Let's get back to basics and back to community. Instead of a name from outside of the community lets go with someone from the community. Besides his many accomplishments as a coder for libraries, Dan Chudnov is also one of a handful of people responsible for he first code4lib conference. From hs web site:
Daniel Chudnov is a librarian and programmer in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress. Previously, he worked as a software developer at the Yale Center for Medical Informatics, and contributed to several free software projects for libraries while working at the MIT Libraries and the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is a frequent speaker and author on technology and the importance of free software in libraries, and he writes a monthly column for Computers in Libraries magazine. He started the oss4lib weblog and listserv in 1999 to promote the use of free software in our community.
Daniel earned an MS at the School of Information in 1997 and studied Economics and Japanese as an undergraduate, both at the University of Michigan. In 2005, he received the LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award from the Library & Information Technology Association of the American Library Association.
He has been cancer-free since 1993.
Bethany Nowviskie is the Director of the Scholars' Lab at UVA. From the website:
"Bethany helps shape UVAâ€™s support for digital scholarship by running a Library department that includes the Scholarsâ€™ Lab and a crack R&D team devoted to scholarly interfaces. The SLab combines the services and resources of UVA Libraryâ€™s former GeoStat and Etext Centers with end-user assistance from ITCâ€™s Research Computing Support group. She is Associate Director of the Scholarly Information Institute (SCI), a Mellon funded think tank. Additionally, she is current Vice President of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH), a member of the MLA's Committee on Information Technology, and is Senior Advisor to NINES, for which she designed the Collex tool. Her doctorate is in English, and she has worked in the digital humanities as a designer, manager, and editor since 1995. Bethany's own research lies in the intersection of traditional interpretive methods with innovative social and algorithmic tools."
Bethany thinks deeply and she's an awesome public speaker. Her recent address to the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska Library is a good example of her work: â€œA Skunk in the Library: the Path to Production for Scholarly R&D.â€ . She also edits Alternative Academic Careers for Humanities Scholars
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, http://www.hilarymason.com. Hilary is also a co-founder of HACKNY-http://hackny.org"
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. Currently George also serves as a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. You can see more on her at http://www.abitofgeorge.com/ and http://www.archive.org/about/bios.php. She has a great article about software community on A List Apart - http://www.alistapart.com/articles/fromlittlethings
Damon Horowitz is a philosophy professor and serial entrepreneur. He recently joined Google as In-House Philosopher / Director of Engineering, heading development of several initiatives involving social and search. He came to Google from Aardvark, the social search engine, where he was co-founder and CTO, overseeing product development and research strategy. Prior to Aardvark, Horowitz built several companies around applications of intelligent language processing. He co-founded Perspecta (acquired by Excite), was lead architect for Novation Biosciences (acquired by Agilent), and co-founded NewsDB (now Daylife). Horowitz teaches courses in philosophy, cognitive science, and computer science at several institutions, including Stanford, NYU, University of Pennsylvania and San Quentin State Prison (source: | TED Profiles)
See this excellent article Damon wrote for the Chronicle of Higher Education. His thesis is why he would be a perfect keynote for Code4Lib 2012: http://chronicle.com/article/From-Technologist-to/128231/?sid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en His TED Talk is also worth 15 minutes of your life ...
Brian leads several of Google's Chicago engineering efforts, including Transparency Engineering and The Google Affiliate Network. He also started and leads Google's Data Liberation Front, a team that systematically works to make it easy for users to move their data both to and from Google. Lastly, he serves as internal advisor for Google's open source efforts. Prior to joining Google, Brian was a senior software engineer on the version control team at CollabNet, working on Subversion, cvs2svn, and CVS. He has also worked at Apple Computer as a senior engineer in their professional services division, developing both client and web applications for Apple's largest corporate customers. Brian has been an active open source contributor for over thirteen years. After years of writing small open source programs and bugfixes, he became a core Subversion developer in 2000, and then the lead developer of the cvs2svn utility. He was nominated as a member of the Apache Software Foundation in 2002 and spent two years as the ASF's VP of Public Relations. He is also a member of the Open Web Foundation. Brian has written numerous articles and given many presentations on a wide variety of subjects from version control to software development, including co-writing "Version Control with Subversion" (now in its second edition) as well as chapters for "Unix in a Nutshell" and "Linux in a Nutshell." Brian has an A.B. in Classics from Loyola University Chicago with a major in Latin, a minor in Greek, and a concentration in Fine Arts and Ceramics. Despite growing up in New Orleans and working for Silicon Valley companies for most of his career, he decided years ago that Chicago was his home and stubbornly refuses to move to California.
Jason Scott is an American archivist and computer historian. He is maintains textfiles.com, a web site which archives files from historic bulletin board systems. He is also the creator of a 2005 documentary film about BBSes, BBS: The Documentary, and a 2010 documentary film about interactive fiction, GET LAMP. He is also one of the responsible folks behind Archive Team (who are here to rescue your shit), and writes often in his weblog ASCII by Jason Scott. He recently started working for the Internet Archive, too.
From his page at http://history.uwo.ca/faculty/turkel/ - Project Director, Digital Infrastructure for the SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Cluster
NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment
"In my research and teaching I draw on, integrate and try to extend a number of different disciplines: environmental and public history, the histories of science and technology, 'big history', STS, computation, and studies of place and social memory."
Bill is an engaging and inspiring speaker who groks what we are trying to do with code4lib. I've seen him speak at THATCamp, Access 2009, and at code4lib north; his ability to bridge his interdisciplinary interests with what matters to us library hackers is unparalleled. He'd be a perfect fit and when I asked him this past spring if he'd consider speaking at code4lib he was willing and interested.
John Kunze is a preservation technologist for the California Digital Library. With a background in computer science and mathematics, he wrote software that comes pre-installed on Linux and Apple operating systems. He has also contributed heavily to the standardization of URLs, Dublin Core metadata, and web archiving. John's recent work on "microservices" has brought a pragmatic and often light-hearted/humorous approach to the problems of digital preservation. There is also the off-chance that he might sport his grill while doing a presentation.
Staff Software Engineer, Google
"Steve started high school at age 11 and graduated at 14. He then made the only logical choice, which was to play guitar in garage bands until he was 18, when he joined the U.S. Navy as a nuclear reactor operator. Steve went on to earn his B.S. in computer science from the University of Washington, then spent five years at Geoworks developing operating systems software in 8086 assembly language. He worked at various startups, then spent just under seven years at Amazon.com as a senior software development manager. In his spare time Steve built a massively multiplayer RPG that garnered him a grand prize at Comdex in 2002. Steve has been a Googler since 2005 and plans to stay there forever." -- http://conferences.oreillynet.com/cs/user/view/e_spkr/3489
Yegge recently delivered a keynote at OSCON Data 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKmQW_Nkfk8
AKA Psychemedia, Tony's job is to help redistribute the future. He does interesting things with library, government and education data. Here is his own bio which describes things pretty well.
Tony Hirst is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Systems at The Open University and regular blogger at OUseful.info. With a background in electronics and artificial intelligence, he has authored on OU courses ranging from robotics to information skills, and most recently a course on computer game design and appreciation. He is passionate about open and lifelong education, and is actively involved in developing course models to support informal as well as formal education. As a self-proclaimed mashup artist, he gives regular workshop and conference presentations on how to create novel information services from freely available web tools and applications such as Google Spreadsheets and Yahoo Pipes, as well as creating compelling network visualisations using tools such as a Gephi. An Arcadia Fellow at the University Library, Cambridge in 2009, he has spent many years berating academic libraries about the changing world of information around them. Since posting a widely circulated map based visualisation of MPsâ€™ travel expenses in Spring 2009, he has become increasingly interested in the practice of data journalism and the use of visualisation techniques as a way of making sense of complex data sets, as well as co-founder of getTheData.org, an open public data question and answer site. This approach is complemented by his work on the public document consultation platform WriteToReply which is helping government departments and policy makers think differently about the nature of commentable documents. (source: | OUseful.Info, the blogâ€¦)
John P. Wilkin is the Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology (LIT) and is the Executive Director of HathiTrust. The Library Information Technology (LIT) Division supports the Library's online catalog and related technologies, provides the infrastructure to both digitize and access digital library collections, supports the Library's web presence, and provides frameworks and systems to coordinate Library technology activities (e.g., authentication and authorization). Reporting units include Core Services, Digital Library Production Service, Library Systems, and Web Services.
Wilkin previously served as the Head of the Digital Library Production Service at the University of Michigan, a position he held from its inception in 1996. DLPS was originally conceived as a federated organization, drawing on resources from the University of Michigan's major information and technology organizations, including the University of Michigan Library. Although this particular aspect of DLPS has changed, now with all of the department's activities situated within the University Library, and nearly all of its funding on the Library's base budget, DLPS continues to have strong campus and national relations. Among the units in the DLPS is the University of Michigan's Humanities Text Initiative, an organization responsible for SGML document creation and online systems that Wilkin founded in 1994.
Wilkin earned graduate degrees in English from the University of Virginia ('80) and Library Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville ('86). In 1988 he assumed responsibility for the University of Michigan's English and American language and literature collection development, as well as library research support for English faculty and graduate students. Soon after, he implemented a campus-wide service for the analysis of electronic text and encoding text in SGML. In 1992, he began work at the University of Virginia as the Systems Librarian for Information Services, where he shaped the Library's plan for establishing a group of electronic centers, led and provided technical support for those centers, and consulted for the University's Insitute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) in textual issues.
Renowned historian of science and creator of the television series Connections and The Day the Universe Changed, James Burke specializes in a view of science that tells a story while tracing the interconnectedness of people, ideas, and discoveries throughout history and culture. Burke foresaw the significance and potential of the coming information revolution as early as 1985.
Burke has made his scientific and historical explorations available to the world through the Knowledge Web Project, which serves as the online incarnation of his documentary series.
From his blog bio: "John is Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School. He is also a faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where he was executive director from 2002-2008. Johnâ€™s research and teaching focus on Internet law, intellectual property, and the potential of new technologies to strengthen democracies locally and around the world. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Intellectual Property Strategy (MIT Press, 2011); Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives (Basic Books, 2008); and Access Denied: The Practice and Politics of Global Internet Filtering (MIT Press, 2008)."
Pertinent to code4lib, John is a member of the steering committee for the Digital Public Library of America project at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He is the primary communicator for the steering committee, giving video updates and blog posts about the project's progress.
Hanson Hosein is the Director of the Master of Communication in Digital Media program at the University of Washington in Seattle. Heâ€™s also an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. He specializes in storytelling, social media strategies and business models of communication.
His film, Independent America: The Two-Lane Search for Mom & Pop was an early exercise in the use of digital technology in storytelling and an ongoing interaction with an audience. Self-produced and self-financed, the award-winning documentary has been broadcast internationally, and airs regularly on the Sundance Channel in the United States. Perhaps more importantly, grassroots groups across America continue to screen the film as a tool to promote local economies. Hansonâ€™s latest film, Independent America: Rising from Ruins focuses on how small business helped resurrect New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, despite ruinous city policies favoring big box stores.
Hanson won Emmy and Overseas Press Club awards for his NBC News coverage â€œThe Fall of Kosovo.â€ He was NBCâ€™s Middle East Producer and MSNBC.com correspondent from 1997 to 2001. Prior to that served as an investigative producer at â€œNBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.â€
Gordon Dunsire is a freelance consultant. His previous position was Head of the Centre for Digital Library Research at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. He has a background in cataloguing and systems librarianship, and is a member of the FRBR Review Group and ISBD/XML Study Group which are developing Semantic Web representations of IFLA standards. He is also a member of the MODS Editorial Committee. He is a member of the W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group and co-Chair of the DCMI RDA Task Group.
(Bio cribbed from http://connect.ala.org/node/142320)
"Adam Jacob is a co-founder of Opscode and the creator of Chef. Prior to Opscode, he founded HJK Solutions, an automated infrastructure consultancy. During two years at HJK, he built new infrastructures for 15 different startups. Including his time at HJK, Adam has 13 years of experience as a systems administrator, systems architect, and tools developer. He has been responsible for large production infrastructures, internal corporate automation, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts." Adam is a good speaker.