2017 Keynote Speakers Nominations

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Nominations for invited speakers/keynotes for Code4Lib 2017 in Los Angeles. Please include a description and any relevant links and try to keep the list in alphabetical order.

Please follow the formatting guidelines:

== Nominee's Name ==

Description of no more than 250 words.

[[Link(s) with contact information for nominee]]

Jane Doe (example)

Jane works at ________, doing _______.

Some pertinent history/biography/hyperlinks that elucidates why Jane would be a good keynote speaker.

Chris Bourg

Chris Bourg is the Director of Libraries at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she also has oversight of the MIT Press. Prior to assuming her role at MIT, Chris worked for 12 years in the Stanford University Libraries, most recently as the Associate University Librarian for Public Services.

Chris is keenly interested in issues of diversity and inclusion in higher education; and in the role libraries play in advancing social justice and democracy. She is currently serving as Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion of the Association of Research Libraries and has written and spoken extensively on diversity, inclusion, and leadership.

Chris has a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University, and spent 10 years as an active duty U.S. Army officer, including 3 years on the faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Watch Chris's Access 2016 keynote: https://youtu.be/O2L64H3D52M?t=2059

Maciej Celgowski

Maciej Celgowski is the founder of the bookmarking site Pinboard, a friend to librarians, a writer of popular internet essays, and an entertaining speaker on topics including data, privacy, webpage bloat, and online fandom. He also operates a snarky Twitter account. His most recent talk was Deep Fried Data, given at the Library of Congress Collections as Data event in September of 2016. Other talks of interest include The Internet With a Human Face and Fan is a Tool Using Animal.

Talks archive: http://idlewords.com/talks/ (contact info is at the bottom of the page)

Dragan Espenscheid

Dragan Espenschied (*1975 in Germany) is a media artist, home computer folk musician and digital culture researcher and conservator living in New York City. Starting out as a net activist in the late 1990’s, he created several online interventions concerned with digital power structures and live network traffic analysis/manipulation together with Alvar Freude. In his artistic career, Espenschied focuses on the historization of Digital Culture from the perspective of computer users rather than hackers, developers or “inventors”. Together with net art pioneer Olia Lialina he has been creating a significant body of work concerned with how to represent and write a culture-centric history of the networked age. Since 2011, they together have been restoring and culturally analyzing 1 TB of GeoCities data, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Espenschied worked with the transmediale festival’s archive and the Vilem Flusser Archive to conceptually and technically integrate large scale emulation while working as a researcher at the University of Freiburg and the University of Applied Arts in Karlsruhe. Publications include papers on large scale curation of complex digital artifacts, emulation and digital culture, the influential reader Digital Folklore as well as musical releases on Aphex Twin’s label Rephlex and several underground/net labels, performing and lecturing in between raves and museums in Europe and the United States. Since April 2014, he is leading the Digital Conservation Program at Rhizome.


Paul Ford

Paul Ford is a Brooklyn-based writer and web technologist. He often writes about the web, archives programming, the nature of information, and living in the information age. Past projects include tilde.club and the semantic web-ified harpers.org (back in 2003). Ford's 30,000-word article What Is Code? was the entire June 11, 2015 issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Learn more at his website, on Twitter, or on Medium, or watch his talk at XOXO 2014 or his interview on Charlie Rose. Paul was also interviewed at at In the Library with the Lead Pipe, along with Gina Trapani.

Kelsey Gilmore-Innis

Kelsey Gilmore-Innis is the Chief Technology Officer at Sexual Health Innovations, creating technology that advances sexual health and wellbeing in the United States. SHI is currently building Project Callisto to provide a more empowering, transparent, and confidential reporting experience for college sexual assault survivors. Kelsey co-founded the Lambda Ladies group for women in functional programming and speaks regularly around the world on technical topics. As part of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, she led the development and deployment of the searchable Anti-Eviction Pledge site. Outside of SHI, Kelsey pursues the study of baseball, R&B, presidential trivia and other all-American pursuits.


Christina Harlow

Christina is not a consortium of people (I know, I've thought that also) She is a brilliant technologist who works at Cornell University beating data into submission. When she isn't doing that (here's why you've thought her twitter account is a consortium) she is talking about the aforementioned data to likeminded people all while managing to run brilliant conferences. Her ability to describe data munging to "non-natives" is something the entire code4lib community should experience, not just the few who've managed to sit in on her workshops, follow her on Twitter etc., Her generosity has likely impacted many in the code4lib community directly or indirectly. It would also be a chance for her to expand on her Missy Elliot themed talk in Philadelphia.


Twitter: @cm_harlow

Wendy Hsu

Wendy Hsu is a researcher, strategist, and educator who engages with hybrid research and organizing agendas for equality in arts, technology, and civic participation. A former ACLS Public Fellow, Hsu currently works as the digital strategist of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, providing research and strategy to redesign the department’s data and knowledge architecture. Hsu is also the founder of Lab at DCA, a city staff innovation incubator.

Hsu has published on digital ethnography, sound-based pedagogy, public humanities, open access publishing, Asian American indie rock, Yoko Ono, Taqwacore, and Bollywood. Their academic research on street sound cultures in postcolonial Taiwan focuses on the urban underclass experience of mobility and low-resource technology. Their civic sound data project LA Listens explores the sensory, social, and ecological aspects of Los Angeles streets by providing a creative and engagement platform for community-oriented artists, planners, and organizers. Most recently, Hsu led the maker collective Movable Parts through Movable Karaoke, a Metro-funded project that evokes and explores the collective mobility experience in LA.


Bergis Jules

Bergis is the University and Political Papers Archivist at University of California, Riverside, and is the Community Lead for Documenting the Now, which focuses on ethically collecting and preserving social media content. Background reading - Documenting the Now: #Ferguson in the Archives


Bergis in the Ethics of Social Media Collection and Use panel at DocNow

Twitter: @BergisJules

Sarah Mei

Sarah is a Ruby and JavaScript developer based in San Francisco. She founded RailsBridge and Bridge Foundry . She is the director of Ruby Central, the non-profit that runs the two largest Ruby conferences in the world.

She's particularly interested in Object Oriented design and pair programming, the effects of dev team social dynamics on code, and increasing community involvement in open source.

Video of some past talks

Dangers of shiny technology

Twitter @sarahmei

David S. H. Rosenthal

Dr. David Rosenthal started the LOCKSS Program, which is aimed at long-term preservation of web published materials. https://www.lockss.org/contact-us/dshr/ http://blog.dshr.org/

Sonali Sridhar

Sonali Sridhar is cofounder of the Recurse Center (formerly Hacker School.) Prior to starting the Recurse Center in 2011, she worked as an Interaction Designer at R/GA, and has now taken on the challenge of designing experiences at the Recurse Center, as she aims to create a Bauhaus for programmers. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is a founding member of QUILTBAG++, a New York City-based queer and trans tech group committed to social justice. She is also part of the 2015 Creative Ecology Advisory Board at the The Banff Centre's Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute.


Whitni Watkins

Whitni is a Web Systems Engineer for Analog Devices, Inc. where she manages multiple systems for their Technical Marketing and Information Services group. She is an active code4lib community member. With her experiences from academic institutions to a semiconductor company, she would bring in various angles of working in the library and technology field.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/whitniwatkins

Twitter: @_whitni

Greg Wilson

Greg Wilson is the co-founder of Software Carpentry, a volunteer organization that teaches basic computing skills to researchers in a wide range of disciplines. Greg has worked for 30 years in both industry and academia, and is the author or editor of several books on computing and two for children.

Twitter: @gvwilson

Gene Luen Yang

Comic artist and author, Gene Yang has greatly broadened diversity representation in comics with successful titles such as American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints, and The Shadow Hero. In 2016, the Library of Congress named him as an Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. In this capacity, Yang has pushed a mission of 'Reading Without Walls' to encourage literacies of all types. Additionally, he has recently started a graphic novel series, Secret Coders with artist Mike Holmes. This series aims to introduce kids to actual magic they can perform at home: computer programming. As several kids try to uncover the mysteries of their school, they face puzzles and challenges that teach readers about programming.



Juan Benet

California-native Juan Benet works at Protocol Labs, and is the original designer behind the IPFS (Inter-planetary File System) protocol [1]. According to very smart people (Vint Cerf, Brewster Kahle, and Tim Berners-Lee, to name a few), decentralized networks are the future of the web and IPFS is at the cutting edge of this technology [2]. The impact on digital preservation alone is enormous. In a lecture at Stanford last year, Juan did a deep dive of IPFS and discussed the principles they followed to to make sure that their protocol would get used and adopted, and not simply be a cool experiment [3]. Addition bio info at the Stanford Computer Forum website [4].

[1] http://ipfs.io/

[2] [Inventors of the Internet Are Trying to Build a Truly Permanent Web https://www.wired.com/2016/06/inventors-internet-trying-build-truly-permanent-web/]

[3] [Stanford Seminar: IPFS and the Permanent Web https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUVmypx9HGI]

[4] [Juan Benet Bio (via Stanford Computer Forum) http://web.stanford.edu/class/ee380/Abstracts/151021.html]