HackTheHearst Judges

Technical Judges


Role: University and Digital Archivist
Organization: University of Massachussetts Amherst
Skills / Specialties: Linked open data, Semantic Web, RDF, SPARQL, Python, UI design and development, cultural heritage informatics.
GitHub: rubinsztajn
Twitter: @rubinsztajn
Email: arubinst@library.umass.edu
Bio: Aaron Rubinstein is the University and Digital Archivist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he oversees the digital project development and infrastructure at UMass Amherst's Special Collections and University Archives. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College, teaching courses on Digital Libraries and Archives management. Before the University of Massachusetts, Aaron was the Archivist for Digital Collections and Tufts University and before that the Collections Manager at the National Yiddish Book Center.

Aaron is involved in the development of numerous standards for description and data dissemination on the web and is a member of the International Council of Archives, Experts Group on Archival Description. He specializes in linked open data and the semantic web and has been involved in many projects that experiment with new ways of publishing data about archival and cultural heritage material.


Role: Curator
Organization: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library
Skills / Specialties:
Projects: magnes.org
Twitter: @spagnoloacht
Website: bit.ly/spagnoloacht
Email: spagnoloacht@berkeley.edu
Bio: Francesco Spagnolo, a multidisciplinary scholar focusing on Jewish studies, music and digital media, is the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and a Lecturer in the Department of Music at UC Berkeley, as well as a host for the cultural programs of Italian National Radio (RAI) in Rome. At UC Berkeley, he is also an affiliated faculty with the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, and serves on the Digital Humanities Council.

Intersecting textual, visual and musical cultures, Francesco actively contributes to academic, cultural heritage and archival institutions, as well as live and electronic media, in Europe, Israel and the United States. A former lecturer at the University of Milan and at the University of California at Santa Cruz, he is frequently invited to lecture at academic institutions worldwide, publishes on a variety of subjects, and curates exhibitions and digital programs. 


Role: Principal Software Engineer
Organization: Reference Answer team at Bing
Skills / Specialties:
Bio: Dr. Franco Salvetti is the Principal Software Engineer managing the Reference Answer team at Bing (previously Natural Language Scientist at Powerset, since by Microsoft). He reports directly to Bing chief scientist, Dr. Jan Pedersen, and with his team he is responsible for various user-facing features at Bing. His responsibility, besides management, spans science, engineering, business and products related to web search technologies (e.g., MapzFactz and Instant Answers), and Human-computer interaction. Previously as a research scientist at UmbriaListens Inc. (acquired by J.D. Power) he worked on projects involving information extraction, sentiment analysis, text analysis and graph theory. Prior to this, he worked for Google in the area of relation extraction, at IBM Research on a project about social network analysis, at Bioserve Space Technology and at various start-up companies in Italy.

Salvetti earned his first Masters (summa cum laude) in Computer Science at the University of Milan (Italy), and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He got his Ph.D. working with Prof. James H. Martin at the University of Colorado at Boulder with a thesis on automatic deception detection in text which was supervised by Dr. Peter Norvig (director of research at Google) and Prof.Dan Jurafsky (Stanford). Salvetti frequently publishes within different scientific areas such as artificial intelligence, natural language processing, the semantic web, chaos theory, and social network analysis. Dr. Salvetti has also filed 12 US and International patent applications for novel methods applied to web search. He has been invited by HP Labs Palo Alto to present his work about the semantic web, and by the Association of Computational Linguistics to present his work on sentiment analysis. Salvetti continues to be involved in professional associations such as the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computational Linguistics, and he has been serving in the program committee of numerous international conferences.


Role: Researcher and engineer
Organization: Linguistics and RIT
Skills / Specialties: Natural Language Processing (NLP) and computational linguistics generally, Information Retrieval (IR), Library and Information Science, quality engineering and release engineering; Django, Python, Solr, TEI, LAMP, web standards
Projects: Sino-Tibetan Etymological Dictionary and Thesaurus, CollectionSpace
GitHub: jjblowe
Email: jblowe@berkeley.edu
Bio: I started out as a Sanskritist and and mathematician, but soon had to go to work to pay the bills and so joined the University of California’s Office of the President on various library planning and library automation projects, participating in the design and development of the MELVYL online catalog (now part of CDL), UC’s MEDLINE implementation, and other online bibliographic resources. Also worked with the Bancroft on the publication of an index to Mark Twain’s papers, among other things. Burning out on that in the late 80s, I went back and got my Ph.D. in linguistics here in 1995. My research programme at Berkeley included a variety of efforts in computational lexicography and historical linguistics: short list: FrameNet, TELL, CBOLD, SCOIL. During the dot-com boom, I escaped academia and joined the engineering team at Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com), where I served in a number of positions before the bust. I’ve done NLP and knowledge engineering at several other startups since. I’m pretty Old Skool, having worked on early implementations of TCP/IP, written both IBM mainframe assembly language and APL, toggled front panels on PDP-whatevers, and soldered lots of my own homebrew computers. Struggling to stay relevant in the 21st century!

Presentation Judges


Role: Research Specialist
Organization: CITRIS at UC Berkeley
Skills / Specialties: Design for education, disability, and healthcare; field research; strategic planning; counseling individuals with learning disabilities; and teaching.
Email: dan@gillettedesign.com
Bio: Dan Gillette works at the intersection of design and culture, with a special focus on education, disability, civic life and healthcare. Dan currently serves as Research Specialist at CITRIS and Research Scientist at the Social Apps Lab. CITRIS projects include: PIC Your Future, the CITRIS Mobile App Challenge, Vote Your Mind, and the Research in Accessible Voting Project. Additionally, Dan regularly teaches design, disability studies and entrepreneurship classes at Cal.

In addition to his work at CITRIS, Dan continues to work in industry as a product and experience designer. Additionally, Dan was a cofounder at InWorld Solutions, providing virtual reality tools for the behavioral healthcare market. From 2002–2008, Dan was chair of the Innovative Technology for Autism Initiative. Previously, Dan held research and teaching positions at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University. Before getting involved in education and design, Dan had a ten year career as a musician and composer.

Dan holds a B.A. in human development from the Lesley College Graduate School, and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Role: Research Anthropologist
Organization: Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Skills/Specialties: Arts and cultures of Native North America, modes of ethnographic representation (photography, film, sound recording), museums, and the history of anthropology.
Email: jacknis@berkeley.edu
Bio: Ira Jacknis (PhD anthropology, University of Chicago, 1989) has been Research Anthropologist at the Hearst Museum since the fall of 1991. Before coming to Berkeley, he worked for the Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian, and Newberry Library. Among his books are The Storage Box of Tradition: Kwakiutl Art, Anthropologists, and Museums, 1881–1981 (Smithsonian, 2002), Carving Traditions of Northwest California (Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 1995), and Food in California Indian Culture (Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 2004).


Role: Archaeologist, Staff Research Associate
Organization: Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley
Skills / Specialties:
Projects: MapAspects.org, arf.berkeley.edu, selected publications
Email: tripcevich@berkeley.edu
Bio: I am an anthropologist and archaeologist specializing in Andean archaeology, ancient exchange, quarry studies, and GIS methods in archaeology. My dissertation research focused on the Chivay obsidian source in southern Peru and the circulation of this material. I subsequently directed an ethnoarchaeological study of long-distance llama caravan transport with a traditional salt caravan. In my current research I am  collaborating on a project looking at the ancient use of the Quispisisa obsidian source in Ayacucho, Peru. I am presently employed as a research associate and the laboratory manager at the Archaeological Research Facility at UC Berkeley.


Role: Applications Programmer
Organization: Research IT (UC Berkeley)
Skills/Specialties: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Java, Perl, SQL, and sticking it all together with duct tape and rubber bands. Also paperclips.
Projects: I develop and maintain collection management systems for several museums at UC Berkeley, including the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, the University and Jepson Herbaria, the UC Botanical Garden, and the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive. I'm a contributor to CollectionSpace, the open source collection management system from which the HackTheHearst dataset is extracted.
GitHub: ray-lee
Email: rhlee@berkeley.edu
Bio: After obtaining a degree in computer science, I vowed never to go to school again, and worked for ten years prototyping Internet technologies, in fields ranging from professional sports to biotechnology. Then I broke my vow, to go to culinary school. Because there comes a point in everyone's life where you have to know how to make a better pie. Then I cooked for a while. Now I work with museums. Weird.