Dr Liz Lyon is the Director of UKOLN, which is an internationally recognised centre of expertise in digital information management located at the University of Bath, UK. It provides policy, research and awareness services to the library, information, education and cultural heritage communities. UKOLN is funded by MLA: The Museums, Libraries & Archives Council, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) as well as by project funding from the EPSRC, the British Library and the European Community.
At UKOLN she is involved with the development and implementation of the common information environment which includes building architectural models for distributed digital libraries. In this context, she is promoting synergies between digital libraries and Grid-enabled e-research environments, and is developing partnerships with the e-Science / Grid communities. This collaboration is exemplified by the eBank UK project, which is building links between e-research, scholarly communications and e-learning, and by the annual joint UKOLN / National e-Science Centre workshops. More recently, in a new initiative, UKOLN is a partner in the UK Digital Curation Centre, which is being led by the University of Edinburgh and she is leading the Outreach and Community Support Programme.
Although Dr Lyon has worked in various University libraries in the UK, her background was originally in Biological Sciences and she has a doctorate in cellular biochemistry.