Jackson Maxfield Brown

I am currently a PhD student at the University of Washington Information School working in the UW DataLab. My work focuses on public interest technology, the use of government data, and open-source software. I aim to be an applied researcher, producing software and knowledge that benefit the public through building large-scale data access systems that encourage civic participation.

I currently lead a team of developers and designers as we work on CouncilDataProject -- an easily deployable, generalizable system for municipal government event data processing, archival, search, and, discovery in the hopes of better local government accessibility and accountability. Council Data Project infrastructure is entirely free! We hope to see it utilized by all members of the public for increased municipal government awareness and for shared, collaborative, open access research on municipal governance behaviors.

I have previously worked as a data engineer at Numina and as a research engineer at the Allen Institute for Cell Science. You can find most of my work from my time at the Allen Institute under my team's GitHub organization -- AllenCellModeling.

You can find my scientific Python, civic technology, and other open-source work on GitHub.

You can find my rants and raves about scientific Python, civic technology, other open-source work, and more on Twitter.