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All Speakers

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Alessia Ghezzi (EC-JRC)

Alessia Ghezzi works in the EC-JRC in the DDG01 Econometrics and Applied Statistics. Graduated in Humanities at the Sapienza University in Rome. Degree in archival science and master on semantic cataloguing and indexing. She has worked at the National Archives of Rome, at the Vatican Library and at the Constitutional Court as librarian ad archivist and as video and audio documentalist for the RAI. Currently works on Digital Memories and ethical implications. 


Ana Rodrigues

Ana Maria do Rosário Silva Rodrigues is 57 years old, is master’s degree in Romane Philology by the Classic University of Lisbon and Postgraduate in Information Science - Option Archives - by the same university. She held teaching positions in secondary education from 1982  to 1987, the year she also joined the National Archives of Torre do Tombo as higher technical archivist. Since then, she  has played roles in various services which highlights the treatment of archival collections and, in recent years, innovation towards the e-government and digital preservation.


Ângela Guimarães Pereira (EC-JRC)

Ângela Guimarães Pereira leads the Science 2.0 project at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC) in DDG01 Econometrics and Applied Statistics. She develops her work within the field of science and technology studies (STS), which includes social research activities, ethics assessment, knowledge quality assessment and communicating about techno-science. She has coauthored several peer reviewed papers and coedited some books like “Interfaces between Science and Society” (Greenleaf; 2006) or “Science for Policy” (Oxford University press; 2009) 

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Ann Keen (Preservica)

Ann Keen has worked with Public Sector and Commercial organizations across Europe since 1995, providing Document and Records Management solutions. Since 2008 she has worked for Tessella’s Archiving division (now Preservica Ltd), providing Digital Preservation systems for archives and libraries across the world - ranging from large national institutions to much smaller regional bodies.

Ann is interested in the interface between Records Management and Digital Preservation systems, and in particular the metadata schemas and methods of transferring data and records seamlessly - as well as the benefits and considerations of using the Cloud for Digital Preservation.

Ann has an MSc in Electronic Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.


Anne-Sophie Maure

After being a records manager in the French Foreign Office for almost 10 years, Anne-Sophie Maure joined the « bureau de la politique des archives et bibliothèques” in the ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2012. This office defines the archival and records policy for the ministry and writes the instructions. It also supervises all the archives  and records departments within the MoD.


Anssi Jääskeläinen (Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences)

Anssi Jääskeläinen has an IT MSc. (2005) from Lappeenranta University of Technology and a PhD (2011) from the same university with a topic considering user experience. He has an extensive knowledge of user experience and usability. His current interests are in digital long term preservation, related UX and open source development.


Bart Ballaux

Bart Ballaux has been Manager Concern Records Management at the City of Rotterdam since June 2010. Before joining the City of Rotterdam, Bart worked at the National Archives of the Netherlands, the Royal Library of Belgium, and the University of Antwerp. He studied History and Archival Science in Belgium and Canada. Since 2007, he has been a part-time professor in Records Management, and since 2011 also in Information Management and Systems in the archival program at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.


Bogdan-Florin Popovici (National Archives of Romania)

Bogdan-Florin Popovici graduated the Faculty of Archival Science in Bucharest and he works with the National Archives of Romania since 1999. He hold a Ph.D. in History.  His field of interest covers records management and archival processing. He is currently member of the ICA Experts Group for Archival Description. He translated into Romanian MoReq2 and he was member of the peer-review team of MoReq2010.


Charles Jeurgens (Dutch National Archives)

Charles Jeurgens (1960) studied social and economic history at Leiden University and archivistics at the Dutch School for Archivistics in The Hague. He worked several years as digital editor of archival sources of the Batavian-French period in the Institute of Netherlands History in The Hague and he was municipal archivist of the city of Schiedam (1994-1999) and the city of Dordrecht (1999-2009). From 2009 till 2012 he was head of the developing section on appraisal and selection of the Dutch National Archives. From 2012 till February 2014 he has been teaching archival science at the University of Amsterdam. Since 2004 he is part-time professor of archivistics at Leiden University and since February 2014 he is advisor at the Dutch National Archives. His special interests include appraisal and selection of archives in the digital age.

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Daniel Gomes (FCCN)

Daniel Gomes is the leader of the Portuguese Web Archive and manager of the web development team at the Portuguese National Foundation for Scientific Computing (FCCN). His main interests are team management, usability, development and quality assurance of web-based information systems. Daniel collaborates with international organizations to improve their online presence, developing more effective and efficient web-based information systems that can be easily used by visitors, customers or staff. 

Daniel maintains a site in where he shares useful findings to the Portuguese-speaking web community.

He's an invited researcher at the XLDB Research Team of the University of Lisbon. His PhD thesis, entitled “Web Modelling for Web Warehouse design”, described the characteristics of web data and discussed their impact on the design of web data processing systems. 


Diogo Proença (INESC-ID; IST)

Diogo Proença received his MSc in computer science from the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (2011) and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Lisbon. He is a researcher for INESC-ID Information Systems Group and his focus is on Systems Governance, Process Maturity and Cost Modeling. He has been involved in several digital preservation projects, specifically SHAMAN, TIMBUS, SCAPE, BenchmarkDP, 4C and E-ARK.


Estefania Aguilar Moreno (EC-JRC)

Estefanía Aguilar Moreno has recently joined the IPSC at the EC –JRC, working on Digital Memories andethical implications. Graduated in Information Science and Master in Information Knowledge and Society by Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain) has Librarianship and Competitive Intelligence as professional background, having some publications about these topics. 


Fiorella Foscarini (University of Amsterdam; University of Toronto)

Fiorella Foscarini holds the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam, Department of Media Studies, and at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information. Before joining academia, she worked as an archivist and a records manager in Germany and in Italy. In her research, she investigates how an organization's culture shapes and is shaped by its records and record-keeping practices.


Francisco Barbedo (DBLAB)

He has a BA degree in History and Archaeology, a post-graduation course in archival science and a master degree in information management.  He has been working since 1996 in electronic records and digital preservation as well as project manager on several initiatives related to software development, egovernement, and access structures. He was deputy director of national archives and is currently head of department of innovation and egovernement services in DGLAB.


Frank Upward (Monash University)

Frank Upward worked as an archivist, records manager, data manager and information manager before designing an archives and records management program and teaching within that program as a Senior Lecturer as well as teaching in many of the Faculty’s Information Management and Systems subjects. Athough he is now retired from a teaching role he is still actively involved in writing about and researching Recordkeeping Informatics. He was a member of, and writer for, the Standards Australia committee which n 1996 produced records management standards that provided the basis for later International Standards and is one of the world’s most published authors in the area of archival research.


Gillian Oliver (Victoria University of Wellington)

Gillian Oliver currently teaches and conducts research in records and archives at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.  Her most recent professional experience prior to this was as part of the foundation team established to initiate digital archiving capability at New Zealand's national archives.   Her PhD is from Monash University, and this doctoral study was the catalyst for her ongoing research interests in organizational culture and information culture.  She is editor of the New Zealand archivists' journal Archifacts and a co-editor-in-chief of Archival Science.

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Guy Stessens (Council of the Wuropean Union)

Guy Stessens holds a Doctor of Laws degree (Money Laundering. A New International Law Enforcement Model (Cambridge University Press, 2000, 460p.)) of the University of Antwerp, where he worked from 1 October 1992 through 31 March 2002 as a researcher and a lecturer at the Law Department. From 1998-2002 he was also an attorney at the Bar in Antwerp.

As from 1 April 2002 he has been working at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, in the Fundamental Rights and Criminal Justice unit. In this capacity, he deals with a wide range of issues related to EU co-operation in justice and home affairs.

He has been involved in the elaboration of numerous EU legislative initiatives, such as the 2006 Framework Decision on the simplification of exchange of information, the 2007 Weapons Directive and the 2008 Framework Decision on data protection in the context of police and judicial co-operation.

He is responsible for the Commission proposal for an EU instrument on the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) for law enforcement purposes and for the data protection package the Commission presented in January 2012. He was a member of the EU negotiation team for a number of international negotiations, such as the negotiation of the 2003 EU-US extradition and mutual legal assistance agreements, the 2003/2006 EU-Norway/Iceland Agreements on mutual legal assistance and on surrender, the 2008 EU-Australia PNR Agreement and the 2009 EU-US TFTP Agreement.

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Helder Silva (KEEP Solutions)

Master degree by University of Minho in Informatics Engineering in 2011, with specializations in Natural Language Processing and Network Protocols and Infrastructures. Bachelor degree by University of Minho in Informatics Engineering in 2009. Joined KEEP SOLUTIONS in 2009, where he plays the role of Project Manager, carrying out several activities related with digital repositories and digital preservation. He was part of the technical team who developed RCAAP (Repositório Científico de Acesso Aberto de Portugal), having an important role in its developement and maintenance. Also participated in the national project RODA (Repository of Authentic Digital Objects), a digital repository specialized in digital preservation. In the European context, he participated in EC-FP7 funded projects in the digital preservation area, namely SCAPE and EARK.


Hélène Guichard-Spica

After 4 years as records manager for the French National Archives, Hélène Guichard-Spica had taken a digital archivist position at the Historical Service of Defense (depending of French MoD) during the last 2 years. Since July 2014, she is in charge of the administrative researches and contemporary archives, pursuing the digital and paper records collect of the central services.


James Lappin (freelancer)

James Lappin is a freelance records management consultant and trainer. He has worked in the field of Archives and records management for twenty years. Over the past five years he has used his blog Thinking Records to explore and critique new technologies and new approaches in the records management world. He has hosted three records management podcast series and is a regular presenter on the podcast circuit.As a consultant he has advised many clients on their records management systems, strategies and frameworks, including the UK Parliament and the International Committee of the Red Cross. He provided records management training courses for the European Commission and worked as an archivist within the European Institutions.After obtaining his MA in Archives and Records Management at UCL, James held records management roles at The National Archives, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and the Wellcome Trust.


James Lowry (IRMT)

James Lowry is the Deputy Director of the International Records Management Trust and a doctoral research student in the Department of Information Studies, University College London. He has led records and archives management projects in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Russia, and Tunisia, and he was the lead researcher for the Trust’s Aligning Records Management with ICT, e-Government and Freedom of Information in East Africa research project, which examined public sector records management capacity across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi in relation to government priorities for computerisation and access to information. He has written extensively on the development of national capacities for government record-keeping and access to information, most recently editing, with Justus Wamukoya, Integrity in Government through Records Management, published by Ashgate.


Janet Delve (University of Portsmouth)

Janet Delve co-leads the Future Proof Computing Group in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth where she is also the Research Degrees Coordinator for the School of Creative Technologies. She is the Co-ordinator of the EC-funded electronic archiving E-ARK project. Her research interests include: Digital Curation, particularly of complex material such as computer games; Big Data techniques for preserving our Cultural Heritage; Database archiving, Technical Registries, and Computer history. Janet is a Digital Preservation Coalition Technology Watch Editorial Board member, and her books include Preserving Complex Digital Objects (Facet Publishing 2014) and The Trustworthy Online Technical Environment Metadata Database TOTEM (Dr Kovac 2012). She has played a key / leading role in several digital preservation projects including the EC-funded KEEP (Keeping Emulation Environments Portable 2009-2012) project and the Jisc-funded POCOS (Preservation of Complex Objects Symposium) project.

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Jean Mourain

Jean Mourain is responsible for the global strategy of RSD. He was very involved in the advent and success of RSD GLASS®, the leading information governance solution, and he continues to lead strategic initiatives for RSD.

Jean has spent his entire career in the software and telecom industry. Over the past 24 years, he has held international management positions at SITA, Lotus Development, IBM Software, Critical Path and Adobe Systems. Jean holds a degree as Ingénieur de l'Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, France. He lives in Paris.

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Jeroen van Oss

Drs. Jeroen D.J. van Oss studied History at the Radboud University of Nijmegen (graduation 1989). In 1991 he graduated as an archivist at the Rijksarchiefschool in The Hague and in 2013 in Internal Auditing at the The Hague University of Applied Sciences. He worked in the municipal archives of Waalwijk (1989-1992), Amsterdam (1992-2000), Utrecht (2000-2003/2007-2010) and Rotterdam (2003-2007/2010-present). In Rotterdam he works half time as an archives auditor for the city archives and half time as a records management consultant for the municipality. Together with Bart Ballaux and others he developed the records management risk approach and worked on its implementation in the workprocesses en IT-architecture.

In 1997 he was awarded the F.J. Duparc prize of the Dutch Royal Society of Archivists for a study on sampling as a method of archival selection. He is a member of the advisory board on Archives of the Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG) and of several workgroups on Archives Auditing of BRAIN, the association of Dutch Archival Institutions.

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João Vasconcelos (AMA)

João Vasconcelos is graduated and has a master degree in Political Science. He's now developing a PhD in Social Sciences, in the variant of Political Sociology at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. He's currently responsible for the Innovation and International Relations unit in AMA - Agency for the Public Services Reform, IP, leading several projects in the domains of open government, cross border services, new channels of public service delivery and knowledge management. His professional experience in policies for the Information Society results from several years of project management in public areas as diverse as e-government, digital inclusion and skills for the knowledge society.

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Job Sueters

Job Sueters is the Document Management Officer (DMO) of the Directorate General (DG) for Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN) in the European Commission. In the past ten years, he worked for the EU institutions, mainly the current phase of the document lifecycle. He holds both policy and technical degrees in fields such as marketing, archives and information management, web development and project management.

The role of the DMO may be explained as coordinating the overall implementation of the corporate and DG specific document management rules through targeted trainings for various profiles, through monitoring and reporting exercises and by using different communication channels to stimulate EU civil servants to leave a trace about the important work carried out (for the citizens).


Johanna Räisä (Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences)

Johanna Räisä has a Bachelor of Business Administration in information technology. She has knowledge of developing applications and social media. She is currently interested in mobile, open source and interface development. 


Jon Garde (RSD; DLM Forum)

Jon is Senior Product Manager at RSD and has been a member of the DLM Forum Executive Committee (was Secretary from 2009 to 2010 and from 2011 to 2013). From 2013 to 2014 he served as Chair of the DLM Forum, and he is currently the Vice Chair.Journal IT is a company founded by Jon on ethical principles that delivers high quality market analysis, strategic consultancy, bespoke software development, training and education in information management and related disciplines. Journal IT was previously engaged to develop the latest versions of MoReq (Modular Requirements for Records Systems), the next generation European records management specification.

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José Borbinha (IST; INESC-ID)

José Borbinha has a background in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science. He is Professor of the Computer Science and Engineering Department at IST (Lisbon University, Portugal), and a researcher at the INESC-ID. His main interests are in the areas of research, analysis, planning and of information systems and enterprise architecture in general. He is interested in requirements engineering, and the analysis and design involving scenarios of interoperability, content management, document engineering and information lifecycle in general (including problems on descriptive and structural metadata, records management and digital preservation). He was the Director for Innovation and Development at the National Library of Portugal between 1998 and 2005), where he promoted the initiative for the National Digital Library. He has been an active consultant and scientist in European projects and initiatives in the area of digital libraries and digital preservation (TIMBUS, SHAMAN, EuDML, European Libraries, Europeana Connect, Linked Heritage, Europeana V1.0, DIGMAP, DELOS, LEAF, TEL, MALVINE, NEDLIB, MinervaPlus, etc.) and also member of the Program Committees of the major international conferences in the related scientific areas (JCDL, TPDL/ECDL, RCDL, ICADL). He was the general coordinator of the projects EuDML and DIGMAP. He is member of the ACM – Association for Computer Machinery and of the IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He was a founding member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries (was the elected chair from 2008 to 2010), and member of the Advisory Boards of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative and of the Networked Digital Thesis and Dissertations initiative. He is a member of the Portuguese Society of Engineers (“Ordem dos Engenheiros”) and of the BAD, the Portuguese Association of Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists (“Associação Portuguesa de Bibliotecários, Arquivistas e Documentalistas”).

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José Carlos Ramalho (Universidade do Minho)

José Carlos Ramalho finished his Ph.D. in 2000 under the subject "Structured Documents Semantics". Since 1996 he has been doing research in the field of Structured Documents and currently he is coordinating several projects in Digital Archives and Libraries. He wrote two books and has many articles in international and national conferences. He has supervised several MSc and PhD thesis related to Digital Preservation and is a KEEP SOLUTIONS founder.


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Kuldar Aas (National Archives of Estonia)

Kuldar Aas is the deputy director of the Digital Archives of the National Archives of Estonia. He is actively involved in developing national records management and cultural heritage metadata standards; creating requirements and guidelines for the ingest, description and preservation of national datasets and electronic records from EDRM systems. He has also played a leading role in developing the proactive digital preservation and access environment at NAE. He is a member of the Estonian semantic interoperability taskforce; was test site and work package lead in the EC-funded project PROTAGE (2007–2010); is task leader for Web 2.0 and LOD in the APEx project (2012 – 2015) and technical coordinator of the E-ARK project (2014 – 2017). His academic background is in information technology and he holds a Master’s degree (2004) from the University of Tartu.


Lucília Runa (DGLAB)

Lucília Runa is an archivist since 1990 (currently in the department of innovation and egovernement services in DGLAB). Holds a degree in History; holds a post-graduation course in archival science, option - Archives.

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Luis Faria (KEEP Solutions)

Luís Faria is a Systems and Informatics Engineer by the University of Minho. He was part of the original development team of RODA (Repository of Authentic Digital Objects) and has engaged in R&D tasks dedicated to systems design, SOA architectures, format migration services and database preservation. Currently, he is the Innovation Director at KEEP SOLUTIONS, is involved in European research projects focused on digital preservation, namely SCAPE, 4C and EARK, and is taking is Ph.D. in digital preservation on the University of Minho.


Mário Sant'Ana (DBLAB)

Mário Sant’Ana is an archivist since 1997 (currently in the department of innovation and egovernement services in DGLAB). Holds a degree in Anthropology; holds a post-graduation course in archival science, option - Archives.

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Miguel Coutada (Universidade do Minho)

Miguel Coutada holds a degree in Informatics Engineering from University of Minho, Portugal. He is currently pursing a Master's Degree in Informatics Engineering at the same university with his thesis "Database Preservation Toolkit".

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Miguel Ferreira (KEEP Solutions)

Miguel Ferreira holds a Ph.D. in computer science, more specifically in digital preservation. He won the first Digital Preservation Challenge promoted by the Digital Preservation Europe (DPE) and is currently CTO and co-founder of KEEP SOLUTIONS. At his current position, Miguel is coordinating several R&D projects in the field of digital preservation, digital repositories and integration of federated services.


Mike Alsup (Gimnal)

Mike Alsup is a Sr. Vice President and the founder of Gimmal, a leading ECM and RM solution provider. Gimmal has developed industry leading products for SharePoint and Office 365 content governance, including the only DoD 5015.2-certified records management products inside SharePoint. He spent his early career with Accenture and Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He was a co-founder of two successful integration companies, BSG and Align Solutions, which went public as part of Luminant Worldwide. He was a 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He recently completed his second term on the Board of AIIM International and is an AIIM Fellow. He is a Rice University graduate with an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He blogs in the AIIM Communities in SharePoint section.


Mikko Eräkaski (National Archives of Finland)

Mr. Mikko Eräkaski (M.A.) works as a development manager in National Archives of Finland. He is specialised in long-term preservation issues and electronic records management processes and methods.  Mikko Eräkaski is responsible of National Archive's Digital Preservation Service, developing national requirements for records life-cycle management and steering, guidance and consultation of public sector organizations.

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Mikko Lampi (Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences)

Mikko Lampi is the project lead for Open Source Archive in Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences. He has a BEng in information technology. Mikko is interested in open source, open data, information society and user-focused development. He is currently working with data and preservation software projects.


Miroslav Novak

Dr. Miroslav Novak is archival councillor with Ph.D. in IT, which he acquired in 1999 at the University of Zagreb. Since 1986 he has been employed at the Regional Archives Maribor (Pokrajinski arhiv Maribor). He is author of more than 400 published and performed works related to archivistics. In addition, he is active as a member of research-development team of archivists which dedicates to constructing cooperative archival information system in Slovenia and Slovenian public e-archive. He is also a member of the organizing committee for international conference on Technical and Field Related Problems of Traditional and Electronic Archiving and co-operator of International Institute for Archival Science Trst-Maribor. 

Furthermore, he is involved in the pedagogical process as a lecturer of archival science at the Technology School Centre Maribor, Higher Vocational College. Moreover, he is an assistant professor of archival science and documentology at DOBA Faculty of Applied Business and Social Studies, Maribor as well as Alma Mater Europaea - European Centre, Maribor.


Ricardo Vieira (INESC-ID; IST)

Ricardo Vieira is a researcher of the Information Systems Group at INESC-ID - Research and Development Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering . He is also a Ph.D. student in Information Systems and Computer Engineering at the Institute Superior Técnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon working in the field of Information and Risk Management. He is a member of the DLM Forum Foundation where, since 2013, he serves as Director of the DLM-Forum Executive Committe.

Ricardo Vieira holds a M.Sc. in Information Systems and Computer Engineering from IST (2009) where he specialized in software engineering and distributed systems.


Richard Jeffrey-Cook (IFC)

Richard Jeffrey-Cook is Head of Information and Records Management at In-Form Consult Ltd. Richard has 30 years’ experience of implementing IT solutions and supplying information and records management consultancy to both public sector and private sector organisations. He has specialised for the last 12 years in the implementation of electronic document and records management systems, creating sustainable solutions that achieve universal adoption for the organisation.

Richard is a regular presenter at records management events in the UK and has previously presented at DLM Forum meetings, IRMS conferences and IRMS group meetings. His articles have appeared in RM bulletin and other leading magazines.


Sébastien Soyez (Belgium State Archives)

Sébastien Soyez is working as an Archivist/Records Manager at the State Archives in Belgium since 2006 and is also a scientific collaborator at the Research Centre Information, Law and Society (CRIDS) at the University of Namur. He obtained his Specialized Master in Information & Communication Sciences & Technologies in 2000, a Master in History in 1998 and a Teaching Qualification Degree in 1998 from the Université Libre of Brussels. Formerly in charge of Information Society Program at the Belgian Science Policy Office (2000-2006), he was also involved in the launching of the multiannual digitization plan of the federal scientific and cultural heritage. Since beginning 2014, he is Digital Preservation & Access Unit of the State Archives, strongly involved in the Record Management and the Digital transfer and long-term preservation projects. He also acts as a Digital Curation Advisor for the Belgian Public Administration at the federal, regional, provincial and local levels. Within the current APEX-project, he also acts as the Country Manager for Belgium.Since 2013, he has taught in the Stage Technique International Archivistique (STIA) at the National Archives in France. He is a collaborator of the Interpares network (iTrust Project) and a co-promotor for the Belgian research project HECTOR (Hybrid Electronic Curation, Transformation & Organization of Records), in collaboration with the University of Namur (CRIDS), the University of Brussels and the University of Montreal. He is also a co-founder and professor at DocSafe (, a certificate program in digital information management offered jointly by the University of Namur, the University of Liège and the State Archives in Belgium since 2013. He is a co-author of the manual Questions d’archivage (2009-2014) and the author of many publications related to digital management and preservation. 


Stéphane Croisier (RSD)

Stéphane Croisier is Vice-President of Products at RSD.  He is in charge of the Product Management, Product Owners and Product Documentation Teams for the different RSD Product Lines. Driving the Product Strategy, analyzing market trends, collecting customer needs, establishing strategic partnerships, defining product releases and grooming the products backlogs.


Stephen James Howard (NATS)

Senior archives, records and information manager, with more than 20 years' experience in international governmental organisations, UK local government and the private sector. Stephen has spoken at several records and information management conferences in England, France and Wales. He has held senior positions within the UK Information and Records Management Society Executive and their Public Sector Group . He was the co-creator and administrator of the JISCMAIL Records Management UK listserv Jan 2003 – Jun 2007. In July 2012 Stephen launched, an online resource for sharing knowledge about archives, records and information management. This site was listed in the 100 Best Records Management Resources on the Web published by the Information and Records Management Society. In May 2013 he was awarded Fellowship of the Information and Records Management Society (FIRMS). More in Stephen's LinkedIn profile page.


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Taavi Kotka (35), currently the Estonian Government CIO, has a strong background working in private sector. He started his career as a programmer, rapidly rising to be a Managing Director of the most successful software development company in the region – Nortal. He is an angel investor or founder of many innovative start-up companies like, etc. Education: Master of Science of Engineering (focus: ICT), PhD Studies in Tallinn Technical University. Honours: He is the European CIO of the Year 2014 (by ICTSpring), he was the president of the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications (ITL), and he was elected as an Entrepreneur of the year in 2011 (by Earnst&Young).

Taavi is a board member in many ICT initiatives in Estonia and has been the brainpower behind many Estonian e-government innovative initiatives like e-residency, data embassy, no-legacy policy etc. 


Tarvo Kärberg (National Archives of Estonia)

Tarvo Kärberg (Master: information technology: Tartu) works as a software project manager at the National Archives of Estonia, being responsible for software projects of digital preservation software since 2007. He has passed the Estonian national certification as an archivist and is academically involved in teaching a course on digital archival holdings and electronic document management at the University of Tartu. His interest focuses on the theory and methods of collecting and preserving digital codified knowledge.


Tatjana Hajtnik

Graduating from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ljubljana, in 1986, Tatjana Hajtnik got her Master's degree in Information Management from the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, in 1998. She is currently finishing her doctoral program in Computer and Information Science at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor. Having participated in computerization of business corporations and institutions in the public sector and state administration, Mrs. Hajtnik became the head of the Sector for Electronic Archives and Computer Support at the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia in 2006, where among other tasks, she is in charge of the implementation of e-archives related provisions stated in the Protection of Documents and Archives and Archival Institutions Act (PDAAIA). She participated in the compilation of the development strategy of the Slovenian digital archive ( and its action plan which was confirmed by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. As a member of the project board she supervises how the strategy is being realized and is the head of the expert group directing the project. She set up the methodology for accreditation of equipment and services needed for digital storage of records as determined by the PDAAIA, and is in charge of the accreditation procedures. She also participates in the process of confirmation of internal rules for capture and storage of digital records. Since 2007 she has been involved in the process of amending national legislation for the field of digital preservation. She is a lecturer in Archival Science and Documentology at Alma Mater Europae – European Centre Maribor. She regularly holds lectures and publishes articles on the subject of digital preservation.



















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