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Jake Hartnell

Role: front end developer and product manager
Organization: Hypothes.is
Skills / Specialties: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, Python, PHP, XML, various frameworks notably Angular.js, designing, communicating, writing, reading, thinking, and making music.
Projects: @hypothes_is, @FuturePressOrg, @Epubjs
Github: https://github.com/RawKStar77
Twitter: @JakeHartnell
E-mail: JakeHartnell@hypothes.is
Bio: The age of the Internet means it's easier for people to learn about and do many things. Accordingly, I am a writer, musician, artist, intellectual, developer, designer, and entrepreneur. Ask me about web annotation, digital publishing, or the future of libraries!

John B. Lowe

Role: researcher and engineer
Organization: Linguistics and RIT
Skills / Specialties: Natural Language Processing (NLP) and computational linguistics generally, Information Retrieval (IR), Library and Information Science, quality engineering and release engineering; Django, Python, Solr, TEI, LAMP, web standards
Projects: Sino-Tibetan Etymological Dictionary and Thesaurus (stedt.berkeley.edu), CollectionSpace (www.collectionspace.org)
Github: jblowe
E-mail: jblowe@berkeley.edu
Bio: I started out as a Sanskritist and and mathematician, but soon had to go to work to pay the bills and so joined the University of California's Office of the President on various library planning and library automation projects, participating in the design and development of the MELVYL online catalog (now part of CDL), UC's MEDLINE implementation, and other online bibliographic resources. Also worked with the Bancroft on the publication of an index to Mark Twain's paper, among other things. Burning out on that in the late 80's, I went back and got my Ph.D. in linguistics here in 1995. My research programme at Berkeley included a variety of efforts in computational lexicography and historical linguistics: short list: FrameNet, TELL, CBOLD, SCOIL. During the dot-com boom, I escaped academia and joined the engineering team at Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com), where I served in a number of positions before the bust. I've done NLP and knowledge engineering at several other startups since. I'm pretty Old Skool, having worked on early implementations of TCP/IP, written both IBM mainframe assembly language and APL, toggled front panels on PDP-whatevers, and soldered lots of my own homebrew computers. Struggling to stay relevant in the 21st century!

Richard Millet

Role: Software Engineer
Organization: Research IT (UC Berkeley)
Skills / Specialties:  General computer science skills, experience in most strongly typed programming languages, some Python.  Lots of server-side programming experience.  Modest SQL experience.  Modest linux scripting experience.  Modest iOS programming skills.
Projects: CollectionSpace.org
Github: remillet
Twitter: @remillet
E-mail: remillet@berkeley.edu
Bio: I'm a member of the Research Information Technology group at UC Berkeley.  I have 20+ years of professional programming experience.  I'm currently the acting Technical Lead for an open-source Collection Management System called CollectionSpace.org.  When not programming computers, I spend time gardening, making bread, barn-raising and enjoying the company of my two daughters, my wife, three chickens, and a feisty Jack Russel Terrier.

Kathryn Neal

Role: Associate University Archivist
Organization: The Bancroft Library
Skills / Specialties: UC Berkeley and UC systemwide history
Projects: curating an ongoing program of exhibitions relating to UC Berkeley history
E-mail: kneal@library.berkeley.edu
Bio: Since 2005, I have been Associate University Archivist. I identify and collect for the University Archives inactive campus records, faculty papers, and other historical materials that have enduring research value. I help a wide range of library users with their primary-source research. I develop exhibitions centering on aspects of UC Berkeley history, including the early history of women at Cal and campus icons. At times I also serve as a content selector and writer for special projects, such as the development of the California Loyalty Oath Digital Collection.

Aron Roberts

Role: Application Programmer
Organization: Research IT (UC Berkeley)
Skills / Specialties: IT generalist skills, ranging from tech support and tech writing to marketing and training. Server-side programming experience in Java. Modest experience with ad hoc scripting in Perl/Python/Ruby and Linux shell scripts, SQL, VMs (Vagrant), installer building, configuration management tools (Puppet), team-oriented tools (version control, issue tracking, continuous integration), and REST API design and access. I have relatively light Web front-end experience (HTML/CSS/Javascript) and no mobile app development experience, however. Finally, I'm a Library School grad, and can often rapidly find potential approaches or solutions to IT problems via online searching.
Projects: Collectionspace.org
Github: aronr
Twitter: @aronro
E-mail: aron@socrates.berkeley.edu
Bio: I've worked across a variety of IT roles at Cal for over 28 years. I have some reasonable understanding of the challenges many consumers of information services face. Outside work, I'm a husband and parent of a nearly-college-aged daughter. For fun, I read, hike East Bay trails, and cook and bake. I'm an individual investor in companies small enough to occasionally talk with management, and a business development intern for one small California company, whose low-flow showerheads reflect the first radical design innovation for that product in over a century.

Theresa Salazar

Role: Curator, Western Americana
Organization: The Bancroft Library
Skills / Specialties: Subject expertise related to San Francisco Bay area
Projects: working on upcoming exhibitions for The Bancroft Library, including The Panama-Pacific International Exhibition
E-mail: tsalazar@library.berkeley.edu
Bio: Since July 1999, I been the Curator of The Bancroft Collection, Western Americana, overseeing one of the largest collections in the country related to the American West. In 2005, I took on the responsibility for the Latin Americana collections of the Bancroft Library. I have worked on the selection and narrative for numerous collaborative digital projects, including The Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive (JARDA); The Chinese in California; California Cultures; and The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. Along with my other responsibilities I provide instruction for classes on the UC Berkeley campus and beyond, and am interested in how students uses primary resources, both onsite at a repository or remotely. I have organized numerous exhibitions at the Bancroft and contributed articles to books and journals including: The Chinese in California Through Western Eyes, 2008 (Bancroft Keepsake 53); “The Bancroft Collection of Western Americana: Reflections on the Past; Planning for the Future,” in Journal of the West, Winter 2008; and “Western Americana,” in Exploring The Bancroft Library, 2006.

Bailey Smith & Anne Wootton

Role: Co-founders
Organization: Pop Up Archive (popuparchive.org)
Skills / Specialties: Oral history, audio search via the Pop Up Archive API (https://developer.popuparchive.com/)
Projects: Pop Up Archive is building a public repository of oral history and public media from around the world, including historic audio from UC-Berkeley.
E-mail: edison@popuparchive.org
Bio: We started Pop Up Archive in the Master's program at the Berkeley I School, looking for a way to help radio producers and oral history archivists better preserve and create access to significant digital audio. We've been working with the Public Radio Exchange since 2013 on popuparchive.org, a platform for finding and preserving archival audio, including automatic transcription and keyword tagging. Partners include The Kitchen Sisters, the Pacifica Radio Archives, and WFMT-Chicago's Complete Studs Terkel Digital Archive.

Raymond Yee

Role:  Lecturer
Organization: School of Information
Skills/Specialties:   APIs and mashups, working with data, digital humanities, Python programming
Projects: Working with Open Data, a course I teach at the School of Information
Github: https://github.com/rdhyee
Twitter: @rdhyee
Email:  yee@berkeley.edu
Bio:  I love to work with people working to unlock meaning from digital repositories.

Ted Fujimoto

Role:  Graduate Student
Organization: Carnegie Mellon University Philosophy Dept. until Spring 2014. (This Fall: University of Pennsylvania Computer Science Dept.)
Skills/Specialties:   My favorite programming languages are Scala, Python and Julia. I also have proficiency in Java and C.  My specialties include Machine Learning in Natural Language Processing and Text Mining using Python (Scikit-Learn, pandas, and nltk) and Java (OpenNLP and Stanford CoreNLP). I can also help out with web-scraping or data-wrangling using Python (Pattern and BeautifulSoup).
Projects: Currently learning probabilistic data structures and algorithms. Also working on some causal inference packages in Julia.
Github: https://github.com/tfgit
Twitter: @tc_fuji
Bio:  As an undergraduate at Berkeley, I studied Mathematics and Logical Inference. During my studies at Carnegie Mellon University, I came to appreciate Probabilistic Inference too. My current research interests are Causal Inference, Reinforcement Learning, Graph-based Machine Learning, and Computational Social Science. My hobbies include walking, bicycling, hacking for good, learning the foundations of logic and statistics, and doing Mark Hamill Joker impressions.


#HackFSM was a one-time event held in April 2014. The winning site is now available. A white paper on #HackFSM has also been published, with practical information for other libraries that are interested in holding hackathons.