We are regularly asked to deliver talks and workshops about Historypin.

We have spoken at a range of events, including SXSW and numerous TEDx events, and to a variety of organisations from The British Council to Stanford University, Google to Columbia University. Past talks have included how we are using communal archiving to build communities, using linked and open data to democratise the web and how libraries, archives and museums can reach out to people in their local area.

Our regular speakers are Jon, Nicole and Michael.

To find out more or book a speaker, contact Kerri via kerri.young@historypin.org.


“Jon Voss’s talk was inarguably in a class of it’s own—not just in the way that it was presented, but also in the ways in which it inspired and prompted discussions about our environment and enacting social change.”

James Carter, Sawyer Seminar Student Fellow, Rice University

“Jon had the audience on his side well before the technicians had their equipment sorted out. He went on to present with all the qualities we associate with We Are What We Do – information, insight, illumination, enthusiasm. I only wish we could have him back every year.”

Courtney Johnston, Co-Convenor, National Digital Forum, New Zealand

“Jon brings both passion and a sense of fun into his clear, insightful presentation. Our audience of rare book librarians, archivists, curators, and library administrators ranged from little knowledge of linked open data to those who actively work on projects based upon its principles. Jon was easily able to inspire us all with his energy and enthusiasm.”

Shannon K. Supple, Reader Services Librarian, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library

“We were excited to have Jon visit our museum in Melbourne, Australia. He gave a great talk, introducing Historypin and the concepts of linked open data to a mixed audience of information technology, curatorial and collection management staff. Our organisation was so inspired by the Historypin project and the organisation behind it that we decided to get involved, and now have over 9800 photos on the website. Jon’s passion is infectious and his talk left the audience feeling enthusiastic and motivated to act”.

Dr Elycia Wallis, Manager, Online Collections, Museum Victoria

“@jonvoss Thanks for yesterday’s plenary talk. You were awesome and left us with plenty to think about, and more importantly, do. #saa12”

Paul Wester, Chief Records Officer, US National Archives

“Jon’s talk and workshop on Linked Open Data at the Smithsonian was inspiring to people both new and familiar with the topic. He manages to make a complex subject simple, and infects people with his passion for the possibilities that Linked Open Data holds”.

Effie Kapsalis, Head of Web & New Media, Smithsonian Institution Archives