Ben Vershbow

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Ben is Director of Community Programs at the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization supporting Wikipedia, Wikidata, and nearly a dozen other open knowledge projects. He leads a globally distributed team focused on growing participation and partnership across the Wikimedia movement in key knowledge areas such as GLAM, education, science, and gender diversity.

Ben comes from a theater and literature background, but fell down the internet rabbit hole 15 years ago working with digital publishing pioneer Bob Stein at the Institute for the Future of the Book. He went on to work for more than 8 years at the New York Public Library, where he founded NYPL Labs, a program focused on activating heritage collections through open access, crowdsourcing, and collaboration with artists, technologists, scholars, and other institutions. He currently lives in Philadelphia.