Plenary Session I

Aug 9, 2012
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Event Location: Sapphire EI


Plenary Session I

SAA President Gregor Trinkaus-Randall welcomes attendees to the 76th Annual Meeting at the Opening Plenary, featuring Archivist of the United States David Ferriero and keynote speaker Jon Voss. SAA’s new Fellows also will be introduced at the event.

Keynote Address: “Radically Open Cultural Heritage Data on the Web

The World Wide Web was designed to be borderless, and has changed the way we interact with information, data, and other people. Keynote speaker Jon Voss will look at how today’s global Mashup Culture is creating new possibilities for how we experience cultural heritage on the web, and how archives, libraries, and museums have the potential to once again lead the internet revolution with Linked Open Data.

Jon Voss has innovated solutions and community engagement on “big picture” problems for 15 years. In the mid-‘90s, his early work on social responsibility led him to develop new business practices for music festivals and rock stars through his work with the Tibetan Freedom Concerts and artists like the Beastie Boys, David Crosby, and Wyclef Jean. A decade later, he helped religious communities and other institutions develop and implement technology infrastructure and strategies that fit with their beliefs, cultures, and daily practice. He served as the IT Director for the San Francisco Zen Center before running his own IT consulting firm for 7 years.

Today, Jon is the Historypin Strategic Partnerships Director at We Are What We Do, a global not-for-profit behavior change agency. He is helping to build an open ecosystem of historical data across libraries, archives, and museums worldwide through his work with Historypin and as one of the organizers of the International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, and Museums Summit. (For more about Jon:


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