PROF HERBERT VAN DE SOMPEL
Is the team leader of the Prototyping Team at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He graduated in Mathematics and Computer Science at Ghent University (Belgium), and in 2000 obtained a Ph.D. in Communication Science there.
For many years, he headed Library Automation at Ghent University. After leaving Ghent in 2000, he was Visiting Professor in Computer Science at Cornell University, and Director of e-Strategy and Programmes at the British Library. The Prototyping Team at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory does research regarding various aspects of scholarly communication in the digital age, including information infrastructure, interoperability, digital preservation and indicators for the assessment of the quality of units of scholarly communication.
Herbert has played a major role in creating the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), the Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse & Exchange specifications (OAI-ORE), the OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services, the SFX linking server, the bX scholarly recommender service, and info URI. Currently, he works with his team on the Open Annotation, Memento (time travel for the Web), ResourceSync, and Hiberlink projects.
PROF STEVAN HARNAD
Born in Budapest, Hungary, did his undergraduate work at McGill University and his graduate work at Princeton University. Currently Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Science at Université du Québec à Montréal and Professor in Electronics and Computer Science at University of Southampton, UK, his research is on categorisation, communication and cognition.
Founder and Editor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (a paper journal published by Cambridge University Press), he is Past President of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, External Member of the Hungarian Academy of Science, and author and contributor to over 300 publications.
He is one of the leading researchers at the forefront of the critical developments in Open Access (OA) across the past decade and a half.
CSPROFESSOR CRAIN SOUDIEN
Is formerly the Director of the School of Education at the University of Cape Town and currently a Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
He has published over 150 articles, reviews, reports, and book chapters in the areas of social difference, culture, education policy, comparative education, educational change, public history and popular culture. He is also the co-editor of three books in District Six, Cape Town and another on comparative education and the author of The Making of Youth Identity in Contemporary South Africa: Race, Culture and Schooling, the author of Realising the Dream: unlearning the logic of race in the South African school, and the co-author of Inclusion and Exclusion in South Africa and Indian Schools.
He was educated at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and holds a PhD from the State university of new York at Buffalo. He is involved in a number of local, national and international social and cultural organizations and is the former Chairperson of the District Six Museum Foundation, Founder and Past President of World Council of Corporative education Societies and was the chair of the Ministerial Committee on Transformation in Higher Education. He is a fellow of a number of local and international universities and academies.
CTPROF CAROL TENOPIR
Will talk about ‘data, information and knowledge’.
Prof Carol Tenopir is a Chancellor’s Professor and Board of Visitors Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the Director of Research for the
College of Communication and Information, and Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies. Her areas of teaching and research include: scholarly communication, electronic publishing, and the information industry. Prior to joining the University of Tennessee faculty in 1994, she was a Professor at the University of Hawaii.
She is the author of five books, including, Communication Patterns of Engineers, winner of the American Society for Engineering Education, Engineering Libraries Division 2005 Best Publication Award, (IEEE/Wiley InterScience, 2004) with Donald W. King. Dr. Tenopir has published over 200 journal articles, is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, and for 28 years wrote the “Online Databases” column for Library Journal.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Dryad data repository and Project COUNTER.
Ms Joy Davidson
Is Associate Director: Digital Curation Centre (DCC), HATII, University of Glasgow. The DCC provides a national focus for research and development into curation issues and promotes expertise and good practice, both nationally and internationally, for the management of all research outputs in digital format. A key objective in the DCC is to keep abreast of emerging funding body and legal requirements relating to research outputs and to disseminate these to researchers and support staff in UK HEIs.
Joy leads a training programme to introduce researchers and support staff to data management sharing. The DCC has won many EU and UK awards for its pioneering achievements. Joy has authored a number of papers in the field of digital curation.
Dr. Tobias Schonwetter
Is the Director of the Intellectual Property Unit at the University of Cape Town’s law faculty and the Regional Coordinator for Africa for Creative Commons.
He currently is a Principal Investigator for the Open AIR project, an African-wide research and capacity building collaboration on intellectual property law, innovation and development on the continent. Previously, Tobias was a Senior Manager at PwC South Africa.
Since 2009 Tobias is also the legal lead of Creative Commons South Africa. Tobias studied and practiced law in Germany and holds Ph.D. and LL.M. degrees from the University of Cape Town.
Prof Dick Ng’ambi
Is an Associate Professor and a leading researcher in emerging technologies and digital practices in resource constrained environments. He is the pioneer and Stream Head of the postgraduate programme in Educational Technology at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He is currently the convener of a doctoral programme in the School of Education and is the Africa’s corresponding editor of the British Journal of the Educational Technology (BJET).
He has published over 80 papers in journals, peer reviewed conferences, delivered keynotes and invited talks at several conferences and higher education institutions. He holds a PhD in Information Systems from UCT, a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham, UK, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Zambia.
MR STEPHEN TOWN
Is Director of Information at the University of York, UK. He has an active record in teaching and research, particularly in the field of library management, strategy and performance measurement. He has taught on postgraduate courses in the Universities of Bristol, Cranfield, Sheffield, York, and Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). A member of the editorial boards of library academic journals and conferences, Stephen also convenes the Northumbria International Conference on Library Performance Measurement. He is a former Chair of the SCONUL Advisory Group on Performance Improvement, and a member of the ARL LibQUAL+ Steering Committee. He has been co-recipient of two Outstanding Paper Awards from Emerald for papers on library quality and value.
Stephen has provided consultancy and advice at home and abroad, including for the British Council in Egypt, the Swedish Development Agency in Zimbabwe, and INASP in Uganda. In 2012 Stephen developed, directed and delivered the Executive Management Academy for aspiring library leaders in research universities in South Africa on behalf of the Research Libraries Consortium
Prof Jaya Raju
Is Associate Professor and Head of the Library and Information Studies Centre at the University of Cape Town. She is also an Honorary Associate Professor in the Information Studies Programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She holds a PhD in Information Studies from the former University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal). She has researched and written extensively in the area of LIS education and training with particular reference to the synergies in LIS offerings between different types of higher education institutions and the implications of this for the LIS services work environment, particularly in the African developing context.
Her current research focus is the development of a national LIS skills statement to provide a framework against which both LIS employers and employees in the higher education context may measure existing knowledge and skills as well as identify areas for further knowledge and skills acquisition. Jaya Raju served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the South African journal of libraries and information science since 2005 and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the journal. She also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal for gender, information and development in Africa.
She has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed national and international journals and has also presented papers at local, national and international conferences (including peer-reviewed conference papers). Jaya Raju is an NRF rated researcher.
Director: Library Services at Rhodes University since February 2012
President: Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), 2012-2014
Project Director: Carnegie Library Leadership Development Grant, UPLS
Member: National Council for Library and Information Services (NCLIS)
Former Board member: National Library of South Africa
Former Trustee: Desmond Tutu Diversity Trust
She has earned an excellent reputation for proposal writing, grants management and library leadership development in South Africa, which includes the South African Library Leadership Project; Centre for Information Career Development Project (CiCD) and the Next Generation Public Librarians (NGPL) project located at the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), and the Centre for African Library Leadership (CALL) Project at the University of Pretoria. Her current LIS areas of interest are engaging in library dialogues, libraries on the national development agenda, continuing professional development, library strategy development, advocacy & lobbying.
Dr Steyn Heckroodt
Is an international expert on systems thinking and business strategy. As co-founder and executive director of the consulting firm, Lateral Dimensions (Pty) Ltd, he focuses on sustainable business competitiveness. He is a senior lecturer at Stellenbosch University Business School (USB), South Africa, and has appeared as guest lecturer at the Business School of the Netherlands, the Da Vinci Institute and the University of Stellenbosch Institute for Futures Research.
Dr Heckroodt’s interest in managing business complexity in the 21st century led him to obtain his PhD in business management and strategy. The study revealed ground-breaking insights into strategic thinking. Dr Heckroodt is a sought-after speaker at conferences on the specialist topics of strategy and systems thinking, across all industries. His dynamic speaking style is captivating, and his game-changing methodology has a measurable effect on the profitability and sustainable competitiveness of his clients.
JC HeynekeJC Heyneke
Vice President of Sales Strategy, Operations and Business Development Research Solutions Sales, Elsevier
JC Heyneke is responsible for global sales strategy, business development, and sales operations for Elsevier Research Solutions. Elsevier strives to be the research information partner of choice to all leading research entities in academia, government and corporate, serving more than 10,000 customers in 150 countries. In his role as head of business development, JC steers Elsevier Research Solutions’ global activities to expand our service, business models and access to our content to researchers. In his role as head of sales strategy and operations, JC continuously evolves our sales go-to-market approach.
Prior to joining Elsevier, JC was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company, a strategy consultancy, serving customers in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. During the last part of his career with McKinsey he focused on the energy sector, helping international oil companies and utilities become more efficient operators.
JC started his career as a researcher with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa and also worked for a number of years as a product development engineer, both in South Africa and in the United States.
He holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York, as well as engineering and commerce degrees from the universities of Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Professor Tom Cochrane
Is currently Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. He was formerly, (until retiring from the position in December 2013), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Vice-President) at QUT, heading a Division which combined the services of the Libraries, Information Technology Services, eLearning Services, Learning Environments and Technology Services and QUT Printing Services in the one structure.
In his current role, Professor Cochrane’s external duties include: Director, Australian Digital Alliance; Member, Board of Queensland Museum; Member, Advisory Board of Knowledge Unlatched (UK); Member, Board of Enabling Open Scholarship (Europe). Professor Cochrane is a Director on the Board of bluebox, QUT’s technology transfer and commercialisation company, and is co-leader of the Creative Commons project for which QUT is the institutional partner for Australia. This project, together with other open access initiatives locally based at QUT, signals a long standing commitment to access to knowledge, and to research output worldwide.