12 August 2016


The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to announce its panel of judges for 2016 as follows:

Adrian Brown, Parliamentary Archives

Adrian is Director of the Parliamentary Archives, which provides an archives and records management service for the UK Parliament. He is an experienced information management professional with expertise in the management of digital and analogue collection and an internationally recognised authority in the field of digital preservation, with a proven track record in the successful implementation of practical, operational services in two national cultural memory institutions. Adrian was one of the 2014 winners for his book ‘Practical Digital Preservation: a how-to guide for organisations of any size.’

Daniela Duca, Jisc

Senior co-design manager for Jisc, Daniela manages two projects to support research data management within the UK Higher Education. She has recently completed a PhD in innovation management; and has worked extensively in data management within the private sector. 

Dave Tarrant, Open Data Institute (ODI)

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.

Dave Thompson, Wellcome Trust

Digital Curator for the Wellcome Library in London, Dave's work supports a strategic digitisation programme in the design of systems and processes for managing digital content. On a day-to-day basis he manages the Library's workflow tracking system and the repository for digital content, continuously developing and planning these two systems to ensure that they continue to deliver efficient, long term storage and management for all the Library’s digital assets.

Joachim Jung, Open Preservation Foundation (OPF)

Joachim Jung took on the role of Executive Director for the Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) in December 2015 and now leads the OPF in its mission to sustain technology and knowledge for the long-term management of digital cultural heritage. Joachim has a long term interest in open communities, and nearly 10 years experience of working in cultural heritage organisations. He was previously Project Manager for the EU FP7 SCAPE (Scalable Preservation Environments) project from 2011-2014, overseeing the development and delivery of scalable, open source services for digital preservation. 

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 legislation.gov.uk 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.

Louise Lawson, Tate

Louise is the Conservation Manager at Tate in London.

Manuela Speiser, European Commission

Research Programme Officer and Project Officer for the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Manuela's current role covers a range of activities from funding leading-edge ICT research to innovation and policy support.

Marcel Ras, Netherlands Coalition for Digital Preservation (NCDD)

Program Manager for NCDD, 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.

Maureen Pennock, British Library

Head of Digital Preservation at the British Library, Maureen has over fifteen years of practical and management experience in digital curation, archiving and preservation initiatives across the cultural heritage and HE sectors. She has been instrumental in building and developing the British Library's digital preservation team into a foundation intra-organisational service whilst simultaneously directing Library input to external national and international digital preservation initiatives including SCAPE, APARSEN, OPF, ANADP, PERSIST and INTERPRET.

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

Sandra Collins, National Library of Ireland

Sandra joined the National Library of Ireland in 2015 from her role as the Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) in the Royal Irish Academy. Sandra has held leadership roles in research, industry and public service, with prior positions in the Royal Irish Academy, Science Foundation Ireland, Ericsson telecommunications, and Dublin City University.

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.

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.

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.

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