Maintainers III: Practice, Policy and Care

Washington, D.C., October 6-9 2019

Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University

The third in a series of conferences that celebrates and unpacks the concepts of maintenance, infrastructure, repair, and the myriad forms of labor and expertise that sustain our human-built world.

MIII Planning Committee

Introducing the members of the MIII Planning Committee


Raquel Velho

Transportation Track Co-Chair

Raquel Velho is assistant professor at the department of Science & Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a sociologist of technology, and works at the intersection of infrastructure studies and disability studies, often informed by Latin American approaches to the field of STS more broadly. Her primary research has focused on issues of transport accessibility for disabled people, researching how users' voices are (or aren't) included in the process of technological and infrastructural development. She is interested in what maintenance and innovation look like within marginalized communities, and how they impact the shape and direction of infrastructures. As co-chair of the transportation track, Raquel hopes that she can trouble the innovation/maintenance divide in ways that reflect the practices of everyday users.

Photograph of Raquel Velho, Transportation Co-Chair

Photograph of Carole Voulgaris, Transportation Co-Chair

Carole Voulgaris

Transportation Track Co-Chair

Carole Voulgaris is assistant professor at the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at California Polytechnic State University. Her research interests include travel behavior, alternative modes of transportation and transportation finance. She teaches courses in Transportation System Planning, Sustainable Mobility, and Public Transportation. Carole is Advisor to the Institute of Transportation Engineers. As co-chair of the transportation track, she is interested in facilitating discussions around maintenance of critical transportation infrastructure.


Photograph of Tabitha Decker, Transportation Co-Chair

Tabitha Decker

Transportation Track Co-Chair

Tabitha is the Deputy Executive Director at TransitCenter, a foundation that works nationally to improve transit in ways that make cities more just, and environmentally and economically  sustainable. Tabitha is one of the leaders of the Bus Turnaround Campaign, a coalition effort that successfully advocated for better bus service in NYC, securing commitments from the transit authority and mayor to radically improve bus speeds and reliability. Tabitha's advocacy for more equitable transit is underpinned by more than a decade of research in cities around the world, including a dissertation about the design and creation of Dubai's metro and a year-long ethnographic study of the experiences of women taxi drivers around the world. As co-chair of the transportation track, she is focused on incorporating the perspectives of advocates, practitioners, and those who are most affected by our uneven and ill-maintained transportation system.



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Mehdi Medjaoui

Software Track Co-Chair, Steering Committee

Mehdi is the CEO of Progressive Identity, a company enabling users to get back their data from digital platforms and redistribute them to others with the identity they want : their alias(es). In 2012, Mehdi has created APIdays conferences, the main series of Conference on APIs (still running in 2019 with 9 events)  and has been the co-founder of OAuth.io, a developer backend to handle application authorizations (acquired in 2017 by Xenon Ventures). Since 2015, Mehdi publishes every year the Banking APIs : State of the market report, and just published his last book Continuous API management with its fellow API academy members, published by O’Reilly. In 2019, Mehdi has been selected as Expert 2020 by the European Commission to lead the study on APIs for Digital Governments and has been invited as Professor at HEC MBA to lead a mandatory class on the Zero to One to Deeptechs. In 2018 Mehdi has created Les mainteneurs, a non-profit about Maintainers in France and has developed the Maintainers Open Source Licence and is co-organizing FundTheCode.org events.


Photograph of Don Goodman, Software Co-Chair

Don Goodman

Software Track Co-Chair

Don is a philosopher-engineer based in Amsterdam, where he currently holds a position as a developer advocate at GitHub. His focus is on empowering software developers, and especially open-source software maintainers by helping them identify the best tools, and best practices for their craft. In previous lives, Don has worked with startups in such diverse fields as web security, chatbots, streaming media, embedded hardware, the model railroading industry; he also holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis. Don is also the founder of the DevRel Salon, a European-wide series of events designed to help individuals and companies understand the value of developer relations as a role and career path.


Photograph of Juliana Castro, Transportation Co-Chair

Juliana Castro

Information Track Co-Chair

Juliana Castro is a Colombian, New York-based graphic designer and writer interested in design ethics, open-access, and media theory. Juliana is the Design Associate at Access Now, where she helps a global advocacy team fight towards the respect of human rights online and procure a free and open internet for all. She is the founder of Cita, a independent feminist publisher of free open-access books. Juliana is also a Fulbright scholar and part of the 7th cohort of Mozilla Open Leaders. Before joining Access Now, Juliana worked at the Harvard Open Access Project at the Berkman Klein Center for the Internet & Society at Harvard University. She holds an MFA in Design and a Portfolio in Museum Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Juliana hopes to bring into discussion the role of interfaces and interaction design in caring for information maintenance.


Photograph of Hillel Arnold, Information Co-Chair

Hillel Arnold

Information Track Co-Chair

Hillel Arnold is Assistant Director, Head of Digital Programs at the Rockefeller Archive Center where he leads implementation and maintenance of open-source systems and processes facilitating broad and equitable access to and responsible preservation of archival records. He is active in standards making and maintenance bodies, and has served on the Society of American Archivists’ Technical Subcommittee on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (TS-DACS), and Encoded Archival Description Roundtable. Hillel has worked as an archivist at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, Foundation for Landscape Studies and the Woody Guthrie Archives. He holds an MA in History from New York University and an MLIS from the Long Island University’s Palmer School. In his role as co-chair of the information track, he works to include the voices of a diverse set of information maintainers in the conference.


Photograph of Chela Scott Weber, Information Co-Chair

Chela Scott Weber

Information Track Co-Chair

Chela Scott Weber currently works as a Senior Program Officer for the OCLC Research Library Partnership, where she builds and maintains relationships, resources, and programs across an international collective of research libraries. She has previously held a number of positions in archives and special collections libraries, including Head of Library and Collections at the California Historical Society, Head of Archival Collections Management for NYU Libraries and Associate Head for Archival Collections at the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU, Director of Library & Archives at the Brooklyn Historical Society, as well as positions with the  Microsoft Archives, New York Transit Museum, and the Benson Ford Research Center at The Henry Ford. She holds an MLIS and certificate of archival administration from Wayne State University, and a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts. In her role as co-chair of the information track, she hopes to encourage a broad array of information maintainers to reflect on their work and encourage a view of information maintenance work as worthy of reflection.


Photograph of Lee Vinsel, Steering Committee

Photograph of Lee Vinsel, Steering Committee

Lee Vinsel

Steering Committee

Lee Vinsel professes Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech. He is the co-founder (with Andy Russell) of The Maintainers, a network of scholars and professionals focused on maintenance, repair, upkeep, and the everyday labor that keeps the world going. Lee is the author of Moving Violations: Automobiles, Experts, and Regulations in the United States (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019) and articles on the history of technology, standardization, and public policy. As a member of the M3 Steering Committee, Lee focuses on program logistics, and he is also proud to be helping the transportation track leaders in their efforts.


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Shannon Mattern

Steering Committee

Shannon Mattern is a Professor at the New School for Social Research. Her writing and teaching focus on archives, libraries, and other media spaces; media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and exhibition. She is the author of The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities; Deep Mapping the Media City; and Code and Clay, Data and Dirt, all published by University of Minnesota Press. She contributes a regular long-form column about urban data and mediated infrastructures to Places Journal, and she regularly collaborates on public design and interactive projects and exhibitions. You can find her at wordsinspace.net.



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Andrew Russell

Steering Committee

Andrew L. Russell is Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica and Albany, New York. He is the co-founder (with Lee Vinsel) of The Maintainers, a network of scholars and professionals focused on maintenance, repair, upkeep, and the everyday labor that keeps the world going. Russell is the author of Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks (Cambridge University Press, 2014), co-editor of Ada’s Legacy: Cultures of Computing from the Victorian to the Digital Age (Morgan & Claypool, 2015), and has published essays on Internet history, modular design, standardization in the United States and Europe, and the monopoly Bell System. As a member of the M3 Steering Committee, Andy works on program logistics, content, and bringing together people from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about maintenance


Photograph of Jessica Meyerson, Steering Committee

Jessica Meyerson

Steering Committee

Jessica is Research Program Officer for Educopia Institute and Co-PI on the Sloan-funded Maintainers Community Framework.  Jessica works across institutions, communities, and sectors to support applied research that advances digital practice. She currently participates in several projects aimed at broadening participation in software preservation and exploring curation approaches for software-dependent objects including EaaSI and FCoP. As a member of the Maintainers III Steering Committee, Jessica helps to oversee program logistics, timelines, communications, and overall attendee experience.