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Christoph Becker | Hans Hofman | Jane Humphreys | Ross King | Eleonora Nicciarrelli | Andreas Rauber

Christoph Becker

Christoph Becker is PhD researcher at the Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology. Since 1998 he has worked as an independent IT consultant and software architect on a wider range of IT projects. Christoph graduated with an MSc in Economics and Computer Science from the Vienna University of Technology in 2007 and with an MSc and a BSc in Computer Science in 2006 and 2004 respectively. He has been involved in research projects and published research papers relating to Digital Preservation at international conferences and has a special interest in Preservation Planning. Christoph is a member of Planets’ Scientific Board and advisor to its Technical Coordination Committee.

Hans Hofman

Hans Hofman is senior advisor on digital longevity at the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands. He represents the Nationaal Archief in PLANETS research project and the Digital Preservation Europe coordination action. Since 2000, he has represented the Netherlands in ISO TC46/SC11 on Records Management and is chair of the Working Group on RM metadata. Hans has acted as co-director of ERPANET (2001-2004) and was co-investigator in InterPares project (1999-2006). He has given numerous presentations and written many articles on topics like digital preservation, recordkeeping metadata and electronic records management.

Jane Humphreys

Jane Humphreys joined Planets as Communications Officer earlier this year. She has worked for nine years in communications management specialising in corporate and business-to-business public relations. Previously, she was Communications Manager for The Information Centre for health and social care, the official provider of statistics and information services to the NHS. Between 2001 and 2006 Jane worked as a consultant with Ptarmigan Consultants and Citigate Dewe Rogerson managing accounts for clients which included Fortis, Yorkshire and Clydesdale Banks, Shell Services and European logistics company Christian Salvesen. Jane is a Bachelor of Education graduate and worked for nine years as a teacher.

Ross King

Ross King has worked more than five years at the Austrian Research Centers GmbH, which he joined in 2002 to help found the successful "Digital Memory Engineering" department. After moving to Vienna in 1995, he first worked as a post-doc at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, then moved to industry as an IT manager. Ross received his PhD in Physics from Stanford University where his work concentrated on real-time data acquisition and analysis of large data samples in experimental particle physics. His present research interests include semantic multimedia information management and collaborative semantic annotation. Ross is a former member of the Board of Directors of the FP6 IP BRICKS, and is a member of the Scientific Board of FP6 Planets and the leader of its Interoperability Framework Sub-project.

Eleonora Nicciarrelli

Eleonora Nicchiarelli has worked for almost two years as researcher at the Austrian National Library in Vienna, where she is responsible for the Testbed sub-project of Planets. Previously, she worked for one year as a software developer with Clarisys, a company specialising in software for biology laboratories, in Southern France and, for one and a half years, as researcher on goal models at the University of Trento. Eleonora is a graduate of the University of Pisa and the University of Siena, where she studied in philosophy, mathematics and computer science. She is a Masters graduate of the University of Trento, where she specialised in heuristics.

Andreas Rauber

Andreas Rauber is Associate Professor at the Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems (IFS) at the Vienna University of Technology. Previously he held ERCIM Research positions at the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), Rocquencourt, France and with the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) in Pisa. He is an MSc and PhD graduate in Computer Science of the Vienna University of Technology. Andreas is actively involved in several research projects in the field of Digital Libraries, focusing on the organisation and exploration of large information spaces, Web-archiving and Digital Preservation. He is head of the working group on digital preservation at the Austrian Computer Society and involved in EU projects which include DELOS NoE on Digital Libraries, Digital Preservation Europe and as a member of the Scientific Board of Planets. He is also a member of the board of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Technical Committee on Digital Libraries.