invited speakers


Karen Coyle is a librarian with over thirty years of experience with library technology. She now consults in a variety of areas relating to digital libraries. Karen has published dozens of articles and reports, most available on her web site, She has served on standards committees including the MARC standards group (MARBI), NISO committee AX for the OpenURL standard, and was an ALA representative to the e-book standards development that led to the ePub standard. She follows, writes, and speaks on a wide range policy areas, including intellectual property, privacy, and public access to information. As a consultant she works primarily on metadata development and technology planning. She is currently investigating the possibilities offered by the semantic web and linked data technology.

Rurik Thomas Greenall is a data wrangler with a keen interest in all things data, from crunching numbers to visualization via text analysis.

Born and bred in the English Lake District, Rurik relocated to Norway in 1998. Since then, he has worked variously as lecturer, graphic designer, systems developer, in industry and the state sector. From 2006–2012 he was research librarian/systems developer at NTNU University library working with social, semantic web applications and large data sets. As of 2012, he works as a semantic web researcher at Statoil, helping develop systems for integrated environmental monitoring.

Rurik speaks widely on topics related to semantic web and data, as well as participating in projects related to this within the library and energy sectors.”

Brian Kelly is a member of the Executive group of the Innovation Support Centre which is part of UKOLN, a well-established applied research organisation based at the University of Bath.
Brian is an experienced speaker on topics such as Web accessibility, Web 2.0 and the Social Web. In recent years Brian has been an invited plenary speaker at international conferences held in Stockholm, Taiwan, Singapore and Melbourne. He has also written peer-reviewed papers on topics including Web accessibility, Web standards and Web 2.0. Brian also established the Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW) in 1997 – this year sees the 16th in the series taking place at the University of Edinburgh.

Brian’s areas of interest include ways in which Web 2.0 and the Social Web can be used to support professional, scholarly and research activities, Web standards, Web accessibility and Web metrics. In addition his interests in open content has led in recent years to taking a pro-active role in the provision of ‘amplified events’ in order to maximise discussions at an event and to enhance the outreach by encouraging participation with a remote audience.

Brian is a prolific blogger, primarily on the UK Web Focus blog, but also contributes to several other blogs. The UK Web Focus blog provides a forum for ‘thinking out loud’ about the implications of Web 2.0 and the Social Web, engaging in discussions and debate as well as disseminating his work activities.

In Decermber 2007 Brian received the Information World Review award for the Information Professional of the Year. In December 2011 he was the runner-up in the Computer Weekly’s IT Professional Blogger of the year section of their annual Social Media awards.

Rudolf Mumenthaler
Professor for Library Science at University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur (Switzerland)

In May 2012 Rudolf Mumenthaler became professor for library science at the University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur where his focus lays on digital library, library management, mobile usage of library services and innovation management.

After his PhD thesis in History at the University of Zurich, Rudolf Mumenthaler worked from 1997 until 2012 at ETH-Bibliothek in Zurich. Until 2008 he was responsible for the Special Collections and put a strong focus on digitization and online access to the worthful collections (autographs, rare books, photographs). 2009 he became head of the newly founded department innovation and marketing at ETH Library. He created an innovation process for the library. A main task was to screen developments in information technology and libraries and to check which issues would be interesting for the library and its services. One of these issues were eReaders and how they could be used in libraries.

Eirik NewthEirik Newth (b. 1964) has a M. Sc. in theoretical astrophysics, and has worked as a writer and lecturer on science, technology and futurology since the early 1990s. His books have been translated into 19 languages and won major literary awards, he writes a science column for Norway’s largest newspaper and is frequently asked by local media to comment on his areas of expertise.

As a lecturer Eirik Newth travels the length and breadth of Norway, speaking to
audiences ranging from major corporations to the Norwegian Air Force Academy.
Newth loves a challenge, which is why he jumped on the chance to participating in the Norwegian version of «Strictly Come Dancing» (he came 5th, much to his surprise) and, more recently, to write a manuscript for Hollywood actor and science presenter Alan Alda.

Currently Eirik Newth resides in Oslo, Norway, with his wife, son, cats and two robots.

A selection of Newth’s lectures:
– The new North: How demography, energy and climate will change the fate of Northern Europe
– Cloudy with a chance of intelligence: The IT outlook for 2025
– Confessions of a Facebook defector: Why taking it slow in social media can be a good idea.

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 and Memento (time travel for the Web) projects.

Jens Vigen is leading the CERN Scientific Information Service and is the Head Librarian of the Organization. Over the ten last years, he has been deeply involved in facilitating access to scientific information throughout the CERN Open Access experience. He participates actively to the to the organization of the Open Archive Initiative workshops (OAI); the establishment of the emerging Sponsoring Consortium on Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics
(SCOAP3) and in general to the design of new repository infrastructures and services. Vigen was a member of the EU High-Level Expert Group on Scientific Data that published its report in 2010. His innovation record includes collaborating with various partners in the information industry, ranging from database producers to electronic books retailers, on integration of third party services in a digital library setup. He defined the requirements for the CERN Open Access Institutional Repository, the Invenio-based CERN Document Server.
Currently, he participates to the definition of the INSPIRE requirements, the next-generation Invenio-based repository for the entire field of High Energy Physics. Over the last three years Jens Vigen has been the driver force behind the CERN-UNESCO Schools on Digital Libraries, an initiative promoting capacity building in Africa and aiming for a better visibility of African research output.

Richard Wallis, distinguished thought leader in Semantic Web and Linked Data technology, joined OCLC in 2012 as Technology Evangelist.

Richard has been at the forefront of emerging Web and Semantic Web technologies in the wider information world for over 20 years. He is an active blogger, and was a regular podcaster in the “Talking with Talis” series. From 2008 to 2010, he hosted and chaired “Library 2.0 Gang,” a monthly round-table podcast series that brought together thought leaders, movers and shakers, and executives from leading organizations in library technology.

Richard most recently had been with Talis, a Linked Data and Semantic Web technology organization in the United Kingdom. He is based in Birmingham, United Kingdom.


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