Happy New Year! You probably see some of us in the forums, but behind the scenes, there are a lot of people working hard on this project, so we thought we'd kick off 2009 with an introduction to our core team.
Bob Keating, DMOZ Editor-in-Chief (rdkeating25)
A search nerd with a deep love and appreciation for opinionated masses, Bob Keating is the ODP's Editor in Chief, and has been involved with the ODP since joining AOL in 1999. He oversees the community and editorial policies, and regales his colleagues with anecdotes from annals of ODP history.
Grant Belaire, Director - Audience Growth (bbqgrant)
"I've had the pleasure of supporting the ODP/DMOZ community for more than a year and a half. Initially, I acted as a conduit from the forums back to the AOL management. As time went on I also helped in the creation of the DMOZ Blog, collaborated with AOL Corporate Communications to work on the various topics that come up with DMOZ in the headline, aided in the evangelism of DMOZ to all parts of AOL and led the release Beta Release of DMOZ. I care about the community and the experience we provide because I think that authoritative, subject matter experts CAN provide an experience on par and in certain circumstances far superior to the algorithmic search. And DMOZ is by far the single best example of that on this planet...or any other that I am aware of : ) If you ever have a question about DMOZ or an idea that could be improved by the resources we have, I'd love to hear from you. "
Emily Kayser, Senior Program Manager - Audience Growth (emi1y)
"If you read this blog or spend any time in the editors' forums, you probably know me as the DMOZ blog manager. Since I joined this team about 6 months ago, I've worked primarily on setting up a posting process and editorial calendar. I've really enjoyed the opportunity to work collaboratively with editors from around the world and to work towards making the official blog more representative of the entire community. Behind the scenes, I've also been involved in the DMOZ 2.0 project. I am looking forward to continuing to build on our success in 2009."
Dave Shebat, Technical Project Manager (dmozpjm)
"I joined the AOL Search organization in early 2008 and one of my many new assignments was to help manage the in-flight ODP/DMOZ 2.0 platform upgrade - huh? What on earth is "ODP/DMOZ" and who is Mozzie? So, to better understand what exactly I was getting myself into I started studying the corporate wiki's and documentation, surfed the net for additional information, became an editor and asked Grant way too many questions. To my delight, I felt like I was opening a treasure chest. After working at AOL for almost 10 years and spending time in every corner of the company, I thought I had seen it all; however, one of the crown jewels of the net had been hiding right under my nose all along. I find DMOZ to be incredibly fascinating and hope to contribute more to its bright future. Now, with all its renewed interest and recent improvements, I predict 2009 will be the year of the Mozzie!"
Zhuo Zhang, Developer (aptor)
"My name is Zhuo Zhang. In DMOZ 2.0, my main responsibility is developing code for this project, writing documentation and installation guidelines, and other necessary tasks. I also cooperate with our QA team, helping them to execute the test cases. Additionally, in order to ensure the quality of our project, I communicate a lot with the editor community via the DMOZ forum. Being a part of DMOZ 2.0 is really exciting and challenging. I receive various kinds of help and support from all around the globe. The history and the future of DMOZ make me very proud of my work."
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Meet AOL's DMOZ Staff Team
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