About Open Data Florida
If you want to learn more about us, you’re in the right place. Read on to learn about the humans behind Open Data Florida
Open Data Florida is a civic organization dedicated to
improving Florida’s civic culture through the promotion of data transparency
and data analysis projects. Our main aims are to empower individuals to become
involved in the civic process, to promote economic opportunity and mobility,
and to create a better understanding of the political and social changes that
are occurring in Florida.
We believe that greater access to and an understanding of
public data can lead to greater citizen safety, more economic opportunity, and
a sense of civic duty and belonging.
We accomplish our aims through collaboration with other
stakeholders in our community to identify and understand the nature and
solutions to problems on the local level. We believe that change should come
not from the top-down but from the bottom-up. For people to become engaged they
must feel like they can understand and contribute. Data transparency and
fluency are key to this process.
With the Sunshine Laws, Florida has long been a leader in government
transparency. It is time to bring that tradition and commitment into the 21st
century. Florida’s public data should be made available via the Internet in
machine readable formats.
Justin Gibbons, PhD
Justin is a computational biologist at the University of South Florida. He earned his PhD apply genomics approaches to understand drug resistance in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Some of Justin’s latest research interests include how the microbiome effects health outcomes, using voter registration data to understand political and demographic changes occurring in Florida, and COVID-19. Justin’s non-data analysis hobbies and interests are weightlifting, tattoos and photography.
Devin is our Marketing Expert here at Open Data Florida. Devin is also the founder and growth strategist at DevBev&Co, a Digital Marketing Consultancy based in Tampa Florida. Devin’s non-marketing hobbies include fitness, writing, and stoic philosophy.