Samuel J. Klein is an educator, software developer, and Wikipedian. 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. He creates specializes in creating collaborative communities and develops advocacy and content partnerships for free universal access to education, knowledge, and tools.
Klein graduated from Harvard University in 1999 and earned a Bachelor's degree in physics. He studied abroad during his college career, as well, traveling to Germany, Kenya, and China and gained knowledge about their respective languages.
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.
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.
In 2006, he served on WikiMedia's Communications and Special Projects Committees during their first year of existence. Later that year, he founded the Boston-area Wikipedia group and organized the bid and local team that hosted the WikiMania conference there.
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.
In July 2010, he became the foundation's Executive Secretary.
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.
From 2006 to 2008, Klein served as OLPC's Director of Content.
He establishes ties with teachers, game developers, and publishers, helping them to understand the need and uses for free and open materials. 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.
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).
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.