We’d like to extend a really warm welcome to Tony Hirst, who’s joining the School of Data as a Data Storyteller.

Tony will be working part time for the School of Data in shaping the materials, masterminding the blog and running workshops. He’ll also be out and about on site visits to learn more about how organisations use data “in the wild” to help build on and shape the courses.

When he’s not with us, he’s a Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Systems at The Open University, Visiting Senior Fellow in Networked Teaching and Learning at the University of Lincoln, and regular blogger at OUseful.info.

With a background in electronics and artificial intelligence, he has authored on OU courses ranging from robotics to information skills, and most recently a course on computer game design and appreciation. He is passionate about open and lifelong education, and is actively involved in developing course models to support informal as well as formal education.

Tony says:

“As a keen fan of open data, I’m delighted to be joining the Open Knowledge Foundation and contributing to its mission of promoting the use and reuse of open data. From talking to others, and working with data myself, I recognise there are still many challenges to be faced when working with data, discovering the stories hidden therein, and telling those stories on. Through working with initiatives such as the School Of Data I’m looking forward to helping widen engagement with, and the exploration of, open public data sources across the world, with the aim of making open data accessible to as wide a community as possible.”

If you’d like to chat with Tony, the best way to get in touch is through Twitter, on @psychemedia

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Lucy is a free range "tech-translator", blogging about her work at http://techtohuman.com/.

Formerly, Lucy worked for Open Knowledge leading School of Data, co-editing the Data Journalism Handbook and coordinating the OpenSpending community.

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