Tom Orrell

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.

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We need to solve real-world problems in a joined-up way

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We need to solve real-world problems in a joined-up way

with contributions from Bill Anderson About two-and-a-half years ago, Development Initiatives and Publish What You Fund launched the Joined-Up Data Standards (JUDS) project, fun ...

with contributions from Bill Anderson About two-and-a-half years ago, Development Initiatives and Publish What You Fund launched the Joined-Up Data Standards (JUDS) project, funded by the Omidyar Network. Our aim was to foster international collaboration to make commonly used ...

The frontiers of data interoperability for sustainable development

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The frontiers of data interoperability for sustainable development

The latest report from the Joined-Up Data Standards [JUDS] project explores where progress has been made, what challenges still remain, and how the new Collaborative on SDG Dat ...

The latest report from the Joined-Up Data Standards [JUDS] project explores where progress has been made, what challenges still remain, and how the new Collaborative on SDG Data Interoperability will play a critical role in moving forward the agenda for interoperability polic ...

Why was IODC2016 important for Joined-Up Data Standards?

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Why was IODC2016 important for Joined-Up Data Standards?

      In July this year we launched a consultation paper aimed at starting a discussion on what technical and political solutions to joined-up data challenges could look like at a ...

      In July this year we launched a consultation paper aimed at starting a discussion on what technical and political solutions to joined-up data challenges could look like at a global level. As part of the ongoing consultation process we recently held and took part in a numbe ...

Friday Lunchtime Lecture at the Open Data Institute: Why joined-up data is a political, not technical, challenge

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Friday Lunchtime Lecture at the Open Data Institute: Why joined-up data is a political, not technical, challenge

More data is being produced than ever before, and more and more of it is becoming openly available. Open data has great potential to help drive poverty eradication and improve glob ...

More data is being produced than ever before, and more and more of it is becoming openly available. Open data has great potential to help drive poverty eradication and improve global development outcomes. Data usage, however, remains relatively low. In the UK, for instance, a thi ...

Joining-up data standards requires joined-up leadership

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Joining-up data standards requires joined-up leadership

This blog was originally posted on  Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data The Guardian newspaper is currently running an online series of articles entitled The Tec ...

This blog was originally posted on  Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data The Guardian newspaper is currently running an online series of articles entitled The Tech Continent: Africa’s Digital Renaissance. Much of the content that has been published to date explo ...

Data revolution needs to deliver for world’s poorest

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Data revolution needs to deliver for world’s poorest

This blog was originally published on Devex By Tom Orrell, Beata Lisowska It’s clear that measuring progress against the Sustainable Development Goals will require a huge amo ...

This blog was originally published on Devex By Tom Orrell, Beata Lisowska It’s clear that measuring progress against the Sustainable Development Goals will require a huge amount of data and that collecting these data will require a significant amount of effort. But should t ...

Taking joined-up data to the UN: engaging with the official statistics community

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Taking joined-up data to the UN: engaging with the official statistics community

It’s official, data is power – and there is now clear recognition in the international community that we need to harness it through modernising statistical systems and embracing th ...

It’s official, data is power – and there is now clear recognition in the international community that we need to harness it through modernising statistical systems and embracing the data revolution we are already experiencing. The UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) is ordinarily ...

Monitoring the SDGs: getting the data to talk

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Monitoring the SDGs: getting the data to talk

How do the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs/Global Goals) differ? Where exactly are the gaps, overlaps and clashes between the two framew ...

How do the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs/Global Goals) differ? Where exactly are the gaps, overlaps and clashes between the two frameworks? How are national and international information systems going to manage the transition from mon ...