Quality - Experts

Genevieve Clavel-Merrin, Senior Manager, Swiss National Library

Genevieve Clavel-Merrin has worked in senior management at the Swiss National Library since 1998, managing international cooperation and collaborative projects, including the Multilingual Access to Subjects (MACS) project, representing the SNL in the European Library project and its extension TEL-ME-MOR. She is a member of the National Libraries Section of IFLA.

Nicola Ferro, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Padua, Italy

Nicola Ferro is Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Padua. The main topics of his research concern: digital libraries and archives; multilingual information access and retrieval; evaluation of digital library and multilingual information access systems. Since 2008 he has served as Unit Leader of TrebleCLEF: Evaluation Best Practice and Collaboration for Multilingual Information Access; since 2007 he has participated in TELplus Project and SAPIR: Search In Audio Visual Content Using Peer-to-peer IR.

Sarah Higgins, Standards Adviser, Digital Curation Centre, UK

Sarah Higgins is  currently lecturer of Archives and Records Management at the Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK. Before that she served as the Standards Advisor for the Digital Curation Centre (DCC), based at Edinburgh University, where she was is responsible for the DCC DIFFUSE Project, which aims to document standards frameworks for a number of disciplines. She provides guidance and documentation regarding the use of standards applicable to digital curation, and comments, on behalf of the DCC, on emerging standards, or those undergoing revision. She recently coordinated the development of the DCC Curation Lifecycle Model. As a qualified archivist, Sarah’s previous roles include: Metadata Coordinator for Edinburgh University Library, and Project Archivist, with responsibility for IT implementation, for both the Rebuilding the City Project and the NAHSTE Project at Edinburgh University Archives. Previously she was Geographic Information Research Officer for the British Antarctic Survey and Secretary to the UK Antarctic Place-names Committee. Sarah sits on the Executive Committee of the UK Society of Archivists Data Standards Group.

René van Horik, Program Manager, Data Archiving & Networked Services (DANS), Netherlands

René van Horik works as program manager at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science, whose mission is to enable long term access and re-use of scholarly data. He is involved in a number of initiatives to enhance the durability of research data. He holds a PHD in Information Science from Delft Technical University and an MA in Economic and Social History from Nijmegen University. René joined the Quality Working Group in January 2010.

Wolfram Horstmann, CIO Scholarly Information, Bielefeld University, Germany

Wolfram Horstmann is CIO Scholarly Information at Bielefeld University, affiliated to the Bielefeld University Library. He is a Biologist by training, has an experimental research background in Computational Neuroscience and received his PhD for work in Theory of Science. He has been involved in information management developments since 1997, e.g. distributed systems for academic publishing (across science and humanities, DIPP), for complex media in eLearning and electronic textbooks (educational simulations for neuroscience and neuroinformatics, MONIST) and for generic information management infrastructures (DRIVER: Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision of European Research).

Sarantos Kapidakis, Professor of Informatics, Department of Archives & Library Services, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece

Sarantos Kapidakis is professor of Informatics at the Department of Archives and Library Sciences at the Ionian University at Corfu, Greece and director of the Laboratory on Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing. He received a PhD degree in Computer Science from Princeton University in 1990, on “Average case analysis of graph searching algorithms”. He also holds an MSc from Princeton University and a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from National Technical University of Athens. In the past, he has served as Head of Information Systems in the National Documentation Centre, in Greece, and as a professor and researcher at the Computer Science Department of the University of Crete, and the Institute of Computer Science of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas. He has also worked as a researcher at the Operations Research Center, at MIT, USA. He is a member of the Steering committee of the General State Archives of Greece.

Dirk Roorda, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), Netherlands

Dirk Roorda holds a PhD in Mathematical Logic from the University of Amsterdam. Now he is employed by Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, whose mission is to enable long term access and re-use of scholarly data. He carries out three roles: managing the DANS' programme in the field of language and text resources, leading a three year software project in Digital Preservation, coordinating the ICT resources for DANS. In the past he took a three year break in order to study field linguistics, anthropology and the Hebrew language, after which he has worked ten years as a software engineer in the publishing industry, with a focus on SGML and XML. Dirk has been part of the DL.org Quality Working Group for 2009.

Seamus Ross, Dean of the faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Canada

Seamus Ross is Dean of the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Seamus was Professor of Humanities Informatics and Digital Curation, and founding Director of the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII)at the University of Glasgow from 1997 through 2008. He was Associate Director of the Digital Curation Centre in the UK , 2004-8), Principal Director of DigitalPreservationEurope DPE and a partner in Preservation and Long-term Access through NETworked Services Planets. He was a co-principal investigator in the DELOS Digital Libraries Network of Excellence (2002-8). He was Principal Director of ERPANET, a European Commission activity to enhance the preservation of cultural heritage and scientific digital objects. His research focuses on digital preservation including work on preservation, repository design, digital library design and services, ingest, and semantic metadata extraction.

Tefko Saracevic, Professor at the School of Communication, Information & Library Science, Rutgers University, U.S.

Tefko Saracevic is a professor II at the School of Communication, Information and Library Science at Rutgers University. He has researched and published widely on the evaluation of information retrieval systems; notion of relevance in information science; human aspects in human-computer interaction in information retrieval; user and use studies in information science and librarianship; studies of user-derived value of information and library services; evaluation of digital libraries; and analysis of web queries as submitted to search engines. He received the Gerard Salton Award for Excellence in Research, by the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval, Association for Computing Machinery (SIGIR/ACM) in 1997; the ASIS Award of Merit in 1995; the 1989 Best Paper Award in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science; the ASIS Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award in 1985; and the Rutgers University Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research in 1991.

Giuseppina Vullo, Researcher, Humanities Advanced technology & Information Institute (HATII), University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Giuseppina Vullo is a researcher at the Humanities Advanced Technology Institute (HATII), University of Glasgow. Her research interests range from quality to contextualisation in digital libraries and enhancement of special collections within digital environments. She was a DigitalPreservationEurope Exchange (DPEX) fellow at HATII in 2008, where she worked on digital collections assessment, applying Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA) and InterPARES 3 methodologies. She completed a PhD in Library Science and has previously worked in university libraries and international institutes in Italy and Switzerland.