Kathleen Shearer is the Executive Director at the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), an international association of repository initiatives that was launched in October 2009 with membership of over 120 institutions worldwide from 36 countries in 5 continents. COAR has also been working on defining the new functionalities for the next generation of repositories, in order to position them as the foundation for a distributed, globally networked infrastructure for scholarly communication, on top of which layers of value added services will be deployed, thereby transforming the system, making it more research-centric, open to and supportive of innovation, while also collectively managed by the scholarly community. Shearer is also a consultant for several other organizations. She is a Research Associate with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and was instrumental in the launch of the Portage Research Data Management Network in Canada. She is also a Strategic Consultant with the US-based Association of Research Libraries (ARL), providing expertise to the Association about international activities and scholarly communication. Shearer has also done extensive work for the Canadian federal government and research funding agencies including a project to develop metrics and indicators framework for open science.
Dr Ayris is Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services). He joined UCL in 1997.
Dr Ayris was the President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) 2010-14; he is now Advisor to the LIBER Board. He is Co-Chair of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) INFO Community. He chairs the OAI Organizing Committee for the Cern-Unige Workshops on Innovations in Scholarly Communication. He is also the Chair of JISC Collections’ Content Strategy Group. On 1 August 2013, Dr Ayris became Chief Executive of UCL Press. He is a member of the Provost and President’s Senior Management Team in UCL.
He has a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History and publishes on English Reformation Studies.
Kevin Ashley joined the DCC as Director in April 2010, succeeding the first permanent Director Chris Rusbridge. He serves on a number of advisory and guidance bodies in the field of digital preservation and research data infrastructure and is vice-chair of the Digital Preservation Coalition. Kevin was formerly (1997-2010) Head of Digital Archives Department, University of London Computer Centre (ULCC) where he was responsible for a multi-disciplinary group that provided services related to the preservation and reusability of digital resources on behalf of other organisations, as well as programmes of research, development and training. Customers included the UK National Archives, the British Library and AIM25, the collaborative network of over 100 archives in London. His group developed and operated NDAD (the National Digital Archive of Datasets), which captured, preserved and provided access to UK government datasets, the first service of its type in the world. His group also developed and delivered training in digital preservation, including the award-winning digital preservation training programme (www.dptp.org)
He was a member of the RLG/NARA task force which developed the TRAC methodology for repository audit and was chair of JISC’s Repositories and Preservation Advisory Group. Other advisory, steering and expert group memberships include: JISC’s Infrastructure and Resources Committee & JIIE; the Advisory Council for ERPANET; the Archives Hub Steering Committee; expert group on policy for DL.ORG; GRDI2020 expert committee and the advisory group for the Digital Preservation Handbook (Beagrie & Jones.) He was previously involved in the development and standardisation of network protocols, active in bodies such as ANSI, BSI and EWOS. He began his career in a medical research unit devoted to innovative uses of IT in the support of clinical research and practice.
Heather Joseph is the Executive Director of SPARC, (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), a coalition of academic and research libraries expanding the open communication of scholarship. SPARC supports new models for sharing digital articles, data and educational resources, and is widely recognized as the leading force for Open Access advocacy.
Chris Banks FRSA
Chris joined Imperial College in September 2013 as Director of Library Services (a role now expanded to include College-wide change and strategic investment initiatives). She had previously worked at the University of Aberdeen where she was University Librarian and Director of Library, Special Collections and Museums, and at the British Library where she spent over 20 years in a variety of curatorial, management and strategic roles. At Aberdeen Chris was the library lead on the award-winning £57m library project and The Sir Duncan Rice Library was opened by Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II in September 2012.
Chris is active internationally in both LERU and LIBER. In the UK she acts in a strategic capacity through membership of a number of publishing and open science boards. She has a particular interest in open science and open scholarly communications and is
enjoying the many publisher innovations which have arisen from the UK open access policy landscape. Along with her former colleague Dr Torsten Reimer, she is leading an initiative to bring the Harvard Open Access Policy to the UK.
With a background in music, Chris continues her interest in the area acting as Trustee to a number of music research organisations, serving as an elected Vice President of the Royal Musical Association and through her membership of the London Philharmonic Choir.
Wallace is a Postgraduate Researcher and PhD Candidate in Cultural Heritage Law with CREATe, at the University of Glasgow in partnership with the National Library of Scotland. As an artist, licensed attorney, and internationally-recognized researcher in the field of copyright and the public domain, Wallace’s research considers the impact of digital technologies on the preservation and dissemination of cultural heritage and the obstacles and opportunities presented by the digital realm. Her work examines how heritage institutions have responded to the increasing need to engage in commercialization activities during a time of economic cutbacks and proposes recommendations for the legal, cultural, and ethical issues challenging heritage institutions.
Wallace is one of the researchers behind Display At Your Own Risk, the research-led exhibition experiment featuring digital surrogates of public domain works made available by cultural institutions of international repute. More recently, her work was selected as a Top 10 finalist in the Rijksmuseum’s 2017 International Rijksstudio Award.