Stephen Abrams is the Digital Library Program Manager at the Harvard University Library (HUL), where he provides technical leadership for strategic planning, design, and coordination of the Library's digital systems, projects, and assets. Much of his recent activity has been focused on strategies, systems and workflows for long-term digital preservation. Mr. Abrams was the project manager for JHOVE, an extensible Java framework for format-specific object identification, validation, and characterization; and the ISO project leader and document editor for ISO/TC171/SC2/WG5, the joint working group that developed the PDF/A standard. Currently, he is leading efforts to establish a Global Digital Format Registry (GDFR) and coordinating the design of HUL's next generation preservation and access repository. He is a member of ACM, ALA/LITA, ASIS&T, and IEEE Computer Society.

Reinhard Altenhöner is Head of the IT Department of Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (DNB), the national library of Germany. Based on his experiences in building up digital library services and infrastructure at different locations and positions he is now responsibile for the IT-structure and -services at DDB with its locations in Frankfurt/Main, Leipzig and Berlin. DDB provides national services and is involved in a lot of national and European projects and acts in cooperation with national/international committees for standards for technical and general approaches especially for data exchange and metadata. Presently Reinhard Altenhoener serves as an overall manager for the project kopal Co-operative development of a Long-Term Digital Information Archive.

Gil Baldwin is an Associate Director in the Program Management Office reporting to GPO's Chief Technology Officer planning and implementing GPO's Future Digital System, FDsys. FDsys will be a world-class information life-cycle management system that will allow federal content creators to easily create and submit content that can then be preserved, authenticated, managed and delivered upon request. Baldwin is leading the PMO tasks on digital preservation, library services, and version control.

Svein Arne Brygfjeld holds a Msc degree in computing science from the University of Tromsø, Norway. He has been working at the National Library of Norway from 1993, mainly in the area of Digital Libraries. His career also includes telecom and health care. He is currently head of Digital Libraries at the National Library of Norway, and as such deeply involved in various digitisation projects, long-term preservation and Internet based services.

Priscilla Caplan is Assistant Director for Digital Library Services at the Florida Center for Library Automation, which provides central technology services to the libraries of the 11 state universities of Florida. She has been immersed in digital preservation for the last five years, establishing the Florida Digital Archive ( and overseeing the development of the DAITSS preservation repository application. In 2003-2005 she co-chaired the OCLC/RLG Working Group on Preservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies (PREMIS) and she currently serves on the PREMIS Editorial Committee.

Robin L. Dale is a program officer in RLG-Programs, a part of OCLC’s Office of Programs & Research. Previously, she was a program officer at RLG for over nine years. In her current position, she leads programmatic activities related to the long-term management of digital resources and mass digitization efforts. Robin is also the Project Director of the Center for Research Libraries Auditing and Certification of Digital Archives project, a Mellon-funded activity developing processes to audit and certify digital archives and repositories. Her current work focuses on trusted digital repositories, preservation & technical metadata, digital repository certification, and mass digitization. She co-chaired the RLG-National Archives and Records Administration Digital Repository Certification task force which produced the recently released Audit Checklist for the Evaluation and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories. A regular speaker on digital preservation initiatives, she is active in digital preservation standards and best practice building activities, including the development of the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) international standard and various preservation metadata best practices.

Susanne Dobratz is head of the joint Electronic Publishing Group of the Computer and Media Services and the University Library of Humboldt-University Berlin. She has studied Computer Science and is working for Humboldt-University since 1997, where she supervised several projects in the field of electronic publishing and digital libraries for her university, amongst those: Dissertation Online (1998-2000), Open Archives Forum (2000-2003), nestor (2003-2009), reuse (2004-2006). Within nestor she works on digital repository certification, standardization, preservation metadata and multimedia preservation. She also plays an very active part within DINI, the German Initiative for Networked Information, where she chairs the Electronic Publishing Working Group that concentrates on supporting Open Access and the emergence of Institutional Repositories in Germany.

Terry Ehling is the Director of the Center for Innovative Publishing at Cornell University Library.  She is responsible for the administration and overall management of Project Euclid, a complex, collaborative, non-profit on-line journal publishing initiative for mathematics and statistics.  In concert with the Library's senior management, she helps to set and implement an innovative, cost-effective publishing agenda for the university.  Prior to her appointment at Cornell, she was Director of the Digital Projects Lab (DPL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Press.  Terry has worked with Bob Hanisch and the University of Chicago Press, publisher of the 2 leading academic journals in astronomy, on a proposal entitled, "Digital Data Preservation and Curation for Data Driven Scholarship", which has recently been funded by SPARC and the IMLS.

Eileen Fenton is Executive Director of Portico, the not-for-profit electronic archiving service developed in response to the library community's need for a robust, reliable means to preserve electronic scholarly journals. Portico was initiated by JSTOR and has been developed with the initial support of Ithaka, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Library of Congress. Portico's mission is to preserve scholarly literature published in electronic form and to ensure that these materials remain accessible to future scholars, researchers, and students. Prior to her involvement with Portico, Eileen was Director of Production at JSTOR where she oversaw the addition of approximately 13 million pages to the JSTOR archive. She has also worked at the Vanderbilt and Yale University libraries and has earned a Masters of Science in Information from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Kentucky. (Abstract of presentation)

Carl Fleischhauer holds a BA degree from Kenyon College and an MFA from Ohio University. His work experience includes film and video production at West Virginia University (1969-1976); folklife field research, publications, and exhibitions at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress (1976-1990); coordination of the Library's American Memory program for online access to historical collections (1990-1998); and continuing service to collection-digitizing and digital preservation efforts at the Library of Congress in the National Digital Library Program and the Office of Strategic Initiatives (1998-present); the latter activity has included participation in planning for development of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center to be established in Culpeper, Virginia. Fleischhauer's publications include long playing records and audio compact discs of folk-music field recordings, a laser videodisc about a cattle ranch in Nevada, and books on the FSA-OWI photographic project and bluegrass music. (Abstract of presentation)

Patricia Galloway is an Associate Professor in Archival Enterprise at the School of Information, University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches courses on digital archives, archival appraisal, and historical museums. She received a B.A. in French from Millsaps College and then M.A.(1968) and Ph.D. (1973) in Comparative Literature and Ph.D. in Anthropology (2004) from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. After several years as a field archaeologist in Europe, in the late 1970s she supported humanities-oriented computing in Westfield College of the University of London. From 1979 to 2000 she worked at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, where she was an editor, historian, and manager of information systems and where from 1997 to 2000 she directed an NHPRC project to establish an electronic records program for the state of Mississippi.

Ann Green is an independent research consultant whose focus is the digital life cycle of scholarly resources, including their creation, delivery, management, long-term stewardship, and preservation. She has an extensive background in digital archiving and user-driven support services in the social sciences. As the former director of the Social Science Research Services & Statistical Laboratory (Statlab) at Yale University, she participated in campus wide information technology planning as well as initiatives in digital library infrastructure and services. Before going to Yale, Ann was a Data Archivist at the Survey Research Center, University of California at Berkeley, and helped found the CISER Data Archive at Cornell University. She is the former president of IASSIST and former Chair of the Executive Council of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Ann's consulting firm, Digital Life Cycle Research & Consulting, is located in New Haven, CT. Current projects include program evaluation of digital archives and related services, as well as consultation on 'cradle to archive' planning for digital collections.

Robin Haun-Mohamed is Director, Collection Management and Preservation in Library Services and Content Management at the United States Government Printing Office. Previous to her current position, she was Development Project Manager in the Office of Program Development. Her responsibilites include the coordination, implementation, and evaluation of joint efforts between depository libraries, other Federal agencies, and GPO in projects and processes impacting long term public access to Federal information products and services. Ms. Haun-Mohamed joined GPO in 1992 as a depository library inspector. In 1994 she became Chief, Depository Administration Branch, and in December 2000 returned to the inspection team as Chief, Depository Services. Her experience in GPO includes library inspections and on-site visitations, coordination of continuing education programs, including the annual Federal Depository Library Conference, Council meetings and the Interagency Depository Seminar. She earned her B.A. in Political Science/History and the M.L.S. at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.

Bill Kehoe has been working in the Cornell University Library (CUL) system in the area of digital preservation for the past decade. During those years he has been fortunate to work with and learn from many of the persons presenting at this conference, through research projects in file format migration and in web archiving, and through involvement with CUL's Digital Preservation Management Workshop. For the past three years he has been working as the lead systems analyst and programmer for CUL's own OAIS and for CUL's portion of the MathArc Project, collaborating with colleagues at both Cornell and the Goettingen State and University Library.

John Kunze is a preservation technologist for the California Digital Library and has a background in computer science and mathematics. His current work focuses on archiving websites, creating long-term durable digital references (ARKs) to information objects, and specifying lightweight (kernel) metadata. Prior work includes major contributions to the standardization of URLs, Dublin Core metadata, and the Z39.50 search and retrieval protocol. In an earlier life he designed, wrote, and ran UC Berkeley's first campus-wide information system, which was an early rival and client of the World Wide Web. Before that he was a BSD Unix hacker whose work survives in today's Linux and Apple systems.

Bronwyn Lee is a librarian and business analyst at the National Library of Australia. At various times she has been involved in specification, testing and management of the Digital Collections Manager (the National Library's inhouse system for managing its digital collections), particularly its enhancement to support audio material; PANDAS, the digital archiving system behind PANDORA, Australia's web archive; and PADI, the subject gateway to international digital preservation resources hosted at the National Library of Australia. From December 2005 to June 2006 she worked for APSR (the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories) on the preservation metadata project, also known as PRESTA: PREMIS Requirements Statement project.

Robert H. McDonald is the Associate Director of Libraries for Technology & Research at Florida State University. He is responsible for the Division of Library Technology & Research and is charged with technology leadership and strategic planning for the University Libraries ePresence. Mr. McDonald is a co-pi with the NDIIPP sponsored MetaArchive Partnership ( and is an active speaker on digital libraries, institutional repositories, digital preservation and technology issues in higher education. He has previously presented work at venues such as the American Library Association's Annual Conference, IS&T's Archiving Conference, the Coalition for Networked Information's Task Force Meetings, the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries and the LITA National Forum. His blog is at For further information see

Andrew McHugh earned a degree in Scots Law from Glasgow University (2000) and went on to complete a MSc in Information Technology (2001). Since then has been employed within HATII (the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute at the University of Glasgow) in various capacities including taking responsibility for revolutionizing the information infrastructure in the Department of Music. In late 2004 he joined the Digital Curation Centre as Advisory Services Manager, leading a world-class team of digital curation practitioners in offering leading-edge expertise and insight in a range of issues to a primarily higher and further education audience. His most recent work at the DCC has involved leading its work in trusted repository Audit and Certification. He also lectures on multimedia systems and design on the MSc in Information Technology run by the Computing Science Department at Glasgow.

Heike Neuroth holds a Ph.D in Geology. Since 1997 she has been working at the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) in Germany, where she heads the department Research and Development (RDD). An expert in the field of metadata, digital preservation, digital library services, she is engaged in several national and international initiatives, projects and working groups dealing with digital libraries. She is also the secretary of DINI eV (German Initiative for Network Information) which was founded on the model of the Coalition of Network Information (CNI) in the USA.

Erik Oltmans received his M.A. degree from Nijmegen University in 1994 and his Ph.D degree from the University of Twente in 1999, both in the fields of natural language processing and knowledge management. He joined the Dutch Telematica Institute in 2000, where he was involved in several content engineering projects. From 2000 to 2002 he chaired the MPEG-7 working group on Metadata Integration. As of 2003 Erik works for the national library of the Netherlands, first as head of the e-Depot department, and since 2005 as head of the Acquisitions and Cataloguing Division. Erik is actively involved in the field of digital archiving and digital presentation, and has authored and co-authored many publications on these subjects. (Abstract of presentation)

Sandy Payette is a leader of digital library research and development in the Information Science program at Cornell University. She plays a unique role that bridges research and innovation with practical applications and open-source software deployment. Sandy collaborates with scholars and practitioners nationally and internationally. Her research areas include scholarly communication, digital libraries, digital preservation, information network overlays and web information systems, information modeling, metadata, and policy enforcement for digital content. Sandy is a founder and co-director of the internationally-recognized Fedora Project (http://www.fedora/info). Fedora provides sophisticated digital repository software for libraries, museums, educational institutions, and other information management organizations. Fedora is based on Sandy’s original NSF-funded research known as the Flexible Extensible Digital Object and Repository Architecture (Fedora), funded by DARPA/NSF. This research evolved into a collaborative open-source software project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Fedora is deployed in over 50 countries world-wide is the basis of several commercial products.

Stephen Rankin obtained a Honours Degree in Applied Physics from Oxford Brookes University (1998) and went on to complete a Ph.D in Physics - Nonlinear Dynamics and Synergetics (2003) at the The University of Manchester. Since then he has been employed within the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC) in various capacities including working on such projects as Starlink which provided leading edge interactive data reduction and analysis facilities to UK Astronomy scientists. Currently he works for two projects - the Cultural, Artistic and Scientific knowledge for Preservation, Access and Retrieval (CASPAR) project and the Digital Curation Centre (DCC). His role in these projects is to perform research and development of tools and methods for long-term preservation of digital information. His current research interests are: data description languages, scientific data object visualisation and long-term preservation of algorithms and software.

Vicky Reich is Director and co-founder of the LOCKSS Program. Prior to the LOCKSS Program, she was, for eight years, the Assistant Director of HighWire Press. Vicky works to facilitate the industry's transition from print to online publishing models. She has over 20 years of extensive library experience in both public and technical services and has held positions at the: Upjohn Company; University of Michigan; Library of Congress; National Agricultural Library; and Stanford University. She earned her MLS from the University of Michigan. For further information see,

Seamus Ross, Professor of Humanities Informatics and Digital Curation, and Director of Humanities Computing and Information Management at the University of Glasgow, runs HATII (Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute) ( of which he is the founding director. He is an Associate Director of the Digital Curation Centre in the UK (, a co-principal investigator in the DELOS Digital Libraries Network of Excellence (, and Principal Director of DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) ( He was Principal Director of ERPANET a European Commission activity to enhance the preservation of cultural heritage and scientific digital objects (, and a key player in The Digital Culture Forum (DigiCULT Forum) which worked to improve the take-up of cutting edge research and technology by the cultural heritage sector ( Before joining the University of Glasgow he was Head of ICT at the British Academy and a technologist at a company specialising in knowledge engineering. He earned a doctorate from the University of Oxford.  Some of his publications are available at

Barbara Signori is a librarian working at the Swiss National Library (SNL) in Berne, Switzerland, as a Project Manager in the e-Helvetica Project. She has been involved in this project since 2000, having previously worked for a number of years in the Cataloguing and National Bibliography Department of the library. The objective of the e-Helvetica Project is to build a collection of Swiss electronic publications and to set up digital archives for their long-term archiving. The collecting, cataloguing, dissemination, and archiving of e-Helvetica will become an integral part of SNL operations. As Project Manager "Organisation", Barbara Signori is responsible for the librarian aspects of e-Helvetica, such as the collection policy, selection criteria, legal deposit for electronic publications, cataloguing, access etc, as well as dealing with the producers of electronic publications such as publishers, universities and other organizations. (Abstract of presentation)

Adam Smith is a systems librarian at Cornell University Library. Currently, he is a co-developer on the MathArc project to implement a distributed, interoperable system for the long-term preservation and dissemination of digital serial literature in mathematics and statistics.

Tim Tamminga is currently Director of Business Development, Archive Solutions, with Endeavor Information Systems, and is focused on building relationships with partners for Endeavor's digital preservation and permanent access projects. He has been with Endeavor since 2002. Prior to that, he was a Senior Director with ObjectWave, a Chicago-based software development consultancy specializing in server-side object oriented technology. Tim also spent three years with SCT (now SunGard) working with Canadian higher education institutions. Tim spent six years as Director of Academic Sales with Ovid Technologies. He has also worked at NOTIS and Geac. Tim has Masters degrees in Library Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto and York University.

Dr. Kenneth Thibodeau is Director of the Electronic Records Archives (ERA) Program Management Office at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). ERA is NARA’s strategic initiative to build a virtual archives capable of preserving all types of electronic records and delivering them to future generations of users on future generations of technology. Dr. Thibodeau has 30 years experience in archives and records management, and is an internationally recognized expert in electronic records. He has served as Chief of the Records Management Branch of the National Institutes of Health, the world’s largest biomedical research organization, Director of the Center for Electronic Records at NARA, and Director of the DoD Records Management Task Force, which developed the DoD Records Management Application Standard, 5015.2-STD, the U.S. Government’s standard for records management software. He studied at Fordham University in New York and the University of Strasbourg, France. He earned a Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania. In recent years, he has been a visiting professor and lecturer at the University of British Columbia, the Ecole Nationale des Chartes in France, the Archives School at the University of Marburg in Germany, and the University of Glasgow in Scotland. A Fellow of the Society of American Archivists, he has published over 30 papers and spoken at more than 150 conferences around the world. (Abstract of presentation)

David Thomas is Director of Collections and Technology at the National Archives, London, England. His role is to lead for TNA on the strategy for, and delivery of, content and technology services. In particular, to lead the development and delivery of a strategy for a more coherent and joined-up government records service. He is also responsible for the provision of advice and guidance to external holders of records and the care of the collections. In the digital preservation field, he is Senior Responsible Owner on Seamless Flow, the organisation’s major programme to acquire, preserve and make available electronic records created by the UK government. David has spent most of his career at the National Archives in London. His previous roles include the development of the National Archives’ online catalogue of its holdings and the online delivery of digital images. Currently, he is heavily involved in the development of a global search tool to allow searches across much of the UK’s archival resources. (Abstract of presentation)

René van Horik is working as theme manager at DANS (“Data Archiving & Networked Services”) a joint initiative of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). DANS, launched in the summer of 2005, is the Dutch National organisation responsible for storing and providing access to research data from the humanities and social sciences. It operates as a network, with a centre responsible for organising the data infrastructure. Digital durability and long term access to research data is an important issue for DANS and René is involved in several projects in which this action line is implemented. He received his M.A. degree in History from Nijmegen University and earned a Ph.D. in information science from Delft University of Technology.

Tyler O. Walters is the Associate Director, Technology and Resource Services, Georgia Institute of Technology Library and Information Center. He provides leadership, vision, and expertise in digital library programs, information technologies, electronic resources management, metadata, and archives and records. He is a co-PI with the MetaArchive Cooperative, one of the eight original digital preservation partnerships with LC/NDIIPP ( and ( Currently, he serves on the NSF/NSDL Sustainability Committee, the ACRL Research Committee, and is Chair, DSpace Program Committee for the 2nd International Conference on Open Repositories (San Antonio, TX, January 2007). Mr. Walters has published 15 articles, presented over 40 conference papers, and is a recipient of the Society of American Archivists’ Ernst Posner Award for best article in the American Archivist. He previously served as Library Director, Institute of Paper Science and Technology (Atlanta, GA), as Head, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University, and began his career at the Northwestern University Library and at the North Carolina Division of Archives and History. More information is available at:

Andrew Wilson is currently working as Preservation Services and Projects Manager at the Arts and Humanities Data Service which is based at King’s College London. AHDS is responsible for collecting and preserving the digital outputs of Higher Education research projects in the Arts and Humanities sphere. My day to day work involves operational and research activities involving metadata and digital preservation. Before coming to AHDS, I worked for the National Archives of Australia, managing an R&D project developing a long-term preservation approach for digital records. Prior to that, I worked on developing and implementing a DC-based metadata element set, AGLS, across the Australian Public Service. I am currently a member of the Dublin Core Usage Board and the Advisory Board, and co-chair of the DC-Agents Working Group.

Ian E. Wilson was appointed Librarian and Archivist of Canada in Library and Archives Canada in 2004. He had been appointed National Archivist of Canada in July 1999 and with the then National Librarian Roch Carrier developed and led the process to create a new knowledge institution for Canada in the 21st century. Born in Montreal, Quebec, in April 1943, Ian Wilson attended the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean and obtained a Masters degree from Queen's University in 1974. In 2001, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters (D. Litt.) from York University in recognition of his contribution to Canadian archives. In 2002, he became member of the Order of Canada. In 2003, he was elected Fellow of the Society of American Archivists and appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France. Mr. Wilson has had a distinguished career in several areas, including archival and information management, university teaching and government service. He began his career at Queen's University Archives (1967); later becoming Saskatchewan's Provincial Archivist (1976-86) and Chairman of the Saskatchewan Heritage Advisory Board. He was appointed Archivist of Ontario in 1986, position he held until 1999. For several years he was also responsible for the Ontario Public Library system. Mr. Wilson chaired the Consultative Group on Canadian Archives on behalf of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The Group's report, Canadian Archives - generally known as the "Wilson Report" - was published in 1980 and has been described as "a milestone in the history of archival development in Canada." As Librarian and Archivist, Mr. Wilson serves on the Service Transformation Advisory Committee of the Treasury Board of Canada and was appointed their Information Management co-Champion for the Government of Canada in 2002. He is a member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor in the Faculties of Information Studies and Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto. He has also served as President of the Ontario Historical Society (1975-1976) and more recently was President of the Champlain Society from 1995 to 2003, and Vice-President of the International Council on Archives from 2000 to 2004. Mr. Wilson has been involved with the Canadian archival and library communities for over 30 years. He has worked diligently to make archives accessible and interesting to a wide range of audiences. He has helped safeguard the integrity of archival records while at the same time encouraging an active use of them by the public. In addition, he has published extensively on history, archives, heritage, and information management and has lectured both nationally and abroad.