David Eichmann is Director and Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa. He also directs the Information Science Subprogram in the Iowa Graduate Program in Informatics. Over the course of his career he has conducted research in relational database theory, software reuse and reengineering, software repository architecture, web search engines and intelligent agents, information retrieval and extraction, biomedical informatics, ontology-based research profile harvesting and visualization, and most recently visualization and reconciliation techniques for linked open data library catalogs. His current projects include Shakeosphere (modeling the social network of the print community in England 1540-1800), CTSAsearch (aggregating research profiles from 70+ institutions) and Linked Data for Libraries (LD4L) (where he is part of a consortium exploring the next generation of library catalogs). He spends much of his summers attempting to keep the weeds at bay in his garden beds.
Rebecca Bryant, PhD, serves as Senior Program Officer at OCLC Research where she leads and develops areas for the OCLC Research Library Partnership and for OCLC Research related to research information management and research support services, contributing to our thematic focus on Research Collections and Support. Rebecca previously served as Project Manager for Researcher Information Services in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she led a campus-wide effort to implement the Elsevier Pure research information management system (RIMS), rebranded locally as Illinois Research Connections. She has also served as Director of Community at ORCID where she led outreach initiatives to encourage the adoption of ORCID identifiers throughout the scholarly communications community, particularly promoting adoption and integration within universities worldwide. Prior to ORCID, Dr. Bryant spent a decade in the University of Illinois Graduate College as Assistant Dean where she led numerous initiatives to support early career researchers, including the establishment of campus-wide graduate career services and postdoctoral affairs offices. She also served on a campus-wide project team to collect assessment data from 62 PhD programs for the National Research Council Assessment of Research Doctoral Programs. She has extensive experience defining and launching new technology initiatives within the research university setting, including Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) and serving as a project leader on the system-wide Banner ERP implementation team at Illinois. Rebecca earned a bachelor’s degree at Butler University, a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a PhD in musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.