“Poor quality data is a serious roadblock, restricting the flow of Data and cutting short its potential journey”
Martin Naughton, Lead Developer, Project Lintol.

We’re a team of Collaboration Partners, largely drawn from Avata Industries. Avata is a collaboration network being built in cooperation with InvestNI to explore opportunities for collaborative business through Open Source and Open Data.

Each of our Partners has a unique story and skillset, but we’re all passionate about Open Data and its power to inspire innovation and change.


Martin Naughton, Lead Front End Developer.
Martin runs MnTech, a UK consultancy operating in the IT sector advising companies on project implementation. He works with large multinational companies, particularly on projects involving Open Data. Marty is articularly interested in the potential of Open Data to promote environmental and Sustainability issues. He is leading an Open Data project with Northern Ireland Waste to educate the public and boost the recycling rate which is only at 35% of its potential.

Keith Howe, Infrastructure
Keith presides over Howe Computers and has been actively promoting Open Source and Open Data within both private and government sector projects for over five years. His projects focus on improving levels of company creativity and business growth. Keith has over 20 years experience working as a Systems Engineer and IT Contractor and is proficient in using open-source systems such as Kubernetes for automating deployment and management of containerized applications.

James Gumble, Project Manager
James is a Technical Project Manager and Business Analyst who has been working on software development projects for over 10 years. He has worked with both public and private sector IT projects for clients ranging from Marks and Spencer to the Northern Ireland Civil Service. James has managed multiple software teams over the last 7 years including Open Source projects. He has been heavily involved with business and product development for over 50 clients across Northern Ireland as part of mentoring and innovation programmes.

Helen Earley, Copywriting and Production
Helen is a producer and content creator, working in multiple informative media. She has extensive experience, locally and internationally, working with video and broadcast media, particularly in media production and development. Helen has worked on projects for BBC (UK), RTE (IE) and PBS (US).

Alan Stirling, Training Materials
Alan’s company, Alderhill Digital, is an industry-focused training provider and recognised vocational
training centre. He has in-depth experience of providing upskilling in technical and semi-technical topics, running both courses and day sessions. Alan has produced training materials and programmes for public sector software applications such as Sure Start Play.

Mark Kelso, Design and User Experience
Mark is a director at Glaze Digital, he has 7 years’ experience in design & development and focuses on User Interface Design. He has worked with companies such as the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and InvestNI to help deliver clear, concise user experiences that focus on the user journey. He has lectured in Interactive Design at Northern Ireland’s Northern Regional College.

Phil Weir Data, Back-end & Architecture
Phil is the Director of Flax & Teal, a company founded specifically to work on open source and open data projects. Phil is an experienced scientist and web developer, having a PhD in Python-based mathematical simulation and professional experience in web development and numerics for the web. He ran the successful OurRagingPlanet project a Kubernetes-driven open source system for running job-based numerical analysis of geospatial open data. He is a scientific Python trainer, a part-time lecturer and has presented at PyCon New Zealand (2012) on numerical analysis, FEniCS 2016 (scientific Python) on web-based simulation and at the Open Data Science Conference 2017 in London on web-based, on-demand data analysis.

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Maybe you’re a Data Publisher or Data Owner? Or a Developer? Or even a Data Analyst? Whatever your angle, we’d love to hear from you.

What does the ultimate validation tool look like for you? Could any of our coding be tweaked? Would you like to trial Lintol in your organisation? Let us know. We’re listening.