2018 Keynote Speakers Nominations
Nominations for invited speakers/keynotes for Code4Lib 2018 in Washington, D.C. will open on September 18th and close on October 15, 2017.
Voting will start on Monday, October 23, 2017 and continue through Monday, November 13, 2017.
Please include a description and any relevant links and try to keep the list in alphabetical order.
The criteria for nominating a candidate to act as keynote are below:
- Speaker’s name (First Name, Last Name)
- Brief description of individual (250-word max)
- Pertinent links (Maximum of 3)
- Contact information of candidate (email address)
We strongly encourage you to nominate speakers who are local to the D.C. Metropolitan Area.
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.
Terry Brady is a software developer in Seattle working for the Georgetown University Library. Terry is the lead developer for DigitalGeorgetown. Terry is a committer for the DSpace repository platform. Terry has built applications for higher education, government, non-profit, and corporate institutions including LexisNexis and the National Archives and Records Administration--including the amazingly handy File-Analyzer. Strengthening communities is a passion of Terry's: he regularly participates in the DSpace Community Advisory Team meetings, and initiated the recent DSpace Users Group meeting hosted by Georgetown University in August of 2017. Terry does what all developers do, he writes code enthusiastically, and many times for no personal advantage, merely because it's work that needs doing, or is an interesting challenge. His work inspires that same approach in others; his observations on the work we all do will be equally inspiring.
David Brunton was hired is the Chief of Repository Development at the Library of Congress. In his time here, David has contributed to a number of important group efforts at LC, including: electronic Copyright Deposit, the Twitter archive, the National Digital Newspaper Program, digitization workflow, and more recently, crowdsourcing. David's first library job and his first coding job were both during his undergraduate years in the mid-nineties, and he has been doing one, the other, and both ever since. David is a fun and engaging speaker.
Carla is the US Librarian of Congress. She is the first female and first African American to hold this post. She has previously worked in public libraries, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, and headed the American Library Association. Her position and vast experience would make her an excellent candidate. She could potentially discuss how technology and the library intersect at the highest level of US government.
Jessica Marie Johnson
Jessica Marie Johnson is an assistant professor of history at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Her work is focused around radical black feminist praxis in the digital humanities. One of her more recent projects is titled "The Codex," a triptych that also functions as an exploration of the Atlantic slave trade by using code and software applications.
Veni Kunche is a coder, maker, and mentor who works at the U.S. Geological Survey (as a Sr. Software Engineer) and Blasterra (as CEO and Founder). At Blasterra, she focuses on developing programs for people learning to code, but also focuses on teaching women to code. She is based in D.C..
Senior Developer at the University of Virginia's Scholars' Lab.
Shane studies the history of computing and the impact of digital technology on culture and politics. His dissertation, “Kingdom of Code: Cryptography and the New Privacy” tracks the development of civilian encryption technology and the emergence of cryptography as an academic field of study, the debates over crypto regulation, and the concomitant construction of a new, far more expansive notion of privacy from 1975 to 2000. His perspectives on technology, encryption, and privacy would be especially interesting to a wide audience.
Bess Sadler is a library coding (and Code4Lib) institution. Bess has been building digital repositories for over fifteen years. She is a co-founder of both the Blacklight and
Hydra Samvera software projects, and is a passionate advocate for open source software and DevOps culture. Before joining DCE, Bess was the Manager for Application Development at Stanford University Library, where she managed a portfolio that included EarthWorks, Library Systems, DevOps, linked data infrastructure development, and strategic planning for long term digital preservation and sustainable development practices. In her spare time, Bess enjoys gardening, cooking, contributing to social justice movements, and reading comic books.
Jeffrey Spies, Ph.D.
Dr. Spies is the CTO and co-founder of the Center for Open Science , a non-profit technology company missioned to increase the openness, integrity, and transparency of research. His research and interests are motivated by increasing research efficiency. As CTO at COS he is responsible for technical strategy, product vision, software architecture, external partner/funder development, and management of COS Labs—COS's research and development team. He also co-lead's SHARE—an initiative by the Association of Research Libraries and COS to create a free, open dataset of research activity across the research life-cycle.
Dr. Timothy C. Summers
Dr. Summers, a world leading expert on how hackers think and normal chaos (https://www.howhackersthink.org/), is a hacker, professor, author, frequent media commentator, TED speaker, and consulted expert. He is a trusted advisor and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, and governments worldwide. He specializes in the scholarship and practice of hacker cognitive psychology (the hacking mindset) and the normal chaos paradigm, enabling him to advise organizations on handling uncertainty. Timothy is the CEO of Summers & Company, a strategic management and cyber advisory firm that uses scholarship and practice techniques to evaluate management decisions to ensure that organizations can deal with a variety of uncertainty. He is the Founder of WikiBreach.org, a public database of cyber breach data which scrapes the Internet for cyber-attacks as they happen and he is Co-Founder of the Normal Chaos Group, an organizational practice and research think tank dedicated to the pragmatic approach of normal chaos as a paradigm for business, government, and non-governmental organizations for organizational advancement. Timothy is the Director of Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Engagement within the College of Information Studies (Maryland’s iSchool) at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is frequently requested to provide expert commentary by domestic and international media outlets and academic institutions on topics of risk and cyber crises. Timothy carries a Scientiæ Baccalaureus in Computer Science from Elizabeth City State University, Scientiæ Magister in Information Security Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Management from Case Western Reserve University.
Whitni Watkin’s carefully curated set of hard skills, spanning library systems, languages, and operating systems, allows her to thrive as a web services engineer at one of the United States’ largest technology corporations, serving over 100,000 customers worldwide. But it is Ms. Watkins’ passion for creating empathetic communities at the intersection of technology, libraries, and education that set her apart as a thoughtful technologist with an uncanny ability to understand not only computer systems but also the social systems in which technologists work. This passion has led her to work with Girls Who Code, to establish Boston’s LibTechrs meetup group which is open to all with an interest in technology, to lead the Massachusetts Library Association’s technology group, and to encourage women to enter technology fields and to feel accepted and confident in those fields. A sought-after public speaker, having spoken at Electronic Resources & Libraries, Code4Lib, and ALA Annual and MidWinter, as well as many other conferences in the United States and Canada, including as Keynote at EBSCO Presents, Ms. Watkins would craft and deliver a keynote that brings us together from our diverse viewpoints and ready us for the conference for people who code for libraries.
Pamela Wright is the U.S. National Archives' first Chief Innovation Officer. She oversees the Agency's online public access Catalog, web, social media, and authorities programs as well as the Innovation Hub. She has hosted coding communities and worked with other institutions to help the Agency become a more digital, citizen-centric institution. She has a goldmine of content and adores coders who can do interesting and enlightening things with it. She launched the Citizen Archivist Dashboard, which has been a gateway for the public to engage in new ways with our content. She is currently collaborating with staff from the Smithsonian and Library of Congress on History Hub (see link below).
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.
Kate Zwaard was named the Chief of National Digital Initiatives at Library of Congress in August 2016 after 5 years work as the product manager for digital repository development in the LoC. Prior to her work at LoC, she worked at the US Government Printing Office as program development specialist and then as their lead program planner. Kate and her NDI group recently launched LoC Labs, a platform to encourage innovation with Libarry of Congress digital collections", in September 2017. Her experience as programmer and then as a leader gives her great insights from several perspectives.