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May 18, 2014 | History

The Open Library Team

The guts of Open Library are operated upon by a small, dedicated team. Here's everyone (in alphabetical order):

Core Dev Team

Anand Chitipothu  Engineer
Anand received his Masters in Computational Science from the Indian Institute of Science before becoming technical leader at Strand Life Sciences. Working full-time for Open Library from India, he is in charge of development for Infobase, our database system, and Infogami, our wiki software, and takes part in building many of the other pieces.

Jude Coelho   Process Manager
Jude coordinates and translate the needs and wants of 33 global digitization centers into actionable projects for the technical team. He also writes code.

Raj Kumar  Engineer
Raj writes open source software for the book scanning, BookServer, Open Library, and Petabox projects.

Robert Miller   Global Director of Books
Robert manages the global books division. He wishes he had more time for pleasure reading!

Jessamyn C.West  Library Specialist
Jessamyn has single handedly supported the user community by answering questions and guiding users to a more enjoyable on-line book reading experience.

Mike McCabe  Engineer

Community Librarians

Jessamyn West  
Coming off of ten years working as Community Manager/Director of Operations for MetaFilter.com, Jessamyn came here because she wanted to do more librarianing. She has an MLib. from the University of Washington and has published the book Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide and speaks frequently on fair use and digital inclusion issues. At Open Library she answers email, maintains the FAQ and tries to keep users happy.

Advisors

Karen Coyle  Metadata Czar
When we asked around for librarians we could trust on this project, everyone said the same thing: Karen Coyle. Coyle spent twenty years at the California Digital Library at the University of California before becoming a consultant. She's written papers on everything from catalog cards to RDF and her encyclopedic knowledge of the field is invaluable in designing our system.

Brewster Kahle  Overseer
Kahle is the founder of WAIS, Alexa Internet, and Internet Archive, which he currently runs. He oversees the project, flies around the country promoting it, and cuts (some of) the checks.

Alumni

Mike Ang  BookReader Engineer
An engineer by trade and artist by aspiration, Michael came to the Internet Archive to further its goal of Universal Access To All Knowledge. In addition to a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada, Michael holds a Master's Degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University and sports more than a few battle scars from Bay Area and Canadian startup companies. Michael developed the Internet Archive's online BookReader and Open Library lending system. The open source BookReader software is now used by the Library of Congress and other libraries.

Lance Arthur  HTML & Pixel Wrangler
Lance has been running around virtually naked on the web since 1996. His personal site was instrumental in influencing the first generation of web designers to explore the limits of web design while he honed his writing skills by exposing way too much information about himself. He is happy his last name begins with A.

Ariel Backenroth  Programmer
Ariel received his degree in Computer Science at Rice University. Most recently he comes from Metaweb Technologies where he was the lead engineer on the user interface for freebase, another massive open database.

Edward Betts  Chief Data Munger
Edward has a long and storied career importing data for everything from travel agencies to television networks. And, when he comes home at night, he has a side project: importing data from recipe sites. So we're lucky to have him on our team, managing our monumental collection of data importing tasks.

Winnie Chen  QA Master
Winnie discovered Mosiac while doing research to finish up a degree in Radio/TV from San Francisco State University. Between school, friends and community got sucked into the world wide web around 1993-1994. Around the same time I did an internship with Clement Mok and began working at various agencies (Organic Online, Razorfish, Frog Design, Fleischman Hillard, Interbrand). Currently attending San Jose State University's School of Information and Library Science part-time.

Daniel Giffin  Programmer
After a career moving between computer science academia and computer science startups, Giffin was in charge of importing catalog data, as he worked for Open Library from New York. He designed our basic schema and wrote the initial importers for Library of Congress and other publisher data. He is now doing computer science research at Stanford University.

Noufal Ibrahim  Engineer
Noufal is a freelance consultant and trainer based out of Bangalore who worked on the back end of the website. He is an active member of the Python programming language community in India and abroad.

Rebecca Malamud  Designer
Malamud is the design genius behind media.org, invisible.net, mappa.mundi.net, betterdogfood.com, resource.org, and dozens of other brilliantly named and designed sites. She works from Sixes, Oregon.

George Oates  Project Lead, Designer
George has worked on the web since 1996. Before she joined the Open Library team, she was responsible for creating the Flickr Commons (flickr.com/commons) and was the award-winning lead designer of Flickr itself. Before that, she designed all sorts of web applications, from a booking system for a ballooning company to the public face of a bank in Australia.

Alexis Rossi  Manager
Rossi has worked as a news content manager at ClariNet, the first online news aggregator, as editorial director at Alexa Internet, and in the collections group at Internet Archive. She squeezed data from publishers, code from programmers, and made sure all the servers ran on time.

Aaron Swartz  Former Project Leader
The Open Library wouldn't exist without Aaron. He wrote the backbone of the system you see today. He has also worked on specs like RSS, startups like Reddit.com, and software projects like web.py. He worked from San Francisco to architect the site, put together the team, and attempt to keep things organized, and we couldn't have come this far without his crucial expertise.

solrize  Search Programmer
One day, some other Archive people were trying to write a program using rm, the Unix utility to delete things, when they checked its main page. They quickly spun around. "Hey Paul," they asked. "Did you write rm?" "Oh yeah," Paul replied, with a dismissive wave of his hand. "But that was a long time ago." Paul worked from Internet Archive's offices in San Francisco to build our search engine and help with importing.

Contributors

A.S.L. Devi contributed the AJAX autocomplete and other fun features.

Werner Popken contributed to the German translations and testing our i18n user interface.

Tommi Raivio contributed our review system.

Allan Jardine developed dataTables, and helped integrate some new features just for Open Library.

Simon Chetrit photographed the image we use on the home page.

History Created March 6, 2010 · 49 revisions

May 18, 2014 Edited by robert@archive.org robert - updated the new support team for the openlibrary on may 18 2014
May 14, 2014 Edited by Jessamyn West typo!
May 14, 2014 Edited by Jessamyn West added me
October 14, 2013 Edited by Anand Chitipothu Moved Noufal to alumni
March 6, 2010 Edited by George Edited without comment.