Civic Awesome: A Tribute to George Thomas
Editor’s note: This week’s edition of Civic Awesome is dedicated to George Thomas, one of the most civic awesome open data advocates we’ve known.
The Socrata team was saddened to learn this week that George Thomas, Chief Architect in the CIO’s office at Health and Human Services, passed away last week after a long battle with cancer.
Many of us had the pleasure and privilege of working with George when he was an advisor to the Data.gov and HealthData.gov initiatives. His passion for how the Semantic Web and Linked Open Data could improve government inspired us all, and his intelligence, patience, and good humor will be missed. Both the Semantic Web and Open Data communities have lost one of their most passionate advocates, and we should continue to carry the torch of his vision for how we can make government data more accessible and easier to consume.
Donations are being accepted in his name by Capitol Caring Hospice. Our thoughts and hearts go out to George’s wife, family, and community.