17-19 June 2009
University of Geneva
Europe/Zurich timezone

Presenters profile

Please note, this page is not yet complete

Sophia Ananiadou is Director of the National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM) and Reader in Text Mining at the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester. Her current research focuses on biomedical text mining such as building large scale terminological resources, applying text mining techniques for pathway enrichment and data integration, concept disambiguation, automatic summarization, advanced searching and information extraction. Her research has led to applications such as the text mining services hosted at NaCTeM. In the area of repositories, she is leading jointly with the EBI the text mining work of UKPMC funded by Wellcome Trust. She is working on standards to facilitate text mining interoperability and has been awarded for 3 consecutive years (2006, 2007, 2008) the IBM UIMA innovation award for her work on the interoperability of text-mining tools in biomedicine.  She is also applying text mining techniques to the social sciences on topics such as semantic searching, document classification and opinion mining for systematic reviews and frame analysis. She has authored over 150 publications in journals, conferences and books.

S. Ananiadou

Dr Ayris has been Director of UCL Library Services since 1997. He is also the UCL Copyright Officer.

Dr Ayris is the Vice-President of LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche). He is a member of the LIBER  and SPARC Europe Boards and chairs the LIBER Conference Programme Committee for their Annual General Conferences. He also chairs the OAI Organizing Committee for the Cern Workshops on Scholarly Communication. He is a member of the DRIVER Advisory Board, of the JISC's Journals Working Group, of the SCONUL/CILIP Health Strategy Group, and the RLUK/SCONUL Joint Scholarly Communications Group. He is also a member of the NSF-funded Blue Ribbon Task Force on economically-sustainable digital preservation.

He has a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History and publishes on English Reformation Studies.

Paul Ayris

Johan Bollen is a staff researcher at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Research Library (Digital Library Research & Prototyping team). He was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science of Old Dominion University from 2002 to since 2005. His present research interests are usage data mining, computational sociometrics, informetrics, and digital libraries. He has extensively published on these subjects as well as matters relating to adaptive information systems architecture. He is presently the Principal Investigator of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded MESUR project which aims to develop usage-based metrics of scholarly impact.

Johan Bollen

Claire Bundy is the Business Development Manager for the Open Repository service from BioMed Central. Open Repository is a hosted solution that builds and maintains repositories on behalf of institutions & organizations. The OAI-complaint service built on the foundations of open source D Space platform, incorporates many advanced features and offers a professional, reliable and cost-effective repository solution.


Travis Brooks is the Manager of Information Systems and SPIRES at
the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Stanford, CA.   SPIRES has
provided metadata for the entire literature of High-Energy Physics for
over 35 years, and has become a mainstay for scientists in the field.
Travis' interests include web information systems, bibliometrics and
placing literature in a larger context.   He was a student in the SLAC
theoretical physics group prior to working on SPIRES, and is currently
working on a replacement for SPIRES: INSPIRE. 

Travis Brooks

Peter Burnhill. Peter is co-director of Jorum, the UK repository for online learning materials.  Once a statistician and educational researcher, he has over 25 years' inexperience with systems providing online access to scholarly resources (bibliographic, multimnedia and geographic). Having set up the University's Data Library in 1984, he has served on diverse bodies in various roles, including as President (1997/2001) of IASSIST. 

Since 1995/6 Peter has been Director of EDINA, the JISC National Data Centre based at the University of Edinburgh.  The main activity at EDINA has been ensuring that UK researchers and students have free-at-the-point-of-use access to value-added licensed materials but in recent years EDINA has supported a variety of repository initiatives, including DataShare, ShareGeo, the Depot and now JorumOpen - the latter as part of the Open Educational Resources Programme being managed by JISC and the HE Academy.


Leslie Carr is Senior Lecturer at the Intelligents, Agents, Multimedia Research Group at the University of Southampton . Dr Carr's background is as a researcher in distributed information systems (Hypermedia, Web, Semantic Web), which has led him to involvement in the Advanced Knowledge Technologies project to look at novel ways of gathering and using information within the research process. Dr Carr has become Technical Director of EPrints repository software (and its commercial arm EPrints Services) and manages a number of JISC projects on preservation, e-research environments, research assessment and interoperability. Description to be updated

Les Carr

Tom Cochrane is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Technology, Information and Learning Support) at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.  The position heads a Division which combines the services of the Libraries, Information Technology Services, Teaching and Learning Support Services, and a number of other areas in the one structure.  
In his current role Professor Cochrane’s external duties include Chair, Australian eResearch Infrastructure Council; Chair, Australian Libraries’ Copyright Committee; Director, Australian Digital Alliance; Director, Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation.  He is also a member of the Publications Board of the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), Australia.  
He led the debate within Queensland University of Technology for the introduction of a mandate for the deposit of refereed research literature produced by university researchers in an ePrints repository for open access. The mandate has now been in place for over five years. He was a co-leader of the Creative Commons project for which QUT is the institutional lead for Australia.  The University has an institutional commitment to open access initiatives, and seeks to accommodate this general position along side the usual imperatives for successful commercialisation of research and innovation as appropriate.  (Professor Cochrane is also a Director on the Board of the University’s commercialisation company, QUT bluebox).

Tom Cochrane

Patrick Danowski is computer scientist and scientific librarian. Since
May 2009 he is a fellow at CERN Scientific Information Service, where
he works as Emerging Technologies Librarian. Before he worked at the
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and Zentral and Landesbibliothek Berlin. He
is founder of the libraries and web 2.0 discussion group of IFLA. He
is blogging and twittering since September 2006 about library 2.0 and
other themes. His further interests are in open access (in combination
with cultural heritage and public domain) and open data.


Tim DiLauro is the Digital Library Architect in the Library Digital Programs and Digital Research and Curation Center of the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Since 1982, he has worked for JHU in a variety of technology positions. He has been with the Sheridan Libraries since 1990. He has also worked as a consultant for several companies with Internet businesses. Since 1995, he has built systems to improve and simplify user access to information, including the development of access gateways and web proxies.  His current work intends to ensure that this access continues into the future.  He participated in the development of Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse and Exchange as part of its Technical Committee.  Presently he is applying this technology to archive and provide long-term access to scientific data.

Tim DiLauro

Mikael Karstensen Elbæk (MLIS) holds the position as Systems Librarian and project manager at the Technical Information Center of Denmark. He is the project manager of several national and international projects such as the Danish National Research Database, the Danish participation in DRIVER-II, and the Knowledge Exchange project on Interoperability of Open Access Repositories and Current Research Information Systems. In addition, he is the chairman of the Danish Open Access Network, a joint national effort of DEFF and the universities to promote self-archiving, institutional repositories and Open Access publishing.

Mikael Elbaek

Morag Greig is the Advocacy Manager of Glasgow University’s institutional repository service, Enlighten. She was the project managers responsible for advocacy and copyright issues for the JISC funded DAEDALUS Project from 2003-2005. Along with advocacy issues she has recently been involved in introducing mandatory e thesis deposit at Glasgow. Morag is also a subject librarian with responsibility for subjects including electronics & electrical engineering, physics and music.

Morag Greig

Maarten Hoogerwerf received his masters degree for Computer Science after his research on persistent identifiers for Data Archiving & Networked Services (DANS) in the Netherlands. He currently works as a project leader / consultant at DANS. In that role he works on a national persistent identifier infrastructure for the Dutch repositories and on several R&D projects to link research data, publications and/or tools.

Maarten Hoogerwerf

David Hoole has been Head of Brand Marketing and Content Licensing at Nature Publishing Group (NPG) for the past six years, after a year as NPG’s Internet Strategist. He graduated from <st1:placename w:st="on">Corpus Christi</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">College</st1:placetype>, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Cambridge</st1:city></st1:place>, in 1990 with a degree in Natural Sciences. From 1991 to 2001 he worked in a variety of marketing, publishing, and commercial roles at Elsevier. At NPG his responsibilities range from library relations to copyright and self-archiving policies, rights and brand management. In 2007 David went on six month secondment to the British Library as interim Head of STM. Out of the office he’s a keen runner, cyclist and foodie.


Wolfram Horstmann is Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Scholarly Information at Bielefeld University. He was formerly Scientific-Technical Manager of the DRIVER project (see above) at the State and University Library of Göttingen (2006/7) and head of the department for publishing services at the academic library centre "hbz" in Cologne (2005/6). He has a scientific background in Computational Neuroscience and has received his PhD for work in the Theory of Science on the role of simulations in brain sciences.

Wolfram Hortsmann

Neil Jacobs is a programme manager working for JISC, the Joint Information Systems Committee in the UK. In that role he has been responsible for a range of repositories and related projects, including development work on EPrints, DSpace and Fedora platforms, and work related to SWORD, OAI-ORE, and Dublin Core Application Profiles. He has also managed  influential studies such as the recent UK report on the economic implications of alternative scholarly publishing models (the 'Houghton Report'), and reports on research data curation and sharing, and sharing digital learning materials.

Neil Jacobs

Axel Kaschte graduated in theoretical Physics at Humboldt-University Berlin and in 1989 obtained a Ph.D. there. After the fall of the iron curtain he started to work for the Utah based company Dynix as a software developer and specialist in globalizing solutions. He continued as a project manager at union catalog projects in Germany and Washington, development team leader in Provo, Utah, and International Product Manager before he joined Ex Libris as Strategy Director Europe.

Alexander Lerchl is Professor of Biology at Jacobs University Bremen and Chair of the Section "Non-Ionizing Radiation" of the German Federal
Commission on Radiation Protection (SSK). His work deals with biological
effects of physical factors, especially light, magnetic fields and electromagnetic fields from mobile phones and base stations. In 2007, Lerchl has discovered fraudulent data in publications within the EU-funded REFLEX program. The data, showing severe DNA damages by electromagntic fields, were fabricated, as an investigation by the Medical University Vienna revealed. These cases show that original data from research projects should be deposited so that investigations are possible if suspicions about the scientific integrity of studies arise.

Alexander Lerchl

Geidy Lung is Senior Legal Officer of the Copyright Law Division of the Copyright and Related Rights Sector of WIPO.

Prior to joining WIPO, Ms Lung was legal researcher and taught civil and intellectual property law in the University of los Andes (Venezuela).  She practiced as an attorney and was external legal advisor of companies and foundations in the field of science and technology.  She was consultant in the Cooperation for Development Bureau of WIPO for Latin America and the Caribbean in the field of copyright.

Her responsibilities at the International Bureau relate to WIPO’s activities regarding the development of international copyright and related rights, in particular the secretarial tasks for the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights and issues related to digital technology, limitations and exceptions to copyright as well as private international law.

Ms. Lung is lawyer and accountant, and holds a LLM in Intellectual Property.


Bram Luyten is responsible for sales and marketing within @mire, an international solution provider for the open source repository platform DSpace. Over the past three years, Bram and his colleagues worked on DSpace related projects for 20 institutions, in 8 countries. Through the experience with a diversity of content types, use cases and requirements, @mire has a unique expertise in DSpace, both from an organizational as well as technical perspective.
Bram holds a Masters of Sciences degree in Computer Science from K.U. Leuven (Belgium). His current research interests are enhancing online exposure of repositories and, related to this topic, repository statistics.

Bram Luyten

Paolo Manghi is working as Research Fellow at ISTI-CNR since February 2006. He is currently Software Architect for the DRIVER II EU Project, dealing with the scientific coordination of the development of the resulting Service Open Infrastructure, which is now federating 200+ Institutional Repositories. He is also involved in the architectural specification of the EFG Project and part of Europeana and DL.ORG Working Groups on data models. His research is currently focusing on the design, implementation, and experimentation of Open Service Architectures for Digital Libraries and on the design and implementation of Typed Distributed Repositories for Complex Objects. Other research interest and previous projects include XML P2P Databases (XPeer project), XML Query Languages (TQL and TeQuyLa projects), Type Systems for XQuery (MicroXquery project), typed dynamic binding for semi-structured data (SNAQUE project), and persistent languages for Web Programming (Hippo project).

Paolo Manghi

Natalia Manola is a senior Software Engineer working as a research associate in the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, Department of Informatics & Telecommunications. She holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Athens, Greece, and an M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA. Her professional experience consists of several years of employment as a Software Engineer, Software Architect, Information Technology Administrator, and Information Technology Project Manager by companies in various Information Technology sectors in the US and Greece. The systems she has designed and implemented include biotechnology and genetic applications, embedded financial monitoring systems, heterogeneous data integration systems and end-user personalized functionalities on digital libraries. She has also participated and technically managed several R&D projects (DRIVER & DRIVER-II, DIAS, COSMOS) funded by the European Union or by the national government.

Natalia Manola

Wilma Mossink is the legal advisor of SURFfoundation and SURFdiensten. Her expertise is in copyright management in higher education and the legal aspects of open access. In this area Wilma recently co-authored a study about the use of a Creative Commons licence for material stored in repositories.
Furthermore, Wilma advises the legal committee of the FOBID, the Dutch Library Forum. In this capacity, she represents the Netherlands in EBLIDA’s Expert Group on Information Law. She is the Dutch representative in the Copyright and Legal matters committee of IFLA (CLM) and is its information coordinator.
Wilma Mossink participates in several (inter)national licensing working groups (Wilma is chair of the Knowledge Exchange Licensing Working Group and a member of the NISO ONIX-PL Working Group)


Dale Peters is Scientific Technical Manager of DRIVER: Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research, based at the State and University Library of Göttingen.   She is directly responsible for the collaboration between DRIVER partners, and with DRIVER- related projects, such as PEER: Publishing and the Ecology of European Research.  She is currently engaged in the development of a Confederation of international repository infrastructures to enhance the visibility of scientific research outputs through global networks of Open Access digital repositories in support of scholarly communications of the future.

Jim Pitman is Professor of Statistics and Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley.  Through executive service to the Institute of Mathematical Statistics he was involved in the founding of the open access electronic journals Probability Surveys, Statistics Surveys, and the Electronic Journal of Statistics, and in the creation and promotion of a top level statistics section of arxiv.org.  He is currently director of the Bibliographic Knowledge Network, an NSF sponsored collaborative research project, which aims to create and perpetuate software systems for the aggregation, maintenance and open sharing of bibliographic data by individuals and virtual organizations, and to add value to open bibliographic collections by application of machine learning and graphical visualization tools.


"Bibliographic Knowledge Network" to http://bibkn.org/

Jim Pitman

Ulrich Poeschl is heading a research group at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Biogeochemistry Department, in Mainz, Germany (www.mpch-mainz.mpg.de/~poeschl). He has studied chemistry at the Technical University of Graz, Austria (graduation with distinction “sub auspiciis praesidentis”), and he has worked as a postdoctoral fellow, research scientist, group leader, and university lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (with Chemistry Nobel laureates Mario Molina and Paul Crutzen), at the Technical Universities of Munich and Vienna, and at the University of Mainz. His current research and teaching are focused on the properties and interactions of aerosols and their effects on atmospheric chemistry and physics, the biosphere, climate, and public health (field measurements, laboratory experiments, and numerical modelling). Moreover, he is the initiator and chief executive editor of the interactive open access journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP, www.atmos-chem-phys.net), and he chairs the publications committee of the European Geosciences Union (EGU, www.egu.eu).

Ulrich Poeschl

James Pringle is Vice President, Product Development, for Scientific and Scholarly Research at Thomson Reuters Healthcare and Scientific. He is responsible for ongoing development initiatives within the ISI Web of KnowledgeSM  environment. He has held various development posts within Thomson Reuters over the past fifteen years, and previously held editorial, development, and management positions within McGraw-Hill. He holds a PhD in European History from the Johns Hopkins University and a BA from Grinnell College.

James Pringle

Vanessa Proudman has been a project manager for over 10 years in local, national and international information network/service projects. Since 2003 she has been the Nereus Programme Manager: a consortium of over twenty academic libraries from leading institutions in the field of economics. She is currently the project manager to the NEEO EU-project which is a
subject-based repository service for economics. In 2006 and 2007 she
conducted a research project for DRIVER on how to better stimulate the
population of repositories in Europe, highlighting six good practices. Prior
to 2003, she was head of Information and IT at a UN-affiliated organisation
in Vienna.

Andreas Rauber is Associate Professor at the Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems (ifs) at the Vienna University of Technology (TU-Wien). He furthermore is president of AARIT, the Austrian Association for Research in IT and a Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII), University of Glasgow. In 2001 he joined the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) in Pisa as an ERCIM Research Fellow, followed by an ERCIM Research position at the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), at Rocquencourt, France, in 2002. From 2004-2008 he was also head of the iSpaces research group at the eCommerce Competence Center (ec3). His research interests cover the broad scope of digital libraries and information spaces, ranging from information retrieval to digital preservation.

Andreas Rauber

Mary Robinson  the European Development Officer for SHERPA, based at the University of Nottingham, where she is involved in a range of repository projects. Previously Mary worked in zoology on projects, in both Europe and the US, on topics such as zooplankton distribution, nutrition in antelope and fish fertility. Through this research she became interested in information management, literacy, and access. Currently Mary is involved in advocacy and support for the Depot (http://depot.edina.ac.uk) which is an interim repository for UK researchers, and the European and International projects, DRIVER (www.driver-community.eu) and NECOBELAC (www.necobelac.eu) as well as being an active member of UKCoRR (www.ukcorr.org).

Robert Sanderson is a lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Liverpool, teaching Data Mining.  He is an editor of the OAI ORE specification, and the principal investigator for the JISC funded FORESITE project which has produced both software and resource maps for ORE.  He obtained his PhD in 2003 for an electronic edition of a medieval french manuscript.  His current interests and research include data mining, text mining, digital preservation and related aspects of information science.

Mogens Sandfaer is the director of the Technical Information Center of Denmark at the Technical University of Denmark. In the early 90ties, Mogens
worked at CERN as responsible for the databases and systems of the Scientific Information Service. The experience gained from working with the
emerging web and the CERN preprint service was put to use at the Council of Europe, where Mogens was head of Documentary Information Services - and in Scandinavia, where Mogens was director of the Nordic Networking Center. At the Technical Information Center of Denmark, Mogens for many years held the position as director of development and recently was appointed director. Mogens has been involved in organising and managing the Danish digital library programme, DEFF, and in the design and setup of national information infrastructures in Denmark. Internationally, Mogens has been involved in numerous EU R&D projects and has served on many boards and committees, for example Open Archives Initiative and Fedora Commons.

M Sandfaer

Edwin Shin is Senior Developer at Fedora Commons and Technical Director at MediaShelf. His work on Fedora includes its semantic store and messaging service. Most recently, he has been focusing on lightweight interfaces to Fedora, repository interoperability and security. Based in France, Eddie leads MediaShelf's European operations. He holds a degree in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Eddie Shin

Friedrich Summann is head of the IT Department of Bielefeld University
Library, Germany.
Currently he is involved in BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine) and
the European DRIVER project.
He is engaged with analysing and harvesting metadata from a multitude of
different document servers world-wide using the OAI protocol and transporting this collected data to different search environments. This efforts led to many contacts within the OAI community related to the discussion of technical problems His practical work includes project coordination and software developments using Perl and C, mostly in Linux and Unix environments.

F Summann

Alma Swan obtained a first class honours degree in zoology in 1974 and a PhD in cell biology in 1978 from Southampton University. After research fellowships funded by the Cancer Research Campaign at Southampton General Hospital and St. George's Hospital Medical School (London), she took a position as Lecturer in Zoology at the University of Leicester. Her research was in medical cell biology and she taught a range of courses from vertebrate biology to the biology of cancer. In 1985, she moved into science publishing as managing editor of a Pergamon Press (later Elsevier Science) biomedical research indexing service, published both in print and online. In 1996 she jointly founded Key Perspectives.

Though she has worked in the commercial sphere for 20 years, she retains links with academic life: for four years she was tutor and consultant for the Open University Business School’s MBA programme and since 1991 has been tutor for two business strategy courses on Warwick Business School’s MBA programme. She holds honorary roles as business mentor and teacher for the Institute for Entrepreneurship (part of the School of Management) at the University of Southampton, is a Visiting Researcher in the School of Electronics & Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and Associate Fellow in the Marketing and Strategic Management Group at Warwick Business School. Alma has an MBA from Warwick Business School, is a Member of the Institute of Biology and is an elected member of the Governing Board of Euroscience (the European Association for the Promotion of Science and Technology) and the editor of its online magazine, The Euroscientist.

Alma Swan

Herbert Van de Sompel is currently the team leader of the Digital Library Research and Prototyping Team at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Team does research regarding various aspects of scholarly communication in the digital age, including information infrastructure, interoperability, digital preservation and indicators for the assessment of the quality of units of scholarly communication. Herbert has played a major role in creating the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting and Object Reuse & Exchange specifications, the OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services, the SFX linking server, the bX article recommender service, the and the info URI.

Herbert Van De Sompel

Martin Van Luijt is Manager Innovation and Development at Utrecht University Library. As such he is both software developer and manager of the software development team of the library. The development team is responsible for creating products like the Omega integrated search engine (http://omega.library.uu.nl), Ivy Academic Search, the open access subject repository for verterinary science and medicine (http://www.ivyacademicsearch.org/) and the Virtual Knowledge Centres the library is developing with research groups as part of its Partner in Science programme (http://vkc.library.uu.nl/, http://vkc.library.uu.nl/Practice/Pages/ActiveVKC.aspx). The goal of the Partner programme is to blend the library's services and tools into the workflow of the researcher.
Utrecht University Library is committed to Open Acces and innovation.

M. Van Luijt
Alex Wade isDirector for Scholarly Communication within Microsoft's External Research division, where he oversees several projects related to researcher productivity tools, semantic information capture, and the interoperability of information systems. Alex holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from U.C. Berkeley, and a Masters of Librarianship degree from the University of Washington. Alex Wade

Saskia Woutersen-Windhouwer is specialist Electronic Publishing & Repository Manager at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her main focus is on informing scientists about electronic publishing, copyright issues and improving the workflow of the repository and the CRIS. In 2008 she was involved in DRIVER2, and co-author of WP4.1 "Report on Enhanced Publications - State-of-the-art". She also works at Netherlands Institute for Ecology (NIOO-KNAW (for 1 day a week), where she is setting up a system to archive scientific data for the researchers.

S. Woutersen

Greg Zick - Greg joined OCLC in 2006. From 1974 to 2001, he was a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, where his research group worked in the area of database applications in medicine and libraries including the initial version of CONTENTdm. From 2001 to 2006 he served as President of DiMeMa, the company that continued development and sales of CONTENTdm in the digital library market. Greg received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He also holds a Masters and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Greg Zick

Christian Zimmermann is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut. After undergraduate studies at Universite de Lausanne, he obtained his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. He started on the web in 1995 with a research thematic website, and by late 1997 he was involved with the newly founded RePEc initiative, where he has taken ever expanding repsonsibilities. Currently, he runs the RePEc Author Service and the IDEAS/RePEc website, maintains contact with participants and blogs about RePEc.

Christian Zimmermann