Asaf Bartov

Founder and Chief Editor of Project Ben-Yehuda and Managing Board Member of The Hebrew Literature Digitization Society & Senior Program Officer, Emerging Wikimedia Communities, Wikimedia Foundation.

Asaf Bartov is a senior program officer at the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit operating Wikipedia around the world.  His work focuses on capacity building with emerging volunteer communities all over the world, with particular emphasis on India, sub-Saharan Africa, Brazil, and eastern Europe.  While his academic background is in Greek and Latin language and literature, he has a strong professional background in software development, and an abiding volunteer interest in digital libraries. Bartov is the founder, chief technologist, and chief editor of Project Ben-Yehuda, an award-winning volunteer-run digital library of public domain Hebrew works. He is also a structured and linked data enthusiast, and previously served as an invited expert on the W3C's Library Linked Data Incubator Group. He frequently teaches introductory classes on Wikidata, the Wikimedia Foundation's linked open data project, and on querying Wikidata with the SPARQL language.