Shauna Gordon-McKeon


I'm a programmer and a writer, a researcher and a community manager, and a lot of other things besides. I care deeply about openness: open science, open government, open source software.

I run a technology consulting business, Galaxy Rise Consulting, where I work primarily with individuals and small organizations to address their technical needs, whether that means building websites and plugins, analyzing datasets, or documenting messy code.

In the past, I conducted social psychology research, managed an open source outreach non-profit, ran debates and mock trials and puzzle hunts and sheep brain dissections for kids, compiled meta-analyses of medical research for patients, and even wrangled monkeys.

I'm always interested in potential collaborations, so if you have an idea or an opportunity, please get in touch.



Chasing Paper

Rethinking the academic journal article.



The Little R'er

A question-based introduction to R.



Free Culture

in an Expensive World

keynote, Open Source Bridge, 2016


Last year, I asked some of my colleagues to collaborate on an open recommendation letter for a fellowship application. I've excerpted my favorite part:

"Shauna gets things done, from running events to building useful technology and sharing knowledge, and always empowers others in the process. She is a shining example of the potential of empathy + technology + open communities to change the world."