José is an Open Data pioneer and advocate with extensive experience in the eGovernment and Web standards fields. He has been involved in various leading roles in Open Data projects and initiaves at the local, regional, national and global levels, such as co-chairing the national Open Data initiative in Spain (awarded as the most-friendly in Europe), managing the Ghana Open Data Initiative (GODI), in support of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), and directing the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Development Countries (ODDC) project, in partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
José serves in European Commission and United Nations expert panels, he recently became the first civil society lead at the Open Government Partnership Open Data Working Group and previously served as member of the Nominating Committee at ICANN, the organization dedicated to preserving the operational security and stability of the Internet.
Prior to joining the Foundation, José held several positions at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the Web standards setting organization. He was key in establishing and led the W3C eGovernment Activity, and the country office in Spain and served as member of the Advisory Committee. He combined these roles with other positions at CTIC over several years such as Head of e-Administration and Open Government and Senior Advisor on Open Standards.
He speaks frequently at international conferences, has been named several times as one of the most influential Internet people in Spain, has previously worked as IT analyst, consultant and trainer, and even founded his own Web startup back in 1997.
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