2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Turbocharging Social Activism with Data Standards

Friday, March 13
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 10AB
Austin Convention Center

Turbocharging Social Activism with Data Standards: From Marriage Equality to International Human Rights. There are a million different systems & tools available to organizations doing policy & advocacy work - why is moving data between them so damn hard? Shouldn’t we have figured this out by now? Well, there is hope: the Open Supporter Data Interface (OSDI) is a common API defined by a critical mass of progressive vendors and organizations that allows for data to move easily between systems.
The existence of a common API reduces customer costs related to moving data between different systems & enhances the ability of innovators to create products for the marketplace. Data silos & closed systems have hampered the progressive movement since its inception. OSDI changes that by helping tools "talk" to each other while keeping data in sync. It puts the client, not the tool, more in control when integrating.


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Gayatri Bhalla



At Catalist, Gayatri serves as COO and oversees operations and strategic partnerships. She began her career on Capitol Hill and on campaigns. Gayatri earned her MBA from the Yale School of Manageme...

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Jason Rosenbaum

Dir of Technology

Action Network

Jason Rosenbaum is a musician, organizer, and developer living in Washington, DC. After helping win health care reform at Health Care for America Now, he was brought on as a Senior Online Campaign ...

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Josh Cohen

Founder & Chairman

Open Supporter Data Interface

Josh Cohen is a software professional, gay activist and the Founder and Chairman of the Open Supporter Data Interface Project (OSDI). The OSDI effort seeks lower integration costs and increase inno...

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Tim Anderegg

Dir of Data & Tech

New Organizing Institute

Tim Anderegg grew up in North Dakota and developed an interest in computers and politics at an early age to escape from the cold and make a difference in the world, respectively. After attending co...

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