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Keynote speakers

We have three fantastic keynote speakers lined up for this year's conference in Porto:

Medha Devare

Medha Devare is Senior Research Fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and leads efforts to organize data across the CGIAR System’s 15 Centers through its Big Data Platform. She led CGIAR’s Open Access/Open Data Initiative, prior to which she was a Cropping Systems Agronomist with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), where she led projects addressing food security and sustainable resource management in South Asia. Medha also has expertise in data and knowledge management, including ontologies, vocabularies, and other semantic web-related tools; through her work at Cornell University she was instrumental in the development of VIVO, an open-source semantic web application for representing scholarship.

Natalia Manola

Natalia Manola is a research associate in the University of Athens, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications and the Athena Technology and Innovation Research Center. She holds a Physics degree from the University of Athens, and an MS in Electrical and Computing Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has several years of employment as a Software Engineer and Architect employed in the Bioinformatics sector. From 2009 she has served as the managing director of OpenAIRE, a pan European e-Infrastructure supporting open access in all scientific results, OpenMinTeD an infrastructure on text and data mining.

She has served in EC’ Future Emerging Technology (FET) advisory group 2013-2017 and is currently a member of EC’s Open Science Policy Platform, a high level Expert Group to provide advice about the development and implementation of open science policy in Europe. Her research interests include the topics of e-Infrastructures development and management, scientific data management, data curation and validation, text and data mining complex data Visualization, and research analytics.

Martin Klein / Herbert Van de Sompel

Herbert Van de Sompel, announced as the keynote speaker for Wednesday, had a health issue late in August and will not be able to travel to TPDL. His keynote concerns work done by his team, and Martin Klein, working with Herbert, will be delivering the talk.

Herbert Van de Sompel is an Information Scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and, for 15 years, has led the Prototyping Team. The Team does research regarding various aspects of scholarly communication in the digital age, including information infrastructure, interoperability, and digital preservation. Herbert has played a major role in creating the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, the Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse & Exchange specifications, the OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services, the SFX linking server, the bX scholarly recommender service, info URI, Web Annotation, ResourceSync, Memento "time travel for the Web", Robust Links, and Signposting the Scholarly Web. He graduated in Mathematics and Computer Science at Ghent University, Belgium, and holds a Ph.D. in Communication Science from the same university.

Martin Klein is a Scientist in the Research Library at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. His research focuses on web-based scholarly communication, web archiving, and systems interoperability. Martin is an editor and contributor to various technical standards that enable and leverage interoperability and infrastructure. He is, for example, involved in the Memento Protocol, an effort to enable time traveling the web, Signposting, a concept to show machines the way around repository systems, and Robust Links, a standards-based approach to combat reference rot. He also is the lead editor of the ANSI/NISO ResourceSync specification, a framework to help discover and synchronize digital resources.

Martin holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. More information can be found at:

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