People are at the heart of the Regional Data Center’s work. Staff based at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Social and Urban Research are responsible for managing the project, maintaining the open data portal, automating data publishing processes, data management, and community engagement activities.
Learn more about our staff:
Mike Blackhurst, Data Research Scientist
Bob Gradeck, Project Director
Liz Monk, Community Engagement and Special Projects
Steve Saylor, Developer
David Walker, Developer
The Regional Data Center’s governance and decision-making structure consists of an Executive Leadership Team, Community Advisory Board, and Project Management Team. Each is important in how we gather advice and make major decisions about the project.
Executive Leadership Team
Quarterly Executive Leadership Team meetings are used to forge consensus on major decisions and coordinate actions of the partner organizations in the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center. Participants in Executive Leadership Team meetings represent the organizations leading the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, and include Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research. Members of the Executive Leadership Team may also designate additional people to represent them on their behalf. The meetings also include participation of the Data Center project manager, along with City and County open data liaisons.
An Advisory Board meets several times per year to provide guidance and assistance to the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center. The primary purpose of the Board is to influence major data center decisions, events, programs, and initiatives. The Board will also guide the development of a sustainable long-term business model and assist in fundraising.
Members of the Advisory Board have a direct relationship with the Data Center as a funder, data provider, or data user, or have skills and expertise that will directly benefit the project. Members of the Executive Leadership Team will also serve on the Advisory Board, and participants from the Project Management Team may also attend meetings as needed to facilitate discussion. The composition of the Board may change over time, and should reflect the diversity of the community served by the Data Center.
Project Management Team
The Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center benefits from close working relationships between the University of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and the City of Pittsburgh. Monthly Project Management Team meetings allow key staff to collaborate on the day to day operation of the Data Center, coordinate activities and plan future tasks, activities, and events related to the project. Project team meetings can also involve external partners assisting with the project, as has been the case with partners at the Digital Scholarship team at the University of Pittsburgh’s University Library System.