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Danese Cooper

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Danese Cooper born January 19, 1959 is an American programmer, computer scientist and advocate of open source software


  • 1 Career
    • 11 Open source
    • 12 Wikimedia Foundation
    • 13 daneseWorks
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Cooper has managed teams at Symantec and Apple Inc and for six years served as chief open source "evangelist" for Sun Microsystems before leaving to serve as senior director for open source strategies at Intel In 2009 she worked as "Open Source Diva" at REvolution Computing now Revolution Analytics She is a board member of the Drupal Association and the Open Source Hardware Association She is a board observer at Mozilla, and serves as a member of the Apache Software Foundation She was a board member at Open Source Initiative In February 2014, Cooper joined PayPal as their first Head of Open Source

Open source

Cooper's major work within the open source area of computer software has garnered her the nickname "Open Source Diva" She was recruited, while at a sushi bar in Cupertino, to a position at Sun working towards opening the source code to Java Within six months she quit frustrated by the claims of open source development with Java that Sun made, only to find that little "open sourcing" was taking place Sun sought to keep Cooper understanding her need to further open source software and re-hired her as their corporate open source officer Her six years with Sun Microsystems is credited as the key to the company opening up its source code and lending support to Sun's OpenOfficeorg software suite, Oracle Grid Engine, among others In 2009 she joined REvolution Computing, a "provider of open source predictive analytics solutions", to work on community outreach amongst developers unfamiliar with the programming language R and general open source strategies She has also made public speaking appearances discussing open sourcing, speaking at the Malaysian National Computer Confederation Open Source Compatibility Centre, OSCON, gov20 Expo, and the Southern California Linux Expo In 2005 Cooper was a contributing author to Open Sources 20: The Continuing Evolution

Wikimedia Foundation

In February 2010 Cooper was appointed Chief Technical Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation, leading their technical team and developing and executing the Foundation's technical strategy, along with which she would also be working on outreach with Wikimedia volunteers to expand on development and localizing of software Cooper credits the open source community in helping her obtain the position at Wikimedia She left the organization in July 2011


In June 2011, Cooper started a consultancy, daneseWorks, whose first client was the Gates Foundation's shared learning collaborative now called inBloom She is currently helping numenta/nupic with their open source & machine learning strategy

Personal life

Danese Cooper obtained her high school diploma from Chadwick School and her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles Upon graduation she spent time in Morocco as a volunteer in the Peace Corps Cooper credits her time with the Peace Corps as fostering her desire to travel and work within the developing world to explore policy, education and how open source software can "give certain kids another alternative" She is married to a software developer and enjoys knitting, which she often engages in during meetings


  1. ^ "Danese's Board Member Summary at Drupal" assocdrupalorg Drupal Retrieved 7 August 2015 
  2. ^ Simon, Leslie "Geek Girl Of The Week: Danese Cooper" leslie-simoncom Leslie Simon Retrieved 11 March 2016 
  3. ^ "PayPal names Danese Cooper head, open source" Finextra Research Retrieved 2016-03-11 
  4. ^ a b c d "Noted & Quoted" Computers in Libraries 30 4: 36–37 2010  |access-date= requires |url= help
  5. ^ a b "A Katt of Letters" eWeek ZDNet 22 13: 64 2005 Retrieved 13 April 2011 
  6. ^ a b "Briefs" Computerworld IDG 39 13: 8–12 2005 Retrieved 13 April 2011 
  7. ^ a b c ""Open Source Diva" Danese Cooper Joins REvolution Computing" Press release Business Wire 2009-03-24 Retrieved 2011-04-13 
  8. ^ "Board of Directors" Press release Drupal Association 2013-07-11 
  9. ^ "Board of Directors" Press release Open Source Hardware Association 2013-07-11 
  10. ^ "Board Meeting Report" Press release Open Source Initiative 2011-03-17 Retrieved 2011-05-17 
  11. ^ http://mbizjournalscom/sanjose/news/2014/02/20/paypal-hires-danese-cooper-to-run-openhtmlana=RSS&s=article_search&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bizj_sanjose+%28Silicon+Valley+%2F+San+Jose+Business+Journal%29&r=full
  12. ^ Paul Festa 3 September 2001 "Rebellion festers in far-flung colonies of Microsoft's empire" Canberra Times  |access-date= requires |url= help
  13. ^ a b c Robin Miller 2008 "Open source diva Danese Cooper video" Video SourceForge Retrieved 13 April 2011 
  14. ^ a b c "Danese Cooper joins Wikimedia as CTO" Press release Wikimedia Foundation 2010-01-28 Retrieved 2011-04-13 
  15. ^ "Talk on open source Java projects" New Straits Times 7 July 2003  |access-date= requires |url= help
  16. ^ "Danese Cooper" O'Reilly 2010 Retrieved 13 April 2011 
  17. ^ "OSCON 2008: Danese Cooper, Open Source Initiative and Intel Corporation: "Why Whinging Doesn't Work"" O'Reilly 2008 Retrieved 13 April 2011 
  18. ^ "Danese Cooper - Speaking Topic: WIOS: Why Whinging Doesn't Work" Speakers Southern California Linux Expo 2002–2011 Retrieved 13 April 2011 
  19. ^ "Source is everything--the continuing evolution; O'Reilly releases "Open Sources 20"" Press release M2 Presswire 2006-01-10 Retrieved 2011-04-13 
  20. ^ "Content News" EContent 33 3: 13 2010 Retrieved 13 April 2011 
  21. ^ Lisa Hoover 2010 "Wikimedia Hires Danese Cooper as New CTO" Blog Ostatic Retrieved 13 April 2011 
  22. ^ "CTO Leaving Wikimedia Foundation end of July" Wikimediaannounce-l 
  23. ^ Video on YouTube
  24. ^ Sean Michael Kerner 2010 "Wikimedia Gets New CTO" Newslinx Internetcom Retrieved 13 April 2011 
  25. ^ Jim Grisanzio Mar 20, 2005 "Danese Inside" Blog all you really need to know about Danese is that she knits in meetings, 

External links

  • Danese Cooper on Twitter
  • "Happy campers to test frontiers of new iPhone; Tech enthusiasts share ideas for latest gadget" Edmonton Journal Edmonton, Alberta 6 Jul 2007 Cooper speaks about the iPhone and its capabilities
  • Cooper, D, C DiBona and M Stone Open Sources 20: The Continuing Evolution Cambridge: O'Reilly 2010 ISBN 978-1-171-64816-1 Cooper serves as a contributor to this book documenting open source technology
  • Wickenheiser, Matt "Sun Microsystems Guru Gives Talk on Open-Source Software at Maine Conference" Portland Press Herald Portland, Maine 16 Nov 2002 Cooper is interviewed about open source software and corporate concerns
  • New DivaBlog, Danese Cooper's blog
  • "Danese Cooper of Sun Finally Answers", an interview with Slashdot
  • "Why Whinging Doesn't Work" Cooper speaks at OSCON 2008
  • "Making Government Transparent Using R", an interview with Cooper by James Turner for O'Reilly Radar
  • "Q&A: Danese Cooper, Wikimedia" with Justin Lee at The Whir
  • Sun open-source diva departs for Intel

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