We are so delighted introduce you to our next NDF2018 keynote speaker. Bergis Jules will join Michael Edson in our stellar keynote lineup. Bergis has been on our NDF speaker radar for a while now with several people recommending him and the amazing work he is doing. We're so stoked that we're able to welcome him to NDF2018. Bergis' incredible work, across several initiatives, involves helping community-based archives, especially those documenting the lives of marginalized people, to build capacity and achieve long-term sustainability. He is passionate about helping these vital cultural heritage spaces continue to exist independently and as legitimate sites where historical inquiry can take place. This is important mahi and we're so looking forward to learning more from both Bergis and Michael in November. We have more amazing keynotes to announce soon, but in the meantime please take the time to learn more about both Bergis and Michael.
Bergis Jules (@bergisjules) is an Archivist and Community Lead on the Documenting the Now project which seeks to develop tools and practices that support the ethical collection, use, and access to web and social media archival content. The work of Documenting the Now was initially developed in 2014 to support archiving of the protests and activism that took place in Ferguson, Missouri after the murder of Michael Brown, and as those activities played out on social media. Jules’ work also involves helping community-based archives, especially those documenting the lives of marginalized people, to build capacity and achieve long-term sustainability. He is passionate about helping these vital cultural heritage spaces continue to exist independently and as legitimate sites where historical inquiry can take place. Jules' previous community-based archives work includes leading programs at the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, developing the D.C. Africana Archives Project, and helping to lead the Diversifying the Digital Historical Record national forums. He received an M.A. in Library and Information Science and an M.A. in African American and African Diaspora Studies from Indiana University. He is currently a doctoral student in the Public History program at the University of California, Riverside where his research focuses on representations of African Americans in web archives.
Some of you might remember Michael from NDF2010 where he wowed us with his strategic thinking and ideas about the impact GLAM can make if we open up our content for others to use. We've been keeping an close eye on the great things he has been doing ever since. He is now co-founder of the Museum for the United Nations – UN Live and he is very excited share the work he is doing and, he says, “to learn from Aotearoa New Zealand’s amazing digital cultural sector.”
Michael Edson (@mpedson, usingdata.com) is a strategist and thought leader at the forefront of digital transformation in the cultural sector. He is co-founder and Associate Director of the Museum for the United Nations – UN Live, a new institution currently being envisioned for Copenhagen, Denmark and locations throughout the world. Michael was formerly the Director of Web and New Media Strategy for the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, based in Washington, DC. Michael is a Salzburg Global Fellow; a Fellow at the Getty Leadership Institute; a Presidential Distinguished Fellow emeritus at the Council for Libraries and Information Resources (USA); and the founder of the Openlab Workshop initiative, a solutions lab, convener, and consultancy designed to accelerate the speed and impact of transformational change in the GLAM sector. Michael is an O'Reilly Foo Camp alumni (and an NDF alumni too!) and he was named a "Tech Titan: person to watch" by Washingtonian magazine.