2008 Annual Meeting
Adrian Johns is a professor in the Department of History and chairs the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making, which won the Leo Gershoy Award of the American Historical Association, the John Ben Snow Prize of the North American Conference on British Studies, the Louis Gottschalk Prize of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the SHARP Prize for the best work on the history of authorship, reading and publishing. Johns has also published widely in the history of science and the history of the book.
Educated in Britain at the University of Cambridge, Johns has taught at the University of Kent at Canterbury, the University of California, San Diego, and the California Institute of Technology. He is currently working on a history of intellectual piracy from the invention of printing to the Internet.
Alan Kahan, Entomological Society of America
As Director of Communications, Mr. Kahan oversees publication of the ESA’s four journals covering insect science research: Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Environmental Entomology, Journal of Economic Entomology, and the Journal of Medical Entomology. He also serves on the Board of Directors for BioOne.
Alex Wade is Senior Research Program Manager for Scholarly Communications within Microsoft’s Technical Computing initiative (a part of Microsoft Research), where he manages a variety of research programs related to open access to research data, interoperability of archives and repositories, and the preservation of digital information. Alex holds an Masters of Librarianship degree from the University of Washington.
Alex Wright is the author of Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a “penetrating and highly entertaining meditation on our information age and its historical roots.” He currently works for The New York Times, and previously has led information design initiatives for Harvard University, IBM, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and the Internet Archive, among others.
His writing has also appeared in Salon.com, The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard Magazine and other national and regional publications. He maintains a personal Web site at http://www.alexwright.com
Allen Noren is Director of VP Online and Digital Initiatives at O’Reilly Media. He’s been with the company since 1992 when one of his first jobs was to maintain the O’Reilly Gopher site.
He was a founding member of the GNN team that built one of the first commercial web portals, and was part of the group that created Safari Books Online and SafariU. He is currently helping to drive O’Reilly’s digital efforts.
Ammy Vogtlander recently founded BlueInsights, an internet venture and consulting practice. BlueInsights focuses on new initiatives that aim to improve customer interaction through social communities and other emerging web concepts and technologies.
Previously, Ammy worked as Director of Search within Elsevier’s corporate strategy group, where she was responsible for identifying new opportunities to maximise the dissemination of Elsevier’s content, building
strong relationships with search partners as well as for developing and executing Elsevier’s search plans.
Before, Ammy was Head of Product for Scirus, Elsevier’s free Web search engine.
Before joining Elsevier, Ammy worked as a senior strategy consultant at a Dutch consulting firm, NeXtrategy – Boer & Croon, where she assisted clients in developing and executing Internet strategies. Ammy started her career at AMS, an American IT consultancy. Ammy
holds a MSc in Physics from the University of Groningen.
Andrea Powell has been with CABI since 1991, moving through Marketing and Product Development into her current role as Executive Director of the Publishing Business Unit. This encompasses CABI’s database, book and online product businesses, as well as the range of new initiatives such as E-learning which are being developed alongside CABI’s other Business Units.
Andrea studied Russian & French at Cambridge University and started her working life with Reuters in the City of London. She is the current Past Chair of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers and a member of the CCCs Publisher Advisory Group.
Dr. Vickers clinical research falls into three broad areas: randomized trials, surgical outcomes research and molecular marker studies. A particular focus of his work is the detection and initial treatment of prostate cancer. Dr Vickers has analyzed the ‘learning curve’ for radical prostatectomy and is working on a series of studies demonstrating that a single measure of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) taken in middle age can predict prostate cancer up to 25 years subsequently.
His work on randomized trials has focused on complementary therapies for the treatment of cancer or treatment related symptoms, such as a clinical trial of music therapy for patients undergoing stem cell transplant. However, he is currently researching methods for integrating randomized trials into routine surgical practice so as to compare different approaches to surgery.
Dr. Vickers methodological research centers primarily on novel methods for assessing the clinical value of predictive tools. In particular, he has developed decision-analytic tools that can be directly applied to a data set, without the need for data gathering on patient preferences or utilities.
Dr Vickers has a strong interest in teaching statistics. He is course leader for the MSKCC biostatistics course, teaches on the undergraduate curriculum at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and writes the statistics column for Medscape.
Birte Twisselmann has worked for various British and European private sector publishing companies, as well as the National Health Service, since she moved to London in the early 1990s. Her roles have included marketing,
subediting, writing, translating, and web editing, and have involved reference books; business, economics, and financial information; and medical/scientific information. She has been in her current role as assistant editor at bmj.com since 2005. Birte holds an MA and PhD in English and classics, and a diploma in translation.
Starting in 1994 the American Physical Society has consistently moved in small steps towards the implementation of Vision 2020, with Bob and his team playing a lead role. Starting with the recognizing of eprints as a legitimate element of the Physics process through the launching of pure and hybrid OA journals up to recent announcements of Creative Commons Licensing, permitting reuse, including commercial reuse, of select APS articles.
Bruce Rosenblum, CEO of Inera, has twenty-five years of experience in design and development of electronic publishing solutions. He leads development of eXtyles, Inera’s suite of editorial and XML tools for Microsoft Word used in the production of more than 600 journals worldwide.
Mr. Rosenblum is a member of the NLM DTD Advisory Board and CrossRef Metadata Quality Committee. Prior to joining Inera, Mr. Rosenblum was VP of Software Development at Turning Point Software, where he led the development of products for companies including Microsoft, Word Perfect, and Houghton Mifflin. Mr. Rosenblum speaks frequently at scholarly publishing conferences and he serves on the NISO Board of Directors
Carol is Director of Licensing at SAGE. She has over fifteen years experience in professional and scholarly publishing, and her focus has been on electronic publishing and licensing issues and activities. Carol joined SAGE Publications in 2001 and has focused on delivering journal and book content via electronic means. Carol was instrumental in the development and launching of the SAGE Full-Text Collections as well as their new journals platform, SAGE Journals Online.
Additionally, Carol oversees all contracts and licenses related to journals and books with regard to copyright and delivery. Prior to joining SAGE, Carol was with Lippincott Williams & Wilkins as Director of Licensing where she implemented strategic policies regarding electronic delivery and also automated the Permission Department in order to streamline the workflow. Carol serves on the CrossRef Board of Directors and is a standing member of NISO; she is also a member of the CLOCKSS Board and the HINARI group. Carol frequently speaks at meetings on copyright issues, the delivery of content, creating electronic products, and new business models.
Since the late eighties Ms. Norton has been involved in building the network infrastructure for the laboratory and the electronic library that serves affiliates world wide- via high- speed networks. She has served as PI on an HHMI grant for building a virtual library; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for building taxonomic information services, tools and communities; NIH contract for outreach in Medical Informatics; NOAA and USGS contracts for library services and a Sea Grant for digitizing the Woods Hole herbarium collection.
In education, she has developed a paperless course in Medical Informatics that delivers the resources and lectures on-line for the students. Currently she is serving as the chair of the digitization committee for the Boston Library Consortium as well as serving on the executive committee. She
has also been elected to serve on Members’ Council for OCLC and have a 3 year appointment to the Literature Technical Advisory Committee at the National Library of Medicine.
She has recently been appointed to the BioOne Board. She was integral in forming a new consortium of Research Libraries and Museums (BISC). The MBLWHOI Library is a member of the Biodiversity Heritage Library, a cornerstone of the Encyclopedia of Life, that has a large-scale effort in motion for the digitization of all taxonomic literature – she is now serving as the the vice-chairman of that group.
She has hosted, lectured and organized meetings for the NERCOMP Computer Groups and the International Association for Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers. The digital library initiatives have focused her interests into modernizing the literature using taxonomic name servers and building communities of stakeholder.
Vice President, Business Development, for OCLC, Chip Nilges’ responsibilities include forming and managing strategic business partnerships; managing mergers & acquisitions; and managing OCLC’s licensed content portfolio, including the NetLibrary eBook and eAudiobook collections, the OCLC FirstSearch online reference service and the OCLC Electronic Collections Online service.
Mr. Nilges joined OCLC in 1994 and has held numerous positions with the company during that time. He was selected as one of 50 Library “Movers and Shakers” by Library Journal in March 2005.
Open WorldCat, a project that Chip spearheaded for OCLC, was also cited as the Best New End User Product in The Charleston Advisor 2004 Annual Reader’s Choice Awards.
He was also instrumental in launching OCLC’s online real-time reference service, QuestionPoint, the WorldCat.org web site, and, more recently, the WorldCat Local service. Mr. Nilges earned an MA in business administration, an MA in English, and BA in English, all from Ohio State University.
Conrad Guettler is a publishing consultant with over 25 years of experience in the industry. After research at University College London and CERN in Geneva, he held an editorial position in the scientific journal Nature before moving on to working on books and journals for Academic Press and then at Cambridge University Press where he was journals director for many years before taking early retirement.
Constance Hardesty is Editor in Chief of the American Animal Hospital Association. She oversees print and online content development for Journal AAHA, the peer-review medical journal; the association’s flagship business
management magazine and associated website; a consumer newsletter; biweekly breaking-news newsletter; and AAHA Press (books, DVD/CD, video, software, etc.).
Corie Lok is Senior Editor, Nature Network (http://network.nature.com), Nature Publishing Group. Corie’s background is in science journalism. Before coming to Nature, she was an editor with Technology Review, MIT’s magazine on emerging technologies where she covered biotechnology, nanotechnology and IT. She began at Nature as an editor with Naturejobs, Nature’s careers section. She then moved into the online world as the senior editor of Nature Network, the professional networking and community website for scientists that includes groups, forums and blogs. She was closely involved in the design and launch of Nature Network in early 2007 and now spends much of her time building an online community of scientists. She also comissions and edits news stories, blogs and directs the continuing
technical development of Nature Network.
Daniel Dollar is the director of collection development for the Yale University Library. Daniel’s work with the Research4Life began at the Yale Medical Library, where he was responsible for metadata management for the HINARI program. His involvement includes co-teaching a week-long HINARI trainer seminar at the University of Guyana in February 2011. Daniel now represents the Yale University Library as a participating partner on the Research4Life Executive Council.
David Crotty is a Senior Editor with Oxford University Press’ journal publishing program. He currently oversees a suite of society-owned medical and life sciences journals. David has previously served as an Executive Editor with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, creating, acquiring, and editing new science books, creating and running new journals, and managing the Press’ online content. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did postdoctoral research at Caltech before moving from the bench to a science publishing house. As one of the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s “chefs” at The Scholarly Kitchen blog, David regularly writes about the intersection of technology and publishing.
David Durand has been thinking writing about and working on the future of documents and information since the 1980s. In 1994 he co-authored Making Hypermedia Work. (Kluwer). W3C standards activities have included XML, Xlink, XPointer. His new company, Tizra, is changing the way publishers sell professional information online.
David Sampson is an Executive Publisher in Elsevier’s health sciences journals division where he has P&L and strategic responsibility for several specialty portfolios. One of his other roles at Elsevier is to advise fellow publishing colleagues on international growth initiatives. Prior to joining Elsevier, David worked at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins in various marketing, sales, business development, and publishing roles, including five-and-a-half years as managing director of LWW’s ex-Japan Asia office in Hong Kong where his team published local books and journals. David also worked for two years as an executive vice president for Conference Archives, now part of Coe-Truman Technologies, where he developed and launched a society event knowledge product. He is a graduate of Cornell University and has an MBA from the Kellogg Northwestern-Hong Kong University of Science & Technology executive MBA program. David recently spoke at the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors on expanding journals internationally and served as a co-chair for the 2011 Society for Scholarly Publishing’s IN Meeting where he lead the innovation session.
Doug Goldenberg-Hart has been an acquisitions editor for political/social science reference titles since 2001, and for CQ Press since 2003. He is ABD in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, and spent six years teaching politics at Austin Community College before starting a career in publishing. Among the multi-volume reference titles he has commissioned are Polling America: An Encyclopedia of Public Opinion and Federalism in America: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood), and Encyclopedia of U.S.
American Indian Relations and Encyclopedia of the First Amendment (forthcoming) for CQ Press. He is the sponsoring content editor for several of the CQ Press award-winning digital collections including the Supreme Court Collection and the Congress Collection.
Eileen Fenton is the founding Executive Director of Portico, a not-for-profit organization which provides a permanent archive of electronic scholarly literature. Since Portico began operations in 2006 nearly 7,400 journals from 50 publishers have been committed to the archive and more than 6 million articles have been preserved.
Previously Eileen was Director of Production at JSTOR, where she oversaw the addition of more than 13 million pages to the archival collection. She has also worked in various positions at the Vanderbilt and Yale University libraries.
Eileen is a librarian and earned her Masters of Science in Information from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Kentucky.
Eleanore Tapscott, Director of Publications, American Society of Hematology
Eleanore Tapscott has been involved with scientific publishing for over 20 years. As director of publishing for American Society of Hematology for the past 3 years, she is responsible for long-term strategic planning for the society’s publishing program, including content rights licensing. Ms. Tapscott is a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley.
Evan Owens is Chief Technology Officer, Ithaka Electronic Archiving Initiative. Prior to joining Ithaka, he worked for the University of Chicago Press as Journals Division Electronic Publishing Manager and as IT Manager. At Chicago he was responsible for the planning and implementation of a wide variety of publishing projects, including SGML
editing, production, and typesetting, online journal publication, and web-based peer review systems.
After a productive 20-year career in scholarly publishing characterized by pioneering work in online and digital media publishing, including nine years as Publisher of The New England Journal of Medicine, Rick established a specialized consultancy to help publishers make the most of emerging digital opportunities.
Since 1999 his focus has been on helping clients develop strategies to remove barriers that make their publications, products, websites and services inaccessible for people with visual, hearing, mobility, cognitive and learning disabilities.
A past-president of SSP, Rick currently works with the Association of American Publishers, the American Foundation for the Blind, individual publishers and other organizations to meet the accessibility challenges mandated by a fast- growing body of federal and state legislation.
He is a frequent speaker on accessibility and authored the chapter on accessibility in the Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing. Rick currently serves on the NIMAS Development Board which provides technology leadership for the federal K-12 accessible textbooks program.
Gary King (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984) is the David Florence Professor of Government at Harvard University. He also serves as Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science.
King has been elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2004), Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1998), Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (2004), President of the Society for Political Methodology (1997-1999), and Vice President of the American Political Science Association (2003-2004). He was also appointed a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation (1994-1995), Visiting Fellow at Oxford (1994), and Senior Science Advisor to the World Health Organization (1998-2003).
King has won the McGraw-Hill Award (2006), the Durr Award (2005), the Gosnell Prize (1999 and 1997), the Outstanding Statistical Application Award (2000), the Donald Campbell Award (1997), the Eulau Award (1995), the Mills Award (1993), the Pi Sigma Alpha Award (2005, 1998, and 1993), the APSA Research Software Award (2005, 1997, 1994, and 1992), the Okidata Best Research Software Award (1999), and the Okidata Best Research Web Site Award (1999), among others. His more than 100 journal articles, 10 open source software packages, and 7 books span most aspects of political methodology, many fields of political science, and several other scholarly disciplines.
Geoff Bilder joined CrossRef as Director of Strategic Initiatives in December 2006, prior to which he was a Publishing Technology Consultant at Scholarly Information Strategies Ltd. since October of 2005. He has over 15 years experience as a technical leader in scholarly technology. He co-founded Brown University’s Scholarly Technology Group in 1993 to provide advanced technology consulting on issues related to academic research, teaching and scholarly communication.
He later served as head of R&D in the IT department of Monitor Group, a management consulting firm based in Cambridge, MA. From 2002 to 2005, Geoffrey was Chief Technology Officer at Ingenta. He has since worked and consulted extensively with publishers and librarians on how emerging social software technologies are likely to affect scholarly and professional researchers.
George M. Garrity, interim CEO and CSO of NamesforLife, LLC, Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University.
NamesforLife is a bioinformatics spin-off that was formed to commercialize proprietary terminology tracking and management technology developed at MSU. From 1996-2006 George served as Editor-in-Chief of Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology and currently serves as vice-chairman of the Judicial Commission of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes.
He and his collaborators are the authors and curators of the baseline taxonomy of bacteria and archaea that have been incorporated into GenBank, the major sequence alignment tools and databases, and the major textbooks in microbiology.
He is the principal investigator on two DOE-funded projects that developed visualization tools and algorithms for detecting annotation errors/anomalies and improving sequence-based classifications and taxonomies. He is also co-investigator on the Ribosomal Database
Before arriving at MSU, George held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at Merck & Co. He is a Fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science and the Society of Industrial Microbiology.
As Vice President and Creative Director at Dow Jones, Greg Merkle is responsible for overseeing the user experience design of the Content Technology Solutions within the Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group. With more than 20 years experience in the electronic publishing and information industry, Mr. Merkle Greg has both the big picture vision of
where and how information is being used as well as the implementation expertise to bring goal and task oriented products and solutions to market.
Jake Zarnegar was named Chief Technology Officer of Silverchair in early 2003.
Jake has led the development and deployment of a number of Silverchair’s major software platforms, including:
* Silverchair Content Manager (SCM)
* Silverchair Custom Editorial Management Application (SCEMA)
* Taggers Online Thesaurus and Editorial Manager (TOTEM)
* Silverchair Learning Systems (SLS)
A pioneer in XML web services for health reference content management, Jake has spearheaded a family of technologies including the application of semantic metadata to clinical content, ontology management tools, an
online authoring platform for medical authors and editors, and an e-learning CMS/LMS platform.
He is a graduate of The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Jim began his career in 1987, developing a series of widely distributed desktop applications for Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company.
In 1993, Jim co-founded a venture to create a revolutionary new math tutorial system bundled with dozens of college textbooks for more than a decade.
In 1995, Jim joined Turning Point Software, where he engineered solutions and managed projects for clients including Hasbro, 3M, and Scholastic.
In 1998, Jim co-founded Serenity Software, Inc., providing software development services to companies including Motorola, Constellation NewEnergy, and Inera, Incorporated.
In 2003, Jim joined the Financial Risk Management (FRM) practice of Milliman, Inc., where he leads a team specializing in grid computing and the implementation of high-performance, enterprise-scale applications.
FRM’s flagship product, MG-Hedge(tm), helps financial institutions manage the economic risks associated with VA and EIA guarantees, and is used to manage more than $500 billion in account value for companies including MetLife, Prudential, and Ameriprise.
Jane Hiebert-White is the executive publisher of Health Affairs, a monthly journal at the intersection of health, health care and policy. At the journal for nearly 25 years, Jane has held numerous editorial and business positions, including executive editor. She currently heads Health Affairs’ business operations, including development of the journal’s Web site, communications, and social media outreach. Health Affairs reaches an audience of health care CEOs, industry analysts, government policymakers, and scholars in fields from economics and political science to medicine and law. The journal is online at www.healthaffairs.org
Jane oversaw the launch of Health Affairs Blog in 2006. Today, Members of Congress, health care business leaders, scholars, and analysts contribute to the blog, which has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USAToday, and listed as a “Recommended Resource” by the New York Times.
Jeff De Cagna is chief strategist and founder of Principled Innovation LLC, and the association community’s leading voice for innovation. After serving as an association executive for more than a decade, Jeff founded Principled Innovation LLC in 2002 to help associations realize their full potential through the pursuit of sustainable innovation. He is an author, speaker and advisor to associations across the country and around the world.
Jeff is a Fellow of ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership, and has served the association community throughout his career in a wide variety of formal and informal contributor roles. He currently serves on The Center for Association Leadership Board of Directors, the Joint Planning Committee and the Research Committee, and is immediate past chair of the Executive Management Section Council.
Jeff is one of the “Five Independent Thinkers” who wrote the groundbreaking book, We Have Always Done It That Way: 101 Things About Associations We Must Change, published by Lulu Enterprises. A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, Jeff earned a master’s degree from Harvard University.
Jennifer Pesanelli, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
As the Director of Publications, Ms. Pesanelli, oversees the publishing operations for The FASEB Journal and Journal of Leukocyte Biology, as well as directs FASEB AdNet, SPCNet, and FASEB Dues and Subscriptions-three groups that provide advertising sales, institutional subscription sales and membership and journal fulfillment respectively to not-for-profit, society publishers.
Prior to FASEB, Ms. Pesanelli worked for a STM commercial printer in the management and marketing division. She has served on the SSP Education Committee for the past two years and managed seminars including the Researcher Focus Group and the Librarian Focus Group.
Joanna Scott is a member of Nature Publishing Group’s Web Publishing Department. She began in industry and technical research, and for the last two years has worked primarily on the Elucian Islands, NPG’s presence in the virtual world of Second Life, organizing live lectures, discussions and conferences. Prior to joining NPG, she obtained a biology degree at Oxford University.
John Lester joined Linden Lab (the creators of Second Life) in 2005, bringing experience in online community development as well as a background in the fields of healthcare and education. Previously, John was the Information Systems Director for the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he pioneered the use of the web in 1993 to create online communities supporting patients dealing with neurological disorders. As a Research Associate in Neurology at Harvard Medical School, he also created online collaborative education environments for professors and students to advance the case-based teaching method in medical education.
John currently serves as Linden Lab’s Boston Operations Director, coordinating the growth of Linden Lab’s East Coast presence. He also leads Linden Lab’s Proactive Education and Healthcare Mentoring Program, acting as a mentoring resource and academic evangelist for people using Second Life for teaching, academic and healthcare research, medical education/simulation, and scientific visualization.
John lives in Boston, and is commonly referred to by his avatar’s name in Second Life – “Pathfinder Linden.” He frequently gives presentations at universities and conferences on how Second Life can be used as a platform for education and healthcare, focusing on strategies for success and best practices. For more information, please see www.pathfinderlinden.com.
John Gardner is Professor Emeritus of Physics at Oregon State University and president of ViewPlus Technologies, Inc (http://www.viewplus.com).
He lost his sight in mid-career and undertook research on technologies enabling complex information accessibility. He founded ViewPlus in 1996 to commercialize these technologies. It is now a major access technology company.
Jonathan Band received a B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1982 from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1985. Mr. Band’s areas of practice include intellectual property, administrative litigation, and Internet regulation. Mr. Band has written extensively on intellectual property and electronic commerce matters.
Additionally, Mr. Band has been a guest lecturer on intellectual property topics at the Yale Law School, the George Mason University School of Law, and the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. He has served on the Editorial Board of The Computer Lawyer, and has chaired many committees related to intellectual property including the National Information Infrastructure Subcommittee of the Copyright Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
Judith Winters is Editor of Internet Archaeology, established in 1995 with the support of the UK government’s Joint Information Systems Committee under the eLib programme.
Internet Archaeology is the first fully refereed e-journal for archaeology and publishes articles of a high academic standing which utilize the potential of electronic publication, such as full color images, photographs, searchable data sets, visualizations, and interactive mapping. International in scope, all journal content is subject to rigorous peer-review.
Julie Harrington is Director, Online Journal Publishing at the AMA . Prior to joining the AMA, Julie was with Professional Publications, Inc. of Belmont, CA. She worked for several V C backed software companies in the Bay Area.
Julie has worked in leadership roles for several traditional publishing companies: she was General Manager of Information Access Company, Publisher of the Research Institute of America Group, and Vice President of Thomson Electronic Publishing. She began her career at O U P.
She has a BS from Michigan State University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Karen Christensen is a publisher and author specializing in China, social networking, and sustainability who was senior editor of the award-winning four-volume Encyclopedia of Community (Sage 2004) and the featured CEO blogger at the first Web 2.0 conference to be held in China in November 2007.
She speaks frequently about ways to make social networking part of publishing projects and is especially focused on international collaborations. She emphasizes the importance of the Chinese concept guanxi, and is active in building her company’s networks (and guanxi) in China. She is also publisher and acting editor of the monthly Guanxi: The China Letter.
She’s spoken about blogging, wikis, and online community building at the Global Information Summit, the Charleston Conference, Buying & Selling E-Content, and Digital Now, and she’ll chair the first Green Data Centres conference in London in July.
Karen is also the author of a number of popular environmental books, including The Armchair Environmentalist (new edition July 2008), translated into French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai.
She is CEO of Berkshire Publishing Group, which she cofounded in 1998. Karen is a member of the board of the Content Division of the Software & Information Industry Association. She also serves on the advisory boards of the Society for New Communications Research and was recently made a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
Keith Seitter received his B.S. degree in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago. He worked as a research scientist for the Air Force and was on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
In 1991, Seitter joined the staff of the American Meteorological Society to oversee its transition into electronic publishing. He continued working at the AMS as deputy executive director, overseeing a number of programs and initiatives for the Society.
He was named executive director in September of 2004. Seitter is a Fellow of the AMS, a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, and a Certified Consulting Meteorologist.
Kristen Fisher Ratan is Product Director at the Public Library of Science (PLoS). She joined PLoS in the summer of 2011 in order to focus her efforts on the use of technology to transform scholarly communication. Kristen has a 20 year history in the information industry leading strategic innovations at HighWire, Atypon, and BIOSIS.
Kurt Olson is an Assistant Professor of Law. He teaches Research and Writing, Legal Ethics, Introduction to the Internet, Law Office Technology, and Cyberspace and the Law. He has has also hosted and participated in numerous MSLAW television programs.
He graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Colby College, and received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Massachusetts School of Law. Mr. Olson is a practicing attorney in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire and has completed more than one hundred court investigations and GAL reports for the Juvenile Court Department of the trial court of the Commonwealth.
Larry M. Belmont – Larry has worked in publishing for 30 years, 27 of them with AIP, in multiple capacities. After working in journal production as a technical copy editor, he rode the computer wave into desktop publishing in 1990.
In 1993, he joined AIP’s fledgling Electronic Products group, where he worked on Internet-based product development and operations for the forerunners of Scitation (AIP’s online publications platform): the pre-Web Physics Information Network (PINET) and the Online Journal Publishing Service (OJPS).
In his current role in AIP’s Online Services Division, Larry oversees a team of project managers and developer-designers responsible for online product design and implementation for Scitation and its 27 publishing partners.
When not working agile at AIP, he habitually blogs about popular culture, runs a noted World War II history web site, and is working on a new biography of expatriate American actress Jean Seberg.
Leigh Dodds is the Chief Technology Officer for Ingenta where he oversees the technology strategy and engineering of Ingenta’s flagship website IngentaConnect, as well as the development of its custom publishing platform, pub2web.
Leigh has a strong engineering background, as well as experience as both a speaker and writer on technical and industry topics.
As co-founder, CEO and President, Mark leads the company’s strategy to create client value and fulfill the Soundbridge mission of helping companies engage and educate business audiences.
Mark brings to his work a passion for connecting people and ideas and a vision for the blending of media, marketing, consulting and education. Mark founded Truman Company in 2006 as an executive-level marketing consultancy and then merged it with Fifty Lessons to create Soundbridge in 2007.
Previously, Mark was co-founder and Managing Director of Tapestry Networks, COO of TomorrowLab at McKinsey & Company, and Research Director at the Strategos Institute. His work at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory from 1994 and 1997 predicted the growth of online communities, personal publishing, and social networking – what we now call Web 2.0.
Mark holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University and an A.B. from Princeton University. He is the co-author of the book Analyzing Politics: Rationality, Behavior and Institutions and, most recently, a contributor to The Firm as Collaborative Community: The Reconstruction of Trust in the Knowledge Economy.
Mark Walter has been helping publishers transition from print to electronic and multichannel publishing for the better part of his 25 years in the publishing industry. He is currently Director Business Development at MEI, a leading provider of workflow and automation solutions to professional publishers.
Melinda Kenneway is a Director and co-founder of TBI Communications, a specialist marketing agency providing support to academic publishers, societies and libraries. Melinda has worked within scholarly communications for over twenty years with much of her experience gained through a long career with Oxford University Press, where she latterly held the post of Marketing Director for the Journals division. Since forming TBI in 2004, Melinda and her team have worked to shape the sales and marketing strategy of organisations around the world and deliver imaginative and effective communications campaigns on their behalf. Melinda holds a degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford.
Melissa Burke joined Sermo in May 2007 as Director, Strategic Partnerships. In her position, she has managed Sermo’s relationships with medical publishers, medical associations such as the American Medical Association and government agencies such as the Center for Devices and Radiologic Health division of the Food & Drug Administration.
Prior to Sermo, Melissa directed the Application Service Provider divisions of WebCT and Blackboard Inc. (eLearning software companies) including P&L as well as operational responsibilities. Her degrees are in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon (BSME) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MSME with specialization in heat transfer).
Mike Beveridge has worked in scientific publishing for the American Association for Cancer Research for 14 years, serving as Production Manager for several AACR journals and overseeing the launch of AACR Journals Online in 2001.
In his current position as Associate Director of Electronic Publishing, he manages the Association’s online journals and other information products as well as abstract submission, management, and publication for all major annual AACR conferences.
In 2007 and 2008, Mr. Beveridge coordinated the development and launch of Cancer Reviews Online and AACR Cancer Prevention Journals Portal, the AACR’s first virtual journals.
Ms. Shipley is responsible for the staff and operations of HSLT’s Collection Management Department and two branch libraries. She has been involved in the selection, licensing, implementation and management of electronic resources including databases, journals and books since 1994. Recently her interests have expanded to include the many changes occurring in scientific publishing.
As a member of the URMC Committee on Scientific Publishing, she is developing services to assist URMC NIH grantees comply with the NIH’s Public Access Policy. Ms. Shipley is a member of the project team that directs the implementation of the University of Rochester’s institutional repository. Along with Julia Sollenberger, HSLT’s Director, she published an article on the state of scientific publishing in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health.
Ms. Shipley is also a teacher for Mastering Medical Information, a required course for first- year medical students at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Murray is a Partner Software Design Engineer at Microsoft, working mostly on the RichEdit editing engine and math editing and display. He completed BS, MS, and PhD degrees in theoretical physics at Yale University and worked for 22 years in the theory & application of lasers, first at Bell Labs and then as a Professor at the University of Arizona.
He also worked on technical word processing, writing the first math display program SCROLL (1969) and later (1980s) the PS technical word processor. More info is given in his blog on Math in Office http://blogs.msdn.com/murrays.
Nick Evans joined The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) in January 2005 as Chief Operating Officer. He has responsibility for publishing Learned Publishing journal as well as for the delivery of the full range of services available to members including seminars, training, research and publications and the two cooperative services, the ALPSP Learned Journals Collection and the ALPSP eBooks Collection.
Nick has worked in various branches of academic and more general publishing, having started his career with William Heinemann Ltd in London. Before ALPSP he had worked for six years for the International Labour Organization, a UN specialized agency. He has a composer wife who also writes, a son in computer games and a daughter who works for the fine art auctioneer Christie’s, so life is never dull.
Pablo Fernicola is a Group Manager at Microsoft, focused on the creation, workflow, and dissemination of scholarly articles and communication. Previously, Pablo played a leading role in the creation of the new development platform for Windows, Windows Presentation Foundation, and key roles in the development of several versions of Internet Explorer and Windows. With an early focus on web content, 3D graphics, and multimedia, Pablo’s industry experience spans Microsoft, Apple, and Intergraph corporations. Pablo received a Master’s degree from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University.
Pattie Maes is an associate professor in MIT’s Program in Media Arts and Sciences. She founded and directs the Media Lab’s Interactive Experience research group. Maes holds bachelor’s and PhD degrees in computer science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium and specializes in human-computer interaction, artificial life, artificial intelligence, collective intelligence, and intelligence augmentation.
Maes is the editor of three books, and is an editorial board member and reviewer for numerous professional journals and conferences. She has received several awards: Newsweek magazine named her one of the “100 Americans to watch for” in the year 2000; TIME Digital selected her as a member of the Cyber-Elite; the World Economic Forum honored her with the title “Global Leader for Tomorrow”; Ars Electronica awarded her the 1995 World Wide Web category prize; and in 2000 she was recognized with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council.
Paul co-founded Design Science in 1986 and has since held the position of President & CEO. He is also the principal architect and original programmer of the company’s MathType product, and continues to provide technical leadership at the company. Prior to founding Design Science, Paul held technical and management positions within a number of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) companies.
He specialized in user interaction and programming language design. Paul received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Paul also did graduate work in Computer Science at USC and the University of California at Irvine.
Pippa Smart is a research communication and publishing consultant, working for her own company, psp consulting. After obtaining one of the first publishing degrees, she has been in research publishing for over 20 years.
She worked for CAB International, Blackwell and Cambridge University Press in a variety of roles including production and publishing business management.
She then became Head of Publishing with a development agency, INASP, directing initiatives to support research publishers within Africa, SE Asia and Latin America. Areas of interest include research communication systems within the developing world, and the provision of innovative training systems for publishers.
Radhika Murari is General Manager for Apex CoVantage’s Content Solutions. In this capacity, she is responsible for the management of the Content Solutions business unit which focuses on delivering end-to-end solutions for dramatic gains in speed, quality and economy.
Prior to this, Ms. Murari held the position of Director of Corporate Strategy at Apex, where she was responsible for the strategic direction of the company including alliances, acquisitions and systems optimizations.
Previously, Ms. Murari served as Operations Manager for five offshore Apex service centers and a staff of 1,200, where she raised on-time delivery performance to an industry-leading 99% level.
Ms. Murari was also an Associate with Salomon Smith Barney’s Global Loans Group, where she helped to arrange over $3B in financing for 14 new and existing clients.
After graduating from William & Mary College, Ms. Murari received a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in global strategy and organizational change from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
Randall Foster is Licensing and Content Services Manager at Naxos of America, Inc., the North American headquarters for Naxos, “The World’s Leading Classical Record Label.” His responsibilities include licensing and secondary exploitation of Naxos recordings, Business Development, and Product Management of The Naxos Music Library, an educational music database.
After completing his Bachelors in Liberal Arts from the University of Kansas, Randall matriculated to the University of Miami to study Music Business and Entertainment Industries. While in Miami, Randall pursued his musical interests through performing at many world-renowned South Beach venues, starting his own management/booking agency, interning at EMI Latin and freelancing at MTV Latin America.
Upon graduation, Randall went to work full-time for MTV working in music license clearances. Shortly after that, Randall made the move to Nashville to pursue new interests and arrived at Naxos of America.
Richard Kidd, Manager, Informatics, RSC Publishing Richard’s Informatics department links together production editing teams working closely with a publishing R&D team, which enabled the development and launch of Project Prospect – the first example of semantic enrichment applied to primary research literature.
Richard has worked on data delivery and production processes with the Royal Society of Chemistry for nearly 20 years, helping to evolve RSC Publishing’s suite of 20 highly-cited journals, around 50 books a year, several magazine titles and specialised databases.
Most of the 4 tonnes of the RSC Journals Archive (dating back to 1841) and eBook collection passed through his hands in both paper and digital forms, and he has spoken to at meetings of the ACS, XML UK and the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry.
Project Prospect won the 2007 ALPSP/Charlesworth Award for Publishing Innovation, and this has led to recent talks on promoting semantic enrichment in the scientific publishing process at AAP/PSP 2008, CrossRef Annual Meeting, Online Information and ACS Spring 2008.
Richard Zorab has been involved in medical publishing for 35 years, formerly in the UK and latterly in the US rising to be Editor-in-Chief and Publishing Director at W.B. Saunders/Mosby/Churchill Livingstone (Harcourt Health Sciences) before becoming Vice-president of Clinical Education at the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
BA, Biology (Boston Univ.), MS Health Science (Northeastern Univ.) Rick is Director of Environmental Affairs for Genzyme Corporation, a worldwide biotechnology and pharmaceutical company. At Genzyme for the past 24 years, he is a LEED Accredited Professional and is currently a member of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, Green Building Advisory Committee, the City of Cambridge, Climate Protection Advisory Committee, Museum of Science Environmental Sustainability Committee, and on the board of A Better City.
Robert Ubell, Executive Director of Stevens Institute for the Advancement of Online Learning and Professional Education, launched the school’s first online graduate program, WebCampus.Stevens, in 2000. Distinguished by several of the most prestigious awards in e-learning, the Sloan Foundation prize for the best online learning university and the US Distance Learning Best Practices award, it has enrolled nearly 15,000 students since it delivered its first online course.
Ubell also heads Stevens’ programs in China where he manages the school’s Chinese graduate programs at Beijing Institute of Technology and at Central University of Finance and Economics. Stevens’ China programs were awarded the Sloan Prize last year for best teaching and learning. Earlier, Ubell held a number of positions in publishing. He was vice-president and editor-in-chief of Plenum Publishing Corporation, editor of the National Magazine Award-winning monthly, The Sciences, and American publisher of the premier British science weekly, Nature.
He was also founding publisher of Nature Biotechnology. In addition, Ubell has held senior posts as an Internet executive-president of BioMedNet’s US operation and executive vice president for new media at Marcel Dekker. For more than a dozen years, he was head of his own consulting firm, Robert Ubell Associates. He is the author or editor of five books and more than 50 articles and has served on dozens of scholarly and corporate committees and boards.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chinese chassis manufacturing company, Lianyungang Universal Vehicle Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and is also Vice President of the Board of the Parkinson Unity Walk Foundation. Ubell received his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and has taught at MIT and Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons. He has received grants for online education from the National Science Foundation, Sloan Foundation and IEEE, among other institutions.
Robert Wolfe is a professional librarian and information architect who has worked in the field of educational technology since 1999. He received his MLIS from the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 2001.
He is currently the Head of the Metadata Services Unit at the MIT Libraries. Metadata Services is a cost recovery consultancy that offers information organization services to the education community.
These services are: information architecture including data modeling, taxonomy development, and user experience design; metadata systems design including metadata storage, serialization, and production workflow solutions; and project management including metadata production training, production management, and quality assessment.
Ruth Thomas is Boston University Libraries’ collection selector and faculty/student resource liaison for archaeology, art history, and classics.
She holds a PhD in classical studies from Tufts University and a MLS in library and information science from Simmons College and is a past chair of the Boston Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and of the New England Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America.
She has presented papers and workshops based on her website, Finding Images on the Web (http://www.bu.edu/library/instruction/findimages/), at educational and professional meetings in New England.
Seth Maislin is an index and taxonomy consultant, managing partner of the indexing firm Potomac indexing, and taxonomist for Earley & Associates.
An adjunct instructor at several Boston institutions, Seth is known for his wide-reaching and practical knowledge of how information is organized, managed, and retrieved (including search), as well as his charismatic teaching.
He served on the national board of the American Society for Indexing (ASI), including as president in 2006-7, and his online course on indexing books and websites is one of only two in the country. Visit http://taxonomist.tripod.com and http://www.potomacindexing.com for more information.
Sharon MombrÃº is co-founder of BlueInsights, an internet venture and consulting practice focused on new initiatives that aim to improve customer interaction through social communities and other emerging web concepts and technologies.
Sharon has over ten years’ international experience in product development, sales and marketing in the publishing industry. Prior to founding BlueInsights Sharon worked at Elsevier, as marketing manager for Scirus, Elsevier’s free Web search engine. She was also involved in the launch of Scopus, the abstract and citation database. Sharon worked previously at financial publisher Euromoney Institutional Investor in product development and sales.
Sharon holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MSc in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and an MA in Spanish and Business Studies from the University of Edinburgh.
Steve joined Collexis in early 2006 and is responsible for the management of the company’s three industry business units and the overall execution of Collexis Worldwide operations. Prior to Collexis, he worked at IBM in increasing roles of responsibility in Territory and Emerging Technology management and executive positions for the IBM sales and distribution organization.
In his early career Steve founded, ran and eventually sold International Telecommunications Distributors, acting as the Chairman and CEO. He has an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University and a Business Degree from Bucknell University. Steve currently serves on the Advisory Boards of the University of South Carolina Engineering and Computer Sciences School, the iAdvantage Software Company, and is a committee member for the United Way of the Midlands.
Stephen Rhind-Tutt is President of Alexander Street Press, an electronic publishing company in the humanities and social sciences. He has 18 years of experience in electronic publishing with a number of different companies. At SilverPlatter from 1989 to 1995, he held a variety of roles and was responsible for the development, sales, and management of more than 200 electronic products.
Until its sale to Proquest, Stephen was President of Chadwyck-Healey, Inc. where he developed and distributed more than 150 electronic products, including the world’s largest collection of primary texts in English and American Literature. Since 2000, Stephen has been President of Alexander Street Press based in Alexandria, Virginia.
He has spoken at a number of conferences including The Charleston Conference, AAUP, SSP, The Association for Documentary Editors, and more. Stephen has a B.A. from University College London and an M.B.A. from Boston University.
Sue Silver obtained her PhD from the University of London, UK, but later switched to scientific publishing. Journals she has worked on include The British Dental Journal, Biologist, and The Lancet Oncology. In 2002, she was appointed Editor-in-Chief of a new journal from the Ecological Society of America, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
Tim has been instrumental in the development of Scitation, the hosting service for physical science and engineering publishers. He is project leader of the multi-publisher project to develop a comprehensive set of Unicode-based fonts, the STIX Fonts. He was active in the founding of CrossRef and is Treasurer of ASIDIC.
Toby Green joined the OECD in 1998 with a brief to modernize its marketing operation. The result was the launch, in 2000, of SourceOECD, an i-library comprising full-text books, journals and databases. Since then he created OECD’s innovative StatLink service, linking full text publications to their underlying data.
Prior to joining OECD he was Associate Director, Marketing for Elsevier UK. After studying Microbiology and Virology at the University of Warwick, he began his career promoting and selling books for Academic Press before learning about journals with Elsevier Applied Science and encyclopedias and abstracting services with Pergamon Press.
He served on the ALPSP Council 2002-2006 and provides a voice for Intergovernmental Organisation publishers on the SWETS Publishers’ Advisory Board. He was appointed Head of Publishing at OECD at the beginning of 2007.
Victoria Reich is the Director of the LOCKSS Program, Stanford University Library, www.lockss.org. The 450 publishers preserving their content in the Global LOCKSS Network enable libraries to fulfill a core library mission – to build and preserve digital library collections. They have ensured their intellectual property and branding are available to authorized readers when their own web sites are unavailable. Using the award winning LOCKSS technology to build and preserve local collections, libraries are guaranteed perpetual access to authorized scholarly content while also delivering all reader traffic to the publishers’ web sites. Vicky helped to launch the CLOCKSS Archive and HighWire Press. She has extensive library experience, having held positions at Stanford University Libraries, the National Agricultural Library, the Library of Congress, and the University of Michigan. Victoria is on several Advisory Boards, including “Stanford Copyright & Fair Use”. She received the 2008 Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award.