Rhiza Labs CEO, Josh Knauer, Appointed to Working Group of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

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Rhiza Labs is proud to announce that our CEO, Josh Knauer, has been appointed to a working group of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). This Federal Advisory Committee is comprised of leading scientists and engineers, appointed by the President to augment the science and technology advice available to him from inside the White House and from cabinet departments and other federal agencies.

Drawing on Josh’s long history of involvement in conservation issues and data management, he will begin his contribution to the Council by helping the Working Group on Biodiversity Preservation and Ecosystem Sustainability (BPES) identify research priorities and best practices in data management, necessary for protecting biodiversity and managing ecosystems.

Josh is also leading an initiative to deliver recommendations for standardizing how open data can be defined, collected and published by federal agencies.  As a pioneer of open data initiatives for non-profit and government clients, Josh has first hand experience helping organizations be more effective in data sharing, analysis and visualization and systems that facilitate collaboration.

Have any recommendations for Josh to consider as part of his work with PCAST working group?  He’s specifically looking for public examples that show off some of the best/cutting edge practices in data sharing and collaboration. Share your comments below, follow him on Twitter and Facebook. You can also read more about Josh’s activities.