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Policy and Global Affairs Division
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MacKenzie Smith is a senior academic library leader with particular expertise in digital libraries and archives, online information and knowledge management, and e-science data curation and governance. She was most recently Associate Director for Technology at the MIT Libraries where she oversaw their technology strategy, research and development program, and technological systems and services. She was also the Project Director for MIT’s collaboration with Hewlett-Packard to build DSpace, the open source digital archive platform now in widespread use, and has led many other research projects that advanced the international digital library agenda. She is currently a Research Director at the MIT Libraries overseeing various sponsored research projects, a Special Consultant to the Association of Research Libraries’ E-Science Institute, and a Science Fellow at the Creative Commons working on issues of research data governance (policy and the technical implementation of policy). Her research focuses on applications of the Semantic Web to scholarly communication and digital data curation, including long-term data preservation and archiving.Prior to joining MIT, MacKenzie managed the Harvard University Library’s Digital Library Program, designing and building one of the first large-scale digital library systems in use today. She also held various IT positions in the libraries at Harvard and the University of Chicago, and consulted widely to the library, publishing and technology industries about digital library collections, standards, technology and governance. MacKenzie holds a MS degree from the University of Chicago, and a BA from the University of Washington.