Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi

Pushing the boundaries of data, technology & public policy

Rutgers Urban & Civic Informatics Lab

Stockton University

Biography

Gavin Rozzi is an award-winning researcher, former journalist, web developer & technology professional who has created several successful local news websites and civic technology platforms serving New Jersey.

From early 2016 - 2019, his political news website Ocean County Politics quickly became a “must read” for its in-depth reporting about local government, campaign finance and investigations of public officials in Ocean County, NJ. Stories first broken by Gavin on Ocean County Politics were frequently cited by larger media outlets, including NJ.com, POLITICO, InsiderNJ and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show.

In 2017 he launched OPRAmachine, a statewide freedom of information portal that automatically publishes public records requests & responses, the first website of its kind to serve New Jersey. The website, which is active in all 21 counties, allows anybody to easily request public documents from state and local government agencies under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA). It was the first production deployment of the open-source Alaveteli platform that targeted a single U.S. state rather than an entire country.

In 2019, he received the “Excellence in Local News Award” from the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair University in the “Innovate Local” category for his work modernizing public records with OPRAmachine.

Gavin has been recognized as an authority on government transparency and open data in New Jersey as a result of OPRAmachine’s impact. Most recently, he has appeared in court as an expert witness in OPRA cases, testifying in cases involving the production of digital data held by government agencies.

Interests

  • Linux, open source software
  • Public policy
  • Data science
  • Civic tech
  • Python & R development

Education

  • M.S., Data Science & Strategic Analytics, 2020

    Stockton University

  • B.A., Political Science, 2018

    Stockton University

Skills

Public records & research

As the creator of New Jersey’s largest public records research platform, Gavin is deeply familiar with the public records request process. With a journalistic and academic background, he is comfortable researching and synthesizing information from various sources.

Web & technology

Gavin is comfortable implementing and working with modern web, desktop & mobile technologies, including Linux & open source software and web development tools. His work as an IT solution provider allowed him to develop significant experience in this realm.

Media & communications

In the course of his work as an independent journalist, Gavin has produced and edited written reports and editorials as well as videos & audio podcasts. He also has experience writing press releases.

Accomplish­ments

Excellence in Local News 2019, Innovate Local

Received for my work with OPRAmachine
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Student Leader of the Month

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Readers’ Choice Best Computer Repair 2012

Recent Posts

Projects

1033 Watch

Track military hardware shipments to local police

911maps

Map and analyze 911 call data

OPRAmachine

New Jersey’s first statewide freedom of information platform

Ocean County Radio Live

Online SDR trunked radio scanner & archive for Ocean County, NJ

Ocean County Politics

Political news and commentary for the Jersey Shore

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Using Data and Emerging Technologies to Improve Urban Life

The Rutgers Urban and Civic Informatics Lab (RUCI Lab) was recently founded at the Bloustein School, with the mission of using new …

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