About

What if information about our environment came from diverse data streams and knowledge was easily accessible and digestible to everyone?

We believe better and more collaborative governance practices could make it so.

What
The Open Environmental Data Project (OEDP) leverages the spirit of collaboration to create multi-sector strategies that strengthen the role of data in environmental and climate governance.

Through pilots, workshops, research, and narrative building, OEDP works to [re]build trust between communities, government, civil society, and science. OEDP articulates improved processes within current environmental governance, while also envisioning generative environmental futures -- leading to the goal of healthier communities, robust natural systems, and collective action paired with matching policy levers.

Why
While environmental and climate data proliferate, the ability to access and use this data does not. OEDP envisions a future where environmental and climate data have a more significant role in collaborative and participatory systems that help us better manage and protect our environmental health. The crises of our time require data and information representative of our diverse ways of knowing, and this is what generates informed and grounded solutions that work for and with people.

How
OEDP forges innovation spaces through four core activities:

Pilots: We collaborate with institutions, nonprofits, individuals and universities to deepen understanding of best practices for new collaborative models in the environmental context.

Workshops: We (co-)host and facilitate events and collaborative spaces where we can articulate and catalyze interdisciplinary solutions.

Research: We provide insights that identify and clarify environmentally generative actions and policies through administrative, political, scientific, legal, economic, and cultural levers.

Narrative Building: We articulate strengthened roles for environmental and climate data through multimedia collaborations.

To learn more about current projects and bodies of work, please visit our Initiatives page.

People

Shannon Dosemagen
Director + Shuttleworth Fellow
Shannon is a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and Director of the Open Environmental Data Project.
Katie Hoeberling
Director of Policy Initiatives
Dedicated to open and cooperative approaches to science, policy, and organizing, Katie works to empower communities to cultivate stronger connections to land and each other.
Michelle Cheripka
Communications & Content Manager
An interdisciplinary media maker passionate about communicating the climate crisis in compelling ways.
Emelia Williams
Policy and Research Associate
Emelia is the Policy and Research Associate with the Open Environmental Data Project.
Lorelei Kelly
Partner, Civic Voice Governance
Lorelei is an expert on building inclusive and informed democratic systems and is a based at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University as a Fellow.
Anne-Charlotte Gillard
Research & Policy Fellow
Anne-Charlotte is a Harvard University "Fellow at the Forefront" with OEDP during Summer 2022.
Karen Andrade
Board Member
An interdisciplinary environmental health scientist by training, Karen Andrade has expertise in community-based participatory research and a robust track record of engaging diverse communities in science.
Karien Bezuidenhout
Board Member
As a Director of the Shuttleworth Foundation, Karien partners with individuals who employ openness as a tool to advance equity and social justice.
Sam Dyson
Board Member
Sam Dyson is an educator and physicist committed to better sharing the power, benefits, and wonder of science with all people.
Jett Zhang
Alum, Climate Governance Research Fellow
Jett is a Harvard University "Fellow at the Forefront" with OEDP during Summer 2021.
Edgar Vazquez
Alum
Edgar was the Civic Voice intern with the Open Environmental Data Project from 2020-21.
Angela Eaton
Alum
Angela was the Director of Data Inclusion with OEDP from 2021-22.
Elizabeth Tyson
Alum
Elizabeth co-led strategy and prototype design with OEDP from 2020-21.

our story

The methods to collect and store environmental and scientific data and information have never been greater. However, the access, usability and usefulness of data require dedicated attention in order to create an environmental governance landscape where the value of community input is recognized and weighted equally. Conceptualized in 2019, the Open Environmental Data Project aims to address this critical point in the lifecycle of environmental governance and decision making. In 2020, with support from the Shuttleworth Foundation, the Project launched with a focus on building stronger environmental management and governance practices within existing systems and envisioning different futures for environmental governance in practice.