2010 Nominations list
Nominations for invited speakers for Code4Lib 2010. Alphabetical order. Not yet complete
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:
"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."
"Chair of the Mozilla Foundation is an excellent speaker, and perhaps a more modern evangelist for open source and a gimmick-free web."
" 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."
"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>"
"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."
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.
- Technical Debt Talk: http://www.media-landscape.com/yapc/2006-06-26.AndyLester/
- Employment Stuff: http://theworkinggeek.com/
- He spoke at OSCON year on a couple of topics: http://en.oreilly.com/oscon2009/public/schedule/speaker/6552
- find him at twitter at: http://twitter.com/PetDance
"at Villanova. He is a Library Director who fully supports Open Source software and speaks on it from time to time. He was the keynote speaker at the recent Evergreen conference."
"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  and her JCDL 2009 paper "No bull, No spin"--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.
"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 , teacher at UMich, and blogger at findability.org.
"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."
- 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 updating Dive Into Python (http://diveintopython3.org/)
- He's funny, writes well, and seems to be articulate in person (based on his short-lived video log)
- He lives in NC
- His mother was a librarian (http://diveintomark.org/archives/2002/06/02/more_on_social_networks)
" - 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.."
"he has repeatedly expressed an interest in attending; he apparently wants to tell us the real/ true meaning of free and open source software."
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."
 "co-founder of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society  (where David Weinberger is a fellow ) and author of "The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It" . 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 ," 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"
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.