Curriculum Vitae

Joshua Ian Tauberer, Ph.D.

Professional Experience

2016–presentGovReady, consulting technologist
GovReady PBC applies modern technology practices such as agile development to governance, risk, and compliance of federal IT systems, focusing on the NIST SP 800-53 framework and the Authority To Operate process common throughout the federal government. As a consulting technologist for the startup, I lead the development of the company’s software platform from prototyping through deployment with early adopter partners and provided expert advice to federal government clients on security and compliance.
2003–presentGovTrack.us, founder
In 2003 I founded what would become one of the world’s most visited free government information websites. GovTrack.us uses official government information plus our own original research to track the daily activities of the United States Congress. It is used by some 10 million individuals annually, including congressional staff, journalists, legislative professionals at small business, educators and students, and the general public. Our work catalyzed the world-wide open government data movement in the mid 2000. GovTrack has had an out-sized impact given our small size of four part-time staffers and an annual operating budget of approximately $75,000 from advertising and member support/crowd funding.
2000–presentLARSA, Inc., senior technologist
Leading multinational construction firms rely each day on software I lead the development of at LARSA, Inc. to design billion-dollar bridges and other complex structures, from overpasses in the District of Columbia to world-renowned cable-supported bridges throughout the world. LARSA’s software is a desktop application used by structural engineers. In my role as senior technologist, I manage the development of LARSA’s emerging products and bring modern technology development practices to our operations. Prior to serving as senior technologist, I led a major overhaul of our legacy code base, and my duties also included customer support, technical writing, and training clients.
2016–2017Demand Progress, software engineering contractor
I built EveryCRSReport.com, the first continuously updated website to make all Congressional Research Service reports available to the public, including the development of an automated PDF redaction tool.
2014–2017if.then.fund, co-founder
if.then.fund was a startup I co-founded with Jonathan Zucker that aimed to reshape Congress by empowering small dollar donors to make contributions based on what politicians do — not what they promise. We created a platform for conditional political donations tied to legislative, navigating a complex statutory and regulatory legal and compliance landscape.
2014–2016United States Congress, Office of the Law Revision Counsel, software engineering contractor
After laws are passed, the Office of the Law Revision Counsel codifies those laws in the United States Code. I developed a U.S. law codification comparison tool, an internal workflow tool for the positive law codification process, with Xcential and Robinson + Yu.
2013–2014Council of the District of Columbia, consulting software engineer
I created the first open data for the District's legal code, the DC Code, for the Office of the General Counsel. The prototype was the precursor to the new https://code.dccouncil.us/ which launched in 2016 and received press attention in 2018 when I made the first GitHub pull request to change the law, improving access to justice by making DC's laws freely available to be read and shared by everyone..
2012–2014U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, software engineering contractor
HealthData.gov was one of the earliest government open data catalogs launched after Data.gov in the Obama Administration. The site cataloged HHS agency datasets about health and was based on CKAN and Drupal. I led the effort to integrate CKAN and create an API.
2010–2012POPVOX, co-founder and chief technology officer
POPVOX.com is a venture-backed online advocacy platform which I co-founded in 2010. The site help citizens and grassroots advocacy associations contact Congress and build their base. I left the company in early 2012. During my time there I supervised a small technology and product development team.
2003The Daily Princetonian, features editor
I was a features editor, the “executive editor for Page 3,” at the student-run daily newspaper in college. I also ran the newspaper’s comprehensive poll of the student body on the Iraq war.

Education

2010 Ph.D.University of Pennsylvania, Department of Linguistics
My dissertation “Learning [voice]” investigated the phonetics-phonology interface of the voice contrast in infant speech through a corpus analysis.
2008 M.A.University of Pennsylvania, Department of Linguistics
My masters thesis was “Learning in the Face of Infidelity: Evaluating the Robust Interpretive Parsing/Constraint Demotion Model of Optimality Theory Language Acquisition.”
2004 A.B.Princeton University
Psychology major with certificates (minors) in linguistics and applications of computing. My senior thesis was about discourse representation.

Publications

Invited Talks / Media Appearances

Additional Presentations and Manuscripts

Press Clips/etc. (selected)

Honors

Professional Service

  • District of Columbia Government Open Government Advisory Group, public member, 2016-
  • Open Data Day DC 2011-2016, lead organizer. I (co-)started this yearly event in the District of Columbia for open data enthusiasts. It was on the same day as open data hackathons around the world. More than 300 participants joined us in 2014 and 2015.
  • Hack4Congress 2015, judge
  • TechLady Hackathon + Training Day, December 7, 2013, Washington, DC, sponsor
  • Hack for DC, National Day of Civic Hacking, June 2013, sponsor
  • Open Government Knowledge 2011, program committee
  • Linked Data on the Web (LDOW) 2010, 2011, program committees
  • Great American Hackathon @ Philadelphia 2009, organizer

Selected Additional Technology Projects

2013–presentMail-in-a-Box, creator
Take back control of your email with this easy-to-deploy mail server in a box.
2013–2016ANCFinder.org, team member
A project of Code for DC to increase engagement in DC's Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. [press: WAMU]
2005–2009SemWeb .NET Library
An open source .NET library written in C# for working with RDF data for the Semantic Web. It's used in the Gnome application F-Spot, and possibly elsewhere. I created it becaues I thought the Semantic Web would be big! [github]
2009FlyOnTime.us
This entry for Sunlight Foundation's Apps for America contest, in collaboration with Josh Sulkin, is a mash-up of airline on-time flight statistics from the FAA with historical weather data from the NOAA. Mentions: White House open gov status report, The New York Times (3/12/11), NPR (3/14/10), The Washington Post (7/21/09), The Politico (6/24/09).
2007–2008Praat-Py
This is an extension to the Praat program for phonetic analysis that allows scripts to by written in Python. I created it to help with (procrastinate doing) my PhD thesis. [github]
2006–2007The Penn Lambda Calculator
This is a linguistic semantics pedagogical tool made in conjunction with Lucas Champollion and Maribel Romero.
2007/2008Semantic Web Databases
U.S. Census RDF Dataset: A 1-billion triples RDF database of U.S. Census statistics, at the time the largest open, linked, and dereferencable RDF database of real-world information. U.S. SEC Corporate Ownership RDF Data: A semantic web RDF database based on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR database.
1999Webcytology [more info]
My first major web project (I was in high school), this was a winning entry in the 1999 ThinkQuest competition. It featured a cellular automata simulation, inspired by Conway's Game of Life, where users would design organisms with different biologically inspired properties. In collaboration with Andew Kallem.

Academic Publications (grad school years)