Brand Niemann is a data scientist / data journalist who grew up working on a farm in Nebraska. He was asked by the USDA to create awareness and access to USDA data in partnership with their Open Data Communications Plan. He created the USDA Data Science MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Brand is a former Senior Enterprise Architect and Data Scientist with the US EPA, who organizes the Federal Big Data Working Group Meetup - a meetup that regularly attracts hundreds of the top data scientists in and around Washington D.C. He has worked as a data scientist for a number of organizations, produced data science products for a large number of data sets, and published data stories for Federal Computer Week, Semantic Community and AOL Government.