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.

Gene Ambaum

For over a decade, Ambaum has been the writer behind the popular library webcomic Unshelved. Based on his own experiences working in a library, the webcomic has expanded into talks at library conferences and a well respected book reviewing service. With the comic sadly ending soon, Ambaum can share a collection of humorous and serious insights on how librarianship has changed and not changed over the years.

Unshelved (comic site)


Interview at Anaphora

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 address.

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)

Brooke Cunningham

Brooke is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Family Medicine and Community Health research. She was previously a research fellow at the Medica Research Institute, exploring how providers and health system factors shape the way organizations address health care disparities. She's talked about how the healthcare system collects and profiles patient data in relation to recommended treatments. She offers insight and perspective on how racial bias is built into our systems and how we should approach how we use the data we collect.

Brooke has a specific interest in race and racism and thinking about race as a system of social stratification, not a biologically valid category. "Cunningham is committed to being part of the next generation of health disparities researchers that advances the field, from the documentation of differences in the health status of population groups to identifying solutions to reduce disparities." [1]

Brooke Cunningham UMN bio Physicians’ Anxiety Due to Uncertainty and Use of Race in Medical Decision-Making Teaching medical students to challenge ‘unscientific’ racial categories

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

April Hathcock

April is a scholarly communication librarian at New York University (formerly a corporate attorney) who specializes in issues of ownership and rights. She does research on copyright, diversity, libraries, and feminism. April has presented on digital scholarly work and the affects it's had on scholarly communication systems, Open Access, racial bias, whiteness and racism/anti-racism in libraries. https://aprilhathcock.wordpress.com/writings-and-ramblings/.

You can find her on twitter @AprilHathcock

From Dusty Boxes to Data Bytes: Acquiring Rights to Special Collections in the Digital Age

White Librarianship in BlackFace: Diversity in LIS

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

Andreas ("Dre") Orphanides

Dre is the Associate Head of User Experience at NCSU. He is also a long time participating Code4Lib community member. He is one of the co-founders of the beloved Code4Lib workshop, Fail4Lib, which created an inclusive and safe space to talk about project failures and generate constructive conversation around the failures. He's given brilliant and thoughtful talks on user experience and system design.

Code4Lib talk Architecture is Politics http://2016.code4lib.org/Architecture-is-politics-the-power-and-the-perils-of-systems-design

Fail4Lib http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/03/technology/fail4lib-problematic-projects-generate-constructive-conversation/

How to Nail In-Building Communication Channels https://docs.google.com/a/ncsu.edu/presentation/d/1FTc9QWUKPNCTCbel7puDkqnqy8z-YXfvx2O2tt_e1ek/edit?usp=drive_web

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]

Cap Watkins

Cap Watkins is a product designer and VP of Design at BuzzFeed. He is based in Brooklyn, but often works out of the Los Angeles Buzzfeed office. Cap is also a blogger [1], podcast guest, conference speaker, and lover of start-ups and technology. Cap has a compelling argument for why designers should learn to code and coders should learn to design. He also has revolutionary proposals for managers that have proven to work at Buzzfeed, Etsy, and Amazon, where he has led both design and development teams.

[1] [Cap Watkins' blog http://blog.capwatkins.com/]

[2] [99u Talk: Treat Your Life as a User Experience Problem http://99u.com/videos/54317/cap-watkins-treat-your-life-like-a-user-experience-problem]

Peter Van Garderen

Peter is the original designer and developer of the Archivematica and AtoM software systems. These tools are used to manage the accessibility, usability and authenticity of digital information objects at hundreds of organizations worldwide. These days, Peter is focused on the Decentralized Web and what it means for the future of Archives and the Web in general [1][2].

[1][Decentralized Autonomous Collections https://medium.com/on-archivy/decentralized-autonomous-collections-ff256267cbd6]

[2][As we build a Decentralized Web, what values do we want written in the code? https://archive.org/details/DWebSummit2016_Panel_Values]

Max Ogden

Max Ogden is a developer, open government, geospatial and CouchDB enthusiast from Portland, OR. This year he is a fellow at Code for America, an organization dedicated to helping US cities become more transparent and efficient. He is working with the City of Boston on a project focused on helping high school students better engage in their communities.

Max also works on privacy centered social networks, open civic data standards, web based mapping tools and neighbor facing “civic web” software.[1] He builds open source tools to unlock the potential of important datasets in science, journalism and government.

He is one of the founders of the Dat project, a grant-funded, open-source, decentralized data sharing tool for efficiently versioning and syncing changes to data [2].

You can see his projects at https://github.com/maxogden

[1] [Bio from OpenSource Bridge Conf http://opensourcebridge.org/users/750]

[2] [Dat project http://dat-data.com/]

Daniel Shiffman

Daniel Shiffman works as an Associate Arts Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts [1]. His focus is on teaching Creative Coding to non-coders and works on developing tutorials, examples, and libraries for Processing, the open source programming language and environment created by Casey Reas and Ben Fry. He is the author of Learning Processing: A Beginner’s Guide to Programming Images, Animation, and Interaction and The Nature of Code (self-published via Kickstarter), an open source book about simulating natural phenomenon in Processing. Daniel runs Coding Rainbow, a highly popular YouTube channel on how to code [2].

[1] [Website http://shiffman.net/]

[2] [Coding Rainbow http://codingrainbow.com/]

Primavera De Filippi

Primavera De Filippi is a permanent researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. She is faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, where she is investigating the concept of "governance-by-design" as it relates to online distributed architectures. Most of her research focuses on the legal challenges raised, and faced by emergent decentralized technologies —such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and other blockchain-based applications —and how these technologies could be used to design new governance models capable of supporting large-scale decentralized collaboration and more participatory decision-making [1].

Primavera gave a highly lauded talk that explored the possibilities that live at the intersection between the blockchain and art, society and work, imagining what the future might look like when creative people use the full power of this technology.

[1] [Berkman Klein Center Bio https://cyber.harvard.edu/people/pdefilippi]

[2] [Blockchain Technology and the Future of Work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN-JLKBiVGY]

Wendy Seltzer

Wendy Seltzer is Policy Counsel to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Visiting Fellow with Yale Law School's Information Society Project, previously a fellow with Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy; the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado; and with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.

Wendy also serves on the Board of Directors of The Tor Project, supporting privacy and anonymity research, education, and technology, and the World Wide Web Foundation, dedicated to empowering people through Web technology.

She helped public interest ISP Online Policy Group to win the first case for damages under DMCA Section 512(f) for abusive copyright claims (OPG v. Diebold), and defended the privacy of Internet users as amicus in Verizon v. RIAA and Charter v. RIAA.

Her work at the Berkman Center focuses on the legal issues and intellectual property questions surrounding Free Software. She helped to start and now lead the Openlaw project, an experiment bringing the methods of open source and Free Software development to legal argument in the public interest.

[1] [Personal Bio https://wendy.seltzer.org/]

Bret Victor

Bret Victor is a designer, developer, activist, and teacher. He has been a UI visionary, making a huge splash with Magick Ink (anticipatory design)[1], and then followed up by proposing new UI's for Math [2], the importance of interactive coding [3], scholarly communication [4], and most recently what technologists can do about climate change [5], among many other works. Victor talks about technologists' power to invent a better world, as can be heard in one of his most influential talks, Inventing on Principle [6]:

"The purpose of this talk is to tell you that this activist lifestyle is not just for social activists. As a technologist you can recognize the wrong in the world. You can have a vision for what a better world could be. You can dedicate yourself to fighting for principle. Social activists typically fight by organizing, but you can fight by inventing." - Bret Victor, Inventing on Principle

[1] [Magick Ink http://worrydream.com/MagicInk/]

[2] [Kill Math http://worrydream.com/KillMath/]

[3] [Interactive Programming http://worrydream.com/LearnableProgramming/]

[4] [Scientific Communication as Sequential Art http://worrydream.com/ScientificCommunicationAsSequentialArt/]

[5] [What Can a Technologist Do About Climate Change? http://worrydream.com/ClimateChange/]

[6] [Inventing on Principle https://vimeo.com/36579366]