2016 GeoRodeo Home TNRIS is pleased to announce that Waldo Jaquith will Keynote the 2016 GeoRodeo, happening in Austin on Friday, May 20th. Read more about his strong and accomplished advocacy for open data.
Waldo Jaquith is an open government technologist and the director of U.S. Open Data. He serves as the senior technology advisor to the Sunlight Foundation. He's been a website developer for over two decades.
Previously, Jaquith was a a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation News Challenge Fellow, funding the development of The State Decoded, a free, open-source web-based application to parse and display legal codes in a friendly, accessible manner, as well as machine-readable data.
In 2011–2012, Jaquith worked for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, creating a unified data source of federal ethics data, fulfilling a campaign promise made by President Obama during the 2008 election. In 2012–2013, he was a member of the White House Open Data Working Group, advising the White House on the standardization of storage and transmission of public data to ensure its broad availability and accessibility, which resulted in the White House Open Data Policy (M-13-13: "Managing Information as an Asset").
In acknowledgement of his open data work, Jaquith was named a "Champion of Change" by the White House in 2011. In 2012, the Sunlight Foundation named him an "OpenGov Champion."
Jaquith, his wife, and their young son live in the woods on top of a mountain near Charlottesville, Virginia, with a dog, a horse, and an ever-changing menagerie of poultry and foster animals. He’s @waldojaquith on Twitter.
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