Hello, I'm Arfon Smith.

I'm a scientist working at GitHub, the largest host of software on the planet.

A lapsed academic with a passion for new models of scientific collaboration, I've used big telescopes to study dust in space, built sequencing pipelines in Cambridge and have engaged millions of people in online citizen science by co-founding the Zooniverse.

I've been known to publish the odd paper and have also accidentally built a couple of academic journals in my time too...


If you need to contact me then hit me up on or find me on Twitter & GitHub.

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