Fedora: Meet the Team

Today we are sitting down with the staff team at Fedora who work alongside our wonderful community members every day to make things happen for the program. Fedora is an open-source, community-supported program funded entirely by membership contributions. Because of this funding, the program is able to support a small staff to work on developing, teaching, engaging and supporting our users across the globe. We are small but mighty and are thankful for our vibrant and engaged community that allow us to produce and maintain software for our users.

So let’s meet the team!

David Wilcox

Tell me your name, where you work and what your title is.

My name is David Wilcox and I am the Program Leader at Fedora (but I also do some work for VIVO). I work out of my home in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

How long have you been in your position?

I started as Product Manager for Fedora with DuraSpace way back in 2014. Since the merger with LYRASIS in 2019 my title changed slightly but my role remains mostly the same.

What did you do before joining the team?

I worked as the Program Manager at discoverygarden, and prior to that I worked on Islandora at the University of Prince Edward Island in the early days of that project.

What feature/bug fix/piece of software have you been involved with that you are most proud of?

I think Fedora 6.0 is a real achievement. The technical team has completely overhauled the persistence layer of the software to add strong digital preservation sensibilities (via the Oxford Common File Layout) while maintaining alignment with the existing Fedora API specification. This upcoming release essentially completes the technical roadmap we committed to about two years ago and I’m very excited to get it into the hands of our community members.

Where do you see Fedora in the next 5/10 years?

I see Fedora as a stable, dependable, standards-based repository platform that supports digital preservation and interoperates with key systems and services.  

Tell me something fun about yourself that you wouldn’t find on a resume?

I am an avid home brewer, which is a great hobby to have during a pandemic.

Daniel Bernstein

Tell me your name, where you work and what your title is.

I’m Danny Bernstein, I work at LYRASIS as Tech Lead with Fedora.

How long have you been in your position?

4 years.

What did you do before joining the team?

I helped develop DuraCloud ecosystem as a software engineer for LYRASIS. Before that I was the lead developer for Archive-It at the Internet Archive.

What feature/bug fix/piece of software have you been involved with that you are most proud of?

I feel good about the simple search feature – I think users will get a lot of benefit from the increased visibility into the repository. But when I think about what I’m really proud of, my mind inclines more toward what we have accomplished over the last two and a half years as a team of developers, as a team of collaborating institutions and most broadly as a community.

Where do you see Fedora in the next 5/10 years?

As an essential, values and loved component of the state-of-the-art digital preservation stack that brings peace of mind, and joy to librarians and archivists the world over.

Tell me something fun about yourself that you wouldn’t find on a resume?

I love to play the piano.

Mike Ritter

Tell me your name, where you work and what your title is.

My name is Mike Ritter and I am a Programmer at Fedora.

How long have you been in your position?

4 ½ months.

What did you do before joining the team?

I was a developer at Chronopolis, a distributed digital preservation system.

Where do you see Fedora in the next 5/10 years?

I see Fedora continuing to be at the forefront of digital preservation repositories.  

Tell me something fun about yourself that you wouldn’t find on a resume?

Tritones are my favorite musical interval.

And lastly,

Arran Griffith

Tell me your name, where you work and what your title is.

I’m Arran and I am the Program Coordinator here at Fedora. I work and live in Moncton, NB Canada.

How long have you been in your position?

I started in October 2020 – so just about 7 months.

What did you do before joining the team?

I used to work in a completely different industry. I was a retail manager for many years and was most recently the store manager for the 2nd largest H&M in Atlantic Canada.

What feature/bug fix/piece of software have you been involved with that you are most proud of?

Not being a developer, I cannot take credit for any of the wonderful advancements we have made. However, I am most proud of helping to create a structured and comprehensive communication strategy as part of my role. I’m also very excited to unveil the new Fedora 6 image I collaborated on with one of our governance sub-groups. Stay tuned!

Where do you see Fedora in the next 5/10 years?

From the community side, I see Fedora continuing to grow in it’s member engagements. I envision a far-reaching, multi-lingual, global network of community members working collaboratively to promote, support and continue to advocate for Fedora and all of the content contained within the repositories we have.  

Tell me something fun about yourself that you wouldn’t find on a resume?

I run marathons for fun (and because I am competitive by nature). For the last 2 years I have been ranked in the Top 10 fastest females in my Province by marathon finish time. I’m pretty proud of that 🙂

Thanks to the team for taking the time to let us get to know them a little more. In a time of zoom conferences and email correspondences it is nice to learn a little more about the people behind the screens. Here’s to in-person meet ups and learning more about playing piano, home-brewing, tritones and what you should and should not eat before running a marathon!