About

We are a software design, development and consulting firm, that focuses on Samvera, Blacklight, Fedora and related technologies. We’re passionate about working with open source software and building robust digital repositories to support the needs of a wide variety of cultural heritage and research institutions. If you’re interested in joining our team, please see our jobs page.

CORE TEAM:

Mark Bussey, Chief Information Leafblower / Managing Director

2017-MarkMark has over two decades of infrastructure management, system architecture, and development, and deployment experience across a wide variety of technology platforms.  Prior to joining DCE, he lead the BBYOpen development team supporting Best Buy’s e-commerce platform.  Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Mathematics from Amherst College and holds a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas.  When not dabbling in technology, Mark is an avid classical guitarist and is board member and current president of the Minnesota Guitar Society.

Rachel Lynn, Business Operations Manager

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Since 2014, Rachel has lead DCE’s business operations, supporting finance, customer relations, strategic planning and scrum mastery. She loves engaging with customers from initial contact to final project delivery. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, she began her career in Film, Television and Advertising – her claim to fame is having worked on “Fargo”. Rachel has been working in software for the last decade. She enjoys spending time with family, working and playing outdoors, reading and watching movies.

Bess Sadler, Sr. Developer

bess_graffitiBess has been building digital repositories for over fifteen years. She is a co-founder of both the Blacklight and Samvera software projects, and is a passionate advocate for open source software and DevOps culture. Before joining DCE, Bess was the Manager for Application Development at Stanford University Library, where she managed a portfolio that included EarthWorks, Library Systems, DevOps, linked data infrastructure development, and strategic planning for long term digital preservation and sustainable development practices. In her spare time, Bess enjoys gardening, cooking, contributing to social justice movements, and reading comic books.

Jamie Little, Sr. Developer

2017-Jamie2Jamie is a software developer with 6 years of experience working in libraries and on library research projects. Before DCE, he worked at the University of Miami as the Digital Preservation & Application Development Librarian, where he contributed to open source projects ranging from Blacklight customization to digital preservation tools. He has an MSLIS from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois. When not programming, he enjoys traveling with his partner, gaming, and listening to increasingly weird music on YouTube.

Max Kadel, Developer

IMG_2981Max is a developer with over seven years of experience in academic and museum libraries, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, and Westminster Choir College. He has an MSLIS from the School of Library and Information Science at Pratt Institute and a Master of Music in Musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When not working, he enjoys playing the viola da gamba, an instrument originally popularized during the Renaissance. These seemingly disparate pursuits are linked by a curiosity about how changing the medium of communication changes the individualized human experience of that communication, whether the shift is from physical to digitized books, editing informant stories in folklore, or transcribing Renaissance music into modern notation.