We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers for OR 2018!

Opening Keynote – Casey Fiesler, JD, Ph.D.

Casey Fiesler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science at University of Colorado Boulder. A social computing researcher and legal scholar, she holds a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a JD from Vanderbilt University Law School. Fiesler studies governance in socio-technical systems, with an emphasis on copyright in online communities, technology ethics, and social norms.

Fiesler previously interned for Creative Commons, and is a member of the legal committee for the Organization for Transformative Works, which is behind the open source fanfiction site Archive of Our Own. A portion of her research is current funded under the large National Science Foundation PERVADE project, dedicated to empirical studies of research ethics for pervasive human data.

Closing Keynote – Asaf Bartov

Asaf Bartov is a senior program officer at the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit operating Wikipedia around the world.  His work focuses on capacity building with emerging volunteer communities all over the world, with particular emphasis on India, sub-Saharan Africa, Brazil, and eastern Europe.  While his academic background is in Greek and Latin language and literature, he has a strong professional background in software development, and an abiding volunteer interest in digital libraries. He is the founder, chief technologist, and chief editor of Project Ben-Yehuda, an award-winning volunteer-run digital library of public domain Hebrew works.  He is also a structured and linked data enthusiast, and previously served as an invited expert on the W3C’s Library Linked Data Incubator Group.  He frequently teaches introductory classes on Wikidata, the Wikimedia Foundation’s linked open data project, and on querying Wikidata with the SPARQL language.