Brewster Kahle, our keynote speaker for WordCamp Portland

The organizing team here is excited to announce Brewster Kahle as our keynote speaker for WordCamp Portland 2013! When we first defined permanence as our theme for this year’s sessions we set to work thinking of who would make the right keynote speaker. Brewster is exactly that as his work epitomizes permanence on the web. We’re beyond excited for this.

Brewster KahleIf you’re not familiar with Brewster’s work he is the Digital Librarian and Founder of the Internet Archive. He’s been working to provide universal access to all knowledge for more than twenty-five years.

His keynote is titled, Internet Archive and Preserving WordPress Blogs. If you’re curious what that entails, read on:

The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine has been serving archived versions of blogs for years, but only now are we starting to work directly with Automattic, the makers of, and now hopefully the community to make sure these blogs are accurately and enduringly saved.

This talk will cover how the Internet Archive is attempting to provide universal access to all knowledge by working with communities that have been digitizing, organizing, and serving books music and video for years. Hopefully the ensuing discussion will lead to new ideas on how the Internet Archive can help the WordPress communities and how the WordPress communities can bring even more rich resources to a world that is increasingly turning to the web as its library.

Wow! Brewster’s keynote adds to our fantastic group of speakers that we announced earlier this week. When can you get tickets to WordCamp this year? Good question! Stay tuned as we’ll be opening ticket sales early next week.

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