The goal of the US ODI is “to encourage governments and businesses to adopt open data standards as a way to promote economic growth, innovation and social change”. The organizations launched this January and is quickly gearing up to help organizations release more data. I serve as the chair of the board of the US ODI and I love working with Waldo Jaquith. This is a great opportunity.
Smart Chicago consultant Christopher Whitaker sat down with Jaquith for a quick chat about the US ODI and the new position.
The job description for the circuit rider is below:
Produce procedural and technological solutions for government agencies, businesses, and organizations who want to produce or consume open data, often in direct partnership with those entities.
- Identify needs within the open data ecosystem that the US ODI can help to address.
- Identify untapped opportunities within government and commercial data that will improve the open data ecosystem.
- Write and document software to make it easier for others to share open data.
- Write and document software to make it easier for others to consume open data.
- Collaborate with government agencies, businesses, and organizations to produce new, sustainable sources of open data.
- Lead projects, acting as both the client liaison and the senior developer.
- Both participate in and lead open source efforts pertaining to open data.
- Other work as directed.
Candidates must have experience producing and consuming data in open formats, good working knowledge of the U.S. open data ecosystem, significant experience contributing to open source software projects, and enthusiasm for open data. Candidates should have excellent judgment, be self-motivated, a strong work ethic, and impeccable integrity. Strong candidates will have led open source projects, confidence about speaking publicly, and worked within government.
At present, the U.S. Open Data Institute is funded only through the end of summer, so this position could theoretically last as little as five months.