Our Experience

The team behind Data Shades are the same people who work within the full service digital agency Link Digital.

Link’s notable open data contracts include hosting and support for data.gov.au, data.vic.gov.a, data.sa.gov.au and ongoing support for data.nsw.gov.au.



The team have over 13 years experience working with enterprise clients on service contracts and complex projects. And with our more recent experience on major open data portals within Australia we have gained insight into platform requirements that have gone on to fuel our product roadmap for CKAN Galvanize.

Link is a Gold Member of the CKAN Association, a supporting partner of the Drupal Association  and has established credentials as a Government Authorized and Advanced Consulting Partner of Amazon Web Services.


As a team we are dedicated to the spirit of open communities and are lead by the principles of openness, participation and collaboration.

Director, Steven De Costa, is on the Board of Open Knowledge Australia and on the Advisory Council for the CKAN Association. He is also the Community and Communications Team Lead for the CKAN Association and a National Organizer for GovHack.


We are active in various open data initiatives and promote best practices in application and platform standards whenever possible.


Link is an established digital agency, located in Canberra, Australia. Over 14 years in the industry it has built a reputation, within the Government and commercial sectors, as a high quality supplier of online design, development, hosting and consulting services.

Over the last three years, Link’s investments within the technology segments of public cloud and open data services has seen them take on the primary open data portals for the Federal, NSW, Victorian and South Australian Governments.

By building their competency in cloud and open data they have built on an existing knowledge base that is underpinned by their dedication and drive to bring leading edge digital services to end-users.

Steven DeCosta


Shane Davis

Platform Manager

Alex Sadleir

Lead Developer