Our Mission

The mission of Data Independence is to provide flexible data management solutions and tools to fully leverage data collection efforts throughout the enterprise.

Our Experience

We have managed thousands of public opinion survey data collections and developed access tools that serve hundreds of colleges, businesses, non-profit, governmental and media-based  organizations.  We understand the financial and technical challenges of maintaining access to data collections, while recognizing the potential opportunities that data access can provide to your staff, your mission, your business.

Our Staff

Data Independence leadership has worked together for over twenty years in a variety of capacities and have unique and complimentary experiences.

Lois Timms-Ferrara is Partner and CEO, bringing over 20 years of data management, communications and business development experience.  She has coordinated Loislarge scale research projects and managed user and data services focusing on data access and end-user experience. Well-versed in the economics of data and data management, Lois has a unique perspective on data value and service potential. In her previous position, Associate Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at the University of Connecticut, she managed outreach, data acquisitions, and membership development, and directed a six fold increase in institutional members.
Lois is a bit of a data geek, wearing the hat of volunteer data director for her local political party. Whether it’s the current political polls, Census data reports or a spreadsheet of her gym workouts, you can find her pouring over the numbers. Lois holds a BA in Economics from the University of Connecticut and has done graduate work in management and organizational relations.


Marc Maynard is Partner and Director of Data Technology and enjoys working at the intersection of data and technology. With over 20 years of database and web application developSquareMarcment experience, he has an extraordinary ability to analyze user requirements and convert them into appropriate technically and economically feasible systems. He had done this for years as Director of Technical Services at the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research where he was primarily responsible for developing and managing data access services. He created the iPOLL database, the Center's question retrieval system covering nearly nine decades and thousands of surveys, and RoperExplorer, an integrated online data analysis service.

    Marc’s second love (second to data, of course) is running, another interest that requires strong discipline, and he clocks about 50 miles each week. He has a BS in Business from the University of Connecticut and a MS in Information Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Over the last two decades, this duo successfully led the Roper Center, a leading nonprofit social science data archive maintaining of the largest body of of public opinion surveys from the 1930s to present.

Contact us  today to learn more about our new endeavor and how we can help you leverage your data resources.