Edd Wilder-James is a technologist, writer and programmer based in California. He is the program chair for the O'Reilly Strata and Open Source Convention Conferences.
He was the founder and creator of the Expectnation conference management system, and a co-founder of the Pharmalicensing.com online intellectual property exchange.
A veteran of open source, Edd has contributed to various projects, such as Debian and GNOME, and created the DOAP Vocabulary for describing software projects.
Webcast: OSCON 2011: Take-aways, Trends, and Highlights
Webcast: People, Data and Dollars — A Preview of Strata NYC
Webcast: Get the (Data) Vote Out
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