Jon joined Shift in 2011. He is based in San Francisco and now leads the US office.
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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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.
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.