Why Joined-up Data Standards?

Data has immense potential to help drive poverty eradication and development, but right now it is incredibly difficult to join up the data we have on money, people and results, because it is published in different formats and to different standards. This stops it from being turned into useful information for decision-making and accountability. To solve this, we need to enable existing and future standards to join up. Development Initiatives and Publish What You Fund are working together to make this happen by focusing on technical solutions and political will. Efforts to join up data will help equip decision-makers and those holding them to account with vital information for driving sustainable development. To find out more about our work, see About

Tom is the Senior Advocacy Advisor on Joined-up Data Standards, based at Publish What You Fund’s London office. His role is to highlight the value that joining up open data standards can deliver for standard setters, data producers and users alike. Tom’s experience lies in the links between the development and humanitarian, digital and data policy, and human rights sectors. He has previously worked as a Consultant for UNICEF in Ethiopia and Togo, as a Programme Manager and Associate at Global Partners Digital, as a public law caseworker with Hansen Palomares solicitors and as a Consultant for organisations including the Overseas Development Institute and ARTICLE 19. Tom was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2011 and holds a BA in International Relations from Keele University.