Dr. Jim Webber

Dr. Jim Webber

Chief Scientist

Neo4j

Biography

Dr. Jim Webber is Neo4j’s Chief Scientist and Visiting Professor at Newcastle University. At Neo4j, Jim works on fault-tolerant graph databases and co-wrote Graph Databases (1st and 2nd editions, O’Reilly) and Graph Databases for Dummies (Wiley).

Prior to Neo4j, Jim worked on fault-tolerant distributed systems. First at Newcastle University startup Arjuna and then for a variety of clients for global consulting firm ThoughtWorks. Along the way Jim co-authored the books REST in Practice (O’Reilly) and Developing Enterprise Web Services - An Architect’s Guide (Prentice Hall).

Jim is active in the software development and database research communities, presenting regularly around the world. His blog is located at https://jimwebber.org and he tweets sometimes at @jimwebber.

Interests

  • Graph Theory
  • Databases
  • Distributed Systems
  • Fault Tolerance

Education

  • Visting Professor of Practice, 2018

    Newcastle University

  • Ph.D. in Parallel Computing, 2000

    Newcastle University

  • B.Sc. (1st, Hons.) Computing Science, 1996

    Newcastle University

Books

Professional Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Chief Scientist

Neo4j

Oct 2010 – Present London

Responsibilities included:

  • Engineering manager
  • Executive manager
  • Research and development for fault-tolerant database clusters
  • Chief technlogy officer for field operations
 
 
 
 
 

Director of Professional Services

ThoughtWorks

Jan 2005 – Oct 2010 Sydney, London

Responsibilities included:

  • Leading technlogy delivery
  • Strategic technology advisory
  • Office of the CTO
 
 
 
 
 

Senior Research Associate

Newcastle University

Jan 2004 – Dec 2004 hosted by University of Sydney

Responsibilities included:

  • Research on emerging Web services standards and Grid computing
  • WS-GAF protocol design and empirical validation
  • Co-author of SSDL
 
 
 
 
 

Senior Developer

Bluestone/Hewlett-Packard/Arjuna

Oct 2000 – Oct 2003 Newcastle upon Tyne

Responsibilities included:

  • Design and implementation of Web Services transaction protocol
  • OASIS BTP standardisation
  • Industry outreach

Socal Media

Twitter

I have a Twitter account which is mixture of chatter with friends and colleagues, some computing science things, and a dash of left politics.

Following the example of Jonthan Dowland my Twitter feed has a sliding window of 90 days worth of tweets. I like Twitter (somewhat) for conversations, but as a system of record much less so.

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc.

I’m not on any other social media sites, I prefer email. If you meet a Jim Webber on any other2020 platforms, it’s not me.