has years of experience working with library metaata, starting with traditional cataloging but over the past many years moving into modern metadata for library applications. Involved in RDA schema modelling. Knows what modern metadata looks like, knows what our legacy data is like, has a lot of insight into where we need to go and how to get there -- and on how systems people can work with catalogers to do it.
A software engineer with http://bit.ly. From her web site: "Hilary is a computer science professor with a background in machine learning, data mining, and web applications. She is currently on sabbatical to explore real-world implementations of these technologies. She is widely published and regularly speaks at academic and industry conferences, and recently realized her dream of delivering a talk on algorithms while drinking a dry ice martini. She is an enthusiastic developer and often releases code on her personal site, www.hilarymason.com."
She has an awesome email classifier (NYTimes article)
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. He's funny, writes well, and seems to be articulate in person (based on his short-lived video log)
George is the lead for the Internet Archive Open Library and has worked on the web since 1996, in a variety of roles that normally revolve around front-end design and online community. She is entirely comfortable with "amateur" metadata creation and hopes to explore this within the context of Open Library. Prior to her work at IA George was a lead on the Flickr Commons Initiative.
In addition to being the Vice-President for Information Technology and CIO at Indiana University, Brad has years of experience working in open source software communities including being a co-founder of the Sakai, Kuali, and HathiTrust communities.
Effie Kapsalis is the Head of New Media at the Smithsonian Photography Initiative (SPI, photography.si.edu), a division of the Smithsonian Institution Archives which maintains the historical records of the Institution. She oversees click! photography changes everything (click.si.edu) a program that gathers experts from a variety of fields to talk about how they use photography in their discipline. She also is contributor and co-editor of THE BIGGER PICTURE, a blog about visual archives. She currently leads the Smithsonian's effort on the Flickr Commons to engage visitors with the Smithsonian's diverse photography archives representing over 150 years of history, art, culture, and design. She has more than 15 years experience managing, designing, and developing content for online environments in museum, corporate, and educational settings.
Elizabeth Lane Lawley is the director of the Lab for Social Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she is also an associate professor of Interactive Games & Media. Her interest in social computing focuses on how social computing tools can be used to enhance the educational experience. She received her master's degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan in 1987. In the early 1990s she worked as a Government and Law Bibliographer at the Library of Congress and then as manager of customer support for Congressional Information Service. Past speaking engagements include LITA forum, Internet Librarian, Google, Microsoft Research, NYPL, and the Australian Library & Information Association.
Former brand guru for Red Hat Linux now a partner at New Kind. Speaks on Brand, Community, and Culture. Heard him keynote the Boone Drupal Camp this past weekend and really enjoyed it (was inspired by it). He's not a library person but deeply involved in open source communities (participates at opensource.com) and I think would have some interesting/entertaining perspectives for the code4lib community
Technical Director of the Biodiversity Heritage Library. From his website: "Chris Freeland is the Director of the Center for Biodiversity Informatics at the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Technical Director of the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Mr. Freeland has an M.S. in Biological Sciences from Eastern Illinois University and has worked as a technologist in scientific organizations for more than 10 years. He has been a project manager for several large informatics projects, including the development of the Tropicos botanical information system, online at www.tropicos.org, and the BHL, online at www.biodiversitylibrary.org."
from her web site: "Sarah Allen is a serial innovator with a history of developing leading-edge products, such as After Effects, Shockwave, Flash video, and OpenLaszlo...She is CTO of Mightyverse, a mobile startup focused on helping people communicate across languages and cultures. The technology is still being incubated, but parts of it are emerging at mightyverse.com. Currently, Mightyverse is primarily self-funded, so Sarah is paying the bills with independent consulting and training."