2010 Nominations list

Nominations for invited speakers for Code4Lib 2010. Alphabetical order. Nominations have now closed.

Jono Bacon

Homepage: [1]

"Jono Bacon works at Canonical as the Ubuntu Community Manager and works to grow and lead the world-wide Ubuntu community. He wrote several books [2] and currently is working on a book titled the Art Of Community published by O’Reilly. According to their site [3], "the book will also be freely available online to enjoy, share and modify under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike Non-Commercial license." The draft of the first chapter is available online. [4]

Bacon previously had worked as a professional Open Source advocate at the UK government funded OpenAdvantage. He is a member of the Open Source community, co-founder and presenter of LugRadio, contributor to projects such as Jokosher, KDE and GNOME, and SeveredFifth music project. [5]"

Mitchell Baker

"Chair of the Mozilla Foundation is an excellent speaker, and perhaps a more modern evangelist for open source and a gimmick-free web."

Patrick Ball

"[6] is director of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group [7] and lead on Martus (which is FLOSS) [8].

"I've never heard him talk but I admire the project, which is about gathering and analyzing enormous amounts of data and making it accessible and understandable to make the world a better place, like we do---except they do it about torture and human rights violations.

"Here's a video of him leading a panel at Berkeley recently: http://fora.tv/2009/05/04/Human_Rights_Databases_Data_Sharing_and_Data_Security

"Benetech HRDAG develops database software, data collection strategies, and statistical techniques to measure human rights atrocities. Our technology and analysis is used by truth commissions, international criminal tribunals, and non-governmental human rights organizations around the world. Our analysis identifies the trends and patterns which is the evidence of crimes of policy. "

"Martus is a secure information management tool that allows you to create a searchable and encrypted database and back this data up remotely to your choice of publicly available servers. The Martus software is used by organizations around the world to protect sensitive information and shield the identity of victims or witnesses who provide testimony on human rights abuses. Martus is the Greek word for witness."

Stephen Downes

"[9] a great speaker and works with the Canadian National Research Council. He would definitely bring a more teaching and learning perspective to his talk."

"I've also seen Stephen talk and he offers a nice blend of tech, metadata, and end-user perspective."

Benjamin Mako Hill

Hompepage: [10]

"Ben Mako Hill is a Senior Researcher at the MIT Sloan School of Management, a Fellow at the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, and an adviser and contractor for the One Laptop per Child project. He has been a leader, developer, and contributor to the Free and Open Source Software community as part of the Debian and Ubuntu projects. He authored "The Official Ubuntu handbook" (together with Jono Bacon) and "Hacking Knoppix", among other things [11], and a member of the Free Software Foundation board of directors."

"I had a pleasure to listening to Ben Mako Hill's experience during an OLPC XO get together [12] at PenguiCon 2008 [13]."

Adrian Holovaty

"Adrian is co-creator and a bdfl of django, a journalist, an inspirer of Greasemonkey, an influencer of google-maps, a winner of a $1.1m Knight Foundation grant (the org promotes journalism), and creator of everyblock.com."

Paul Jones

"Paul Jones, the director of ibiblio.org. He's a poet, teaches at a journalism school and a library school, he's a part of internet and open source history (how many of you downloaded your first linux distro from sunsite.unc.edu?) and he's a fantastic public speaker. Here's an extract from his website (http://www.ibiblio.org/pjones/): "Although often mistaken for other unreconstructed relics of the failed social policies of the Sixties, Paul Jones is the Director of ibiblio.org, a project that includes the Site Formerly Known as MetaLab and SunSITE, The Public's Library -- a large contributor-run digital library. Besides speaking at several conferences world-wide, Paul teaches on the faculties of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the School of Information and Library Science. He can be found many places on the Internet. He was the original manager of SunSITE.unc.edu, one of the first WWW sites in North America and is co-author of The Web Server Book (Ventana, 1995) (rereleased as The Unix Web Server Book, Second Edition Ventana, 1997). Jones has an additional on-going research interest in Open Source and Sharing Communities and Information policy issues as well as being an actively publishing poet. Paul is the editor of the Internet Poetry Archives, published with UNC Press. Paul is a founding board member of the American Open Technology Consortium, a member of the Board of Trustees of Chapel Hill Public Library, and a board member of the Linux Documentation Project. But he is most pleased to have been admitted into the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists and to have been selected in April 2003 as Best Geek in the Research Triangle by the Independent Weekly. "

"I've known Paul for years, although unfortunately my interactions with him in recent years have been few. In addition to the bio below, he's funny and his sense of humor gains an additional kick by being delivered in a Southern drawl. <hyperbole>I'd run over kids in strollers to hear him speak.</hyperbole>"

Penny Leach

"2009 Google Open Source Award winner in the "Best Education Hacker" category, and a contributor to both Moodle and Mahara. From her blog: "This is a website about me. I am just this girl, who works on open source web based education stuff, and drinks too much."

Andy Lester

  • author of ack "a grep replacement" and itinerant speaker on "Technical Debt" and employment in the tech world. He's a Perl guru working in the publishing indsutry. Andy's "Technical Debt" lecture would be a good fit, IMO, for the code4lib group.
  • "Andy has another connection of interest to Code4Lib - he wrote the MARC::Record Perl module."

Joe Lucia

  • "He is a Library Director [at Villanova] who fully supports Open Source software and speaks on it from time to time. He was the keynote speaker at the recent Evergreen conference."

Clifford Lynch

  • "Clifford Lynch has been the Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July 1997. Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last ten as Director of Library Automation. ... Cliff is a provocative thinker in the world of both digital and traditional libraries."

Cathy Marshall

  • "Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research. She's working in personal digital archiving and personal information management.I've been really impressed with two of her recent projects: a talk at ASIST '08 about myths of digital archiving [14] and her JCDL 2009 paper "No bull, No spin" [15] ,which examined zillions of flickr photos of a particular tourist attraction to understand how they used tags. Despite being a serious researcher, Cathy is very down-to-earth (check her twitter feed http://twitter.com/ccmarshall or her older and sometimes bizarre hypertext art). I think she'd be a great keynoter for Code4Lib.

Peter Morville

  • "most commonly known as the author of 'Ambient Findability', and co-author of 'Information Architecture for the World Wide Web'. He's president and founder of Semantic Studios [1], teacher at UMich, and blogger at findability.org.

Randall Munroe

  • "programmer/math geek/xkcd creator/all-around genius. His Authors@Google talk was pretty entertaining, and he seems like the kind of guy who would put some effort into surprising and engaging the crowd he's talking to."

Tim O'Reilly

  • Founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media
  • "We can dream, can't we? In case you don't see the connection, he is the CEO of O'Reilly, home of the technology series of books named after him and author of radar.oreilly.com. I've tried to get him for a keynote for a conference and he accepted but the conference decided to go another route so I know he will consider keynotes for technology crowds."
  • BIO: http://oreilly.com/oreilly/tim_bio.html: "Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. The company also publishes online through the O'Reilly Network and hosts conferences on technology topics. Tim is an activist for open source, open standards, and sensible intellectual property laws. Since 1978, Tim has led the company's pursuit of its core goal: to be a catalyst for technology change by capturing and transmitting the knowledge of "alpha geeks" and other innovators. His active engagement with technology communities drives both the company's product development and its marketing. Tim has built a culture where advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism are key tenets of the business philosophy."

Jeff Patterson

  • CEO of Safari Books
  • Safari Books is the online host of the O'Reilly Book series. Jeff is a very down-to-earth guy but is also 'geeky' enough to work with this crowd.
  • BIO: http://www.safaribooksonline.com/Corporate/Company/boardDirectors.php: "Jeff Patterson joined Safari Books Online from CMP Technology LLC, where he served in a number of senior executive positions over nine years. His most recent position was president of the Business Technology Group that included leading IT media brands such as InformationWeek, TechWeb and the Web 2.0 Conference. Prior to CMP, he co-founded Beacon Technology Partners LLC, a market research firm specializing in measuring IT audience behavior and attitudes, and held management positions in media, manufacturing and advertising companies including Cahners Publishing Company (now Reed Business Information); National Semiconductor; Foote, Cone & Belding/San Francisco; Raychem Corporation; and Pinne, Garvin & Hock/San Francisco. Jeff earned his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley."

Mark Pilgrim

  • He knows (real world, not necessarily library) standards about as well as anyone and advocates strongly for what's simple and practical (check out his work on Atom and HTML5), but he's also an advocate for doing what's right even when it's not necessarily easy (http://diveintoaccessibility.org/)
  • He's funny, writes well, and seems to be articulate in person (based on his short-lived video log)
  • He lives in NC

Daniel Pitti

"[16] - formerly an authority control librarian, now a co-director for University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. He's been the chief technical architect for EAD and EAC (Encoded Archival Context), a companion data model thats much more machine-oriented and linked data-friendly. He's also worked on some really great, innovative digital humanities projects.."

Richard Stallman

"he has repeatedly expressed an interest in attending; he apparently wants to tell us the real/ true meaning of free and open source software."

Jon Udell

On his podcast series, he's frequently featured people doing interesting library technology projects. He thinks and writes a lot about computational thinking, about splicing things on the web, and the pub-sub model.


Joan Frye Williams

"She's not a developer-type, but Joan Frye Williams has a lot of insights that she might be willing to turn towards the issues C4L discusses. They might not be what we want to hear, but sometimes that's a good thing."

"mostly because I know of few people with such a practical bent and I think it would be helpful to hear her perspective on what library coders might be able to do to help the largest number of people."

Jonathan Zittrain

  • "co-founder of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society [17] (where David Weinberger is a fellow [18]) and author of "The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It" [19]. I heard him speak at a conference last year, largely on the implications of the Google Book deal. He was speaking without notes, very entertaining and knowledgeable both on technical and legal details. Also, according to his bio [20]," He was co-counsel with Lawrence Lessig in Eldred v. Ashcroft, challenging the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998." And "performed the first large-scale tests of Internet filtering in China and Saudi Arabia in 2002"