The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to announce its judges for 2018:

Dave Tarrant, Open Data Institute

With over 10 years working with the open agenda including a PhD on measuring the impact of open science, Dave has significant experience of building rich applications that use open data to solve real world problems. He has a number of significant publications in semantic web, linked data and digital preservation and is a member of steering and programme committees for renowned international conferences in digital preservation and open technologies. He is currently leading a work package on crowd sourced open data as part of the SoFWIReD project between the University of Southampton and Fraunhofer.

John Sheridan, The National Archives

As Digital Director, John is responsible for The National Archives' digital services, providing strategic direction and driving forward web-based services. Prior to his current role, John was Head of Legislation Services at The National Archives where he led the team responsible for creating the website, as well overseeing the operation of the official Gazette. A former co-chair of the W3C e-Government Interest Group, John has a strong interest in web and data standards. He serves on the UK Government’s Open Standards Board which sets data standards for use across government. John was an early pioneer of open data and remains active in that community.

Karen Sampson, Lloyds Banking Group

Head of Archives & Museum at Lloyds Banking Group, Karen has previously worked for both local government and university archives. She wrote the business archives module for the distance-learning archives and records management MLitt at Dundee University, on which she tutored until 2011. Karen also serves as Hon Secretary of the Business Archives Council .

Laura Molloy, Oxford Internet Institute

At the Oxford Internet Institute, Laura focuses on digital curation and digital literacy skills in UK visual art professional practice. Laura has delivered a number of projects and initiatives in the digital preservation, digital curation and research data management (RDM) spaces. These include the management of a pilot UK research data discovery service for the Digital Curation Centre (DCC); production of a pan-European digital preservation training series for the FP7-funded Planets project; development of the original ‘Digiman’ animation series for DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE); mapping of the JISC Managing Research Data (MRD) programme training outputs to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework and the SCONUL Seven Pillars models for JISC DaMSSI; production of the EC-funded DigCurV digital curation curriculum framework for cultural heritage. She also co-chairs the Research Data Alliance Interest Group on Education and Training for the Handling of Research Data, and the RDA IG Archives and Records Professionals.

Marcel Ras, Dutch Digital Heritage Network (DHN)

Program Manager for DHN, Marcel oversees the Dutch national coalition of public sector organisations with a remit to manage long-term access to digital data. Previously, his extensive experience in digital preservation included a role as Program Manager for the International e-Depot at Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB - Dutch Royal Library) with responsibility for processing digital publications, metadata policy and functional management of library systems; as well as Project Manager for the KB's Web Archiving programme.

Natalie Harrower, Digital Repository of Ireland

Dr. Natalie Harrower is the Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland, located at the Royal Irish Academy. She was appointed to the European Commission's high level expert group on FAIR data implementation, and is a member of Ireland's National Archives Advisory Committee (NAAC) and the OECD high level expert group on Business Models for Data Repositories. Natalie is on the Governing Board for the Research Data Alliance's H2020-funded EU support activities, she is an expert reviewer for the European Commission, and she chairs the ALLEA E-Humanities Working Group. In 2014 Natalie established the international conference series DPASSH: Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, and chaired its inaugural conference in June 2015. Previously, she was the DRI's Manager of Education and Outreach, where she initiated and delivered a broad education and training programme in digital preservation and related areas -- including digital humanities, digital archiving, digital curation, and linked data.

Neil Chue Hong, Software Sustainability Institute (SSI)

Neil is the founding Director of the Software Sustainability Institute. He began his career at the University of Edinburgh's EPCC, becoming Project Manager there in 2003. He is presently responsible for representing both the Institute and UK researchers at a national and international level. His current research is in cloud computing, computational chemistry, software ecosystems, and digital repositories. He is also on the advisory boards of several related organisations, such as ASEArch CCP, Future Compute, the Water Science Software Institute, the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyber-Infrastructure, and e-Research South, the editor of the Journal of Open Research Software, and an advocate for Software Carpentry.

Neil Grindley, Jisc

Neil is the Head of Resource Discovery at Jisc, a UK-based registered charity that funds and supports technology-related projects and services for the UK Higher and Further Education sector. Neil leads on activities within Jisc to enhance the discoverability of academic resources for research and learning and is responsible for formulating strategies to maintain and develop services that support search and discovery in UK. Previously at Jisc Neil lead and managed work in the area of digital preservation and curation and served on the Boards of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), the Open Planets Foundation (OPF) and the Alliance for Permanent Access (APA). Prior to joining Jisc, he was the IT Manager at the Courtauld Institute of Art (London) and then a Senior Project Officer on a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded initiative to encourage and support the use of advanced ICT methods for cross-disciplinary research. 

Neil Jefferies, Bodleian Libraries University of Oxford

Neil Jefferies is the Head of Innovation at the Bodleian Libraries. He was involved with the initial setup of the Eprints and Fedora Repositories at Oxford and is now working on the development of future library technologies and services. Additionally, Neil is Technical Director of the Cultures of Knowledge project and subsidiary country chair of the associated EU COST action. He sets on the Steering Committee of the Fedora Commons Repository platform, was a founding co-author of the International Image Interoperability Framework. Neil has served on the organising committees of international conferences such Open Repositories, DPASSH, The Preservation and Archiving SIG and Digitalna Kniznica/IIIF, and runs a regular workshop on Data and Metadata Standards at the Oxford Digital Humanities Summer School. 

Paul Wheatley, Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC)

The DPC's Head of Research and Practice, Paul has a long track record in digital preservation, having worked on diverse projects including the much celebrated ‘CAMiLEON’ project which evaluated strategies for emulation and which is credited with rescuing the BBC Domesday Disk.  He has worked at the British Library and the University of Leeds, leading the Jisc-funded ‘SPRUCE’ project which delivered a series of tightly-focused problem-solving hackathons for institutions across the UK.  More recently Paul has been working as an independent consultant providing specialist advice on a range of digital preservation issues

Sharon McMeekin, Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC)

Sharon is the DPC's Head of Training and Skills and leads our workforce development activities, including the management and presentation of the successful workshop series’ ‘Getting Started with Digital Preservation’ and ‘Making Progress with Digital Preservation.’ Sharon is an archivist by training with a specialism in digital preservation. Before joining the DPC she spent five years as Digital Archivist with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland where she led the development of digital preservation policy and their repository systems as well as contributing more widely to the archive’s activities.

Sheila Morrissey, Ithaka S+R

Sheila Morrissey is Senior Researcher at Ithaka S+R, where her role is to provide technological perspective in researching the impact of the digital transition on the scholarly communications ecosystem, on the sustainability of digital resources, on the scholarly use of digital resources, on digital infrastructure in support of teaching and learning, and on collaborative development of the technical infrastructure of the library of the future. Sheila has worked on ITHAKA's Portico digital preservation service and has written extensively on the complex interactions between digital formats and their mediating software, as well as on the often subtle manner in which software engineering practice complicates the use and intelligibility of digital artifacts, both in the present, and over the very long term. 

Steve Daly, BBC

Steve is responsible for setting and implementing the technology strategy of the BBC Archives and his remit covers the full range of physical and digital collections that form this unique archive, including: the BBC’s Written Archives (paper and electronic); Photo Library; Heritage Collection (physical historic artefacts); Commercial Music library; Sheet Music library; Web Archives; and of course the huge audio visual collections of film, video tape, audio tape and digital media.

Tim Gollins, National Records of Scotland

Tim took up his role of Head of Digital Archiving at National Records of Scotland in 2015 and focuses on the archiving and preservation of digital records and their associated systems and processes. His extensive experience in digital preservation includes a the same role at The National Archives where he led work on digital preservation, and cataloguing  as well as the delivery and procurement workstream of The Digital Continuity Project, and a secondment to the University of Glasgow as an Honorary Research Associate for 18 months working on “technically assisted sensitivity review of digital public records.”

William Kilbride, Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC)

Executive Director for the DPC, William is the Acting Overall Chair of the Judging Panel. In his current role at the head of the DPC, he provides training and support to members as well as supporting the digital preservation community through advocacy work and enabling strategic partnerships. William is a prolific writer and speaker on the subject of digital preservation and has many years’ experience in the field, having previously held senior positions at Glasgow Museums and the Archaeology Data Service.

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