We The Data describes itself as "a hub of conversation, news, and events celebrating innovative communities who are each focused on democratizing data in their own way. Our goal is to spark synergy among people and organizations who are tackling a nexus of interdependent Core Challenges and collectively giving rise to the Gutenburg press of our era: flows of data that are at once more fluid and more trustworthy, new and more accessible tools for analysis and visualization, and vehicles of communication and collaboration that help communities come together to gain a voice, mobilize resources, coordinate action, and create the ventures of the future".
It was initiated by designers & developers, researchers, scientists & educators, and a for-profit enterprise and encourages people to participate through an online platform and research & learning. We The Data is global in orientation and concerned with research, knowledge production & information access.
It was launched in 2012 and is ongoing.