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Vice President, OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services, Ohio, USA


Director for Innovative Technologies and Research, Vanderbilt University Libraries, Nashville, USA


Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, Washington DC, USA

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Karen joined OCLC as Vice President, OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services, in May 2007. In this role, Ms Calhoun is charged with charting a course for the future of cataloging and metadata services and extending WorldCat's global reach. Ms Calhoun worked for OCLC from 1986 through 1996, serving in the OCLC Library Resources Management Division. From 1996 to April 2007, Ms Calhoun served in leadership positions at Cornell University Library, most recently as Senior Associate University Librarian for Information Technology and Technical Services. Recently Ms Calhoun, who is active professionally in research and as a speaker, was principal investigator for The Changing Nature of the Catalog and its Integration with Other Discovery Tools, a Library of Congress-commissioned study that proposed new directions for the library catalog in the digital era. She holds a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University, an M.S. in library and information science from Drexel University, and an M.B.A. from Franklin University.

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As part of the management team, focusing on issues related to the strategic use of technology in the Library, Marshall designs and develops digital library resources and investigates emerging technologies. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, a large-scale archive of digital video content (tvnews.vanderbilt.edu). Marshall frequently speaks and writes on topics of network technologies and library automation. He is the creator and editor of the Library Technology Guides web site and the lib-webcats online directory of libraries on the Web. Marshall has edited or authored five books and has written many other articles and book chapters. He regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations at library conferences on a wide range of topics, throughout the United States and internationally. More information is available from Marshall's website. Read his Guideposts blog on Library Technology Guides.

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Lee Rainie is the Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, a non-profit, non-partisan fact tank that studies the social impact of the internet. He is a co-author of Up for Grabs and Hopes and Fears and the forthcoming Ubiquity, Mobility, Security, a series about the future of the internet published by Cambria Press. He is also co-authoring a book for MIT Press about the social impact of technology with sociologist Barry Wellman that will be published in mid-2010. The working title is Networking: The New Social Operating System. Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Lee was managing editor of the newsweekly magazine U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master's degree in political science from Long Island University.

Thomas Tague

OpenCalais Initiative Lead, Thomson Reuters, USA


Chef de projet multimédia - Museum Lab, Service Multimédia, Direction de la production culturelle, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France


Associate Professor of Media Studies, Eugene Lang College and the New School for Social Research, New York, USA

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Thomas ("Tom") Tague leads the Thomson Reuters OpenCalais initiative, spearheading strategy and product development. He also oversees the OpenCalais developer community at OpenCalais.com, evangelizing the Calais Web service and working closely with commercial and non-commercial developers alike. Tom brings more than 25 years of solutions experience and domain expertise to Thomson Reuters. Previous roles include Executive Vice President, Client Solutions for Darwin Partners which he grew to $40 million in revenue in four years and co-founder and chief operations officer of Tessera Enterprise Systems, a quantitative analysis and data warehousing company he helped grow to $30 million in five years. He also served in senior roles at database marketing pioneer, Epsilon and systems management company, Electronic Data Systems (EDS).

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Stephanie is head of the Unit Projects and Partnerships outside the museum, in the Multimedia division of the Cultural Production Department at the Musée du Louvre. She is in charge, on the Louvre side, of the joint Louvre - DNP Museum Lab project, which is using geospatial tagging, mobile devices, and multilingual systems to enrich visitor experience. A graduate in Art History and in Information and Communication Sciences, she worked in multimedia companies with the audiovisual group CANAL+ before arriving at the Louvre in 2005, where she has been working on the issues of multimedia mediation for art museums.

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McKenzie Wark is the Associate Professor of Media Studies, Eugene Lang College and the New School for Social Research. A theorist interested in media and new media technology, he is also interested in intellectual property, computer games, and new media art and culture. He is the author of A Hacker Manifesto (2004), Gamer Theory (2007), and other works. Ken was a member of the Nettime network of new media artists, theorists, and activists for many years, and served as co-editor of their anthology Readme! (1999). He has also worked with the Institute for the Future of the Book.