Open Data Services is an established workers co-operative delivering sustainable support for world-changing open data projects, including the Open Contracting Data Standard, the 360Giving open philanthropy initiative, the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), Open Referral and the Beneficial Ownership Data Standard.
We’re an interdisciplinary team, with developers, analysts and researchers working together to create tools and services that help organisations publish and use open data for social change.
Since we started in 2015 we’ve grown from 4 to 16 staff and co-operative members, providing family-friendly and flexible working. We’re creating a great place to work, whilst contributing to open data impacts across the world. We were recently featured in the 2018 UK Co-operative Economy report and Coop News.
We welcome applications from under-represented groups and we value diversity within our workforce. We don’t discriminate on age, disability, gender or gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and parenthood, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. If we can do anything to facilitate your application, or if you’d like to have an informal chat about the role or the co-op before applying, please get in touch.
After a probationary period, all employees are eligible to become a member of the co-operative, taking on an equal role in the ownership and governance of the business. We operate collective management, with regular online team meetings, and quarterly full-team meet-ups to make decisions about the projects, operations and direction of our shared work.
Co-operative membership is optional. There is no obligation for employees to become a member, and all core employment benefits are shared equally amongst the team, whether members or not.
As a workers co-operative we operate as a values-driven business. We are building for the long-term: we are not controlled by shareholders seeking short-term gain. We operate in-line with global co-operative principles, and part of a global movement of co-operators.
As part of our commitment to Co-operative Principle 7 (concern for community) a proportion of any surplus we make is dedicated to supporting causes we care about. Last year we made co-op contributions to Open Rights Group, Python Software Foundation, Django Girls, Creative Commons and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, as well as to a range of other charities and causes.