Wikipedia Academy: Research and Free Knowledge.
June 29 - July 1 2012, Berlin.
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Benjamin "Mako" Hill
Benjamin Mako Hill is an scholar, activist, and consultant working on issues of technology and society. He is currently a researcher and PhD Candidate in a joint program between the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Media Lab, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and a Research Fellow at the MIT Center for Civic Media. His research focuses on sociological analyses of social structure in free culture and free software communities. He has been an leader, developer, and contributor to the Free and Open Source Software community for more than a decade as part of the Debian and Ubuntu projects. He is the author of several best-selling technical books, and a member of the Free Software Foundation board of directors. He is an advisor to the Wikimedia Foundation and the One Laptop per Child project. Hill has a Masters degree from the MIT Media Lab.
Jeanette Hofmann, political scientist, conducts research at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) on topics such as global governance, regulation of the Internet, information society and copyright. She is a research associate at the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
She has become an expert in the parliamentary Enquete-Commission “Internet and digital Society” in 2010. Furthermore, she has actively contributed to the UN World Summit and is a member of the multi-stakeholder advisory group in the organisation of the Internet Governance Forum.
She is one of the three founders of the project group Kulturraum Internet, which began to develop a social sciences and cultural studies approach on the internet in 1994. In 2006, Jeanette published “Wissen und Eigentum” (Knowledge and Property) and in 2009 she co-edited “Governance als Prozess” (Governance as Process). Currently, she is doing research on “Google Books”, multi-stakeholder processes as a means of building international consensus and the coordination of the internet namespace.
Daniel Mietchen is a biophysicist working on the integration of scientific workflows with the web. His research focus, methodologically, has been on Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and on the evolution of animal communication systems, vocal learning, brain morphometry and music perception, thematically. Daniel's activities at Wikimedia concentrate on science and sustainability as well as on interwiki. With a similar focus, he is also participating at Citizendium, OpenWetWare, Scholarpedia, Encyclopedia of Earth and other wikis. From July 2011 - July 2012, Daniel is Wikimedian in Residence on Open Science, trying to improve Wikipedia coverage of topics related to open access and open science and to facilitate the reuse of materials from open access and open science resources in Wikimedia projects.
Felipe Ortega is postdoc Researcher and Project Manager at GSyC/Libresoft, a research group at University Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid). He received a M.S. (2003) in Telecommunications Engineering from Alfonso X El Sabio University, and a Ph.D. (2009) in Computer Science from URJC. Felipe is interested in empirical approaches to study large-scale Internet communities, like Wikipedia, FLOSS development projects and social networks. He is a strong advocate of open educational resources and open scientific publishing. Felipe teaches statistics, open source business models and analysis of FLOSS communities in the Master on Libre software at URJC. He is also lecturer in the Master in Digital Economy and Creative Industries at EOI, covering topics related to commons-based peer production, collaborative communities and open source business models. Finally, he is a Board member for Higher Education and Universities of Wikimedia España.