Austin, TX The DuraSpace organization is pleased to announce that Kaitlin Thaney and Wolfram Horstmann have accepted appointments to the DuraSpace Board of Directors.

Kaitlin Thaney is an open advocate and Senior Fellow at Mozilla. Most recently, Ms. Thaney served as the Director of Mozilla Leadership Networks at the Mozilla Foundation, overseeing community-based programs in science, learning, advocacy, Internet of Things, and women and web literacy. She also founded and directed Mozilla’s first science program – the Mozilla Science Lab – empowering thousands of researchers, developers, and librarians to collaborate through fellowships, open source and project-based learning. She has also helped launch and advise programs, governments and companies through work at Digital Science, the U.K. eLeadership Council, Creative Commons, MIT, Microsoft, and more.

“Duraspace’s leadership and commitment to open technology, access, and preservation of our digital heritage is needed now more than ever. I’m excited to join the Board and help further support the vision of the organization, the ambition of their offerings, and the thousands of institutions in the network Duraspace supports each and every day.” –Kaitlin Thaney

Dr. Wolfram Horstmann is the Director of the Göttingen State and University Library and University Librarian of the University of Göttingen and teaches as professor in the iSchool at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He is an executive member and Chair of the Steering Group on Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructure for the European Research Library Association LIBER, active in the Research Data Alliance (RDA), leads the German consortium of the European Digital Infrastructure for the Humanities DARIAH and is scientific coordinator for the Open Access initiative OpenAIRE. Prior to his current position he was the Associate Director at the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, UK and Chief Information Officer at Bielefeld University. He has worked in Computational Neuroscience and made his PhD on questions in Philosophy of Science before he turned his attention towards digital science, scholarly communication and libraries.

“After more than ten years working in the community, e.g. though Open Repositories, I am thrilled to join the DuraSpace board. I am looking specifically forward to facilitating collaboration with European partners.” –Wolfram Horstmann

We are pleased to welcome Ms. Thaney and Dr. Horstmann to the DuraSpace Board of Directors in support of leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access to digital data. DuraSpace collaborates with academic, scientific, cultural, technology, and research communities by supporting projects and advancing services to help ensure that current and future generations have access to our collective digital heritage.

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