Nisha Thompson

Nisha Thompson

“Water data is fragmented and we don’t know what all exists. It hasn’t been evaluated so we don’t know what the whole picture looks like. Which puts us in a position where we don’t know what kind of gaps civil society or other people can fill. It’s a common problem across all sectors. If we don’t know what’s there.. we can’t really figure out what’s missing.”

Nisha is currently working as Lead Organizer of a new organization called Datameet, which is a community of people working towards open data by sharing experiences and helping others with data related problems. Datameet is hosting meetups and Open Data Camps around the India to promote dialogue about the use of data for civic purposes. Nisha moved to India in 2010 and worked with the India Water Portal to open up water data and worked with partners on the ground to improve the use and management of data. She also co-wrote a report on Open Government Data in India with the Centre for Internet and Society located in Bangalore. Previously she has worked with the Sunlight Foundation, in the United States, as social media and community organizer.