[School-of-data] See you on the other side!

Milena Marin milena.marin at okfn.org
Fri Aug 21 14:55:07 UTC 2015

Dear Friends,

I am writing to bid you farewell as this is my last day with School of Data.

I am at a loss for words to express what an immense joy it was to work with
you for the past two years. The energy and dedication of this community is
extremely inspiring and something I will miss a lot.

School of Data grew and matured quite a lot in the past few years and I am
so very proud to have been around to witness it all. As I am the last one
from my team or “generation”, I feel compelled to round up some of our
community wide achievements in the past years:

   - We are now a proper network of individuals and organisations working
   to improve data literacy in their communities and the network is owned
   by its members
   - We've ran numerous of lessons and hands-on tutorials on how to work
   with data published online benefiting thousands of people around the world
   - We've trained over 4500 people trained in person
   - We've mentored directly tens of organisations to become tech savvy and
   data driven, in over 40 different countries
   - We kicked off and mainstreamed the School of Data Fellowship
   programme, which now counts 26 fellows from 25 countries to provide
   long-term data support to CSOs in their community
   - We pioneered hands-on data training and literacy methods such as the
   data expedition, now replicated in various formats by organisations around
   the world.

I am extremely proud to leave School of Data in the capable hands of the new
coordination team
Marco, Cedric, Meg and Katelyn. They are all amazing and together are make
a super strong team, have fun working with them all!

As for me, I am moving on to a new and exciting role with Amnesty
International as Senior Innovations Campaigner. There I will explore how
Amnesty can use new technologies to engage its membership in collating,
documenting and verifying evidence of human right violations. My aim is to
turn regular people into human rights investigators and I will experiment
with using various crowd-sourcing approached to analyse, classify and
verify intelligence coming from satellite imagery, videos, images and
social media reports.

I will of course remain an active member of this community – I am already
planning a series of data expeditions in Amnesty and looking forward to
share my experiences with you all.

Don’t hesitate to stay in touch! I am always up for a chat and if you are
in London for a drink of your choice. Otherwise, I can be reached on email
at marin.milena at gmail.com  and on Twitter @milena_iul

See you on the other side,



Milena Marin

School of Data Programme Manager  | email: milena.marin at okfn.org | skype:
milena_iul  | @milena_iul <https://twitter.com/milena_iul>
School of Data | http://schoolofdata.org | @schoolofdata
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