Who's James?

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:

I also have mitlicense.org, a website that makes the text of the MIT License available in human- and machine-readable formats.

I publish blog posts on this website under Posts, but only if I actually have something to say, which is rare. More often I will post on my Twitter account.

I also like dogs.