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Les Carr

Les Carr is a Senior Lecturer in Distributed Information Systems at the University of Southampton and is also EPrints' Technical Director. He started researching the role of the Web in Digital Library systems for his PhD and has been actively promoting Open Access repositories since 1999. His current research activities concern the practical impact of repositories in research organisations and the future merging of repositories with Semantic Web information management techniques. He runs a number of JISC-funded projects to provide preservation services for repositories, to adapt repositories for use in the experimental sciences, for research assessment and for co-prdination of download impact statistics. With his PhD students he is also investigating how to manage metadata quality and how to predict citation impact from preprint download statistics.

Brian Fitzgerald

Professor Brian Fitzgerald is a well-known intellectual property and information technology lawyer. He has published articles on Law and the Internet in Australia, the United States, Europe, Nepal, India, Canada and Japan and his latest (co-authored) books are Cyberlaw: Cases and Materials on the Internet, Digital Intellectual Property and E Commerce (2002); Jurisdiction and the Internet (2004); Intellectual Property in Principle (2004). Over the past five years Brian has delivered seminars on information technology and intellectual property law in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, Nepal, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Norway and the Netherlands. In October 1999 Brian delivered the Seventh Annual Tenzer Lecture - Software as Discourse: The Power of Intellectual Property in Digital Architecture - at Cardozo Law School in New York. Through the first half of 2001 Brian was a Visiting Professor at Santa Clara University Law School in Silicon Valley in the USA. In January 2003 Brian delivered lectures in India and Nepal and in February 2003 was invited as part of a distinguished panel of three to debate the Theoretical Underpinning of Intellectual Property Law at University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. During 2005 Brian has presented talks in Germany, India and China and was a Visiting Professor in the Oxford University Internet Institute’s Summer Doctoral Program in Beijing in July 2005. He is also a Chief Investigator in the newly awarded ARC Centre of Excellence on Creative Industries and Innovation. He is also Project Leader for the DEST funded Open Access to Knowledge Law Project OAK Law Project, looking at legal protocols for open access to the Australian research sector. His current projects include work on digital copyright issues across the areas of Open Content Licensing and the Creative Commons, Free and Open Source Software, Fan Based Production of Computer Games, Licensing of Digital Entertainment and Anti-Circumvention Law. Brian is a Project Leader for Creative Commons in Australia. From 1998-2002 Brian was Head of the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University in New South Wales, Australia and in January 2002 was appointed as Head of the School of Law at QUT in Brisbane, Australia.

Renato Iannella

Dr Renato Iannella is a Program Leader at National ICT Australia (NICTA) Queensland Laboratory. His research covers eSecurity technologies and standards in information and rights management. Renato has extensive experience in the development of Internet, Web, and Mobile technologies and standards and was a former member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Advisory Board.

Renato also is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong and was previously the Chief Scientist at LiveEvents Wireless, IPR Systems and Principal Research Scientist at the Distributed Systems Technology Centre (DSTC).

Neil McLean

Professor Neil McLean is National Technical Standards Advisor to the Department of Education Science and Training (DEST). He advises on technical standards and interoperability issues relating to research information infrastructure and e-learning infrastructure. In pursuing the development and implementation of technical standards he leads a small team funded by DEST to participate in various standards initiatives, both nationally and internationally. He is a Board of Management member for the JISC/DEST e-Framework initiative, a member of the e-Research Coordinating Committee Technical Working Party and a member of the Australian Research Information Infrastructure Committee (ARIIC).

Timothy Miles-Board

Timothy Miles-Board is a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton and is also in charge of EPrints Services, a new initiative which has been providing consultancy, support and training for EPrints repositories since its launch in August 2005. He obtained his PhD in
2004 in the study of document authoring paradigms in the Web and Semantic Web, and has worked on several projects in this area. His current research activities concern developing digital data and document repositories for laboratory-based science, and adapting repositories to facilitate research assessment.

Mackenzie Smith

MacKenzie Smith is the Associate Director for Technology at the MIT Libraries, where she oversees the Libraries' use of technology and its digital library research program. She is currently acting as the project director at MIT for DSpace, MIT's collaboration with Hewlett-Packard Labs to develop an open source digital repository for scholarly research material in digital formats. She was formerly the Digital Library Program Manager in the Harvard University Library's Office for Information Systems where she managed the design and implementation of the Library Digital Initiative there, and she has also held positions in the library IT departments at Harvard and the University of Chicago. Her research interests are in applied technology for libraries and academia, and digital libraries and archives in particular.

Sandy Payette

Sandy Payette leads digital library research and development projects at Cornell University’s Information Science program. She is founder and co-director of the internationally-recognized Fedora Project that deploys sophisticated open-source software that forms the basis of digital libraries, institutional repositories, digital archives, and educational software. She is currently collaborating with colleagues from Cornell and Los Alamos National Laboratory in the NSF-funded Pathways project to design new information architectures for integrating heterogeneous digital repositories and services, and to demonstrate a next-generation scholarly communication system. Sandy’s other research areas include digital preservation, information networks, and automated policy enforcement.

Robert Tansley

Dr Robert Tansley is a Senior Research Scientist at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. He has a PhD from the University of Southampton, where he was the original architect and developer of the EPrints.org software, starting the project with Stevan Harnad in 1999. He was also a member of the OAI-PMH design group. He joined Hewlett-Packard Laboratories at the end of 2000 as architect and lead developer on the DSpace project, initially a collaboration with MIT Libraries and now a major open source platform with a large and vibrant global user and developer community. His main research interests are in technologies and processes for long-term management and preservation of digital media.

John Townsend

John Townshend is General Manager of the Product Group with HarvestRoad. He joined HarvestRoad in January 2000 and has been the key driver for the strategic development of the HarvestRoad Hive® independent digital repository system. John has more than 17 years experience in business systems development and strategic IT and information planning gained from wide industry experience in software development environments, especially in the development of Internet software solutions that relate to document and record management, web content and information portal management.

Andrew Treloar

Dr Andrew Treloar is currently Director, Information Management and Planning within Information Technology Services at Monash University. A major part of this role is implementing the Monash University Information Management Strategy . He is also the ARROW Technical Architect and DART Project Architect. He has held a number of management roles within ITS in the Web and Internet technologies area. For much of his career he was an IT academic, rising to the rank of Senior Lecturer in Information Management at Deakin University. He has taught extensively in the areas of the Internet, database management, project management and electronic information sources. He has also consulted in Australia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, South Korea and Fiji. His research areas include institutional repositories and scholarly communication. He never gets enough time for practising his ‘cello, reading, talking to his chooks, or working in his vegetable garden.

Erik Vullings

Dr. Erik Vullings received his MSc in Mechanical Engineering (specialization in mechatronics, August 1994) and his PhD in Electrical Engineering (specialization in biomedical signal validation, May 1999), both at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. In January 1999, he joined Philips R&D as a systems engineer, developing parts of complex business applications like assembly robots, medical equipment and wafer steppers. In October 2003, he became the programme manager of a €16m European Union funded FP6 project in assembly equipment called EUPASS. In February 2004, he moved to Sydney, Australia, where he is currently working for Macquarie University’s E-Learning Centre of Excellence (MELCOE) as the programme manager and technical lead of a $4.2m DEST funded project called MAMS, the Meta Access Management System project, which is developing solutions to increase research effectiveness using federated, inter-institutional single sign-on using SAML and authorization using XACML.