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Samuel J. Klein is an educator​, software developer​, and Wikipedian.[5]​ His interests centralize around the localization and sustainability of knowledge management, along with helping professionals understand the need and uses for free and open education​ materials.[3]​ He creates specializes in creating collaborative communities and develops advocacy and content partnerships for free universal access to education​, knowledge, and tools.[9]


In addition, he was the former Executive Secretary and current trustee board member of the Wikimedia Foundation​.[3]



Klein graduated from Harvard University​ in 1999 and earned a Bachelor's​ degree in physics​.[12]​ He studied abroad during his college career, as well, traveling to Germany​, Kenya​, and China​ and gained knowledge about their respective languages.[12]


With his academic background in mathematics​, algorithms​, and language​, Samuel Klein has used these elements to to develop software and support communities for machine-assisted human translation​. He has also helped set up free education centers in the process.[12]



WikiMedia Foundation

Samuel has been involved in WikiMedia​ projects, including Wikipedia​, since 2004.[7]


In 2005, he published WikiMedia's first newsletter, and he published it in 6 languages. This led him to create a cross-project translation network and organizing an international WikiMedia conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts​.[9]


In 2006, he served on WikiMedia's Communications and Special Projects Committees during their first year of existence.[9]​ Later that year, he founded the Boston​-area Wikipedia group and organized the bid and local team that hosted the WikiMania conference there.[9]


In addition to working online, he worked on offline Wikipedia distribution. This includes the WikiBrowse project, a wiki-based server and compressed set of wiki pages that together act as a self-contained browsable offline WikiReader​.[11]


In August 2009, Samuel Klein was elected to the Wikimedia Foundation's board of trustees.[9]


In July 2010, he became the foundation's Executive Secretary.[10]


One Laptop Per Child

Samuel Klein was the Director of Outreach for the "One Laptop per Child​" (OLPC) project, a non-profit initiative that aims to create educational opportunities for the poorest children by providing them with a low-cost, energy efficient laptop.[8]


From 2006 to 2008, Klein served as OLPC's Director of Content.[7]


He establishes ties with teachers, game developers, and publishers, helping them to understand the need and uses for free and open materials.[3]​  He worked on software planning, database design​, and management of global education​ projects, including a collaborative multilingual dictionary, a translation software startup (later acquired by SDL​), and an online school for computer science​.[7]


Harvard University

While volunteering at several WikiMedia projects, Klein was a research and practice affiliate at Harvard University​'s Berkman Center for Internet & Society​. He organized several conferences about technology​ and online collaboration​, including WikiMania 2006 (the second annual WikiMedia conference).[7]


In addition, he worked on the Global Voices and Net Dialogue projects.[12]


Digital Public Library of America

From 2012 to 2015, Sam Klein was Technical Committee Chair for the Digital Public Library of America​, the national digital platform for public libraries, museums, archives, and digital collections across the United States.[12]​ 


The Underlay

Since 2016, Samuel started designing a distributed knowledge blockchain for fast collaboration through open science.[12]


Personal Life

Klein currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts​.[7]

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