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James Burke

James Burke (1971)
I live in Amsterdam, where i run the P2P Foundation together with Michel Bauwens. My role is managing the technology side of the present platform of blogs and wiki while doing the odd bit of writing and editing. I am the official secretary and sort of CTO.

The P2P Foundation is a legal entity registered in the Netherlands under Dutch Law. It is comprised of 5 core members although we rotate annually(actually this has never happened due to not having had any decision-making moments beyond accepting a blog post comment or managing a few unruly users, therefore switching these official roles had no meaning and would cost money and time. When and if this becomes a necessary action, for whatever reason, then we will gladly switch roles and responsibilities). Currently this consists of Michel in Thailand and myself in the Netherlands plus Natalie Pang - in Australia, Salvino Salvaggio - in Quatar and Sam Rose - in the USA comprising our board team.

I am a freelance information architect/experience designer under the moniker,Lifesized where i serve a wide variety of clients from communication campaigns to product and service design. I also work in the government sector as a strategist and leader in pushing for open architectures and data to improve public services and political transparency guidelines on how to open up government data - site in Dutch. I'm keeping the Netherlands honest in organizing events bringing geeks and civil servants together, Hack the government - site in Dutch).

Other focuses involved work on reactive architectures and interaction around physical spaces. I founded the Roomware Project with Tijs Teulings and Robert Gaal. We developed a way to make a room or space more interactive, using an open-source framework for interactive spaces. It connected a bunch of inputs: from motion detectors and light switches, Bluetooth, RFID, WIFI and produces a simple output that any developer can use to build an application from. Currently my work has evolved to its present form in the Urbanode project by the VURB Foundation of which i'm a co-founder. The VURB Foundation is a European framework for policy and design research concerning urban computational systems. The VURB foundation, based in Amsterdam, provides direction and resources to a portfolio of projects investigating how our cultures might come to use networked digital resources to change the way we understand, build, and inhabit cities.

I am currently investigating with more vigor the the self-tracking and personal informatic space. Together with Joost Plattel and Maarten Brabant, we're hosting Quantified Self "show & tell" meetups in Amsterdam and Benelux area.

My background
I studied a BA in Archaeology and International Relations at Boston University(incomplete), USA.
Worked as a professional baker and as a chef in restaurants for 6 years including 2 years in the Supperclub
5 years working as a flash animator and coder for design agencies.

Spin Awards 2008 for Best Mobile Concept - for Hyves Party.
Yu-Gi-Oh! GXGroove Room - Time magazine coolest sites 2006!


W: E: Flickr : My Lifestream in Photos