The Opensource.com Team

opensource.com community moderators

The Opensource.com Team includes: the editorial team, the Community Moderators, and a select group of Advisors who are experts in their fields.

Editorial Team

Jason Hibbets Jason Hibbets is a senior community evangelist in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat. He has been with Red Hat since 2003 and is the author of The foundation for an open source city. Follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets
Jen Wike Huger Jen Wike Huger is the content manager for Opensource.com. She believes that your open source story matters and is on a mission to help others share their experiences, projects, and ideas with the world. Follow her on Twitter @jenwike, and check out her other projects at Jen.io. She also blogs about life in Raleigh.
Rikki Endsley Rikki Endsley is the community manager for Opensource.com. Previously she worked as a community evangelist on the Open Source and Standards team at Red Hat. Other hats she has worn include: freelance tech journalist; community manager for the USENIX Association; associate publisher of Linux Pro Magazine, ADMIN, and Ubuntu User; and managing editor of Sys Admin magazine and UnixReview.com. See her portfolio on rikkiendsley.com, and follow her on G+ and on Twitter: @rikkiends.
Jason Baker Jason Baker is passionate about using technology to make the world more open, from software development to bringing sunlight to local governments. He is particularly interested in data visualization/analysis, DIY/maker culture, simulations/modeling, geospatial technologies, and cloud computing, especially OpenStack. Follow him on Twitter or Google+.
Alex Sanchez Alex Sanchez is the social media, marketing, and syndication specialist for Opensource.com. He’s a multimedia storyteller with a particular interest in education, open government, design and photography. Follow him on Twitter.

Community Moderators

The community moderator program identifies key Opensource.com contributors and advocates and provides them with a framework for how they can contribute to the community and guidelines for how they can advise the Opensource.com team on future decisions about the site and community. Find out how you can join our team.

Jono Bacon Jono Bacon is a leading community manager, speaker, and author. Currently he works as Senior Director of Community at the XPRIZE Foundation and was formerly the Ubuntu Community Manager at Canonical, optimizing and growing the global Ubuntu community. Find him on Twitter at: @jonobacon.
David Both David Both is a Linux and open source advocate who resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has been in the IT industry for over 40 years and taught OS/2 for IBM, where he worked for over 20 years. While at IBM, he wrote the first training course for the original IBM PC in 1981. He taught RHCE classes for Red Hat and worked at MCI Worldcom, Cisco, and the State of North Carolina. He currently works as President, Senior Consultant, and janitor for Millennium Technology Consulting LLC. He has been working with Linux and open source software for about 15 years. David has written articles for OS/2 Magazine, Linux Magazine, Linux Journal and Opensource.com. His article "Complete Kickstart," co-authored with a colleague at Cisco, was ranked ninth in the Linux Magazine Top 10 Best System Administration Articles list for 2008.
Ben Cotton Ben Cotton is a meteorologist by training and a high-performance computing engineer by trade. Ben works at Cycle Computing, leading the support engineering group. He is a Fedora user and contributor, co-founded a local open source meetup group, and is a member of the Open Source Initiative, and a supporter of Software Freedom Conservancy. Find him on Twitter (@FunnelFiasco) or at FunnelFiasco.com.
Nicole Engard Nicole Engard is the Vice President of Education at ByWater Solutions. In her more than ten years in libraries she has dedicated herself to educating librarians about technologies both on her site web2learning.net and in person with a focus on open source. In 2010 she authored 'Practical Open Source Software for Libraries' and regularly writes for various library outlets about open source for libraries. She is an advocate for "open libraries" and believes in spreading, disseminating, and breaking down barries to gaining knowledge as a core mission of library systems and their staff. At Opensource.com, Nicole is a community moderator, a long-time contributor, and a 2013 People's Choice Award winner. Read more in this community spotlight.
Marcus Hanwell Marcus D. Hanwell is a Technical Leader in the Scientific Computing group at Kitware, Inc. He leads the Open Chemistry project, developing open-source tools to for chemistry, bioinformatics, and materials science research. He completed an experimental PhD in Physics at the University of Sheffield, a Google Summer of Code developing Avogadro and Kalzium, and a postdoctoral fellowship combining experimental and computational chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh before moving to Kitware, Inc. in late 2009. He is a member of the Blue Obelisk, a blogger, and is active on Twitter @mhanwell and Google+. He is passionate about open science, open source and making sense of increasingly large scientific data to understand the world around us.
Joshua Holm Joshua Holm has been advocating for open source solutions for over fifteen years. Holding Master's degrees in Library & Information Science and Adult & Higher Education, he seeks to combine his educational background with his love of open source in order to provide end-users with open source and open access solutions for their learning, research, and teaching needs. He has seen the power of open source and hopes to build the future the open source way.
Luis Ibanez Luis Ibanez is a software developer and Technical Leader at Kitware, a contributor to ITK, the Director of Open Source Community Development at OSEHRA, the professor of the Open Source Software Practices class at RPI, and a professor of Open Source Databases and Web Development at SUNY-Albany. Luis is a community moderator, long-time contributor, and 2013 People's Choice Award winner. Read more in this community spotlight.
Seth Kenlon Seth Kenlon is an independent multimedia artist, free culture advocate, and UNIX geek. He is one of the maintainers of the Slackware-based multimedia production project, http://slackermedia.info.
Robin Muilwijk Robin Muilwijk has been an open source entrepreneur for ten years and is still fighting the misconceptions that come with working in the industry. He says the toughest part is finding the right balance between openness while continuing to promote the open source way of doing business. At Opensource.com, Robin is a frequent contributor—he recently wrote Building a scalable open source business model in the 90s and consistently adds insightful commentary to others' articles. He has earned the role of a comment gardner for the site, working to keep spammers at bay and our conversations of high quality. Read more in this community spotlight.
Scott Nesbitt Scott Nesbitt is a writer, technology coach, and soldier of fortune, ocelot wrangler, husband, father, blogger, and collector of pottery. Scott is a few of these things. He's also a long-time user of free/open source software who extensively writes and blogs on the subject. You can find Scott on Twitter, Google+, and GitHub. You can also connect with him via his page on About.me.
Deb Nicholson Deb Nicholson wants to make the world a better place with technology and social justice for all. After many years of local political organizing, she started handling outreach for the Free Software Foundation and became an enthusiastic free software activist. She likes talking to developers about software patents, to project maintainers about leadership, and to activists about free software. She is currently the Community Outreach Director at the Open Invention Network and the Community Manager at GNU MediaGoblin. She also serves on the board at Open Hatch, a.k.a. Free Software's Welcoming Committee. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, Massachusetts, surrounded by a community of food nerds and noisy musicians.
Phil Shapiro Phil Shapiro has been an educator, teaching students from pre-school to graduate school for the past 26 years. He currently works at a public library in the Washington, DC area, helping youth and adults use 28 Linux stations. Between 2007 and 2012, he blogged for PC World magazine on various technology topics and currently writes for MAKE magazine and Opensource.com. For more about Phil, follow him on Twitter and see his videos on YouTube.
Aseem Sharma Aseem Sharma recently graduated from Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre, Faculty of Engineering at University of Waterloo, Canada. He has worked in technology departments for some of the largest financial and IT organizations across India and Singapore. Aseem has a passion for reading, writing, technology, everything open source, as well as, management research. He can be reached through aseemsharma.info.
Nitish Tiwari Nitish Tiwari is a software developer by profession and an open source enthusiast by heart. As a tech author for Linux based magazines, he covers new open source tools. He loves to read and explore anything open source. In his free time, he likes to read motivational books, listen to songs, and sleep. Follow him on Twitter @tiwari_nitish.
Aleksandar Todorović Aleksandar Todorović is a student from Bosnia and Herzegovina studying IT Engineering. He is passionate about open source software, artificial intelligence, and cyber security. His open source contributions are now merged with projects such as reddit, elementary OS, and the Tor Project. Aleksandar has a personal blog (most posts are written in English, and some in Bosnian), and you can connect with him on Twitter.
Jason van Gumster Jason van Gumster mostly makes stuff up. He writes, animates, and occasionally teaches, all using open source tools. He's run a small, independent animation studio, wrote Blender for Dummies and GIMP Bible, and continues to blurt out his experiences during a [sometimes] weekly podcast, the Open Source Creative Podcast. Adventures (and lies) at @monsterjavaguns.
Don Watkins Don Watkins is an Information Technology consultant, Educator, entrepreneur, and open source advocate and is the CEO of DGW Enterprises LLC. Read more about Don and follow him on Twitter: @Don_Watkins.

Red Hat Advisors

Jeff Mackanic Jeff Mackanic has been at Red Hat for more than a decade and is currently responsible for the Global Awareness team. He has also spent several years in consulting, IT, and marketing.
Melanie Freeman Chernoff Melanie Freeman Chernoff monitors, evaluates, and attempts to influence U.S. and international legislation and government regulations affecting open source technologies and open standards as Red Hat's public policy manager.
Remy Decausemaker Remy Decausemaker is Assistant Director of the Rochester Institute of Technology Lab for Technological Literacy and serves as Campaign Architect of FOSS@MAGIC. Inside and outside of the classroom, he helps mentor and guide the students of RIT's Humanitarian Free/Opensource Software Development course. He is a co-founder of CIVX.us, who's mission is to improve access, openness, and transparency of public information. With help from Sugarlabs, TeachingOpensource, The Software Freedom Law Center, The Fedora Project, and many others, Remy brings the open source way to campuses, conferences, and campaigns everywhere he can. You can keep up with his story via Identi.ca, Twitter, and his FOSS@RIT Blog.
Ruth Suehle Ruth Suehle is team lead for the Open Source and Standards (OSAS) team at Red Hat. Previously she was a writer for Opensource.com and an editor for Red Hat Magazine.
Rob Tiller Rob Tiller is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel in legal at Red Hat. He manages patent, trademark, and copyright matters and is a frequent speaker and writer on open source legal issues.