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DSpace, Fedora and VIVO Hold Project Steering Group Elections

Austin, TX  Elections were held in July to choose members who will serve on DuraSpace community-supported open source project steering groups for three year terms. The DSpace, Fedora and VIVO Projects are pleased to announce the following results and extend a warm welcome to new Steering Group members.


DSpace Project leaders look forward to the efforts of the following new Steering Group members in helping to guide the project.

Salwa Ismail, department head, library information technology, Georgetown University Library

The Georgetown University Library Information Technology Department led by Salwa Ismail plans, implements and maintains automated information technologies within the library to support other library departments. The library makes code for custom solutions built with open source software available to other institutions through a “Solution Gallery” which includes DSpace REST Reports and DSpace Batch Tools.

Jyrki Ilva, information system specialist, National Library of Finland

Building research assessment tools on a national level is one of several initiatives led by Jyrki Ilva at the National Library of Finland in support of managing and making cultural and scientific resources available throughout Nordic countries and beyond. He helped to develop Theseus, a shared DSpace repository used by 25 Finnish applied science universities, as a student theses collection point.

Claire Knowles, library digital development manager, University of Edinburgh

Claire Knowles goal is to “get 'stuff' online to share the treasures of the University of Edinburgh Library and University Collections.” Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh she was a developer for Edinburgh University Library, working on DSpace repositories for the Scottish Digital Library Consortium. Her interests include library technology, open source development, research data management, digital preservation of born-digital and digitized content, among others.


The Fedora Steering Group election concluded with the following steering group members being elected.

Tom Cramer, assistant university librarian & director for digital library systems & services, Stanford University Libraries

As an AUL and IT director at Stanford, Tom Cramer appreciates the reasons why institutions need a robust, production system. As a Hydra community leader, and the Stanford director for the Hydra-in-a-Box project, he is keen to build a lean, performant and highly functional code base Fedora-Hydra combo stack. As a member of the DuraSpace Board of Directors, he has a view on and commitment to the success of both Fedora and DuraSpace. As a member of the steering groups for Open Repositories, PASIG and the IIPC (for web archiving), he has a broad and deep view on both the repository and preservation communities. As a current and founding member of the Fedora Steering Group Cramer is committed and passionate to advancing Fedora’s position, and seizing new opportunities in the broader landscape.


Evviva Weinraub, associate university librarian (AUL) for digital strategies, Northwestern University Libraries

As AUL for Digital Strategies at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. for the last 5 years Weinraub has led teams working on Fedora-based digital asset management systems. Her Northwestern team has been doing so for over a decade. She is very interested in joining the Fedora Steering Group to continue her work on the Leadership team, to stay tied directly to the future and growth of Fedora, and work to find ways to increase international adoption and contribution to the Fedora community.

Aaron Choate, director of digital strategies, University of Texas at Austin

Choate has been involved in digital library/archives development in various ways for more than 15 years.  He has worked across many aspects of our operations; from development, to service provision, project management, and team leadership, and now as a director concentrating on our library’s digital strategies.  He has an interest in working to ensure that Fedora continues to perform as a core for a wide array of digital asset systems, supporting a strong ecosystem of complementary interfaces and services.


The VIVO Leadership Group has nominated the following new members for the VIVO Steering Group. 

Mark Fallu, digital and IT lead for research, University of Melbourne

Mark is a higher education research technology specialist who has spent 13 years building tools to support and profile research. His current focus is on implementing modern platforms for the management and administration of research, and developing strategies to quantify and characterize research impact.  Mark has deep experience with VIVO, having developed the internationally recognized Research-Hub at Griffith University and the VIVO user and developer communities more generally.

Mark Newton, director of the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, Columbia University Libraries

Mark’s work is focused on building programs and services that promote the broad reach and impact of scholarship. Among his efforts there, he has been involved in the promotion and development of Columbia’s open access repository, its library publishing program, and a number of faculty-sponsored digital scholarship web sites. He looks forward to working with the VIVO steering group to promote the model of open standards and tools that advance the communication of scholars.

Paul Albert, identity services and product manager, Weill Cornell Medical College

In his role at Weill Cornell Paul Albert is responsible for the life cycle of identity services, lead institutional and user requirements gathering, assist with product selection and design decisions, and more. As Project Manager of VIVO, Paul spearheads the Library's effort to disambiguate the journal articles for all Weill Cornell authors. Paul is a leader of the Implementation Interest Group and has worked on the VIVO project since 2007. Paul has over 23,000 emails with “VIVO” in the subject or body; he regularly prints out these emails and puts them into a scrapbook keepsake.

Also welcome to Julia Laurin, Thomson Reuters, who has joined the VIVO Leadership Group.  

About governance of DuraSpace open source projects

DuraSpace members become a partners in project governance with a voice in ensuring that the DSpace, Fedora and VIVO Projects continue to serve the global communities that depend on them into the future. Information about DSpace governance may be found here; Fedora governance here, and; VIVO governance here. Participate in project governance by becoming a member of DuraSpace, and direct your membership dollars specifically to any of our projects or to our general fund.