I first joined Wikipedia in 2006 -- and now work as product manager for the Wikimedia Foundation, where I create new tools to help readers and editors contribute more effectively on Wikipedia. See my Wikimedia staff profile for more info on my work for the foundation.
I am the founder of NewsTrust.net, a nonprofit social news network promoting quality journalism, which was recently acquired by the Poynter Institute. I was elected an Ashoka Fellow for that work as social entrepreneur. My previous ventures include: Handtap, a wireless content service for mobile phones; shockwave.com, a web entertainment site at Macromedia; Apple Computer's Multimedia Lab, a new media R&D group; and Videowest, a producer of rock journalism for ABC, MTV and public TV. I also produced "Hackers", a documentary about the heroes of the computer revolution -- and earned four patents for my interactive TV work at Apple.
I look forward to collaborating with you and other Wikipedians to help engage readers to participate thoughtfully on Wikipedia.
Note: Although I work for the Wikimedia Foundation, contributions under this account are exclusively in my individual, personal capacity.
Here are some of the first projects I am working on -- I will expand this list as I take on more assignments:
- Multimedia - a new set of media tools for Wikipedia
- Media Viewer - a tool that shows larger images on articles
- Beta Features - a new way to test software before it's released
- Roundtables - community discussions with WMF product teams
- Notifications (Echo) - a modern notification system for Wikipedia
- Thanks - a quick way to give positive feedback for helpful edits
- Page Curation - a tool to enhance the new page patrol process
- Article Feedback Tool - a new way to contribute to Wikipedia
- Editor Engagement - our overall work on engaging users
At Wikimania 2012 in Washington DC, I asked some of the participants for ideas on how to make Wikipedia better.
Here are their suggestions, which can be viewed either as a short video slide-show (see thumbnail to the right) -- or in this photo gallery.
Wiki Loves Monuments
Here are some of the photos I took for Wiki Loves Monuments, a photo contest organized to add pictures of historic landmarks on Wikipedia. Most of my pictures so far are from Marin County, California, where I live.
Fort Baker, Sausalito
Fort Barry, Marin Headlands
Fort Cronkhite, Marin Headlands
Old Mill Park, Mill Valley
Outdoor Art Center, Mill Valley
These are just sample photos from my full collection. For more pictures, check out this special page with all my photos for Wiki Loves Monuments.
Enjoy these first pictures. More to come!