Keynote Speakers


Herbert Van de Sompel 

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Towards Robust Linking and Referencing for Web-Based Scholarly Communication

 Brief bio

 Herbert Van de Sompel 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. Currently, he is the team leader of the Prototyping Team at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Team 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.

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Mahendra Mahey

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How the British Library's Digital Scholarship department is putting data to use for researchers through its Digital research Team and British Library Labs project

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 Mahendra Mahey is the Project manager of British Library Labs. He started working at the Library in March 2013 and works closely with the Digital Curators and Digital Research team in Digital Scholarship at the Library. Previously, he was at UKOLN at the University of Bath managing several projects; working on the Jisc funded Developer Community Supporting Innovation (DevCSI) initiative (organising several Developer Happiness Days e.g.; one focussing on how UK academic institutions could manage their research information using a common European metadata standard (CERIF); one supporting research in digital repositories of scholarly outputs. He was also an adviser for the Jisc Regional Support Centres in the West Midlands and Scotland encouraging academics and librarians in Further and Higher education to use electronic learning resources and make effective use of e-learning technologies and techniques in their practice. For over 10 years, he worked as a lecturer of Social Sciences, Computing, Multimedia and English for speakers of other languages in Further and Higher Education colleges in the UK and in Poland.

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