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DCMI Governing Board

The Governing Board manages the affairs of DCMI and performs the duties usually performed by the board of directors of a corporation. These duties include providing direction for the general management of the Initiative, oversight of the DCMI Executive, stewardship of DCMI's finances, approval of DCMI bylaws, and a broad remit to shape the strategic direction of DCMI and formulate DCMI policies in consultation with the Executive and the wider community. The Governing Board also contributes to the promotion of the Initiative through liaisons with the public and private sectors.
Sam Oh (Chair)

Sam Gyun Oh is a professor at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul Korea and chairs the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34 (Document Description & Processing Languages) and ISO TC46/SC9 (Identification & Description) committees. He represents the National Library of Korea on the DCMI Governing Board.

He teaches courses such as database design, Web database design, designing XML and metadata schemas, ontology modeling, information architecture, and designing knowledge management systems. His main research interest is in the area of metadata and ontology modeling. He has extensive experience in consulting companies and government sectors regarding design of metadata and ontologies.

He received his Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology from Syracuse University, NY, USA in 1995 and worked for the Information School at the University of Washington for 4 years (1994-1998) prior to taking his current post.

Stefanie Rühle (Chair-elect)

Göttingen State and University Library (SUB Göttingen)
Representing Institutional Member: SUB Göttingen

Stefanie Rühle, works at the Data Conversion Group of the State and University Library in Göttingen and is responsible for metadata supply to zvdd (Zentrales Verzeichnis Digitlisierter Drucke) and the German Digital Library (DDB). She works primarily on the analysis, conversion and modeling of cultural heritage metadata with a particular focus on Linked Data. Stefanie is co-chair of the DINI AG KIM (Competence Center for Interoperable Metadata) and has been involved in DCMI work since 2008.

Flávia Bastos

Coordinator of Libraries, General Coordination
Universidade Estadual Paulista—Unesp
Sáo Paulo, Brazil
Representing Institutional Member: Universidade Estadual Paulista

Flávia Bastos serves as Coordinator of Libraries, General Coordination at the São Paulo State University (Universidade Estadual Paulista—Unesp). She is also Executive Coordinator of the Institutional Repository of UNESP. She holds a doctoral degree in Information Science in the field of Information and Technology and is a researcher with the New Technology of Information Group researching themes such as Digital Libraries, Institutional Repositories, Automated Libraries, Integrated Library Systems and Discovery Systems. Unesp is one of the largest and most important Brazilian universities, with distinguished achievements in teaching, research and extension services. Unesp is supported by State funds and along with USP (Universidade de São Paulo) and Unicamp (Universidade Estadual de Campinas) offers free public higher education in São Paulo State. Unesp was founded in 1976 and is the most successful model of a multicampus university in Brazil supporting intense and diversified activities in Sao Paulo—the most developed State in Brazil. Unesp's influence is recognized through the level of regional development where its campuses are located—one in the State capital and 23 others strategically distributed throughout the State.

Juan Pablo Carvallo

Executive Director
Ecuadorian National Research and Education Network (CEDIA)
Cuenca, Ecuador
Representing Regional Member: Ecuadorian National Research and Education Network (CEDIA)

Juan Pablo Carvallo is the Executive Director of the Ecuadorian National Research and Education Network (CEDIA) and part time teacher of the Azuay University, Cuenca, Ecuador. He received his PhD in software engineering from the Catalonia Tech University, Barcelona, Spain. His research interests include software quality, software process improvement, hybrid systems architecture and requirements engineering among other. He has acted as General Chair and Scientific Chair in several international conferences, and as reviewer for several journals including, IEEE Software, Software Process Improvement and Practice, and Journal of Computer Science and Technology.

Eric Childress

Consulting Project Manager, OCLC Research
Dublin, Ohio, USA
Independent Member

Eric Childress is a librarian with a strong interest in metadata standards and systems. Active in the Dublin Core™ beginning with the DC-3: CNI/OCLC Workshop on Metadata for Networked Images (1996), Eric served a turn as chair of the DC Date Working Group and worked on the first version of the Dublin Core™ Library Application Profile. He is Immediate Past Chair of the DCMI Governing Board, a member of the DCMI Advisory Board and the @dublincore Twitter editorial team.

In his day job, Eric provides project management support for OCLC Research projects and participates as a team member and subject matter expert on various OCLC research and product-related activities focused on metadata, controlled vocabularies, and classification. His work at OCLC has included providing technical expertise for OCLC's metadata crosswalk service, serving as a member of the FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) research team and participating in OCLC's linked data work.

Marie-Claude Côté

Manager, Recordkeeping Strategies, Archives Branch
Library and Archives Canada
Representing Institutional Member: Library and Archives Canada

Marie-Claude Côté is the Manager of Record-Keeping (RK) strategies with the Archives Branch at Library and Archives Canada. In her role, she supports both Government of Canada (GC) departments and Government archivists on good information management (IM) practices including digital record-keeping, metadata, and record transfers. She previously held management and analyst positions at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canadian Internal Development Agency, and Industry Canada. After obtaining her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS), she worked in public and private sector libraries before joining the federal public service. For the last 21 years, she has contributed to the development of the IM domain in the GC. Marie-Claude also teaches the IM Curriculum at the Canada School of Public Service. She is a certified project management professional (PMP).

Haliza Jailani

Deputy Director, Resource Discovery and Management Division
National Library Board Singapore
Representing Regional Member: National Library Board Singapore

Haliza Jailani is a Deputy Director in the Resource Discovery and Management Division of the National Library Board of Singapore. In Singapore, the National Library, the National Archives and the Public Libraries network of 26 libraries are run as one united heritage organisation under the National Library Board (NLB). She is responsible for the Resource Discovery portfolio of cataloguing and metadata creation, knowledge organisation systems and ontology, as well as information discovery using metadata. She oversees work on exposing metadata of NLB collections to search engines using structured data and other aspects of open data work such as the sharing of NLB’s name authorities with Singapore’s government agencies and had pioneered NLB's Linked Data work with a team of cataloguers and IT specialists. Her team had also enabled data harmonisation for OneSearch, a search platform for Singapore's cultural heritage collections which include resources from the libraries, archives & museums of Singapore, where metadata were aggregated using Dublin Core™. She is currently a member of IFLA’s Linked Data Sub-Committee.

Mike Lauruhn

Technology Research Director,
Elsevier Labs,
Portland, Oregon, United States
Independent Member

Mike Lauruhn is a librarian working as Research Technology Director at Elsevier Labs. His current research areas include Linked Data, taxonomies and ontologies, mark-up and annotation, research data lifecycles, and other issues affecting research communications. Before joining Labs in 2010, he was a consultant with Taxonomy Strategies LLC working with numerous private companies, nonprofits, and government agencies to help define and implement taxonomies and metadata schemas. He began his library career cataloging at the California Newspaper Project at the Center for Bibliographic Studies & Research at the University of California, Riverside.

Mike received his M.L.S. from UCLA. In addition to his work at Elsevier, he is active with the DCMI community, is a member of the Education & Outreach Committee's Linked Data for Professional Education (LD4PE) initiative, and served as co-Program Chair for the DCMI annual conference in 2010.

Wei Liu

Deputy Director, Shanghai Library, China
Representing Institutional Member: Shanghai Library

Wei Liu (aka Keven) holds a doctoral degree in Computer Science from Fudan University (2006) and a master degree on Library and Information Science from East China Normal University (1990). He has been a member of DCMI Advisory Board since the DC-2003 conference in Seattle. He also served as host of the wonderful DC-2004 conference in Shanghai. He takes part in IFLA activities as a Standing Committee Member of LTR (Library Theory and Research section) and worked for IFLA ITS (Information Technology Section) for two terms. He has participated in most of the major national digital library projects and programs in China and is one of the pioneers in advocating metadata, ontology and semantic web (linked data) applications in China. He has authored several books and around 100 articles in the above related area.

Alasdair MacDonald

Metadata Co-ordinator
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Representing Institutional Member: University of Edinburgh

Since January 2014, Alasdair MacDonald has been employed as Metadata Co-ordinator at Edinburgh University Library, with overall responsibility for managing the Metadata Services team. The work of the team is mainly focussed on the RDA and MARC21 standards, with greater automation in dealing with new acquisitions allowing for more cataloguer resources to be devoted to project work and making hidden collections available through the Library's discovery service. More recently, Metadata Services has undertaken pilot initiatives with other colleagues producing descriptive metadata, including the Archives and Digital Development teams. Alasdair's previous post was Head of Bibliographic Maintenance and Authority Control at the Bodleian Libraries and he has also worked at the National Library of Scotland. He is a member of the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group Scotland committee and regularly presents at their events and seminars. He is particularly interested in author/person identification and how to implement this across different platforms, metadata standards and institutions.

Kyong Eun Oh

Associate Professor
School of Library and Information Science at Simmons University
Boston, USA
Representing Institutional Member: School of Library and Information Science at Simmons University

Kyong Eun Oh is an Associate Professor and the Co-Director of the Ph.D. program in the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons University. She has been serving on the DCMI Governing Board since 2014, and served as the Co-Chair of the Metadata Best Practice Presentations track at DCMI Virtual 2020.

Oh teaches graduate courses in information organization, metadata, and research methods. Her research interests include information organization, personal information management, and information behavior. She studies how people manage and organize information and how classification influences the way people find and use information.

Oh earned her Ph.D. at Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information. She received her M.A. in Library & Information Science, and her B.A. in English Language & Literature as well as Library & Information Science from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.

Helena Patrício

Director of the Special Collections Services
The National Library of Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal
Representing Institutional Member: The National Library of Portugal

Helena Patrício is the Director of the Special Collections Services at the National Library of Portugal since 2012, in charge of the National Digital Library and managing several national and European digitisation projects. She graduated in Law in 1996 and obtained her post-graduate degree in Library and Information Science (1998). She holds a master degree in Information Studies and Digital Libraries since 2004 (Thesis title: "Comparative analysis of the relational model and the RDF applied to the conceptual modelling of legislative information"). She is a PHD student, researching in the semantic web and linked open data areas. From 2007 to 2012, she was the Director of Information Systems Services at the National Library of Portugal.

Shigeo Sugimoto

Specially Appointed Professor
University of Tsukuba
Tsukuba, Japan
Independent Member

Shigeo Sugimoto has been actively involved in DCMI Metadata activities since 1997. Dr. Sugimoto currently is co-chair of the DCMI Localization and Internationalization Community. He also co-chaired the program committee of the International Conference on Dublin Core™ and Metadata Applications 2001 (DC-2001) held in Tokyo, Japan, in October 2001.

Dr. Sugimoto chaired the program committees of the International Symposium on Digital Libraries 1995, 1997 and 1999, which were sponsored and held at ULIS. He has been involved in major international conferences on digital libraries in Asia, Europe, and North America as an organizer and program committee member.

Dr. Sugimoto earned a Ph.D. in Information Science (software engineering and programming languages) from Kyoto University in 1985.

Osma Suominen

Information System Specialist
The National Library of Finland
Helsinki, Finland
Representing Regional Member: National Library of Finland

Osma Suominen is working as an Information Systems Specialist at the National Library of Finland. His current activities are centered around the publishing of bibliographic data, including the Finnish national bibliography Fennica, as Linked Data. He is also one of the creators of the thesaurus and ontology service and is leading development of the Skosmos vocabulary browser used in Finto. Osma Suominen earned his doctoral degree at Aalto University while doing research on semantic portals and quality of controlled vocabularies within the FinnONTO series of projects. His past accomplishments include the Skosify vocabulary analysis and quality improvement tool, and, the Linked Data service of Aalto University.

Joseph T. Tennis

Associate Professor & Director of Faculty Affairs,
Information School of the University of Washington
Seattle, USA
Representing Institutional Member: University of Washington Information School

Joseph T. Tennis is an Associate Professor at the Information School of the University of Washington, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Linguistics, a member of the Textual Studies faculty at UW, and an Associate Member of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study at The University of British Columbia. He is President [2014-2018] of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) and has been an occasional visiting scholar at the State University of São Paulo since 2009. He is also a member of the Dublin Core™ Usage Board and Chair of the Governing Board.

Dr. Tennis is Reviews Editor for Knowledge Organization, Managing Editor for Advances in Classification Research Online, and on the editorial board for Library Quarterly and Scire: Representación y organización del conocimiento. He has been active in the InterPARES research project (working on digital records preservation) since 2005, and currently serves as an advisor and researcher on metadata issues.

Dr. Tennis holds a B.A. in Religious Studies. He received his M.L.S. from Indiana University, an Sp.L.I.S. in Book History, and the Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Washington. He works in classification theory, the ethics and aesthetics of information organization, the versioning of classification schemes and thesauri, subject ontogeny and information provenance, and the comparative discursive analysis of metadata creation and evaluation, including archival metadata, both contemporary and historical. Dr. Tennis' research has been funded by IMLS, Microsoft, and SSHRC. He won the ALISE/Bodhan S. Wynar research paper award in 2012.


Klaus Tochtermann

Director, ZBW – German National Library of Economics
Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Kiel, Germany
Representing Institutional Member: German National Library of Economics

Klaus Tochtermann currently serves as Director of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and University Professor for Digital Information Infrastructures at the University of Kiel. He graduated from the Kieler Gelehrtenschule in 1983 and studied computer science at Kiel University and Dortmund University. At Dortmund, he received his doctorate in computer science.

Klaus has served as Head of Department at the Research Institute for Applied Processing, Ulm University, and, from 2001 until 2010, as Managing Director of Austria's Competence Centre for Knowledge Management, Know-Centre Graz. From 2004-2010, Klaus served as University Professor in Computer Science at Graz University of Technology. Since 2010, he has served as Director of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and University Professor for Digital Information Infrastructures at the University of Kiel.

Paul Walk

Founder & Director, Antleaf
Frome, UK
Independent Member

Paul Walk is a technical consultant with thirty years of experience working with information systems and web services primarily in the higher education and cultural heritage sectors. Between 2006-2013, Paul was Deputy Director at UKOLN, University of Bath, leaving to join EDINA, University of Edinburgh as Head of Technology Strategy and Planning until 2017.

In 2017, Paul started a consultancy business, Antleaf, which specialises in development of and support for metadata standards, repository development, and distributed scholarly communication.

Paul has worked closely with DCMI for many years, previously serving as its Managing Director (2017-2021).