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Who is Rob Weir?

Photograph of Rob Weir

I am Rob Weir.   I grew up in Saugerties, New York.  I’ve also lived in Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts.  I currently live in Westford, Massachusetts.   I am a 1991 graduate of Harvard College, with a degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

I joined IBM in 1995, as part of the acquisition of Lotus Development Corporation, where I had worked since 1991. I am currently in the IBM Software Group, a Senior Technical Staff Member with a focus on document and end-user productivity, social documents and related topics.  I also have a strong professional interest in data analytics, social network analytics and machine learning, especially as they relate to social computing.

Professionally, I am a member of the ACM, the OASIS ODF TCISO/IEC JTC1/SC34, a Member of the Apache Software Foundation and a Committer on the Apache ODF Toolkit and OpenOffice open source projects

I also collect hobbies.   I am a member of the American Philatelic Society, the United States Chess Federation, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the American Daffodil Society, the American Homebrewers Association, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the American Association of Variable Star Observers, and I am a trained SkyWarn weather spotter. I play trombone, bagpipes, djembe, doumbek, didgeridoo and ukulele rather poorly, and recorder rather well. Whether or nor I sing is as yet an unresolved question, greatly in dispute.   My photography has been published in several magazines.

This is my personal blog. The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent the positions, strategies or opinions of my employer or any of the organizations I’m associated with.  Heck, there is a good chance I don’t agree with everything I write.

I welcome comments, either on the blog, or directly to me at rob@robweir.com

You can also contact me via Google Talk/Jabber: rabastus@gmail.com, and via the following social networking sites: