Julien Masanès, Executive Board, Director
Julien Masanès has been involved in web archiving for the last 10 years. He first directed the Web Archiving Project at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France from 2000 to 2004. He also actively participated in the creation of the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC), which he has coordinated during the first two years. He has also launched and presently chairs the International Web Archiving Workshop (IWAW) series, the main international rendezvous in this field.
Involved since the foundation of the European Archive, now Internet Memory Foundation, Julien Masanès has focused on developing a webscale archive that is both open to the large public and useful for research, gaining support from the various stakeholders in Europe (European Commission, Research labs, open access groups) to support this vision.
Brewster Kahle, Advisory Board, Chairman
Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Founder of the Internet Archive, has been working to provide universal access to all knowledge for more than twenty-five years.
Since the mid-1980s, Kahle has focused on developing technologies for information discovery and digital libraries. In 1989 Kahle invented the Internet’s first publishing system, WAIS (Wide Area Information Server) system and in 1989, founded WAIS Inc., a pioneering electronic publishing company that was sold to America Online in 1995. In 1996, Kahle founded the Internet Archive which may be the largest digital library. At the same time, he co-founded Alexa Internet which helps catalog the Web in April 1996, which was sold to Amazon.com in 1999.
Kahle earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1982. As a student, he studied artificial intelligence with W. Daniel Hillis and Marvin Minsky. In 1983, Kahle helped start Thinking Machines, a parallel supercomputer maker, serving there as a lead engineer for six years. He also serves on the boards of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, the Television Archive, and the Internet Archive.
Daniel Erasmus, Advisory Board
Daniel Erasmus is the founder and director of the DTN which he established in 1996. He pioneered the use of scenarios to facilitate in-depth dialogue about the changing information society and its impact on organisations, work and societies.
Daniel was born in Cape Town, South Africa and currently lives in Amsterdam. In addition to his consulting work, he is a Visiting Professor at the Ashridge Business School (London), and a Fellow at The Rotterdam School of Management. As a lecturer he has taught scenario thinking to corporate executives and post-graduate MBA students at companies and business schools, ranging in site from Helsinki to Cape Town, and from Paris to Seoul.
Gerhard Weikum, Advisory Board
Gerhard Weikum is a Scientific Director at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, where he is leading the research group on databases and information systems.
Earlier he held positions at Saarland University in Germany, ETH Zurich in Switzerland, MCC in Austin, and he was a visiting senior researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond.
His recent working areas include peer-to-peer information systems, the integration of database-systems and information-retrieval methods, and information extraction for building and maintaining large-scale knowledge bases.
Weikum has co-authored more than 150 publications, including a comprehensive textbook on transactional concurrency control and recovery.
He received several best paper awards including the VLDB 2002 ten-year award, and he is an ACM Fellow. He has served on the editorial boards of various journals and book series, including ACM TODS, the Springer LNCS series, and the new CACM, and as program committee chair for international conferences like ICDE 2000, ACM SIGMOD 2004, and CIDR 2007. He is currently the president of the VLDB Endowment.