OBE for Surrey technical director

A Surrey technical director has received an OBE in the New Year's Honours.

Jeni Tennison from Epsom is the technical director of the Open Data Institute.

Before joining the ODI, she was the technical architect and lead developer for legislation.gov.uk, which pioneered the use of open data APIs within the public sector.

She set a new standard in the publication of legislation on the web, and formed the basis of The National Archives’ strategy for bringing the UK’s legislation up to date as open, public data.

Jeni has also contributed to several international standards through the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Jeni inspires affection, loyalty and admiration in all who know her. She has a special blend of deep technical know how and an intuitive sense of what works in the world of the Web. In Jeni the ODI has a fantastic CTO and the open data community a great role model. It has been a privilege to work with her for over two decades and it is wonderful to see her recognised in this way."

– Sir Nigel Shadbolt, ODI Chairman

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