Jon joined Shift in 2011. He is based in New Orleans and directs our projects in the Americas.
He works primarily on Historypin as our Strategic Partnerships Director, and joined our team as a global expert in Linked Open Data in libraries, archives and museums.
He is responsible for US fundraising initiatives and client/community development, as well as managing the US based Historypin projects and Community Officers.
Jon is also the co-founder of the International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museum Summit, gathering world wide innovators working to harness Open Data on the web for the common good, and is frequently asked to talk about Citizen History. He was named an Outstanding Citizen Archivist by the National Archives of the United States in 2013, for outstanding leadership in promoting citizen participation and innovative solutions in 21st-century access to historical records. His past projects have included LookBackMaps, a location-based web and mobile app, and Civil War Data 150, which shares and connects Civil War data across local, state and federal institutions.
Jon graduated from Kalamazoo College with a Bachelor of Arts in religion. He loves cheesy movies and can often be heard quoting them, to the great annoyance of his friends and family.
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July 14, 2016
Historypin began working with the US National Archives in 2014 to take a user-centered design approach to cultural heritage and develop a broad strategy of community engagement. With a focus on NARA’s Wartime Films, we’ve worked with leading curators and preservationists at NARA to begin reaching much broader audiences and increase awareness and creative reuse of the United States’ rich cultural heritage.
July 23, 2015
On April 28, 2015, the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) convened library, archive, and museum professionals to, in the words of Maura Marx, IMLS Director, “advance a vision of easy, seamless and reliable access for all Americans to the digital content and services that will enrich and improve their lives.” Jon Voss represented Historypin on a panel about Linked Open Data and crowdsourcing.
From Crowdsourcing to Knowledge Communities: Creating Meaningful Scholarship Through Digital Collaboration
April 2, 2015
In this paper, we share some of the findings of our Mellon-funded crowdsourcing research with Stanford University, with a focus on tools we found helpful in the process of identification, outreach, and collaboration with knowledge communities.
February 4, 2015
Jon: “I was fortunate to be a reviewer on this important publication examining the future of Canada’s memory institutions, though the findings are applicable worldwide. The authors of the paper take a bold stance on what is necessary for leadership in the digital domain.”
November 1, 2013
Early research on a proposed project to combine citizen science techniques and photo gathering to examine and monitor the aging and deterioration of objects of cultural heritage. Published in Built Heritage 2013 Monitoring Conservation Management.
April 2, 2012
Article on the community evolving around Linked Open Data in libraries, archives and museums.