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 Future Career Opportunities and Educational Requirements for Digital Curation


Dr. Margaret Hedstrom - (Chair)
University of Michigan

Dr. Margaret Hedstrom, is the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, and Professor in the School of Information at University of Michigan. Before joining the U-M faculty in 1995, she was chief of state records advisory services and director of the Center for Electronic Records at the New York State Archives and Records Administration (1985-95). Her current research interests include digital preservation strategies and cultural preservation and outreach in developing countries. She is currently a member of the NAS Board on Research Data and Information. She has also served on the following NAS Committees: Committee to Study Digital Archiving and the National Archives and Records Administration (Member; 6/1/2002 -- 6/30/2005) and Committee on Information Technology Strategy for the Library of Congress (Member; 1/18/1999 -- 6/30/2001). She holds a Ph.D. in History, and a M.L.S. in Library Science and History, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Hedstrom is nominated because of her expertise in digital preservation and archiving, higher education in information and library sciences, and in information policy.

Dr. Peter Fox
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Peter Fox is Professor and Tetherless World Research Constellation Chair in the Climate Variability and Solar-Terrestrial Physics Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He joined the Tetherless World Constellation in 2008. Professor Fox is currently PI for the Virtual Solar-Terrestrial Observatory (VSTO), the Semantically-Enabled Scientific Data Integration, and Semantic Provenance Capture in Data Ingest Systems projects. Formerly, he was the Chief Computational Scientist at the High Altitude Observatory (HAO) of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Professor Fox is the chair of the AGU Special Focus Group on Earth and Space Science Informatics. Professor Fox is a member of the ad-hoc International Council for Science's Strategic Committee for Information and Data and chair of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics's Union Commission on Data and Information. He also currently serves as President for the not-for-profit Open source Project for a Network Data Access Protocol (OPeNDAP). He holds a B.S. in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Monash University, Australia. He also holds a PostDoctoral in Astronomy from Yale University. He is nominated because of his expertise in computational science, and earth and space science.

Dr. Michael F. Goodchild
University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Michael Goodchild (NAS) is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Director of UCSB’s Center for Spatial Studies. His research interests include urban and economic geography, geographic information systems, and spatial analysis. He was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Canada (2002), member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006), and Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy (2010). In 2007, he received the Prix Vautrin Lud. He has published more than 15 books and 400 articles. He serves on various NAS committees, including the NRC Board on Research Data and Information. He chairs the Advisory Committee on Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation. He received his B.A. in Physics from Cambridge University in 1965 and his Ph.D. in Geography from McMaster University in 1969, and has received four honorary doctorates. He is nominated because of his expertise in geospatial information applications.

Ms. Heather Joseph
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

Ms. Heather Joseph has served as the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) since 2005. In that capacity, she works to support broadening access to the results of scholarly research through enabling open access publishing, archiving and policies on a local, national and international level. Prior to coming to SPARC, she spent 15 years as a publisher in both commercial and not-for-profit publishing organizations. She was the publishing director at the American Society for Cell Biology, which became the first journal to commit its full content to the NIH’s pioneering open repository, PubMed Central, and she subsequently served on the National Advisory Committee for the project. Ms. Joseph has served on the NAS Planning Committee for Workshop on Strategies for Open Access and Preservation of Digital Scientific Data Resources in China: Challenges and Opportunities (5/21/2004 -- 12/31/2004). Ms. Joseph recently completed a term as the elected President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing. She has a B.S. in Journalism and an M.A. in Business Administration, both from the University of Maryland. She is nominated because of her expertise in information policy and publishing.

Dr. Ron Larsen
University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Ronald L. Larsen is a professor and Dean at the School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Pittsburgh. He has led a number of studies for the National Science Foundation, helping to develop research priorities in digital libraries and information management. During the mid to late 1990s, Ron was the assistant director of the Information Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he led research programs in digital libraries, information management, and cross-lingual information utilization, with particular emphases on interoperability and the development of performance metrics for large scale distributed information systems. His career includes 17 years at the University of Maryland, where he served as assistant vice president for computing, associate director of libraries for information technology, executive director of a 10-university consortium on workforce development, and affiliate associate professor of computer science. Dr. Larsen holds a B.S in Engineering Sciences from Purdue University, an M.S. in Applied Physics from Catholic University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland College Park. He is nominated because of his expertise in information and higher education policy.
Dr. Carole L. Palmer
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Carole Palmer is a professor and the Director of the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She conducts research on fundamental problems in the use of scientific and scholarly information and teaches courses on information behavior, scientific information practices and problems, and user study design. Her program of research is about mobilizing information for researchers, and it focuses on two interrelated areas: information work in the research process and context-rich digital research collections. She has served on the NAS Committee on Building Cyberinfrastructure for Combustion Research (2/18/2009 -- 11/30/2010). She holds an M.L.S. from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science. Dr. Palmer is nominated because of her expertise in information science, workforce, and education.
Steven Ruggles
University of Minnesota
 Dr. Steven Ruggles is a professor of history and population studies at the University of Minnesota, and the director of the Minnesota Population Center. Prior to that he was an associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota. His research interests are in historical demography and data center management. He is best known as the creator of the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS), the world's largest population database. He has made important contributions to the study of long run demographic changes, focusing especially on changes in the family. He has served as a member of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences since 2010.  He serves as editor of Demography, the Journal of Interdisciplinary History, and Social Science History. He is the author of the book Prolonged Connections: The Rise of the Extended Family in Nineteenth Century England and America and has published several professional articles on demography, data center management and other related topics. He received the William J. Goode Award from the Family Section of the American Sociological Association, the Allen Sharlin Award from the Social Science History Association, the Robert J. Lapham Award from the Population Association of America, and the Warren E. Miller Award from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. He earned his BA in history from the University of Wisconsin in 1978, and his MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984, whereupon he did his post-doctoral training in sociology and demography at the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. David E. Schindel
Smithsonian Institution

Dr. David Schindel is the Executive Secretary of the Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL), an international initiative hosted by the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History. He was a member of Yale University’s Department of Geology and Geophysics and was Curator of Invertebrate Fossils in the Yale Peabody Museum from 1978 to 1986. In 1986, Dr. Schindel joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) where he directed a variety of funding programs that provided support for research in systematic biology and for improving facilities and constructing specimen databases in natural history museums and herbaria. In 1997, Dr. Schindel worked in the U.S. Senate as a Brookings Institution LEGIS Fellow in the office of Senator Jeff Bingaman. From 1998 to 2004, Dr. Schindel served as the National Science Foundation’s European representative. He is currently active on the following NAS committees: U.S. Delegation to the Pacific Science Association Council, June 2011 (Chair; 5/20/2011 -- 12/31/2011) and U.S. National Committee for the Pacific Science Association (Member; 1/1/2010 -- 12/31/2011). Dr. Schindel was trained as an invertebrate paleontologist and holds a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Harvard. He is nominated because of his expertise in biological data management and government research policy.

Dr. Stephen Wandner
The Urban Institute

Dr. Stephen Wandner, recently retired as a Senior Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). He is a Visiting Fellow at the Center of Labor, Human Services, and Population of the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. He has directed DOL research on unemployment insurance, dislocated worker employment services, and job training programs. His book, Solving the Reemployment Puzzle: From Research to Policy (2010), emphasizes the beneficial effect of workforce research on public policy. Dr. Wandner earned his Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University. He is nominated because of his expertise in labor economics.