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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.

Giovanni Bergamin

Giovanni Bergamin is the head of ICT services at Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (BNCF) since 1990. He was born in 1952 and he got the first-class degree in Philosophy at University of Padua in 1976. On behalf of BNCF he has been involved in important European project and in national working groups and Committees on library ICT management and on digital libraries. He is the author of articles on library ICT management and he has been involved in teaching experiences on library and information science. On behalf of BNCF he is contributing to the Magazzini Digitali architecture (digital preservation infrastructure for Italian libraries).

Amir Bernstein

Amir Bernstein joined the Swiss Federal Archives in 2008 as a researcher responsible for the archiving of relational databases. He is project manager and product owner of SIARD. Amir is also a member of the Planets Preservation Action and Dissemination sub-projects. He began his career as an archivist at the Israeli Ministry of the Interior and subsequently a translator at the Middle East Media Research Institute in Berlin. Amir holds a bachelor degree in history and classical Studies from the Tel-Aviv University, a Master of Arts from Tel-Aviv in cooperation with the University of Munich, as well as a PhD. in modern History from the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Clive Billenness

Clive Billenness works for the British Library and is the Programme Manager for the Planets Project. A Certified Information Systems Auditor, he is also qualified in Project and Programme Management, and holds the UK Office of Government Commerce's accreditation as a Practitioner in the Management of Risk.

Clive is a member of the Office of Government Commerce’s Examination Board for Project, Programme and Risk Management qualifications and is also the Regional Chairman of the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy’s Computer Audit sub-group. He is a regular contributor to the CIPFA magazine "The Account".

Sara van Bussel

After graduating in Cultural Heritage studies in 2008, Sara van Bussel started as a full time researcher for Planets at KB-NL. Among other, she is involved in the development of the preservation action Tool Registry (Pronom), the preservation planning model, the gap analysis in tool provision, Testbed and other work packages of Planets.

Rossella Caffo

Rossella Caffo is the director of the Central Institute for the Unified Catalogue of the Italian Libraries (ICCU) in Rome and is entrusted by the DG for the Technological Innovation and Promotion of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities to follow ministerial initiatives dealing with new technologies applied to cultural heritage. In this capacity she coordinates national and international projects, such as the Italian Culture Portal, the European projects MINERVA, MinervaPLUS and MinervaEC, MICHAEL and MichaelPLUS, ATHENA. She directed the University library in Cagliari, the Information and Statistical Service of the General Secretary of the Italian Ministry for Culture from 2001 to 2004, and the Library of Modern and Contemporary History in Rome from 2005 to 2008. In 2001, Rossella Caffo was appointed by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities as the Italian representative in the European National Representatives Group for Digitisation of Cultural Heritage, established by the European Commission.This role has been renewed in 2007 when she was appointed as the Italian representative in the Member States Expert Group on Digitisation and Digital preservation, established by the European Commission. Between 1994 and 1997 she was President of Italian Library Association (AIB) and from 1997 to 2001 was a member of the EBLIDA Executive Committee as the representative of AIB.

Vittore Casarosa

Vittore Casarosa graduated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Pisa. After a few years spent as a researcher at CNR (the Italian National Research Council), he has spent many years in the R&D laboratories of IBM in Italy, France and in the US, doing and managing research mostly in image processing and networking. Since 1996 he has been Research Associate at CNR, at the Institute for Information Science and Technology in Pisa (ISTI-CNR), where he was the Deputy Director of DELOS, the Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries, and is presently associated with the activities of the Multimedia Laboratory in the field of Digital Libraries. Since 2008 he has collaborated with HATII at the University of Glasgow for training activities on the preservation of digital objects. Since 1996 he has held a teaching assignment at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Pisa, where he presently teaches a course on Technologies for e-Commerce. He also teaches courses on Digital Libraries at the Free University of Bolzano, at the University of Parma and at the University of Pisa.

Mark Guttenbrunner

Mark Guttenbrunner is PhD researcher at the Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology. Since 1996 he has worked as an employee and as an independent IT consultant for different companies and universities in Austria. Mark graduated the diploma study in Computer Science from the Vienna University of Technology in 2007. His special interests are preservation planning, emulation, and the preservation of video games.

Hans Hofman

Hans Hofman is senior advisor on digital longevity at the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands. He is involved in several programmes in the area of e-government with respect to recordkeeping, metadata, digital preservation and open standards. He represents the Nationaal Archief in PLANETS research project (2006-2010, and he is since 2000 representing the Netherlands in ISO TC46/SC11 on Records Management, in which committee he is chairing the Working Group on RM metadata. He has acted as co-director of ERPANET (2001-2004, and was co-investigator in InterPares project (1999-2006,, and coordinated the participation in the Digital Preservation Europe coordination action (2006-2009,, in which project he was responsible for the development of DRAMBORA. He has given numerous presentations and written many articles on topics like digital preservation, recordkeeping metadata and electronic records management.

Ross King

Ross King received his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University. After moving to Vienna in 1995, he migrated to the IT sector, and joined the Austrian Institute of Technology in 2002 to help found the Digital Memory Engineering group, which he presently leads. His research interests are primarily concerned with digital preservation and semantic multimedia information management. He has been active in a number of European projects, including TELplus, Planets, and EuropeanaConnect.

Hannes Kulovits

Hannes Kulovits is currently a PhD researcher at the Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems at the Vienna University of Technology. He received his Master in Business Informatics from the Vienna University of Technology in 2005. He is actively involved in several research projects in the field of Digital Preservation where his main focus lies in Preservation Planning and Recommender Systems.

Martín M. Morales

Biography to follow.

Edith Michaeler

Edith is deputy sub-project lead at Planets Testbed and member at Planets Dissemination and Take up. Before joining the Department for Research and Development at the Austrian National Library (ONB), she worked (till 2008) as a press officer at the Austrian Parliament.  Edith studied History and Political Sciences in Vienna and Paris and holds a Masters degree in History (2004). She is also trained in journalism and PR (Diploma 2006). She used to work as a journalist and press officer in lobbying organisations in Vienna and Brussels.

Barbara Sierman

Barbara Sierman MA, studied Dutch literature of the Enlightenment at the University of Amsterdam. She then joined Pica (now OCLC) as a library consultant. She had held various positions at IT companies as a consultant, the last at Cap Gemini. In 2005 she started at the National Library of The Netherlands (KB) in the Research and Development Department and is now Digital Preservation Manager. She is engaged in the EU projects PLANETS and DRIVER and participates in international working groups on digital preservation, like TRAC, GDFR, IIPC and JHOVE2. She has given many presentations on digital preservation, preservation metadata and organising digital preservation and has published several articles on these topics.

Manfred Thaller

Manfred Thaller was born in 1950. PhD (Modern History) 1975, University of Graz, Austria. PostDoc Sociology, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, 1978. 1978 - 1997 research fellow / senior research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut for History, Göttingen. Research on a general methodology of historical computer science. Since 1995 also professor of "Historical computer Science" at the University of Bergen, Norway. Visiting prof. Jerusalem (1987), London (1993), Firenze (1993). 1997 - 2000 founding director of the "Humanities Information Technology Research Programme" and the attached research centre of the University of Bergen, Norway. From 2000 onwards Prof. of "Historisch Kulturwissenschaftliche Informationsverarbeitung" (Humanities Computer Science) at the University at Cologne, Germany. Has managed or participated to over 20 projects in Applied research in the Library area / Digitization of Cultural Heritage area.