The Data Observatory for Innovation and Economic Prosperity Consortium is an on-going effort by the founding members, collaborators, and many partners from industry, academia, non-profit, and government.

Strategic Objectives

The activities of the Consortium are organized around four strategic objectives that:

  • Are specifically designed from a functional perspective – each objective fills an identified gap in the use and application of data by innovation researchers and policymakers.

  • Inter-relate and work in concert to provide a cohesive infrastructure with standard policies for curation and access.

1) Convene & Engage Stakeholders

Organize and convene workshops with representatives from government, industry, non-profit, and associated research community to develop a policymaker-driven research agenda that guides and accelerates the creation and development of research ready data constellations, relevant to and valuable for use in addressing the critical questions of science and innovation policymakers along with working groups developing standards and guidelines for data access and sharing to support the research agenda.

2) Catalyze Research

Initiate funded research projects using the observatory for both exploratory research that leverage and showcase the value of new data types (big data), analytical techniques, or new data modalities, generate new collaborative research initiatives. Create robust systems for collecting innovation ecosystem data and replicate research across different domains for data-driven policy decisions.

3) Enable Access to Critical Data

Enable access to, and spur the use of, coherent, well-organized, well-structured, annotated, and documented constellations of data on innovation and economic prosperity provided by Consortium partners and supporting collaborators that can be used to answer critical questions in policymaker driven research agendas

4) Educate

Collect data, organize webinar workshops/discussions and champion data science education reporting and dissemination in order to foster work-force development in data science as it relates to promoting regional innovation ecosystem activity and economic prosperity.

​Founding Members, Collaborators, and Partners

Additional Collaborators


  • American Underground
  • Big Moundatain Data
  • Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Educational Association of University Centers
  • Economic Modeling Specialists International
  • FAN Fund
  • Florida High Tech Corridor Council
  • Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center
  • Florida Research Consortium
  • IBM Corporation
  • Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS)
  • Keystone Solutions
  • Leidos
  • National Association for Community College
  • National Center for Simulation
  • National Entrepreneur Center
  • National Governors Association
  • National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce
  • North Carolina Biotechnology Center
  • North Carolina Department of Commerce; Office of Science, Technology & InnovationOrlando Economic Partnership
  • RTI International
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Orlando
  • Streamlyne
  • Synapse Florida
  • Systems Management Institute
  • TomorrowData
  • Unikey Technologies
  • University of Central Florida; Business Incubation Program
  • University of Central Florida; Masters of Science in Data Analytics Program
  • University of Central Florida; Venture Accelerator
  • University Economic Development Association
  • University of Michigan, Economic Growth Center
  • Walt Disney Attractions Technology LLC
  • Wireless Assets Holdings Inc.