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Digital Preservation Coalition


Matthew Barr

Matthew Barr joined the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) at the University of Glasgow in December 2007, as a Systems Developer. His projects include "Mapping Sculpture in Britain & Ireland", a British Academy project which aims to reveal the full context of the profession and practice of sculpture during the period 1851-1951, and the PLANETS Testbed. Prior to HATII, Matthew worked for Chivas Brothers Pernod Ricard as an Internet Solutions Analyst after graduating with an MSc in IT from the University of Glasgow in 2005.

Christoph Becker

Christoph Becker is PhD researcher at the Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology. Since 1998 he has worked as an independent IT consultant and software architect on a wider range of IT projects. Christoph graduated with an MSc in Economics and Computer Science from the Vienna University of Technology in 2007 and with an MSc and BSc in Computer Science in 2006 and 2004 respectively. He has been involved in research projects and published research papers at international conferences relating to Digital Preservation. His special interest is Preservation Planning. Christoph is a member of Planets' Scientific Board and advisor to its Technical Coordination Committee.

Andreas Rauber

Andreas Rauber is Associate Professor at the Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems (IFS) at the Vienna University of Technology. Previously, he held ERCIM Research positions at the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), Rocquencourt, and with the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) in Pisa. He is an MSc and PhD graduate in Computer Science of the Vienna University of Technology. Andreas is actively involved in several research projects in the field of Digital Libraries, focusing on the organisation and exploration of large information spaces, Web-archiving and Digital Preservation. He is head of the working group on digital preservation at the Austrian Computer Society and involved in EU projects which include DELOS NoE on Digital Libraries and Digital Preservation Europe. Andreas is a member of the Scientific Board of Planets and the board of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Technical Committee on Digital Libraries.

Kevin Schürer

K. Schürer is Director of the UK Data Archive and of the ESRC/JISC-funded Economic and Social Data Service. He also holds a Professorship in History at the University of Essex. Previously he worked in the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, University of Cambridge, for some ten years before moving to join the Data Archive at Essex. Following a spell lecturing and researching in the History Department at Essex he returned to the Data Archive as Director in 2000.

He is an Academician of the Academy for the Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and the Royal Geographical Society, and a Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He acts as the UK representative for the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) working group in Social Science and Humanities and currently serves as President of the Council of European Social Science Data Archives. He is also a member of the British Library's Advisory Council, the Research Libraries Network Advisory Committee, the RSS Statistics Users Forum Executive, University of Essex Council, and several other the national and international committees.

His publications include: Surveying the people (1992); The use of occupations in historical analysis (1992); A guide to historical data files in machine-readable form (1992); Victorian communities in census enumerator's books (1996); and Changing family size in England and Wales. Place, class and demography, 1891-1911 (2001), as well as a number of chapter and journal articles.

Manfred Thaller

Manfred Thaller is Professor of Humanities Computer Science at the University of Cologne. He graduated in 1975 with a PhD in Modern History from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna. In 1978, Manfred took up the post of research and then senior research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut for History in Goettingen, where he specialised in the field of IT applications in history. He subsequently developed this into the concept of a Humanities computer science, for which he received his professorship at the University of Cologne. Since 1995, Manfred has been part-time professor in Historical Computer Science at the University of Bergen, where he became, in 1997, founding director of the Humanities Information Technology Research Programme and research centre, and then, in 1999, permanent director and professor at the arts faculty. Since 2001, Manfred has been involved in projects in mass digitisation of cultural heritage material resulting in an interest in its survival and additional research focus in the field of long-term preservation. This has increasingly brought him into contact with the library community. Since 2001, he has been a serving member of the German National Research Council's Library Committee.

Natalie Walters

Natalie Walters has worked at the Wellcome Library for nearly four years. During this time her responsibilities have included training new staff, participating in outreach activities, and cataloguing archival collections. Her role has recently adapted to incorporate responsibility for digital material, including working on the procurement of a Digital Object Repository.

Prior to working at the Wellcome Library, she completed an MA in Archives and Records Management at Liverpool University, preceded by a year working as Records Manager and Assistant Archivist at the Eaton Estate, home of the Duke of Westminster.

Matthew Woollard

Matthew Woollard is Associate Director and Head of Digital Preservation and Systems at the UK Data Archive, University of Essex. His primary responsibility in this role is in the development, implementation and maintenance of the UKDA's digital preservation policy. He is also the Project Director for the Online Historical Population Reports Project, one of the first round of JISC-funded Digitisation Projects. A present he is acting Head of Service for AHDS History at the UKDA, a post which he held from January 2003 through to October 2006. He has recently authored reports on 'Academic and technical reviews of historical digital resources'. A report prepared for the IHR/RHS Peer Review and Evaluation of Digital Resources in the Arts and Humanities Project' (2006) and a 'Scoping study for social scientific research materials based on public records and allied archival materials held at TNA' shortly to be published by the ESRC.