The program is available here.
Monday October 5. Keynote address by David Kirsch: "The Public Interest in Private Digital Records and Why We Should Care if Corporations have the Right to be Forgotten."
David is Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship in the Management and Organization Department at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. He is also Principal Investigator and Director, Digital Archive of the Birth of the Dot Com Era, Library of Congress (NDIIPP).
His research interests include industry emergence, technological choice, technological failure and the role of entrepreneurship in the emergence of new industries. Kirsch is also interested in methodological problems associated with historical scholarship in the digital age. With the support of grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Library of Congress, he is currently building a digital archive of the Dot Com Era that will preserve at-risk, born-digital content about business and culture during the late 1990s. Selected materials are available to the public at http://www.dotcomarchive.org.
Monday October 5. Keynote panel from members of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access. Martha Anderson, Paul Courant and Patricia Cruse with introduction by Brian Lavoie and moderator Abby Smith. The Task Force consists of a group of international experts from a variety of domains (libraries, archives, government agencies, the private sector) and areas of expertise (computer science, economics, information management), and is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the UK Joint Information Steering Committee, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives. The goal of the Task Force is to raise awareness and increase understanding of the economics of sustainable digital preservation and to develop practical recommendations and guidelines for achieving it.
Tuesday October 6. Keynote address by Micah Altman (Ph.D. California Institute of Technology) is Senior Research Scientist in the Institute for Quantitative Social Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University and Archival Director of the Henry A. Murray Research Archive.
Dr. Altman conducts research in social science informatics, social science research methodology, and American politics, focusing on the intersection of information, technology, and politics; and on the dissemination, preservation, and reliability of scientific knowledge. His current research interests include survey quality; computationally reliable and efficient statistical methods; the collection, sharing, citation and preservation of research data; the creation and analysis of networks of scientific knowledge; and computational methods of redistricting.
Dr. Altman's work has been recognized by the Supreme Court, Forbes, and by Who's Who in America. His extensively-reviewed book, Numerical Issues in Statistical Computing for the Social Scientist, corrects common computational errors made across the range of social sciences. And his over thirty-five publications and five open-source software packages span informatics, statistics, computer science, political science, and other social-science disciplines.
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- Stephen Abrams is the senior manager for digital preservation technology at the California Digital Library (CDL) of the University of California, with responsibility for strategic planning, innovation, and operation of the CDL's preservation infrastructure. He leads the multi-institutional JHOVE2 project to develop a next-generation architecture for digital object characterization. He was the ISO project leader and document editor for the PDF/A standard, ISO 19005-1; the architect and project manager for the original JHOVE characterization framework; and the initiator of the Global Digital Format Registry (GDFR) project. Mr. Abrams holds a graduate degree in the History of art and Architecture from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Boston University. He is a member of the ACM, ALA, IEEE Computer Society, and LITA.
- Reinhard Altenhöner is head of the IT-department of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (DNB), the national library of Germany. Based on his experiences in building up digital library services and infrastructure in leading positions at different locations in Bonn, MŁnster and Mainz he is now responsibile for the IT-structure, -services and further development at DNB in Frankfurt/Main, Leipzig and Berlin. DNB provides national services and is involved in a lot of national and European projects. The library acts in cooperation with national and international committees for standardisation of technical and general approaches—especially for data exchange and metadata. Focal points for the technical development in DNB are Long-Term Preservation and the makeup of automated indexing and linking processes. Presently Reinhard Altenhöner acts as the chair of the Information Technology Section of IFLA, he is member in some boards and scientific steering committees, he periodically publishes on different topics.
- Martha Anderson is Director of Program Management for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) at the Library of Congress. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC), an international organisation of 37 national libraries and not-for-profit archives dedicated to collecting and archiving significant web content. Early in the NDIPP program, she was a member of the Preservation Architecture Working Group and managed the Archive Ingest and Handling Test (AIHT).
- Pam Armstrong is Manager of the Digital Preservation Office at Library and Archives Canada and business lead of the LAC Trusted Digital Repository Project. Pam is the current Chair of the International Internet Preservation Consortium, member of the IIPC Preservation Working Group and a member of the Unified Digital Format Registry Interim Governing Committee.
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- Emmanuelle Bermès studied at the École Nationale des chartes in Paris and the École Nationale Supérieure des Sciences de l'Information et des Bibliothèques in Lyon from 1997 to 2003. From 2003 to 2008, she was in charge of digital information management projects such as the development of the digital library, Gallica, and the implementation of SPAR, the digital preservation repository, in the Digital Library Department. She is now head of Prospective and Data Services in the Bibliographic and Digital Information Department at the National Library of France.
- Liz Bishoff is Director, Digital and Preservation Services, BCR, Inc., which manages the Collaborative Digitization Program (CDP). Previously she was Vice President for Digital Collection Services at OCLC, and former Executive Director of the Colorado Digitization Program. Liz has worked with libraries and museums in many states including Alabama, Idaho, South and North Carolina, Missouri, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, and Tennessee on various aspects of their collaborative digitization initiatives. Under an IMLS National Leadership Grant, Liz led the development of collaborative best practices in metadata and digital imaging, including the CDP Metadata Dublin Core Best Practices.
Liz worked with the Northeast Document Conservation Center on the development of "Digital Preservation Readiness Assessment: Survey and Handbook," an IMLS funded museum grant.
Bishoff has been a member of the IMLS/NISO task force for A Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections. Liz has been a member of the American Library Associationís Council, ALA Board and is a past Treasure of the ALA. Liz holds an MLS from Rosary College, and has post-graduate work in public administration at Roosevelt University.
- Geoffrey Brown is a Professor of Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. He received the BS in engineering from Swarthmore College, MSEE from Stanford University, and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987. He taught at Cornell from 1987-1997 and worked as a research scientist at Hewlett Packard Laboratories, and architect at several networking start-ups. His research interests include verification and design of digital systems, and the preservation of digital documents. His work on digital preservation includes both emulation and migration which he views as complementary solutions to a challenging problem. Currently he is working with librarians at Indiana University to create a permanent on-line repository for the Federal Depository Library materials originally distributed on removable media.
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- Priscilla Caplan is Assistant Director for Digital Library Services at the Florida Center for Library Automation where she oversees the Florida Digital Archive, a digital preservation repository for the use of the public universities of Florida. She was co-chair of the PREMIS Working Group and currently serves on the PREMIS Editorial Committee. She is the author of "Preservation of Digital Materials" (Library Technology Reports, February/March 2008), Metadata Fundamentals for All Librarians (ALA Editions, 2003), and numerous articles on digital libraries and digital preservation.
- Esther Conway holds a B.S. degree in Physics from Imperial College London and an M.S. degree in information systems and technology from City University London. She worked as a professional librarian specializing in scientific information and has also worked for several years in the area of commercial publishing as a solutions consultant for Thomson Learning. In her most recent position she works as an analyst based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory primarily focused on digital preservation projects.
- Paul N. Courant is University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Economics and Professor of Information at the University of Michigan. From 2002-2005 he served as Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the chief academic officer and the chief budget officer of the University. He has also served as the Associate Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, Chair of the Department of Economics and Director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies (which is now the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy). In 1979 and 1980 he was a Senior Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers.
Courant has authored half a dozen books, and over seventy papers covering a broad range of topics in economics and public policy, including tax policy, state and local economic development, gender differences in pay, housing, radon and public health, relationships between economic growth and environmental policy, and university budgeting systems. More recently, his academic work has considered the economics of universities, the economics of libraries and archives, and the effects of new information technologies and other disruptions on scholarship, scholarly publication, and academic libraries.
Paul Courant holds a BA in History from Swarthmore College (1968); an MA in Economics from Princeton University (1973); and a PhD in Economics from Princeton University (1974).
- Patricia Cruse is the founding director of the California Digital Library's (CDL) Digital Preservation Program. She works collaboratively with the ten University of California libraries to develop sustainable strategies for the preservation of digital content that support the research, teaching, and learning mission of the University. Ms. Cruse has developed and currently oversees several of CDL's initiatives, including the NDIIP-funded Web Archiving Service and the IMLS-funded Digital Preservation Repository. Recent activities include specifying preservation services for the HathiTrust initiative and working with UC campus stakeholders to develop a set of digital curation micro-services. Ms. Cruse is a member of the DataONE Management Advisory Team.
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- Angela Di Iorio is an expert of metadata standard for libraries and preservation of digital environments. She collaborates with Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale on diverse issues about digital preservation and is involved in research, documentation and dissemination of digital culture.
She works for the Università di Roma "La Sapienza" and she dealt with university's administration information flow and recently she has involved in digital libraries management. She has performed various seminars and presentations on digital information management, preservation and libraries metadata standards, and has taught in many training courses for professional specialization in ICT and ICT for cultural heritage field. She has published papers and translation of key documents for the italian community interested in digital libraries and repositories. She dealt with the application of ICT in humanities by 2001 and at the moment is a consultant for the management and the design of digital environments.
She graduated in 2006 obtaining 110/110 with laude in Informatics for cultural heritage at the Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia. The dissertation was on a cooperative organization model for the knowledge domain management based on the semantic web technologies. In 2004 her bachelorís degree dissertation has been published and was on a pilot project for a metadata infrastructure to preserve digital objects in the long term.
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- Adam Farquhar is Head of Digital Library Technology at the British Library, where he co-founded the Library's Digital Preservation Team (www.bl.uk/dp) and initiated the Library's dataset programme. He is co-ordinator and Scientific Director of the EU co-funded Planets Digital Preservation project (www.planets-project.eu) and was a lead architect on the Library's Digital Library System. Prior to joining the Library, he was the principle knowledge management architect for Schlumberger (1998-2003) and research scientist at the Stanford Knowledge Systems Laboratory (1993-1998). He completed his PhD in Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin (1993). Over the past twenty years, his work has focused on improving the ways in which people can represent, find, share, use, exploit, and preserve digitally encoded knowledge.
- Erika Farr is the Digital Programs Team Leader at Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Library. She has experience with digital text production, digital scholarship, and subject-driven portal development, as well as a doctorate in English literature that provided her with training in traditional research methodologies. Her current research includes digital curation, and, in particular, the scholarly implications of processing and providing access to born-digital and hybrid archives.
- Louise Fauduet is graduated from the École Nationale des chartes in Paris and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Sciences de l'Information et des Bibliothèques in Lyon. She joined the Preservation and Conservation Department at the National library of France in July 2008. As a preservation expert, she is in charge of digital preservation workflows and contributes to the development of SPAR, BnF's digital preservation repository.
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- David Giaretta currently works on the Cultural, Artistic and Scientific knowledge for Preservation, Access and Retrieval (CASPAR) project. Additional information about CASPAR is available at http://www.casparpreserves.eu/ and information about the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) is available at http://www.dcc.ac.uk/. He has had extensive experience in planning, developing and running scientific archives and providing and managing a variety of services to large numbers of users. In 2003 he was awarded an MBE for services to Space Science. As chair of CCSDS Panel 2 he made fundamental contributions to the OAIS Reference Model (ISO 14721). He leads the work which aims at producing an ISO standard for audit and certification of digital repositories, following on from the work of the RLG/OCLC/NARA working group of which he was a member.
- Emily Gore is Head of Digital Curation and Technology Services at the Clemson University Libraries, where she is developing a regional scan center, an institutional data repository, and participating in numerous collaborative projects, including the Open Parks Grid, a partnership with Clemson University and members of the National Parks Service.
Prior to joining the faculty at Clemson, Emily managed the statewide digitization program in North Carolina, NC ECHO. During the course of her career, Emily has received over $1.5 million in grant funding, including over $400,000 for the Eastern North Carolina Digital Library, a project she managed while serving as the Head of the Center for Digital Projects at East Carolina University.
Emily currently serves as a sustaining member of the MetaArchive Cooperative, as co-chair of the ALA Digital Preservation Interest Group, and as immediate past chair of the ALA Collaborative Digitization Interest Group. Gore is the 2009 Lyrasis NextGen Librarian Award winner for Technology. She holds an MLIS from the University of Alabama and a BA from Clemson University.
- Rebecca Guenther is Senior Networking and Standards Specialist in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office of the Library of Congress. Her current responsibilities include work on national and international information standards, primarily in the area of metadata, including MARC, MODS, MADS and other XML metadata standards. She is chair of the PREMIS Editorial Committee and was co-chair of the OCLC/RLG PREMIS Working Group, which developed the PREMIS Data Dictionary. She also serves as chair of the ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee on language codes.
- Mark Guttenbrunner is PhD researcher at the Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology. Since 1996 he has worked as an employee and as an independent IT consultant for different companies and universities in Austria. Mark graduated the diploma study in Computer Science from the Vienna University of Technology in 2007. His special interests are preservation planning, emulation, and the preservation of video games.
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- Mark Jordan is Head of Library Systems at Simon Fraser University Library and is the author of Putting Content Online: A Practical Guide for Libraries (Chandos, 2006). His current areas of interest include metadata aggregation, content management systems, and digital assets management in libraries.
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- Ulla Bøgvad Kejser is a PhD student at the School of Conservation at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, working on a thesis on preservation imaging (UBK) endangered archive and library materials within a cost benefit framework. She received her MS in Photographic Conservation from the School of Conservation in 1993. Since 1999 she has worked at the Preservation Department at the Royal Library, and since 2007 in the Digital Preservation Department.
- Matthew G. Kirschenbaum is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland and Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), an applied thinktank for the digital humanities. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at Maryland, and a Vice President of the Electronic Literature Organization. His first book, Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination, was published by the MIT Press in 2008 and won he 2009 Richard J. Finneran Award from the Society for Textual Scholarship (STS) and the 2009 George A. and Jean S. DeLong Prize from the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP). Kirschenbaum speaks and writes often on topics in the digital humanities and new media; his work has received coverage in Wired, Boing Boing, Slashdot, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
- Ardys Kozbial is the Technology Outreach Librarian in the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Libraries where much of her current work is focused on digital preservation, especially in collaboration with the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). Additionally, she works on technology-based collaborations with faculty and organized research units (ORUs) at UCSD as well as grant projects, with responsibilities ranging from grant writing to project management, depending on the needs of a particular project. Before coming to UCSD, Ardys spent 12 years working in architecture collections at Harvard University, UC Berkeley, the University of Texas at Austin, and Payette Associates (a Boston-based architecture firm) as a librarian and archivist. She received a BA from the University of Michigan and an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.
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- Brian Lavoie is a research scientist in the Office of Research at OCLC (formerly Online Computer Library Center, Inc.) Since joining OCLC in 1996, Lavoie has worked in a variety of areas including bibliographic control, analysis of library collections, models and frameworks for library service provision, digital preservation, and analysis of the structure and content of the Web. Brian has conducted extensive work in the area of digital preservation, where he has written and presented on a variety of topics such as preservation repository architectures, metadata, and the economics and costs of digital preservation. He is a co-founder of the award-winning PREMIS preservation metadata working group, and currently serves on the PREMIS Editorial Committee. Brian holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics, where his research focused on comparative advantage, market structure, and R&D investment in high-technology industries.
- Christopher (Cam) Lee is Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His primary area of research is the long-term curation of digital collections. He is particularly interested in the professionalization of this work and the diffusion of existing tools and methods (e.g. digital forensics, web archiving, automated implementation of policies) into professional practice. Cal has an MSI (with a concentration in Archives and Records Management) and PhD from the University of Michigan School of Information.
- Henry Lowood is curator for history of science & technology collections at Stanford University. He is also the curator for film & media collections. He is leading Stanford's work on game and virtual world preservation in the Preserving Virtual Worlds project funded by the U.S. Library of Congress. Henry was trained in the History of Science and Technology and received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. Dr. Lowood has combined interests in history, technological innovation and the gaming industry to run several long-term research projects, including "How They Got Game: The History and Culture of Interactive Simulations and Videogames" in the Stanford Humanities Lab and the Machinima Archives and Archiving Virtual Worlds collections hosted by the Internet Archive. He is also the author of numerous recent articles and essays on the history of Silicon Valley and the development of digital game technology and culture. He is currently co-editing a book on the history of game-based moviemaking, The Machinima Reader, and a volume of IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, on the history of computer game technology.
- Jens Ludwig holds a Magister degree in Philosophy and Computer Science from Goettingen University and a Master in Library and Information Sciences from Humboldt University Berlin. Since 2005 he works at the Goettingen State and University Library in a variety of projects on long-term preservation and research infrastructures. In nestor, the German network of expertise in digital long-term preservation, he lead a working group on standards. Currently he leads the long-term preservation work package in the "WissGrid - Grid for Science" project.
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- Joseph Pawletko is a Software Systems Architect in New York University's Digital Library Technology Services group. He has worked on and led various projects at NYU including the Hemispheric Digital Video Library (HIDVL), NYU's Preservation Repository, the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) "Preserving Digital Public Television" project, and Toward Interoperable Preservation Repositories (TIPR). Mr. Pawletko holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and an MS in Computer Science from New York University.
- Maureen Pennock is the British Library's Web Archive Preservation Project Manager. She has worked on several digital preservation projects in the past, including the Dutch Digital Preservation Testbed, the EU-funded ERPAnet project, and the UK Digital Curation Centre. She is an active member of the IIPC's digital preservation working group and leads the workpackage to develop preservation workflows in web archives. She has spoken and published widely on numerous digital preservation and archiving topics, including preservation of email messages, authenticity and significant properties, digital curation, and life cycle management.
- Rick Prelinger, an archivist, writer and filmmaker, founded Prelinger Archives, whose collection of 60,000 advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films was acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002 after 20 years' operation. Rick has partnered with the Internet Archive to make over 2,000 films from Prelinger Archives available online for free viewing, downloading and reuse. Rick has taught in the MFA Design program at New York's School of Visual Arts and lectured widely on U.S. cultural and social history and on issues of cultural and intellectual property access. He served on the National Film Preservation Board and is currently Board President of the Internet Archive. His feature-length film "Panorama Ephemera," depicting the conflicted landscapes of 20th-century America, opened in summer 2004 and played in venues around the world. He is co-founder of the Prelinger Library, an appropriation-friendly private research library that is open to the public, located in downtown San Francisco.
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- Klaus Rechert is an Assistant at the Professorship of Communication Systems of the Institute for Computer Science at Freiburg University. He is working on his PhD thesis on mobile systems and a software developer on the PLANETS project. The workgroup at the professorship became involved in preservation research projects through the Koninklijke Bibliotheek and joined the PLANETS project in 2006. Klaus studied Computer Science and Economics at the Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg and received a Diploma in Computer Science in year 2005.
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- Rainer Schmidt is a senior researcher at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT). He holds a master's in Business Informatics from the University of Vienna and a doctorate from the Vienna University of Technology. From 2002-2007, Rainer was a member of the Institute of Scientific Computing (ISC) and the Research Lab Computational Technologies and Applications (CTA) at the University of Vienna, where he was working on component and programming models for distributed and Grid applications. Rainer was involved in national and EU-funded HPC and Grid projects (Aurora, GEMSS) and has published various papers in this area. Currently, he is engaged in developing a distributed digital preservation system in the context of the EU Integrated Project Planets, where he is a work-package leader and member of the Technical Coordination Committee. Rainer serves also as a work-package leader in the project Digital Memory Engineering funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).
- Sabine Schrimpf is a Scientific Assistant at the German National Library. She joined nestor, the German network of expertise in digital long-term preservation, in 2007. From 2002-2007, she studied Book and Publishing sciences, American studies and Literature at the University of Mainz (Germany) and received her master's degree in Publishing sciences in 2007.
- Robert Sharpe is Tessella's Head of Digital Archiving Solutions. After an academic career in solid state physics, Rob has been in IT for 15 years, specialising in Digital Archiving for 10. He has been a architect, project manager and consultant on many pioneering projects including the PRONOM and DROID developments, the Planets research project and the development of the UK National Archives Digital Archive. He is now responsible for the SDB product as well as continuing Tessella's research activities.
- Abby Smith is a historian and consulting analyst with special interest in the creation, preservation, and use of the cultural record in a variety of media; the impact of digital information technologies on cultural heritage institutions; and the evolving role of information as a public good. She is director of the Scholarly Communication Institute at the University of Virginia. She works with the Library of Congressís National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) in development of its national strategy to identify, collect, and preserve digital content of long-term value. And she is a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access, serving in addition as the senior writer and editor for the task forceís final report. She has served as an advisor to the ACLS Commission on the Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Previously she worked as director of programs at the Council on Library and Information Resources in Washington, DC; and at the Library of Congress managing programs relating to preservation of and access to cultural heritage collections. She holds a doctoral degree in Russian history from Harvard University and has taught at Harvard and Johns Hopkins Universities. She has published widely on cultural heritage, preservation, and scholarship in the digital age.
- Johanna Smith is the Acting Director of the Infrastructure, Aboriginal and Natural Resources Division which includes the Digital Office of the Government Records Branch at Library and Archives Canada. She has participated in the development of the Government of Canada recordkeeping policy suite, and managed the Government Records module of LAC's Trusted Digital Repository Project.
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- David Tarrant is a Reseach Assistant at the University of Southampton whose recent focus (among many) is digital preservation. He has been involved in three preservation projects over the past few years which have seen the development of preservation tools for repositories encompassing long term storage, risk analysis and migration services. David is also an EPrints developer and has strong interests in multimedia streaming as well as multimedia content in repositories.
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- René van Horik holds a PHD in Information Science from Delft Technical University and an MA in Economic and Social History from Nijmegen University. He works as program manager at DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services), an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science, whose mission is to enable long term access and re-use of scholarly data. He is involved in a number of initiatives to enhance the durability of research data, such as the MIXED project.
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- Tyler Walters is the Associate Director, Technology and Resource Services, Georgia Institute of Technology Library. Tyler is a co-Principal Investigator with the MetaArchive Cooperative, a partnership of the Library of Congress, National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. Tyler serves on the Open Repositories Steering Committee and hosted the 4th International Conference on Open Repositories. He is also an interim governing board member of the Unified Digital Format Registry (UDFR). Tyler teaches digital preservation courses in the MLS program at San Jose State University, School of Library and Information Science, and teaches in and serves on the advisory board of the Digital Information Management program, University of Arizona . In 2006, Tyler was a member of the ARL/NSF workgroup that produced the report "To Stand the Test of Time: Long-term Stewardship of Data Sets in Science and Engineering". He is a frequent speaker, author, and recipient of the Society of American Archivists' Ernst Posner Award for best article in the American Archivist (1998).
- Paul Wheatley is a specialist in digital preservation and works for the British Library. He is educated in Computer Science and has previously worked as a technology journalist and software developer. Paul has been active in the digital preservation field for over a decade. He contributed to the seminal Cedars project and led the Camileon project which gained international recognition for its role in rescuing the BBC Domesday system using emulation technology. Paul currently manages the British Library's Digital Preservation Team which is responsible for ensuring the longevity of the BL's digital collections. He plays an active role in a number of collaborative digital preservation projects including Life3 and Planets.
- Thomas Wilson is currently the Associate Dean for Library Technology at the University of Alabama Libraries. He has over 20 years of experience in developing, implementing, maintaining, and retiring information technology in libraries and higher education. In those years, Tom has overseen many small to multi-million dollar projects and managed annual budgets up to $8M. Employed by three major public universities during this period, he led IT units of up to 35 professionals. The Library and Information Technology Association elected him President in 2003/2004, and he has written and spoken on IT and library topics extensively.
- Wolfgang Wilkes received a Diploma in 1982 from the University of Dortmund and a PhD degree from the University of Hagen in 1987. He is working since 1982 as a research assistant and project leader at the University of Hagen. During this time he was involved in a number of research projects, international EU projects, nationally funded projects and projects funded by industry. In these projects, he played different roles including project manager, technical manager, workpackage leader and researcher. He is involved in various standardisation activities related to product modelling and product ontologies (e.g. past convener of ISO TC 184 SC4 WG2, responsible for ISO 13584 and member of DIN NSM). In 2002, he was co-founder of a company which supports product manufacturers in exchanging their product data in e-business applications with their customers.
His research interests include collaboration in engineering processes, product ontologies and product modelling, and their application in e-business processes and in long term preservation to support the exchange of data between business partners today and between today's engineers with their colleagues in the future.
- Robert Wolfe is the Head of the Metadata Services Unit at MIT Libraries. The Metadata Services Unit offers metadata design, development and production support to the MIT Community on a cost recovery basis. He is a member of the METS Editorial Board and the PREMIS Editorial Committee.
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