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Ben Vershbow

Director, Community Programs (Libraries, Education, Cultural Heritage) Wikimedia Foundation United States Other

Ben Vershbow is Director of Community Programs (libraries, education, and cultural heritage) at the Wikimedia Foundation, the U.S.-based nonprofit which supports Wikipedia and more than a dozen other open knowledge projects. Previously, Ben worked for eight years at the New York Public Library where he founded NYPL Labs, a digital innovation program that led a wide range of digitization, open data, and crowdsourcing initiatives. Prior to that, Ben was editorial director at the Institute for the Future of the Book, a think tank and interactive studio exploring networked forms of reading, writing, and scholarship.