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Jon Udell is a freelance journalist. From 2007 to 2014 he was " Evangelist" at
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Microsoft
. Previously he was lead analyst for the
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Test Center. Udell is author of ''Practical Internet Groupware'', published in 1999 by
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, and is an advisor to O'Reilly's Safari Tech Books Online. He wrote the column "Tangled in the Threads" for Byte.com from 1999–2002, and continues to be an active blogger. In this context he published a
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illustrating how Wikipedia articles evolve, using
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as an example. A major focus of much of his writing is the question of how to enable non-experts to find data (often on the internet) and utilize in new ways. He created the LibraryLookup
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project, which makes it easier for people to discover if their local
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has a copy of a given book. Jon is a graduate of both the
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University of Michigan
and
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Johns Hopkins University
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