I am a product manager and software developer based in San Francisco, California, like the rest of them. My work focuses on access to information, including the process of how research makes its way onto websites like Wikipedia, as well as systemic bias in our information sources. I am a longtime participant on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, where I have been an editor since 2004. As such, I spend most of my time working with Wikipedia as well as Wikidata, a newer website that aims to create an open database of pretty much everything.
I lived in Washington, DC from 2010 to 2016 and was one of the founding members of Wikimedia DC, the DC-based outreach organization for Wikipedia. I served as treasurer from 2011 to 2013, president from 2013 to 2015, and secretary since then. Though I now live on the other side of the country, I am still highly supportive of their work and I always recommend that you donate to them.
My work includes:
- WikiProject X, an initiative to improve collaborative workspaces on Wikipedia. Started in January 2015 and has been gradually moving along since then, it is supported by various grants from the Wikimedia Foundation. Products developed through this effort are the WPX UI and its successor system CollaborationKit; the Wikipedia Requests task management system; and Reports Bot, a bot that generates work lists for Wikipedia editors.
- Wikipedian in Residence at NIOSH, a federal agency that researches safety and health issues in the workplace. At NIOSH I work on contributing scientific research to Wikipedia as well as developing the infrastructure to help volunteers and NIOSH staff contribute as well. I have been working with NIOSH since August 2015.
- Librarybase, also supported by the Wikimedia Foundation, is aiming to create an open, structured database of all the sources that appear on Wikipedia. This project quietly launched in September 2015, with efforts ramping up in October 2016. Part of this work includes the Wikidata Citation Graph, an open alternative to Web of Science that maps out citation networks between papers; as of writing, this network has over 1.3 million connections. (Web of Science has over one billion.)
I also have mitlicense.org, a website that makes the text of the MIT License available in human- and machine-readable formats.
I also like dogs.