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Jan 2018




Jan 2018


Co-Executive Director, Code for Science & Society

Portland, Oregon

Jan 2018 - Present

Developer, Dat Project

Portland, Oregon

June 2016 - Present

As a core developer, Joe Hand lead the development Dat’s main command line tool and other core Dat modules. He also spearheaded efforts in documentation, fundraising, and community development, including:

  • Build and maintain the Dat command line interface (the most downloaded Dat module) and Dat’s main Javascript API.

  • Led effort to build & maintain:, docs.datproject,, and more.

  • Prototype tools for archiving and other uses of data.

  • Write blog posts about Dat-related ideas and recent developments.

  • Provide support & engagement with community via IRC, Github, Twitter.

Developer & Consultant, Self-Employed


Oct 2014 - June 2016

  • July 2015 -  Dec 2015: consultant for Santa Fe Institute, listed below

  • Consulting on data collection platform operations and custom data visualization tools

  • Develop custom websites

Project Manager & Research Associate, Santa Fe Institute

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Feb. 2013 - June 2015

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is an independent research institute focusing on the issues of complexity. SFI received a $1 million USD grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to partner with Slum/Shack Dwellers International. Building on data collected from over 7,000 settlements in the last five years, we created a new data pipeline to increase the data collection and visualization capabilities.

As project manager, Joe Hand led the development of a data collection, analysis, and visualization platform to be used by communities in informal settlements worldwide.  This work included:

  • Manage international team of contractors, project partners, postdocs, and summer interns.
  • Design and prototype systems for data collection to be used in over 30 countries worldwide with varying technologies and internet availability.
  • Consult with project partners on sustainable funding and business models to ensure development continues beyond project timeline.
  • Integrate various state-of-the-art data collection technologies to work with local contexts in slums throughout the Global South.
  • Present work to diverse groups including academics, the World Bank, and slum dwellers.

As research associate on the Gates Foundation grant and a related grant from the MacArthur Foundation, Joe Hand helped gather, clean, and analyze data for scientific publications, including:

  • Organize, extract, and clean historic slum data from 14 countries into standardized formats for analysis.
  • Produce analysis, plots, and maps of U.S. Census data using Python and GIS tools.
  • Guide mathematical theory of cities through data exploration.

Project Manager, Periscopic

Portland, Oregon

Aug. 2011 - Jan. 2013

Periscopic is a socially-conscious data visualization firm. Joe Hand was the sole project manager having advanced rapidly from other positions after being hired. As project manager his responsibilities were to:

  • Develop and monitor project schedules in consultation with technical and strategic leads.
  • Collaborate with clients spanning a variety of industries including scientific researchers, non-profit foundations, IGO’s, and Fortune 500 companies.
  • Initiate and prototype tools for project management and communication.
  • Assign project tasks to 8-10 team members including developers, data scientists, designers, and strategists.
  • Manage two to six projects concurrently with timelines ranging from two weeks to eight months.

Online Textbook Developer & Assistant Manager, TextFlow Media

Portland, Oregon

Oct. 2009 - June 2011

  • Worked with CEO to manage four employees in the production and quality assurance of 80 online college textbooks meeting a six month deadline.
  • Responsible for communicating with McGraw-Hill, the primary client, and overseas vendors.
  • Organized incoming book materials, videos, and QA spreadsheets in preparation for other employees.


Research Assistant, Reed College - Teagle Foundation Grant

Portland, Oregon

Summer ‘08 & ‘09

An interdisciplinary team led by Dr. Jeffrey Parker researched the effects of peers on student learning at three liberal-arts colleges. I conducted data organization, analysis, and modeling in coordination with other team members.

  • Collaborated with research team to develop goals and research ideas.
  • Carried out independent analysis of large data sets using Stata.
  • Responsible for preparing weekly reports from results and presenting to team.

Undergraduate Thesis, Reed College

Creative Destruction in a Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium Framework: Evaluation Through Calibration and Simulation

Completed May 2009

  • Researched and evaluated previous macroeconomic models using similar methodologies.
  • Simulated economic model using Dynare and MatLab.


Reed College

B.A. in Mathematics-Economics, May 2009

2005 - 2009


  • Development:  Python, Node, JavaScript.
  • Data Cleaning, Analysis, Visualization:  Python (Scipy/Numpy, Pandas), JavaScript (D3.js), GIS, R, Matlab, Stata, SQL, Excel.
  • GIS data, mapping concepts, and tools: Python, QGIS, Leaflet/Mapbox
  • Web technologies: Python (Flask, Django), JavaScript (Backbone, React, Choo), PHP (WordPress), SQL, MongoDB.
  • Proven ability to do statistical, spatial, and econometric analysis of data using Python, R, Matlab, and Stata.


Robinson D, Hand J, Madsen MB, McKelvey K (In Review) The Dat Project: A new approach to support data preservation through decentralization. Nature: Scientific Data.


Introduction to Dat

Code for Science & Society Meetup

Portland, OR

Dec. 2016

Persistent & Decentralized Sharing for Research Data

Talks on Technology Science, Data Privacy Lab

Harvard, Cambridge, MA

Oct. 2016

Software for better description and retrieval of online scientific data

Research Data Alliance Eighth Plenary Meeting

Denver, CO

Sep. 2016

I Did it for the Data: Local Data for Science

The Data Made Me Do It: Studio One Symposium

UC Berkeley Dept. of Architecture, Berkeley, CA

Mar. 2015

Crucial Elements of a Global Framework for Knowledge Accumulation

Acting Locally, Understanding Globally: Scaling Up Community Collected Data in Developing Cities

Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM

Nov. 2014

Understanding Communities: from Local Data to Global Knowledge

Round Table Discussion with Tony Hsieh, Zappo’s CEO

Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM

Sep. 2014

Big Data For Development

How Far Can “Big Data” Take Us Towards Understanding Cities?

Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM

Sep. 2014

A New Global Data Collection Process for Understanding Human Development in Slums

World Bank, Washington D.C. 

Jan. 2014


Instructor - Web Cartography, Hack University

Portland, Oregon

June 2017 - Aug. 2017

  • Taught class about making maps on the web
  • Introduction to desktop GIS tools
  • In-depth teaching on Leaflet, Mapbox, and related tools

Crew Leader & Volunteer, Friends of Trees

Portland, Oregon

2010-2013, 2016-Present

  • Participate in tree plantings as a volunteer.
  • Completed training to become a crew leader.
  • Assistant crew leader for several plantings.

Assistant Foreman, Stonegate Gardens

Denver, Colorado

June 2007 - Aug. 2007

Conservation Corps Member, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Summer ‘05 & ‘06

Bike Repair Apprentice, Treads Bicycle Outfitters

Denver, Colorado

Aug. 2003 - Feb. 2004


Provided Upon Request