D-Lib Magazine
July/August 2003

Volume 9 Number 7/8

ISSN 1082-9873

Authors in the July/August 2003 Issue of D-Lib Magazine

Thomas Baker

Dr. Thomas H. Baker is a Project Leader at the Birlinghoven Library of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Bonn. He holds an MLS from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Stanford University, and he taught for two years at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok. As a partner in the EU-funded projects SCHEMAS and CORES, an activity lead in the DELOS Network of Excellence, and founding head of the Usage Board of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, he is interested in the development of open standards for metadata and related registry infrastructures.

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John L. Bennett

John Bennett left IBM in 1992 after 30 years in the Research Division to become an independent consultant. He specializes in assisting cross-cultural software development teams (engineers, social scientists) in collaborating to achieve design results oriented to meeting the needs of ordinary users. His consulting includes engagements in the United States, England, Sweden, Finland, and Australia. His current focus is on designs that support producers and consumers as they create and access digital document content packaged for preservation.

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Makx Dekkers

Makx Dekkers has been Managing Director of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative since 2001. Since the 1980’s, he has been involved in information technology, standards and international co-operation. He was Head of Development at Pica (the national centre for library automation) in The Netherlands, and Information Technology consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, working on metadata, interoperability standards and cultural diversity in IT. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the MIReG (Managing Information Resources in e-Government), a work item under the IDA (Interchange of Documents between Administrations) Programme of the European Commission. Before joining DCMI in his current role, he was a member of the DCMI Advisory Committee and chair of the DCMI Government Working Group. Makx has the nationality of The Netherlands and speaks Dutch, English, French, German and Italian. He lives and works in Luxembourg.

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Susanne Dobratz

Susanne Dobratz is head of the Electronic Publishing Group (, a joint effort of the Library and the Computer and Media Services, at Humboldt University. She graduated in Computer Science and has been responsible for several e-publishing projects at the Computer and Media Services at Humboldt University since 1997, e.g., Digital Dissertations, Germany-wide Dissertation Online project, XML Portal, and the Open Archives Forum. She worked within the UNESCO Guide on Electronic Theses and Dissertations and works for Humboldt University within NDLTD.

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Henry M. Gladney

An IBM Research Staff Member from 1963 until 2000, Gladney now offers managerial and technical consulting for digital content management and digital preservation. He designed the IBM Digital Library offered since 1993 and invented a network delivery method that combines the consistency of relational DBMS products with the high performance of distributed file services and multimedia data streaming. This method has recently been delivered in IBM Content Manager. Gladney is an ACM member and a Fellow of the American Physical Society with more than 60 refereed publications and a dozen patents. He also publishes the Digital Document Quarterly.

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John H. Hagen

John Hagen is coordinator of the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) program for the University Libraries at West Virginia University, where he has provided advice and assistance since 1989. He has served on the WVU ETD Task Force and helped to develop its program and policy, and he has been involved with the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations since 1998. Originally from Flint, Michigan, he studied sociology at Michigan State University where he launched his career at the MSU Libraries. He has published in the proceedings of the ETD symposia and presented at a variety of digital library and information technology conferences. His interests are in ETD implementation issues, multimedia and music/audio production and spreading the ETD gospel.

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Thomas B. Hickey

Thom Hickey helped found the Office of Research at OCLC in 1977, and has been Chief Scientist at OCLC since 1994. His interests include electronic publishing, information retrieval and display, and metadata creation and editing systems. In addition to working on FRBR work-level algorithms, he leads a group investigating how to harvest and derive relationships from diverse metadata objects. He also serves as chair of the standards committee of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations ( Dr. Hickey did his graduate work at SUNY Geneseo and at the University of Illinois.

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Michael Nelson

Michael L. Nelson received his B.S. (1991) in computer science from Virginia Tech and his M.S. (1997) and Ph.D. (2000) in computer science from Old Dominion University. He worked at NASA Langley Research Center from 1991-2002. Through a NASA fellowship, he spent the 2000-2001 academic year at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In July 2002, he joined the Computer Science Department of Old Dominion University.

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Elaine Peterson

Elaine Peterson is an Associate Professor at Montana State University Libraries in Bozeman, Montana, where she works in Collection Development and Cataloging. In 1998 she was the recipient of an IMLS grant resulting in the digital Web collection, "Indian Peoples of the Northern Great Plains". Her research areas include the construction and organization of digital libraries, as well as their ongoing development through various evaluation methodologies.

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Peter Schirmbacher

Dr. Schirmbacher is director of the Computer and Media Services of Humboldt University Berlin. He graduated in economic science and holds a Ph.D. in applied information science. He is a member of the Association for Supporting a Research Network (DFN Verein), member of the board of the Association of Centres of Information and Communication in Research and Education (ZKI), and also a board member of the German Initiative for Networking Information (DINI). His recent work includes the project management of "Electronic publishing of dissertations at Humboldt University" from 1997-2000, "Secure University network administration" from 1999-2001, and "Dissertations Online (DissOnline)" 1999-2001. He is especially interested in electronic publishing, metadata, retrieval methods and Open Archive systems.

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Herbert Van de Sompel

Herbert Van de Sompel graduated in Mathematics and Computer Science at Ghent University, and in 2000, obtained a Ph.D. there. For many years, he was Head of Library Automation at Ghent University. After having left Ghent in 2000, he has been Visiting Professor in Computer Science at Cornell University, and Director of e-Strategy and Programmes at the British Library. Currently, he is the team leader of the Digital Library Research and Prototyping Team at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Herbert has played a major role in creating the Open Archives Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, the OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services, and the SFX linking server.

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Vicky York

Vicky York is an Associate Professor at Montana State University Libraries. She serves as the libraries' distance education coordinator and has taught in the distance program of Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management. She has developed a Website of resources for those teaching online. Her main area of research is faculty development in online instruction, including the use of digital collections of course materials.

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Jeffrey A. Young

Jeff Young received his B.S. in computer science from Ohio State University and graduated Beta Phi Mu with an M.L.S from Kent State University. He has worked for OCLC since 1987 and in the Office of Research since 1996. In addition to his involvement with OAI and NDLTD, other areas of research include authority control and web services.

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DOI: 10.1045/july2003-authors