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2006 SSP TMR

09: Discovery Tools: Replanting the Tree of Knowledge


Reverend AKM Adam
The Rev. Dr. A K M Adam is Professor of New Testament at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. He has written numerous books and articles about the New Testament, biblical theology, hermeneutics, and technology. His most recent book, Faithful Interpretation, will appear this year from Fortress Press. He writes and gives presentations on the relation of technology to theology, education, and culture. He blogs at “AKMA’s Random Thoughts,” whence he catalyzed the online construction of a reader-produced audiobook of Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture and inspired the Librivox public domain audiobook project.
Robert Hanisch
Dr. Robert Hanisch is an astronomer and senior scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD. STScI operates the Hubble Space Telescope for NASA, and Bob has been involved with HST calibration and data analysis software, scientific computing, image processing, data management, and information technology over the past 22 years. In 2001 Bob assumed the position of Project Manager for the US National Virtual Observatory project. Bob also has an intense interest in scholarly publications, and for three years was the chair of the American Astronomical Society’s Publication Board. He is currently working on using the Virtual Observatory framework as a tool for capturing, managing, and providing access to the digital data associated with the peer-reviewed literature.
Jill O’Neill
Jill O’Neill has been a part of the information community for more than 20 years, holding positions at such firms as Elsevier, Thomson Scientific and John Wiley & Sons.

Her current role is Director of Planning & Communication for NFAIS, an international membership organization of content and technology providers.

Her current focus is on Web-based applications for the creation, discovery and dissemination of content and promoting the potential value of those tools to the global information community.

Amanda Spiteri
Amanda Spiteri is a 17-year veteran of the scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishing industry. She has excelled at a number of roles since she left her position as a medical researcher at the Cardiothoracic Institute in London to join Elsevier in 1989. Her tenure began as a publishing editor for a diverse roster of topics from Cancer Research to Industrial Engineering and included a successful period in Japan developing English language publications.