The Open Data Foundation

The Open Data Foundation provides a place where the members of different communities can come together and work on the alignment of technology standards and software tools which will facilitate visibility and re-use of data at all levels of the statistical information chain. By promoting automated access to statistical data and metadata in this way, better decision-making becomes possible in many fields of research and policy-making.

The Open Data Foundation is a US based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Download the ODaF Brochure (PDF, 2 pages)

Participants and Representation: Participating individuals - advisors, directors, managers, and project-team members - come from a variety of areas. These include the fields of:

  • Standards and technology
  • National and international official statistics
  • Central banking
  • Social sciences research and data archiving
  • Banking supervision
  • International development and relief

We are actively recruiting suitable people for positions as directors, advisors, and members of the management team. Below is a list of our current participants in these roles:


  • Ernie Boyko - Past-President of the International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology (IASSIST)
  • Rune Gloersen - Head of Information Technology, Statistics Norway
  • Robert Glushko, PhD - Member of the OASIS Board of Directors, and the founder and leader of Berkeley's Center for Document Engineering


  • Nikos Askitas - Institute for the Study of Labour, Germany
  • Sandra Cannon - Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Gilles Collette- Visual Communications, Pan-American Health Organization (WHO)
  • Daniel Gillman - US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
  • Eduardo Gutentag - Member of the the OASIS Board of Directors
  • Andrew Nelson - International Rice Research Institute
  • Louise Corti- UK Data Archive / Economic and Social Data Service
  • Duane Nickull- Chair, OASIS SOA Reference Architecture TC
  • Juraj Riecan - United Nations Economic Commission for Western Asia
  • Gerard Salou - European Central Bank
  • Wendy Thomas - Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota
  • Wendy Watkins - Data Centre Coordinator, Maps, Data and Government Information Centre, Carleton University Library

Management Team:

  • Arofan Gregory - Metadata Technology
    specialist in SGML and XML-based open standards in the areas of publishing, e-commer ce, and statistics. Recent work includes participation in ebXML and related initiatives, and acting as a technical expert for SDMX and DDI.
  • Rob Grim - Tilburg University
    research data specialist with strong expertise on a broad range of metadata standards, best practice and eScience.
  • Sam Spencer- Australian Bureau of Statistics
    Sam is currently working for the Australian Bureau of Statistics where he is a member of the Data management team, with a focus on DDI and related metadata issues. At ODaF, he's supporting the day-to-day management of the organization, and focusing on maintaining and strengthening the ODaF IT infrastructure, in particular in terms of expanding ODaF’s presence across social networks.

Note that the ODaF participants listed above serve on a volunteer basis, and are not compensated for their work in the roles described.

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