Professor Maxwell Irvine, Vice-Chancellor. University of Birmingham and Chairman of JISC
Mike Lesk, National Science Foundation and Telcordia Technologies
In the 1960's I worked for the SMART project, wrote much of their retrieval code and did many of the retrieval experiments, as well as obtaining a PhD in Chemical Physics. In the 1970's I worked in the group that built Unix and I wrote Unix tools for word processing (tbl, refer), compiling (lex), and networking (uucp). In the 1980's I worked on specific information systems applications, mostly with geography (a system for driving directions) and dictionaries (a system for disambiguating words in context), as well as running a research group at Bellcore. And in the 1990s I have worked on a large chemical information system, the CORE project, with Cornell, OCLC, ACS and CAS. I am also Visiting Professor in computer science at University College London; I am on the Visiting Committee for the Harvard.University Library; and I have worked with the Commission on Preservation and Access addressing digital preservation issues. I received the ``Flame'' award for lifetime achievement from Usenix in 1994, and I am a Fellow of the ACM.
Reg Carr, Director of University Library Services, University of Oxford. Chair of JISC Committee for Electronic Information
Reg Carr, who serves as chair of the RLG board, is director of University Library Services and Bodley's Librarian at the University of Oxford. Previously, he was dean of Information Strategy at the University of Leeds as well as university librarian for ten years, and was responsible for the management of the University of Leeds Art Gallery and the university archives. A director of the Consortium of University Research Libraries (CURL) and secretary of the Consortium from 1991 to 1997, he was elected chair of the Standing Conference of National and University Libraries (SCONUL) in 1994. During 1992-93 he was a member of the Funding and Resources Group of the influential Follett Review of UK University Libraries. Earlier posts include six years as deputy librarian of Cambridge University Library, following work in the libraries of the universities of Manchester, Surrey, and Aston. Reg is a member of JISC and has been chair of the JISC Committee for Electronic Information since 1998.
Dr. David Medyckyi Scott, EDINA Service Manager
David Medyckyj-Scott is EDINA Service Manager for the Research and Geo-data Services in the Data Library, University of Edinburgh. He is also Project Manager and Technical Leader of the EDINA Digimap service. David has a varied background having been involved in cartography, psychology, spatial data management, software engineering and Internet service development. Between-1989-1995, he was a Research Fellow in the Midlands Regional Research Laboratory working on geo-metadata and HCI and organisational issues of Geographical Information Systems. In 1995, he joined Landcare Research Ltd, New Zealand, as a Senior Scientist where he co-developed a number of Geo-data Internet services including one of the first on-line web mapping services. He joined the Data Library in 1997, initially as team leader of the eLib Digimap Project and then Project Manager.
Howard Besser, Associate Professor, University of California Los Angeles, School of Education and Information Studies
Howard Besser is Associate Professor at UCLA's School of Education and Information Studies where he teaches, does research, and supervises projects. His four main interest areas are Multimedia Databases (particularly in cultural institutions), the social and cultural effects of information technology, digital library issues (particularly around standards, longevity, and intellectual property), and the development of new ways to teach with technology (including
web-based instruction and distance learning). He is particularly interested in design issues and the use of critical theory perspectives. Dr Besser has been on the faculty of UC Berkeley's School of Information Management & Systems, and is affiliated with the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center. From 1994-96 he was on the faculty of the University of Michigan's School of Information where he headed a committee developing a curriculum in multimedia and digital publishing. He has also been an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Besser is also actively involved with museums and the art community. He was one of the founders and served on the Management Committee of the Museum Educational Site Licensing Project, and directed a Mellon-sponsored study of image distribution from museums to universities. For several years he was in charge of long-range information planning for the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal, and for many years he headed information technology for Berkeley's University Art Museum. His most recent work involves examining issues of organization, access, and longevity for new media art in collaboration with the Electronic Café International and a group of museums with electronic art collections. He travels a lot, speaks frequently at professional conferences, gives workshops on Image Databases or on Metadata about half a dozen times a year, and consults for libraries, museums, and other institutions. For several years he served as co-chair of the American Library Association's Technology & the Arts Interest Group (co-sponsored by the Association of College & Research Libraries and the Library Information Technology Association).
Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, CNI
Clifford A. Lynch has been the Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the association of Research Libraries and Educause, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity. Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation, where he managed the MELVYL information system and the intercampus internet for the University. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley's School of Information Management and Systems. He is a past president of the American Society for Information Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Lynch currently serves on the Internet 2 Applications Council and the National Research Council Committee on Intellectual Property in the Emerging Information Infrastructure.
Peter Graham, University Librarian, Syracuse University
Peter S. Graham has been the University Librarian at Syracuse University, New York State, since
1 September 1998. From 1987 to 1998 he was Associate University librarian for Technical and Networked Information Services at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. For three years he was also Associate Vice President for Information Services, responsible for the Universityís central and system-wide academic and administrative computing facilities. He began work in librarianship at the Research Libraries Group in its early days, and has been a librarian at Columbia and Indiana universities.
Gregory Crane, Professor in Classics, Tufts University
Gregory Crane's interests are twofold. On the one hand, he has published on a wide range of ancient Greek authors (including articles on Greek drama and Hellenistic poetry and a book on the Odyssey). Much of his recent energy has been devoted to Thucydides; his book The Blinded Eye: Thucydides and the New Written Word appeared from Rowman and Littlefield in 1996; his second Thucydides book (The Ancient Simplicity: Thucydides and the Limits of Political Realism) was published by the University of California Press in 1998. He is currently engaged in writing a book on imperialism and the crisis of legitimacy in the fifth century. At the same time, he has a long-standing interest in the relationship between the humanities and rapidly developing digital technology. He began this side of his work as a graduate student at Harvard when the Classics Department purchased its first TLG authors on magnetic tape in the summer of 1982. He developed a Unix-based full text retrieval system for the TLG that was widely used in North America and Europe in the middle 1980s. He also helped establish a typesetting consortium to facilitate scholarly publishing. Since 1985 he has been engaged in planning and development of the Perseus Project, which he directs as the Editor-in-Chief. Besides supervising the Perseus Project as a whole, he has been primarily responsible for the development of the morphological analysis system which provides many of the links within the Perseus database.
Greg Janee, US Alexandria Project University of California, Santa Barbara
Greg Janée (M.S. Computer Science, University of California Santa Barbara) is technical leader of the Alexandria Digital Library Project's implementation team.
Charles Oppenheim, Professor of Information Science, Loughborough University
Charles Oppenheim is Professor of Information Science at Loughborough University. Prior to that, he has held a variety of posts in academia and the electronic publishing industry, working for International Thomson, Pergamon and Reuters at various times. He has been involved in research in legal issues in information work since the mid 1970s. He is author of "The Legal and Regulatory Environment for Electronic Information" (Infonortics, 1999) and the regular "Lislex" column in the Journal of Information Science. He was the co-author of the "Guide to the Practical Implications of the Data Protection Act 1998" (BSI, 1999). He is also interested in knowledge management, citation studies, bibliometrics, national information policy, the electronic information and publishing industries, ethical issues, patents information and issues to do with the digital library and the Internet. He is interested in the economics of information, especially methods of valuing information assets in industry, and the economics of the electronic publishing industries and of electronic libraries. Charles is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Information Scientists and a Fellow of the Library Association. He is also a member of the JISC and of some of its sub-committees. He is a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the European Commission. He was the Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords' Inquiry into the Information Superhighway. He is a regular contributor to conferences and to the professional literature, and is on the editorial board of a number of professional and learned journals.
Carl Largoze, Digital Library Scientist
Carl Lagoze is leading Digital Library research efforts in the Computer Science Department at Cornell University. He is also affiliated with the University Library and Cornell Information Technologies, with whom he collaborates on a number of Digital Library and Electronic Publishing activities.
Steven Harnad, Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Southampton
Ken Klingenstein, Project Director, Internet2 Middleware Initiative
Dr. Ken Klingenstein
is Project Director for the Internet2 Middleware Initiative and Chief Technologist
at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In his Internet2 role, Klingenstein
is responsible for disseminating Middleware developments, fostering interoperability
through standards and workshops, capturing best practices, working with
corporations and vendors to create products for use in higher education,
and being a liaison to national and international organizations interested
in the development of Middleware. As Chief Technologist, he continues to
provide technical strategic leadership for information technology for the
campus where he served as Director of Information Technology Service for
fourteen years. Klingenstein has been active in national and regional networking
for many years, serving as Chair of the Federal Networking Council Advisory
Committee, Board member for CAUSE and CREN, Chair of Westnet and Colorado
Supernet, and member of the UCAID Networking Planning and Policy Council,
among other roles. Dr. Klingenstein received his Ph.D. in Applied Math from
the University of California at Berkeley.
Alice Agogino, Professor, University of California Berkeley
Alice M. Agogino is the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Faculty Assistant in Educational Development and Technology to Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Carol Christ. She directs the Berkeley Expert Systems Technology (BEST) Laboratory, the Berkeley Instructional Technology Studio (BITS) and the BITS Multimedia Classroom. She served as Director for Synthesis, an NSF-sponsored coalition of eight universities with the goal of reforming undergraduate engineering education, and continues as PI for the NEEDS (www.needs.org) digital library of courseware in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (www.smete.org). She has supervised 52 MS projects/theses, 19 doctoral dissertations and numerous undergraduate researchers. Dr. Agogino is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in California and is engaged in a number of collaborative projects with industry. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, she worked in industry for Dow Chemical, General Electric and SRI International. Her research interests include intelligent learning systems, information retrieval and data mining, multiobjective and strategic product design, nonlinear optimization, probabilistic modeling, intelligent control and manufacturing, graphics, multimedia and computer-aided design, design databases, artificial intelligence and decision and expert systems.
Lee Zia, Programme Director, National Science Foundation
Lee L. Zia is a Program
Director in the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education, where his primary
responsibility lies with the National Science, Mathematics, Engineering,
and Technology Education Digital Library (NSDL) Program. His previous academic
experience has been on the faculty at the University of New Hampshire in
the Department of Mathematics which he joined in 1985. His interests include
the use of information technologies to support student learning, which led
to an earlier stint as a "rotator" with NSF in 1995 and 1996. During this
time he was involved with the early conceptualization of the NSDL Program.
Zia returned to NSF in the fall of 1999.
Lyn Norris, Technical Director, ingenta plc
Lyn is Technical Director
of ingenta plc which was formed out of the BIDS organisation, which was
a department of the University of Bath. Lyn has wide experience of electronic
service delivery with both BIDS and ingenta.
Alison Buckholtz, AssistantDirector, Communications, SPARC
Ms. Buckholtz joined SPARC in January 1999. As Assistant Director, Communications, she leads SPARCÕs public-relations effort and membership development. To this end, she writes SPARCÕs monthly e-news bulletin and articles on SPARC for outside publications; represents SPARC to the media; coordinates SPARCÕs membership meeting and ongoing membership issues; spearheads Web-based outreach; and works with SPARC partners to achieve recognition of SPARC-endorsed journals. Alison worked in public-relations for the high tech industry before joining SPARC.
Michael Hannant, Royal Society of Chemistry
Mike gained his Ph.D.
in Chemistry at the University of Hull, UK At the Royal Society of Chemistry
he has worked on Chemical Abstracts and other current awareness publications
as an abstractor and indexer. He then moved into marketing where his responsibilities
included a number of the online CD-ROM products produced by the RSC, before
being assigned to his present position as Publisher, Electronic Journals
in early 1996 (a time before the RSC had any online journals). In this role
he is responsible for all new developments on the RSC online journals, including
launching three online only journals, PhysChemComm, CrystEngComm and Geochemical
John Haynes, Institute of Physics Publishing
John Haynes is Assistant
Director and Journal Publisher at the Institute of Physics Publishing; the
publishing arm of the Institute of Physics in the UK. He has over 12 years
experience in STM publishing in books, reference works and journals. He
has been with IOPP for 9 years and in his current position has responsibility
for developing IOPP's journal programme. In addition to print journals,
he has been directly involved with electronic publishing developments. In
1995, he developed Physics Express Letters; a web-based service allowing
access to the letters sections of 13 of IOPP's journals. More recently he
led the development and launch of New Journal of Physics, an innovative,
all-electronic venture with the German Physical Society. He is on the Editorial
Board of Learned Publishing.
Colin Rourke, Geometry and Topology
Colin is a research mathematician specialising in Topology. He teaches at the University of Warwick.
Professor John Slater, PVC Learning and Teaching, University of Kent, Canterbury
John Slater read Mathematics
at Oxford where he also obtained a D.Phil. After a period as a lecturer,
he moved into Computer Services management at London, Salford and Bath.
He then returned to the academic side as Professor of Computing and Head
of Department of Computer Science at Kent. He heads a research group into
the pedagogy of CS HE. He is currently the Pro vice-chancellor for Learning
He was responsible for UK Software Procurement Policy and Training Policy whilst a member of the Computer Board and subsequently the ISC, developing a number of initiatives including the CHEST, NISS and ITTI. He was the initial co-ordinator of the Computers in Teaching Initiative being responsible for its transition into its second and third phases and the expenditure of £50M on projects and services. He was on the Teaching and Learning Technology Programme Steering Committee and is now on JISC, the management committee for the Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund, and the steering committee for the UK e-university. He chairs JISC's committee for Integrated Environments for Learners.
Ed Walker, Chief Executive Officer, IMS
Dr. Walker has been CEO of IMS since October, 1999. Previously, he was an independent consultant and Vice President of Government Business Development and Department Manager of Intelligent Systems R&D at BBN Systems and Technologies. His technical background is in cognitive science, and he has applied research experience in intelligent tutoring, knowledge representation and management, distributed collaboration, and logistics planning. Prior to his career in industry, he was a Principal Research Scientist in the Center for Cognitive Science at MIT, specializing in interdisciplinary research in psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics and philosophy.
Kevin Guthrie, President, JSTOR
Kevin M. Guthrie is the President of JSTOR, an independent not-for-profit organization established to help the scholarly community take advantage of advances in information technology. He is the author of The New-York Historical Society: Lessons from One Nonprofitís Long Struggle for Survival, published by Jossey-Bass Publishers in January 1996. Previously, he was a research associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He earned his masterís degree in business administration from Columbia University, where he was a Samuel Bronfman Fellow. He received his bachelorís degree cum laude from Princeton University, majoring in civil engineering.
William Arms, Professor, Computer Science, Cornell University
William Armsí educational background is in mathematics and operational research, but his career has focussed on applying computing to academic activities, notably educational computing, computer networks, and digital libraries. His experience included a period at the British Open University, where they developed some of the first computer science courses for distance education, and many years as head of university computing at Dartmouth College and Carnegie Mellon University, when these universities were pioneering campus-wide networking and distributed computing.
Digital libraries and electronic publishing are a long-standing interest and his current area of concentration. Society is rapidly moving from print to computer networks as the primary means of creating, storing, and distributing information; Cornell is playing an important role in developing the technology and in building innovative services. He is working with numerous colleagues on projects in two major areas. The first is scientific information, what should replace conventional journal
publishing. The second is the role of research libraries, which collect information now and preserve it for use hundreds of years in the future. In fall 1999, he taught CS 501, Software Engineering. In spring 2000, he is teaching CS 502, Computer Methods of Digital Libraries, an advanced course on current research in digital libraries and electronic publishing.
This year he is on the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Advisory Board for Information Technology and the University Faculty Library Board.
Alice Frost, e-University Project Manager, HEFCE
Lynne Brindley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Leeds University and Chief Executive Designate of the British Library
Lynne Brindley has recently been appointed as the Chief Executive of The British Library, and will take up her post on 1st July 2000. She is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor and University Librarian at the University of Leeds. Her portfolio includes academic computing, networking, management information systems, careers and language services, as well as academic Faculty responsibilities. She leads work in the University on knowledge management.Previously she was Librarian and Director of Information Services at LSE, held a similar post at Aston university, and has been a senior management consultant at KPMG, specialising in IS strategy in the public sector. She was a member of JISC and led its electronic libraries programme for higher education. She is a member of the ESRC Research Resources Board and is Chair of JISC's Resource Discovery Network (RDN) Steering Group. She has spoken and written extensively on digital libraries and information management.
Justine Kitchen, Information and Training Manager, Resource Discovery Network
Justine Kitchen has
gained considerable experience in the development and delivery of national
web-based information services in a variety or roles within the public and
voluntary sector and more recently within higher education as Information
and Training Manager for the UK Resource
Emma Place, Research Officer, Institute for Learning and Research Technology, University of Bristol
Emma Place is the Manager
of the RDN Virtual Training Suite project. She also works on SOSIG, the
social science hub of the RDN. Both projects are based at The Institute
for Learning and Research Technology, University of Bristol. Emma is a chartered
librarian and has been working on electronic library projects since 1995.
She is co-creator of the "Internet Detective" tutorial and co-author of
"The DESIRE Information Gateways Handbook".
Jeremy Atkinson Head of
Learning Resources Centre, University of Glamorgan.
Chair of JISC Moving Pictures & Sound Working Group.
Jeremy Atkinson is Head
of the Learning Resources Centre at the University of Glamorgan. He has
held previous posts at the University of Northumbria, Cardiff University
and Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a member of the JISC Committee
on Electronic Information and Chair of JISC's Moving Pictures & Sound
Working Group. He was project manager at the University of Glamorgan for
the influential 1998-99 Imagination/Universities Network Pilot
project on networking moving images for university teaching and research.
Thomas R. Diaz, Vice-President of Product Development Glassbook Inc.
Tom has worked
for over 25 years in the computer and software industries. He was director
of software at Symbolics from 1985 to 1987, responsible for operating system
and tool development. From 1988 to 1991 he developed computer security products
at Security Dynamics, Inc. (now RSA Security). From 1991 to 1998, when he
co-founded Glassbook, he was vice president of product development at Iris
Associates, the software firm that develops Lotus Notes.
Christopher Peebles, Associate
Vice President and Dean for Information Technology,
Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University
Christopher S. Peebles is an anthropologist by training and an information technologist by happenstance. He currently serves Indiana University in several capacities. He is Associate Vice President for Research and Academic Computing and Dean for Information Technology. He is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology. He also has appointments in the Program for Cognitive Science and in the School of Informatics. He teaches courses in contemporary culture change, the role of historical methods in anthropological research, and the prehistories of North America and northern Europe. He has been involved in the development of information technology for over forty years and has used computers in his research and teaching throughout his academic career. His interest in formal organizations and their culture led to considerations of corporate success and failure and the role of quality in corporate performance. These interests, in turn, led to his role in working as a part of the management team to bring quality and cost management programs to University Computing Services and its successor University Information Technology Services at Indiana University. Peebles holds degrees from the University of Chicago (AB, philosophy and anthropology, 1963) and the University of California at Santa Barbara (Ph.D., anthropology, 1974). He has taught at the University of Windsor and the University of Michigan; he has been Visiting Professor of Cultural Prehistory the University of Amsterdam and Visiting Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University and Penn State University; he has been Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alabama and Adjunct Professor of Geology at the University of Miami.
Neil Beagrie, JISC Digital Preservation Focus
Neil Beagrie took up
his appoinment of JISC Digital Preservation Focus in June 2000. He was previously
Assistant Director of the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) where
he was responsible for collections and standards development between 1997
- 2000. Prior to this he was Head of the Archaeological Archive and Library,
and Head of Publications, at the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments
of England (RCHME). He was joint author of the report "A strategic Framework
for Creating and Preserving Digital Resources" published in 1998 and is
currently supervising the development of a Workbook on the Preservation
Management of Digital Materials. He has published widely on preservation
and other aspects of digital collections management.
Lorcan Dempsey, DNER Programme Director
Lorcan Dempsey is the incoming DNER Programme Director. For the last five years he has directed the UK Office for Library and Information Networking, where he has worked on a variety of cross-domain networked information issues.Back to main page