As announced in January, this year the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN) team is working to develop a stable version of the Open Data Editor (ODE) application. Thanks to financial support from the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, we will be able to create a no-code tool for data manipulation and publishing that is accessible to everyone, unlocking the power of data for key groups including scientists, journalists and data activists. (Read more about the Open Data Editor).

Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been busy building the team that will work on developing the app. After meeting and interacting with incredible candidates from all over the world, the team is now formed as follows, including three software developers, a product owner and a project manager. We are happy to announce them to the world today.

Sara Petti, Project Manager

Sara leads the Open Knowledge Network, which brings together experts of the digital commons globally. The Network’s main focus is the intersection of tech and democracy. At Open Knowledge Foundation Sara also supports open source and open data communities, like the Frictionless Data one, and is passionate about all issues linked to community care and health, like governance. Sara has extensive experience in managing projects. Before joining Open Knowledge Foundation, she was part of a project advocating for public libraries to be on the EU agenda (notably for the review of the Copyright Directive), and was part of the team that developed Khan Academy in French.

Romina Colman, Product Owner

Romina is a hybrid data journalist working at the intersection of technology and communities of practice. For more than 10 years, Romina has designed and implemented complex data initiatives in close collaboration with journalists and NGOs. Her expertise lies in building bridges between technical and non-technical teams to transform abstract plans into concrete and impactful projects. Romina holds a degree in Communication sciences from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and a master’s degree in Media and Communications (Data and Society) from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE).

Patricio Del Boca, Tech Lead

Patricio is an Information Systems Engineer with more than 10 years of experience both in the private sector and NGOs. He has also been an activist of the open movement since a young age. He likes to collaborate with different communities to disseminate technical knowledge and participate as a speaker in events to spread the importance of more simple technologies. He loves programming and is always exploring new projects and tools.

Evgeny Karev, Senior Software Developer

Evgeny is a passionate open-source developer living in Portugal. During his tenure at OKFN, he has led the Frictionless Data project, and designed and partially authored a complete programming stack from low-level data reading to high-level end-user applications like Open Data Editor and services like Frictionless Framework and Livemark. Evgeny participated in many open data empowering projects like CKAN, OpenTrials, and OpenSpending as a Python/JavaScript programmer.

Guergana Tzatchkova, Senior Software Developer

Guergana is a software developer working mainly on free and open source software, educational tools and non-profit organisations. With a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, her interest in the creative use of media and technology led her to a Master’s degree in Design of Multimedia and Interactive Systems and later a PhD in Theory and History of Cinema in Barcelona. For several years she has been working on projects that combine audio, video, design and programming. She has also been involved in NGOs working on gender issues in Mexico.

If you want to get more closely involved with the development of the Open Data Editor application, you can express your interest in joining one of the testing sessions by filling this form.

You can also email us at, follow the GitHub repository or join the Frictionless Data community. We meet once a month.

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