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Nadia Eghbal
Nadia explores how we can better support open source infrastructure, highlighting current gaps in funding and knowledge. She recently published “Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure” with support from the Ford Foundation. Nadia is currently building sustainability initiatives at GitHub. She is based in San Francisco.

Karl Fogel
Karl Fogel is an open source software developer, author, and consultant. He has been active in free and open source software since 1992. In 2005 he wrote Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project (O’Reilly Media), based partly on his experiences in the Subversion project. He is a founding partner at Open Tech Strategies, LLC, where he helps organizations launch and engage with open source projects. He has worked at CollabNetGoogleCanonicalO’Reilly Media, and Code for America / Civic Commons, all as an open source specialist. He has also been an Open Internet Tools Project Fellow at the New America Foundation and a member of the board of directors of the Open Source Initative. He is currently a member of the Apache Software Foundation and President of He can be found at @kfogel on and Twitter, and his home page is

Daniel S. Katz
Daniel S. Katz is Assistant Director for Scientific Software and Applications at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Research Associate Professor in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is also Guest Faculty at Argonne National Laboratory and Adjunct Faculty at the Center for Computation & Technology (CCT), Louisiana State University.  He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, in 1988, 1990, and 1994, respectively.  His interest is in the development and use of advanced cyberinfrastructure to solve challenging problems at multiple scales. His technical research interests are in applications, algorithms, fault tolerance, and programming in parallel and distributed computing, including HPC, Grid, Cloud, etc. He is also interested in policy issues, including citation and credit mechanisms and practices associated with software and data, organization and community practices for collaboration, and career paths for computing researchers. For more information, see

Renata Rawlings-Goss
Dr. Renata Rawlings-Goss is the co-Executive Director of the South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub, whose vision is to support universities, industry, and government in creating productive partnerships around Big Data, Data Science and the “Internet of Things”. One of only four federally funded Big Data Hubs in the nation, the South Hub services 16 states,  Delaware through Texas including Washington DC,  in forming multi-state, multi-sector collaborations.

Dr. Rawlings-Goss is also the Director of Industry Partnerships for the Georgia Tech Institute for Data Engineering and Science (IDEaS), an integrated research institute that provides a unified connection point to the data science expertise and resources throughout Georgia Tech’s colleges, research labs, and external partners, as a vehicle to define and pursue grand challenges in data science foundations and in data-driven discovery.

Formerly, Dr. Rawlings-Goss was with the National Science Foundation in the directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE-OAD) working on the Big Data research program, as well as Big Data policies and priority goals for the foundation. She worked with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to create the National Data Science Organizers Group, which facilitates data science groups to address national “Grand Challenge” problems. She also sat on the NITRD interagency Big Data Senior Steering group charged with strategic planning for Big Data research funded by the federal government, including NSF, NIH, NASA, DHS, NOOA, NSA, DOD, USGS, and DOE, and co-led the writing team for the Federal Big Data Strategic Plan.

Dr. Rawlings-Goss is a biophysicist by training, where her research interests include data-driven analysis of genetic/expression variation among worldwide human populations.

Tracy Teal
Tracy Teal is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Data Carpentry, a non-profit organization training researchers in the skills needed for data-intensive research. She graduated from Caltech with a PhD in Computation and Neural Systems. As an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University she focused on the development of bioinformatics software and the analysis of microbial communities. She is involved in the open source software and reproducible research communities, including as an Editor at the Journal for Open Source Software.  ​

Todd Vision
Todd Vision is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds an adjunct appointment in the School of Information and Library Sciences. His primary research is in evolutionary and computational genetics. He also has a strong interest in the changing nature of scholarly communication, particularly at the intersection of scholarly publications with data and software. He served as the Associate Director of Informatics at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center from 2006-2015 and, in that position, helped steer a variety of community-oriented informatics capacity-building programs. He has been Principal Investigator on the primary NSF grant funding Dryad since 2008 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Dryad and for Phoenix Bioinformatics. Previously, Vision served on the NSF Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure and the ORCiD Board of Directors.