Sebastian Diaz is the Berkman Klein Center's Director of Technology. He guides the Berkman Klein Center's IT enterprise through a landscape of ever-changing technology and priorities. Sebastian manages the technology group, which consists of a Harvard renown development team, an infrastructure and workplace computing team, and a technical project management team.
Sebastian provides the technical vision and process for numerous projects while challenging convention and traditional innovation. He helps bring participation, engagement, experimentation and innovation to libraries by creating platforms like the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the Harvard Library Lab; works with museums and collections, bridging the offline with the online with the Emily Dickinson Archive and Harvard Metalab’s Curarium; co-creates tools for enabling access to course and curricula, with Faculty across Harvard, like Harvard Law School’s H2O project, CopyrightX, and Curricle; incubates, grows and sustains projects like Mediacloud, the Lumen Database and the Internet Monitor.
Prior to Berkman Klein, he worked as the Team Lead for the Applied Production Systems Group at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and as a researcher and computer administrator at Williams College. He has also worked, collaborating in research, at University of New Orleans and Tulane University.
He strives to keep a diverse team and enterprise running as best possible, while setting direction and participating in the research at the Berkman Klein Center.
Sebastian received his B.A. in Biology and French Literature from Williams College and is an autodidact in computer technology.