George Oates

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George Oates (given name Georgina Oates, born in 1973) is an Australian-born designer and entrepreneur, best known for being the first designer of the photo-sharing website Flickr and creating the Flickr Commons program. Since 2007 she has worked in the cultural heritage sector and is regarded as "increasingly a go-to expert on digital archives.[1]" She has also written a book called If Only The Grimms Had Known Alice, a retelling of Grimms' fairy tales to include female characters.[2]

Early life[edit]

Oates was born in Adelaide, Australia, to an Australian father and a British mother, and is the youngest of three siblings.

Career[edit]

In 1996, Oates was in the first group of employees at the Ngapartji Multimedia Centre in Adelaide, where she taught the general public how to use the internet and went on to teach courses in HTML and web design. After working in the web industry there for the next seven years, she left Australia in 2003 to start work at Ludicorp,[3] the company that went on to make Flickr. After four years responsible for Flickr's design, Oates invented the Flickr Commons program,[4] [5] [6]designed to make public photography collections available on Flickr with no known copyright restrictions. The first partner for the program was the Library of Congress, and it launched in January 2008.[7] Oates was laid off by Yahoo at the end of 2008.[8][5]

In 2009 she started work as director of the Open Library project at the Internet Archive.[9][10] In her time there she also designed new interfaces for the Book Reader, the Wayback Machine,[1] and the 9/11 Archive.

From 2011-2014, Oates was art director at San Francisco data visualization studio, Stamen Design. While there, she was a judge for the 2013 Information is Beautiful Awards.[11]

In 2014 she launched her own company called Good, Form & Spectacle, which has completed projects for institutions like The British Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum and Wellcome Library.

Oates has spoken publicly about her work around the world since 2005, including keynote speeches at Smithsonian 2.0,[12] OCLC Futurecast,[13] and Europeana Tech 2015,[14] and is a public advocate for open cultural data and content.[9]

Appointments and Honours[edit]

In 2011, Oates was appointed a Research Associate at Smithsonian Libraries.[15] She is also a non-executive director of Postal Heritage Services, a subsidiary of The Postal Museum, and is on the advisory board of the British Library Labs initiative, a Mellon Foundation-funded program to increase access to the library's collections.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Johnson, Bobbie. "Inside the Wayback Machine with George Oates". GigaOm. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  2. ^ mattlocke (November 21, 2014). "First speakers announced for The Story – Kati London, Philip Hunt and George Oates". The Story. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Ludicorp Team". Ludicorp. Archived from the original on March 31, 2005. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Michael Zhang (January 16, 2013). "Flickr Celebrates Commons' 5th Birthday with Galleries of Most Popular Photos". PetaPixel. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Ryan Singel (December 30, 2008). "With Flickr Layoffs, Whither 'The Commons'?". Wired. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  6. ^ Rebecca Kaplan (July 30, 2008). "Flickr, Library of Congress find something in 'Common'". USA Today. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ Oates, George. "Many hands make light work". Flickr Blog. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Johnson, Bobbie (11 December 2008). "Now Flickr is hit by Yahoo layoffs". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Johnson, Bobbie (1 July 2009). "The library that never closes". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  10. ^ Heidi Blake (July 2, 2009). "All the world's books to go online". The Telegraph. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  11. ^ Steven, Rachael (21 November 2013). "Information is Beautiful Awards winners 2013". CreativeReview. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  12. ^ Garreau, Joel (26 January 2009). "Smithsonian Confronts the Digital Age". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  13. ^ Proffitt, Merrilee. "Back to the FutureCast: changing patterns of data production and consumption". OCLC Research. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "Europeana Tech 2015". Europeana. 
  15. ^ Smithsonian Digital Library (7 January 2011). "George Oates appointed Research Associate at Smithsonian Libraries". Smithsonian Libraries Blog. Retrieved 21 February 2016.