Panel: Data Stewardship on the Decentralized Web

August 2nd, 9:00am-10:30am
Decentralized Web Summit 2018
Hash Lounge

Panelists: Matt Zumwalt , Protocol Labs
Jefferson Bailey , Internet Archive , Director of Web Archiving & Data Services
Michelle Hertzfeld , Protocol Labs , Product Management and User Experience
Danielle Robinson , Code for Science & Society , Co-Executive Director
Dawn Walker , Environmental Data & Governance Initiative
Brendan O'Brien , , caretaker

Libraries and archives alongside grassroots initiatives are decentralizing data stewardship in order to address ongoing sharing, access, and vulnerability issues facing scientific data. Starting with a brief discussion of different approaches from members of IPFS, Dat project, <>, and Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI), this panel and discussion will unpack the distinct perspectives around issues surrounding current data stewardship challenges on existing internet infrastructure.

Matt Zumwalt
Protocol Labs

At Protocol Labs, Matt contributes to stewardship of open source projects like IPFS, libp2p and Filecoin, all of which are focused on building a more secure, more equitable, decentralized web. Some of his recent publications include Instructions for Saving Endangered Data, his presentations about Decentralized Data Stewardship, the work-in-progress Decentralized Web Primer and (co-authored) policy paper Why is decentralized and distributed file storage critical for a better web?

Previously Matt spent 10 years building digital repositories for large research institutions and served as technology lead for Samvera, an open source collaboration that now includes over 40 of the world’s top libraries and archives.


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Jefferson Bailey
Director of Web Archiving, Internet Archive

Jefferson Bailey is Director of Web Archiving at Internet Archive. Jefferson joined Internet Archive in Summer 2014 and manages Internet Archive’s web archiving services including Archive-It, used by over 450 institutions to preserve the web. He also oversees contract domain-scale web archiving services for national libraries and archives around the world.

He works closely with partner institutions on collaborative archiving technology development, digital preservation, data research services, educational partnerships, and other programs. He is Primary Investigator on multiple grants focused on systems interoperability, data-driven research use of web archives, and digital preservation initiatives.

Prior to Internet Archive, he worked on strategic initiatives, digital collections, and digital preservation at institutions such as Metropolitan New York Library Council, Library of Congress, Brooklyn Public Library, and Frick Art Reference Library and has worked in the archives at NARA, NASA, and Atlantic Records.

He is currently Vice Chair of the International Internet Preservation Consortium. He has an MLIS in Archives from University of Pittsburgh and a BA in English from Oberlin College.



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Dawn Walker
Hypha Worker Co-operative

Dawn Walker is a PhD student at the University of Toronto focused on participatory design tactics for grassroots environmental monitoring civic technologies. Based in Toronto, she has organized workshops on mesh networking and decentralized technologies with Toronto Mesh. As a member of EDGI and Data Together, she imagines possibilities for more just and resilient environmental and climate data.


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Danielle Robinson
Co-Executive Director, Code for Science & Society

Danielle Robinson is Co-Executive Director of Code for Science & Society, where she works to open create inclusive public access to information through decentralized technologies. She completed a PhD in Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University in 2016. She was a 2016 Mozilla Fellow for Science, where she ran in Working Open Workshops around the world and explored decentralized data archiving as a DataRescue strategy.



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