Steering Group

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Aaron Choate

Director of Digital Strategies

Aaron is the Director of Digital Strategies for the University of Texas Libraries (UTL). He has been involved in digital library & archives development in various ways for over 20 years. He has worked across many aspects of UTL operations; from development, to service provision, project management, team leadership, departmental direction, and now as a director concentrating on University of Texas Libraries’ digital strategies. He is interested in working to ensure that Fedora continues to perform as the core for a wide array of digital asset systems, supporting a strong ecosystem of complimentary interfaces and services.

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Stefano Cossu

Director of Application Services, Collections

Stefano is leading the LAKE project, a digital asset management system for the AIC Collections that will store millions of internal and public documents accessible by over 20 different departments. He has chosen Fedora 4 as the core component of LAKE since its early alpha development and has been contributing to its development with museum-specific use cases and perspectives.

Stefano has a background in visual arts and has worked in several IT fields with small companies and large corporations, such as Sears Holdings, before settling in the digital humanities field. He is committed to expanding the adoption of Fedora among museums and other cultural heritage institutions. Recently he has started the Midwest Fedora User Group.

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Rosalyn Metz

Director, Library Technology and Digital Strategies

Rosalyn Metz is the Director of Library Technology and Digital Strategies at Emory University in Atlanta. There she leads a diverse cross-functional team at the university to provide support for the libraries' technology infrastructure.  The Emory University Libraries have embarked on a multi-year effort to implement a Fedora/Samvera based repository to preserve content for the University’s community. She believes that the cultural heritage institutions that support Fedora need to ensure its long-term stewardship and continued success well into the future.

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Este Pope

Head of Digital Programs

Este is Head of Digital Programs for the Amherst College Library. Este leads the work of the Digital Programs department in building sustainable, accessible digital collections. Amherst College is actively involved in the Fedora community through code and metadata contributions, and seeks to support the needs of liberal arts colleges in use of Fedora and related systems. Este has a background in library systems, digital libraries, library instruction, educational technology and online learning. She is dedicated to the development of Fedora as a community-supported repository to promote open access to information, scholarship, and preservation of cultural heritage.

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Robin Ruggaber

Chief Technical Officer

Robin is the Chief Technical Officer for the University of Virginia Library. As a founding member of the Fedora, Blacklight and Hydra communities, UVa has a long standing commitment to evolving repository technologies. Robin serves in a strategic capacity in each of these communities and is responsible for the strategic, architectural and operational aspects of technology for the UVa Library. Core to this architecture is the Fedora repository.Providing access is LIBRA, a full production Hydra-based Fedora institution repository and VIRGO, a traditional Fedora based digital asset repository. Robin is the former Asst. Director of Infrastructure for UVa's IT organization.

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Tim Shearer

Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies and IT

Tim Shearer works for the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is the AUL for Digital Strategies and IT. UNC-Chapel Hill has used Fedora as part of the core infrastructure for the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR) since beginning development of the IR in 2008. The Library is committed to open software development, digital preservation, and are responsible for UNC-CH's Open Access Policy. It engages actively in the DuraSpace community through code contributions, collaborative development, and participation in governance.

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Evviva Weinraub

Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies

Evviva Weinraub is the Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies at Northwestern University and co-Director of the Avalon Media System. Avalon is a Hydra and Fedora based management and access system designed to curate, distribute, and provide online access to large Audio and Video collections. In addition to the leadership she provides at Northwestern and for Avalon around Digital Library strategies, Evviva is committed to the growth and health of the Fedora community by increasing international adoption and contribution to the Fedora community.

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Maurice York

Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology

Maurice is the Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology at the University of Michigan Library (MLibrary). At UM, Maurice sits on the executive team and is responsible for leadership of the Library Information Technology division, which develops and delivers cornerstone infrastructure projects for information delivery and content preservation and access. Maurice is the key executive sponsor or partner for numerous strategic initiatives, including Deep Blue Data, the research data repository; Fulcrum, a digital publishing preservation and access platform; the Michigan Daily Archive, a platform for digital newspaper archives; accessibility; analytics and privacy; and the redesign of the library's extensive Web Presence. Maurice is an active partner in national and higher education cooperative technology infrastructure and services supporting the curation and access of text, image, research data, and other institutional scholarly digital assets; including HathiTrust, DPN, Fedora, and APTrust.

Steering Group Ambassadors

Ambassadors are ex-officio Fedora Steering Group members that promote Fedora internationally.

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Wolfram Horstmann

University Librarian

Wolfram is Director of the Göttingen State and University Library and University Librarian of Georg August Universität Göttingen. He is a long standing supporter of Fedora and dedicated advocate of the idea to use reliable repositories as data backbones for scientific research and scholarship. He was formerly Associate Director of the Bodleian Libraries (University of Oxford, UK) University and Chief Information Officer at Bielefeld University (Germany).

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Matthias Razum

Head e-Science

Matthias is Head e-Science at FIZ Karlsruhe, a not-for-profit company providing services for knowledge management and information transfer to the STM and academic community. He chose Fedora to to build an e-research infrastructure, eSciDoc, for the Max Planck Society, to promote research results to a broader community in Germany and abroad. Scalability and ingest performance were key factors in Razum's decision to make Fedora a key strategic software platform for future FIZ Karlsruhe projects.

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Thorny Staples

Director of the Office of Research Information Services

Thorny is the Director of the Office of Research Information Services for the Smithsonian Institution where he is building a research data management environment based on Fedora. He designed the original technical architecture for the Rossetti Project, a large-scale digital scholarly project that began in 1992. He was the Co-Director or Director of the Fedora Project for the first 10 years and was later the Director of the Fedora Project and Community Strategy and Alliances for Duraspace.