Standards Champions

A Standards Champion is a subject area expert. A recognized authority in the topic of a Project, or in some aspect of the Project that requires acceleration. A Champion, as a member of a Cohort, spends up to 20 hours per week concentrating upon their portion of the Project and interacting with the rest of the Cohort, the Projects Manager, and the related standards group.

We Are The Champions!

(With apologies to Freddie Mercury.)

Daniel Burnett HeadshotDr. Daniel C. Burnett has almost two decades of experience in computer standards work, having been author and editor of the W3C standards underlying the majority of today's automated Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems. He has received multiple awards for his contributions to standards in the Automated Speech Recognition (Voice Recognition) field. As a founding editor of the two primary W3C WebRTC specifications and participant in the IETF, Dan has been involved from the beginning in this exciting new field. Dan has more recently begun contributing to the Verifiable Claims work at W3C, an effort he personally believes will change the lives of millions for the better. Dan is the owner of StandardsPlay, a consulting business specializing in helping companies bring new technologies to life in the standards that matter.

Gregg Kellogg HeadshotGregg Kellogg has been a software executive and entrepreneur since 1997. He started three companies in Marin County. He consults on linked-data projects and volunteers as an Invited Expert for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Gregg is a primary force behind all three formats used for encoding schema.org formats: Microdata (as editor of the Microdata to RDF specification), JSON-LD (as one of three editors of the JSON-LD specifications), and RDFa (as a primary contributor to RDFa 1.1 specifications).

Christopher Webber HeadshotChristopher Allan Webber is a user freedom advocate specializing in work on decentralized networks. He is the lead developer and co-founder of MediaGoblin, a distributed media publishing system for the web. He also works on a federated web standard called ActivityPub. Christopher has previously worked as tech lead at Creative Commons, and in 2015 won the O'Reilly Open Source Award for his work on MediaGoblin, free and open source software advocacy, and network freedom.


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Benjamin Young is a Developer, Web, and Open Source Advocate. Benjamin's focus is on content and how we human beings interface with it and each other around it. He currently explores the edges of a re-decentralized Web leveraging annotation--additional content added by anyone. Benjamin is currently an Invited Expert in the Annotation and Digital Publishing Working Groups at the W3C. He has previously worked as an inventor and evangelist for IBM's Cloudant, Couchbase, and CouchOne. He contributes (under the name BigBlueHat) to Apache CouchDB, Twitter Bootstrap, and various Python, PHP, and JS projects.