James Forrester

  • @jdforrester
  • Staff Software Engineer, Abstract Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation
  • he/him
  • San Francisco
Making the world better through technology. Currently at Wikipedia, previously inaugural head of data.gov.uk. I care about education, open data, developer productivity, science communication, technology, government, and our shared humanity. 
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Positions

Staff Software Engineer, Abstract Wikipedia

  • Wikimedia Foundation
  • Jun 2020 - Present

Senior Software Engineer

  • Wikimedia Foundation
  • Jul 2018 - Jun 2020

Senior Product Manager at large

  • Wikimedia Foundation
  • Jan 2018 - Jul 2018

Lead Product Manager, Contribution Products

  • Wikimedia Foundation
  • May 2015 - Jan 2018

Product Manager, Editing

  • Wikimedia Foundation
  • Apr 2012 - Apr 2015

Digital Engagement policy lead

  • Government Digital Service
  • Jul 2011 - Jan 2012

Inaugural Head, data.gov.uk

  • Cabinet Office
  • Jul 2009 - Jul 2011

Strategy Architect, then Strategy Advisor

  • HMRC
  • Sep 2007 - Jul 2009

2021

Jun 25, 2021
Jun 25, 2021
Mentored Coding Students
Mentored through Google Summer of Code for multiple years since 2012, and Google Code-In for multiple years from 2015 until the program ended.

Happy to give advice on being a mentor, on setting up a mentoring program, and on what being mentored can be like, especially in open source.
Lead Product Manager, Contribution Products, Wikimedia Foundation

2020

Nov 19, 2020
Nov 19, 2020
Released a new version
Building developer tools
Contributed to open source
+ 1
Released grunt-stylelint v0.16.0, with:

  • Drop Node 8 support (Ed Sanders)
  • Require stylelint 13.8.0, up from 13.3.2 (Ed Sanders, James D. Forrester)
  • Upgrade chalk dependency from ^3.0.0 to ^4.1.0 (Ed Sanders)
  • Pass through --fix to stylelint options (Ed Sanders)
  • README: Fix label of 'fix' option, copy-pasted as 'syntax' (i alarmed alien)

Thanks especially to i alarmed alien for their first contribution to the project!
Jun 01, 2020
Jun 01, 2020
Started a new role at Wikimedia Foundation
Excited to join Wikimedia Foundation as Staff Software Engineer, Abstract Wikipedia! 🎉
Staff Software Engineer, Abstract Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation

2018

Jul 01, 2018
Jul 01, 2018
Left a role at Wikimedia Foundation
Ended my journey as Senior Product Manager at large at Wikimedia Foundation!
Senior Product Manager at large, Wikimedia Foundation
Jan 01, 2018
Jan 01, 2018
Left a role at Wikimedia Foundation
Ended my journey as Lead Product Manager for Contribution products at Wikimedia Foundation!
Lead Product Manager, Contribution Products, Wikimedia Foundation
Jan 01, 2018
Jan 01, 2018
Started a new role at Wikimedia Foundation
Excited to join Wikimedia Foundation as Senior Product Manager at large! 🎉
Senior Product Manager at large, Wikimedia Foundation
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