.
David is Africa Lead for Open Data for Development(OD4D) and School of Data. He is a data scientist and developer by training and currently based in Accra, Ghana with an interest in data that stems from an academic background in science and a passion to build teams and tools that create better opportunities for individuals and communities.
Prior to joining Open Knowledge and School of Data, David was a 2015 School of Data Fellow, and a Technology Teaching Fellow at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology(MEST) in Accra, Ghana where he taught and mentored entrepreneurs from Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya skills necessary to build software companies. He has had also the opportunity to work with the Swarthmore College’s Eugene Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, the Health Division of UNICEF and a tech startup in New York City. He was also a School of Data fellow in 2015. He is a graduate of the United World College Costa Rica, Swarthmore College(PA, USA) with a B.A. in Biology and the New Jersey Institute of Technology(NJ, USA) with an M.S. in Computer Science.
The Steering Committee
Juan Manuel Casanueva
Director of Social TIC
Juan Manuel researches and promotes ICT for Social Change projects in Latin America. He is the CEO and co-founder of SocialTIC, a non-profit that enables changemakers through the strategic use of ICTs. He was ICFJ Knight Fellow 2014-2015 focused on enabling ICT and data-driven journalism in Mexico and Central America.
Director of Metamorphosis, Macedonia
Bardhyl Jashari is the director of Metamorphosis Foundation (Macedonia). His professional interests are mainly in the sphere of new technologies, media, civic activism, e-government and participation. Previously he worked as Information Program Coordinator of the Foundation Open Society – Macedonia. He is a member of the National Council for Information Society of Macedonia and National Expert for Macedonia of the UN World Summit Award.
Project Coordinator at École de Données
Sylvia is designer and project coordinator at École de Données (School of Data France). Her work is dedicated to civil society empowerment through design and technology. She now works as a designer-researcher at the Cité du Design in Sainte-Etienne, France. She specialised in Hypermedia at Paris 8 University and regularly teach design classes.
CEO at Open Knowledge International
Pavel Richter is Chief Executive Officer at Open Knowledge International. He was Executive Director of Wikimedia Deutschland, and pioneered the internationally acclaimed Wikidata project which is now the fastest growing project for open structured data. Pavel is in on the Advisory Board of Transparency International Germany and Code for Germany. He holds a Masters Degree in Political Science, History and Constitutional Law. He worked for 12 years as a management consultant in the IT and banking industry, before he started to focus on managing non-profit organisations.
Senior School of Data Fellow
Camila is a journalist, economist and data journalism professor currently working with the data unit of the La Nacion Costa Rica. After her Fellowship, she has participated in several activities as senior Fellow, sharing her skills with the new generation of Fellows 2016 and also constantly involved in content development for School of Data.
Open Knowledge International
Country: United Kingdom
Region covered: International
Audiences: Citizens, civil servants, NGOs
Code 4 South Africa
Country: South Africa
Region covered: South Africa
Audiences: CSOs, media, citizens, government
Region covered: Nigeria
Audiences: Rural communities, journalists (broadcast and print)
Americas and the Caribbean
Caribbean Open Institute
Region covered: Caribbean
Audiences: Journalists, civil society organizations, businesses
Escola de dados
Region covered: Brazil
Audiences: Journalists, civil society organizations, students
Region covered: Latin America
Audiences: Activists, journalists, civil society organizations
Region covered: Turkey and Turkish-speaking countries
Audiences: Disenfranchised countryside communities, disadvantaged groups, journalism students
Region covered: Latvia
Region covered: South East Europe
Audiences: NGOs, media
Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland
Region covered: Germany
Audiences: NGOs, hackers, government officials
Open Knowledge France
Region covered: France
Audiences: Urban citizens, civil servants, CSOs, school-age children
Open Knowledge Greece
Region covered: Greece
Audiences: Journalists, students
Open Knowledge Spain
Region covered: Spain
Region covered: Switzerland
Audiences: Governments, administration, municipalities