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Digital Preservation – The Planets Way

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Maurice van den Dobbelsteen

Maurice van den Dobbelsteen (1966) is Senior Advisor Digital Longevity at the Nationaal Archief. He works almost full-time on the PLANETS project, where his key responsibilities are the Testbed and Emulation workpackages and integration with other parts of the project.

Maurice previously worked in Internet-related IT enterprise. After a career switch involving a masters programme Social Studies of Science & Technology (STS) at the University of Amsterdam, he joined the Nationaal Archief in July 2008.

Volker Heydegger

Volker Heydegger received a MA degree at the University of Cologne in applied computer science for the humanities (Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Informationsverarbeitung, HKI). Since 2004 he is a research associate at HKI, mainly involved in digital preservation projects, starting with DELOS, the long running EU-funded Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries, where he has participated in the preservation cluster of the project. Since 2006 he is engaged in Planets with main focus on information abstraction and characterization. Heydegger is also currently working towards his PhD, which deals with the suitability of file formats for digital preservation, especially with regard to the aspect of data corruption.

Nikola Ikonomov

After graduating from the Sofia Technical University, Dr. Nikola Ikonomov acquired a PhD degree following a successful post-graduate training placement at Osaka University in 1986. He became Associate Professor in 1988 at the Institute for Computing Technique and Technologies. During his long career as a computer scientist, Nikola Ikonomov has coordinated many national and international projects relating to the development of the ES mainframe computer family. In 1997 Nikola Ikonomov joined the Institute for Bulgarian Language at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences as chair of the Laboratory for Phonetics and Speech Communication. From 2006 he has also held a part-time professorship at the Institute for Mathematics and Informatics, where he is co-chairing the Digitization Centre. Nikola Ikonomov is an author of more than 80 scientific publications, books, manuals, and patents.

Gabriella Ivacs

Gabriella Ivacs, MA, Chief Archivist and Records Manager of the Open Society Archives, Budapest, Hungary. Since 1999 she has been working on developing an archival and records management strategy of the Soros Foundations Network. (An international, non-profit organization present in almost 30 countries in the world) Her recent focus is on digital scholarship and knowledge sharing in academic sector, she is also heavily involved in introducing open standards and open source applications among human rights organizations and archives. In addition to her background in NGO field, she initiated digitization projects relating to Cold War history, among them creating the on-line archive of Radio Free Europe and Liberty. Ms. Ivacs serves as the board member of the National Endowment Trust for Culture in Hungary. Since 2006 she has been the Chair of the Hungarian Chapter of Open Document Format Alliance. She is also the author and director of two documentary films and several exhibitions relating to the Roma minority and the history of Cold War.

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.

Jan Schnasse

Jan Schnasse is a scientific assistant at the Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Informationsverarbeitung (Humanities Computer Science ), University Cologne. He received his Magister Artium in 2006 and is currently working on a doctoral thesis about object based storage and long term preservation. In 2006 he joined the PLANETS project, researching file format chararcterisation and novel storage technologies.