About the Harvard Open Data Project

The 2018 Harvard Open Data Project Team

The Harvard Open Data Project (HODP) is a student-faculty group that aims to increase transparency and tackle issues on campus using public Harvard data.

The Harvard Open Data Project (HODP) is a student-faculty group that aims to increase transparency and solve problems on campus using public Harvard data.

Our flagship product is Harvard’s first open data catalog, where we’ve gathered dozens of public Harvard datasets in a free repository. We’ve used data science and data visualization techniques to analyze data on campus safety, faculty gender disparity, student government election turnout, and trends in concentration popularity, to name a few.

HODP’s community includes over 100 undergraduates as well as several Harvard faculty: Nick Sinai, the former deputy CTO of the US and current HKS professor; Jim Waldo, the former Harvard CTO; and others.

Read our blog for more info!

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Creating Harvard's first open data catalog

In the vein of data.gov, we're gathering and publishing all of Harvard's public datasets in one place. With this, we promote transparency and help students engage better with the university. Check out our datasets!

View the whole open data catalog

Creating data-driven policy with Harvard staff

We're working with Harvard's police department (HUPD) and dining services (HUDS) to open and analyze their datasets. Our analyses will lead to real policy changes and greater student-staff interaction than we've ever seen.

Read about our policy projects

Data science to understand our university

We correctly predicted the outcome of the Harvard UC presidential election using surveys and social media analysis. Now we're turning toward understanding Harvard academics, social life, and finances by analyzing public Harvard data.

Read our analyses
We're working on some really exciting data analysis projects this semester, including:
  • Analyzing low turnout and predicting results of Harvard's student government elections
  • Investigating Harvard faculty diversity
  • Finding trends in the career paths of Harvard College graduates
  • Creating a database of Harvard courses
Check out the full list of projects here!


Jeffrey He

Mather 2020
Hi! I’m a currently a sophomore in Mather studying computer science. Outside of HODP, I'm a huge basketball fan, a chess player, and a violinist.

Emma Ling

Vice President
Lowell 2020
I'm a sophomore in Lowell studying computer science and sociology. When I'm not hacking on Harvard datasets, I love going on adventures in the great outdoors.

Stephen Moon

Vice President
Pforzheimer 2020
I'm a sophomore in Pforzheimer House studying statistics and economics. I loves data, french fries, and card games, and am left handed.

Kevin Bi

Board Member
Canaday 2021
I'm a freshman in Canaday. I'm interested in studying Economics or Computer Science. In my spare time, I like reading and writing computer programs.

Lucy Li

Board Member
Canaday 2021
I'm a freshman in Canaday interested in data, tech, and politics. Outside of HODP, I play violin in HRO and volunteer through PBHA.


Nick Sinai

Faculty Mentor
Nick Sinai teaches at the Harvard Kennedy School and was the former deputy CTO of the US, where he helped start Data.gov.

Latanya Sweeney

Faculty Mentor
Latanya Sweeney is a Professor of Government and Technology at Harvard.


Flora DiCara

Adams 2020
I'm a sophomore in Adams studying Social Studies. Outside of HODP I'm active in Harvard's entrepreneurial community and am a student fellow at a venture capital firm.

Olivia Bryant

Hollis 2021
I am a freshman from Canterbury, England, potentially studying Statistics with an interest in data journalism. I spend time volunteering and knitting like a grandma.

Alex Giglio

Eliot 2020
I'm a Mechanical Engineering concentrator with a love for obscure facts and a passion for complaining about Harvard's class scheduling.

Darrin Gilkerson

Cabot 2020
I'm a sophomore in Cabot from Ohio interested in big data, statistics, and Joe Blitzstein

Ariana Soto

Currier 2020
I am a sophomore from Los Angeles concentrating in Government with a secondary in Computer Science. I’m a huge fan of open data, having worked last summer with the Los Angeles open data portal and getting to work this summer with the New York open data portal. I love singing and going to the beach!

Hakeem Angulu

Winthrop 2020
I'm a sophomore from Kingston, Jamaica, currently living in Winthrop. I am pursuing a joint concentration in Computer Science and Statistics with a Secondary in African American Studies, and I hope to use my studies here, as well as my engagement with HODP, to work on projects that amplify voices, facilitate justice, and push our current limits!

Alaisha Sharma

Kirkland 2020
I'm a sophomore in Kirkland studying computer science and obsessed with bio-inspired design. Dance is my absolute favorite hobby, but I also enjoy teaching CS to non-programmers, learning new languages, and exploring cool food places (multiple in a row).

Maddy Nakada

Currier 2020
I am a computer science and statistics concentrator living in Currier. I was drawn to HODP by its goal to make data more accessible to the public both through easily digestible articles as well as by formatting data for others to use. In my free time I enjoy running along the Charles.



Caleb Shelburne

Kirkland 2018
I'm a senior in Kirkland concentrating in History and Literature. Officially, I study nineteenth-century Ottoman history. In my spare time, I enjoy analyzing data.

Neel Mehta

Founder, Alumni
Pforzheimer 2018
I'm a senior in Pfoho studying computer science. Outside HODP, I serve as the Finance Committee Chair on the Undergraduate Council, write about civic tech, and skateboard around campus.