The Plan

From September 2018 and over a period of three years, the Frictionless Data team will focus on enhanced dissemination and training activities, and further iterations on our software and specifications via a range of deep pilot projects with research partners.


At the onset of this project, we spent time reflecting on FAIR research principles in relation to Frictionless Data, and expounded on the concept of data packages as an example of FAIRness. Serah Rono's talk from FORCE 2018 summarises our work and vision for this project.


We welcome questions, suggestions and invitations to collaborate from research communities in various domains. All correspondence sent to our team via [email protected] will be carefully mulled over and responded to.


Pilots are intensive, hands-on collaborations with researcher teams to resolve their research data management workflow issues with Frictionless Data software and specs.

Tool Fund

The Tool Fund is a $5000 grant to develope an open tool for reproducible science or research built using the Frictionless Data codebase. Learn more about the 2019 grantees and their projects here.

Fellows Programme

The Fellows Programme is training early career researchers to become champions of the Frictionless Data tools and approaches in their field. Read more about the 2019-2020 Fellows here.

The Team

  • Jo Barratt, Project Manager

    Jo Barratt is the Frictionless Data project manager and Delivery Manager at Open Knowledge Foundation. He has over 10 years experience managing projects across a wide range of technology, arts and communications projects.

  • Lilly Winfree, PhD, Product Owner

    Lilly Winfree has her PhD in neuroscience from Oregon Health and Science University and is an open science and open data enthusiast. Lilly’s research interests include understanding the cultural motivations of scientists to share their data. As the Product Manager for Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research at Open Knowledge Foundation, she is also exploring how computational tools can enhance researcher’s workflows with a goal of making scientific data more open, shareable, and reproducible.

  • Evgeny Karev, Tech Lead

    Evgeny was born in Moscow. He's got an engineering degree at Moscow State Technical University. Evgeny worked as an entrepreneur and a consultant on various projects in Russia. Now, he is a passionate open source developer living in Moscow and Dubrovnik. At Open Knowledge Foundation, Evgeny works mostly on Frictionless Data project as a tech lead of the Frictionless Data implementations.

  • Adrià Mercader, Developer

    Adrià has over a decade of experience working in the Open Data and Civic Tech fields. He is an enthusiast of the Open Web, specially the communities built around Open Source projects and Open Standards. He is a member of the CKAN Technical Team and works across different projects at Open Knowledge Foundation. He has a Degree in Biology and an MSc in Geographic Information Systems. He currently lives near the shores of the Mediterranean, in the beautiful city of Tarragona.

  • Paul Walsh, Principal Investigator

    Paul Walsh is the CEO at Datopian. Paul has over 10 years experience working on product, technology, and marketing in the commercial and nonprofit sectors.

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