# About Datopian
# Our Vision
At Datopian, we’re committed to a digital economy that empowers everyone. Our approach to designing solutions with our clients, and our approach to working with data in general, is informed by this commitment.
Put simply, we’re passionate about data. Passionate about its power to help us understand and shape our organisations and societies. We want to democratise that power by giving more people and organisations access to high quality data and tooling.
Datopian is a team of 20+ people lead by open source and open data veterans. We’ve consulted on data strategy, architected data platforms, and implemented technical solutions for numerous government, NGO, and enterprise clients world over. We count among us the creator of CKAN, the creator and the lead curators of the Frictionless Data specifications, and some of the most prominent open data pioneers and activtists worldwide.
We value judgment over rules. Patterns over processes, processes over systems. This means, for example, we put effort to explaining why we do things not just how we do things.
We value parsimony and one way to do things. We prefer fewer systems and fewer things to know. We are happy to spend time refining and automating our processes and patterns.
In short, we value Zen - deep simplicity, nothing to add and nothing to take away. Essence, precision, elegance, rigour, frictionlessness.
# Civic Actions
Datopian and Civic Actions partner to provide open data management solutions to the public sector in the USA. Our partnership is based on a shared vision of open source for open data, a commitment to transparency, accountability, and effectiveness in government. Contact Bill Ogilvie or Paul Walsh for more information, or to work with us in the USA.