DAS Portland: Speakers

Posted on November 1, 2015

Karen Barcellona

Karen Barcellona is the Associate Director of Digital Management Services at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  She is responsible for developing the strategy for and managing the implementation of systems that support the organization’s evolving needs in collections management, digital asset management and digital preservation.  She leads a five-person team that defines functional requirements and workflows, enforces data governance, and provides user support for the new integrated Digital Management Services platform.

Karen joined the Academy in 2003 as a moving image cataloger, in 2011 she was promoted to Digital Curator in the Film Archive, and has been in her current position since October of 2014.  She has a background in fine art and, prior to her work with moving image collections, worked in museum collections management and exhibition coordination.

John DowneyJohn Downey

John Downey is founder and CEO of NextGen Storage, a company dedicated to accelerating the breadth and market adoption of next-generation, cloud-integrated storage technologies and services. In his role, Downey delivers thought leadership around data storage and data management technologies and their intersection with cloud computing. Prior to launching NextGen Storage, he managed enterprise storage strategies for Amazon Web Services.


Eric Kaltman

Eric Kaltman is a PhD student in Computer Science at UCSC. He has an MA from UC Berkeley in Chinese Studies, where he worked on language games and games for developmental children’s education. His current work involves video game software preservation and historical games research in conjunction with Stanford’s Green Library.

Bev KiteBev Kite

For the past twenty years Bev Kite has been instrumental in the leadership and development of technology projects in the telecommunications, entertainment and digital media industries. Bev has managed high-profile, high-risk projects at British Telecom, Starwave (later to become Disney Internet Group), Loudeye Technologies, the Screen Actors Guild, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

As CIO of the Academy, Bev has full oversight of all technology-related services, including network infrastructure, corporate IT, and all the mission-critical web systems that support the Academy Awards.  Her work has included an overhaul of the technology infrastructure, as well as the introduction of up-to-date hardware, telecommunications, networking and software infrastructure that contain new membership and awards, financial and online streaming systems.  She also led the technical implementation of a massive digital media archive and asset management system supporting the Academy’s world-class library and archive.  Most recently Bev led the team that successfully executed the online voting system for the 2015 Oscars – the most viewed entertainment telecast in the world.

Wayne MetcalfeWayne J. Metcalfe

Wayne J. Metcalfe currently serves as Director of the Records Access and Services Division of FamilySearch International. He is responsible for the negotiation and camera capture of records worldwide.  Prior to this assignment he has served in various capacities in FamilySearch including: Director of Field Services, Director of the Family History Library and Granite Mountain Record Vault, Manager of Genealogical Service Centers in Tokyo, Mexico City, and Sao Paulo, Manager of Family Record Extraction, and Coordinator for the 1980 World Conference on Records.  Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Mr. Metcalfe is a graduate of the University of Utah and the Stanford University Executive Management Program.

DJRobertsDavid J. Roberts

David J. Roberts is Senior Program Manager of the Technology Center at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Alexandria, Virginia, and is principal author of the IACP Technology Policy Framework. He previously served as Principal of Global Justice Consulting, Director of the Global Justice & Public Safety Practice for Unisys Corporation, and for 17 years as Deputy Executive Director of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. He has directed numerous national conferences and symposia, and provided training and technical assistance in local, state, and federal organizations throughout the United States in justice information technology, research, policy, planning, and implementation. Mr. Roberts is a frequent speaker on justice technology both in the United States and abroad, and holds graduate degrees in criminal justice from the State University of New York at Albany and Oklahoma City University.

Charlotte C. Thai

Cabrinety Project Archivist at Stanford University. Prior to joining the project, Charlotte was the Digital Asset Specialist at Blizzard Entertainment and Executive Editor of Tips & Tricks Magazine at LFP, Inc. She holds a BA in English and an MLIS from UCLA.

Erik WeaverErik Weaver

Erik Weaver is a recognized expert on the intersection of the cloud with media and entertainment, and runs “Project Cloud” for The School of Cinematic Arts’ Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at the University of Southern California (USC). The project unites senior leaders from the six major studios in developing next generation cloud standards, supporting Hollywood organizations and major cloud vendors, and producing proof of concepts. The group encompasses many aspects of the cloud including transport, security, metadata, long-term storage, and formation of an agnostic framework that unites key vendors and studios. Previously, Weaver was CEO of Digital Ribbon, Inc., a very early pioneer in the field of cloud-based computing.