Greg Elin is a Web and data application developer working at the intersection of massively distributed data and user experience. Mr. Elin was the Chief Evangelist for Sunlight Foundation, where he was routinely quoted in the media about technology and transparency. Mr. Elin created the Sunlight Labs and then served as Sunlight's Chief Data Architect where he implemented and promoted Web service APIs for data. He has worked on the cutting edge of communications technology for almost 20 years.
Greg Elin also created Fotonotes, an open source Web-based image annotation tool that has been widely adopted and copied and led to a consultancy with Naval Research Laboratory exposing him to situation awareness issues in disaster response and national security. Mr. Elin's Bachelors in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and Masters from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program provides him a background in Media and Telecommunications policy. His enterprise experience includes two years working on broadband and video dialtone at NYNEX's internal New Media Lab and several years consulting with NYU's Telecommunications IT group.
May 2006 - May 2009 SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION/SUNLIGHT LABS - WASHINGTON, DC
Created the Sunlight "Mashup" Labs. Successfully introduced grantees and partners to Web 2.0. Spearheaded Sunlight's evolution as a recognized leader in using technology for transparency purposes. Created an innovation and prototyping culture around "one-click disclosure" of campaign finance information. Connected transparency and open source communities. Evangelized and assisted other non-profits in developing Web-service APIs and using Web 2.0 social software and technologies. Emphasized the Web as a strategic, whole-organization asset. Hired technical staff, selected tools, and facilitated subject matter experts working with Web developers as peers on projects.
1998 - PRESENT INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT (FOTONOTES, LLC) - NEW JERSEY & DC
Web-solution and prototyping practice specializing in articulating and designing database, Internet, and network-enabled, user-oriented information services. Shifted from database development to software development with the creation of Fotonotes, an open standard for Web-based image annotation that was popularized by Flickr.
2004-2006 U.S. Naval Research Labs. Image collaboration tools for experimental satellite project, TacSat-1.
2005 National Geospatial Agency Experimental social software server/appliance/website.
2005 Developed AttentionStream, a precursor to twitter and "lifestreams"
1998-2003 New York University. Re-engineered systems admin and support databases campus-wide 20,000 extension phone system. Developed a Web-based tool for maintaining university-wide directory.
1997 DIRECTOR OF CONTENT SERVICES/CONSULTANT, MERCATUS FINANCIAL NETWORK (FIRST ALBANY CORPORATION), NEW YORK, NY
Strategic and editorial content development for startup online brokerage division. Developed 24-month content-rollout and positioning strategy. Designed information services and selected information partners and hired editorial and technical staff.
1996 DIRECTOR OF ONLINE SERVICES, INDIVIDUAL INVESTOR MAGAZINE, NEW YORK, NY
Launched online business unit for monthly financial magazine. Developed business plan for community-oriented online service for investors. Negotiated vendor relationships and executed successful beta test site. Oversaw company's connection to the Internet and company-wide switch to Internet compatible email.
1993 - 1996 TECHNICAL CONSULTANT, MULTIMEDIA LAB, NYNEX SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, WHITE PLAINS, NY
Developed system requirements for NYNEX Video Dialtone service as member of Requirements Team. Worked specifically on requirements for set-top boxes just before Web arrived and Telecommunications Act of 1996. Assisted and/or supervised various field trials of two-way video telecommunication technologies.
1993 M.P.S. INTERACTIVE TELECOMMUNICATIONS, INTERACTIVE TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM, TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Specialized in Telecommunication Policy and Copyright and New Media. Recipient of Lew Wasserman Scholarship; International Communication Association Scholarship; Tisch School of the Arts Scholarship;
1987 B.A. COMMUNICATIONS, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Cum Laude with Distinction in Communication, and Minor in Mathematics. Founding member of University's first improvisational comedy group, "Without A Net."
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