Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Kyle Onda

Data Architect, Internet of Water


Kyle Onda is the Data Architect for the Internet of Water project of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, where he documents and develops standards, best practices, and templates for the storage, publishing, and cataloging of water-related data. In this role, he also educates agencies that produce water data in ways to make water data discoverable, accessible, and interoperable by adopting (meta)data standards, data exchange standards, API standards, as well as leveraging open-source software and public cloud services. Among his current projects are Coming to Terms (a cross-jurisdictional water vocabulary service) and (a persistent identification service and linked data community of practice for environmental data systems).
He is a trained environmental engineer, urban planner, environmental public health professional, and econometrician. He has been lucky to pursue an academic and professional career engaging with diverse and interesting topics dealing with intersections between water, the natural and built environments, people, and political economy. In doing so, he has addressed a wide range of pressing policy questions, ranging from local land use decisions to international infrastructure finance.
Kyle holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from Stanford, masters degrees in City & Regional Planning and Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill, and is completing his PhD in City & Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill.