Wolfram Horstmann

wolfram_horstmann Invited Speaker

Dr. Wolfram Horstmann
Director, Göttingen State and University Library, Germany

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Wolfram Horstmannhas agreed to deliver an invited speech at IMCW2014.

Dr. Horstmann studied biology, computer science and philosophy at Bielefeld University and received his PhD degree in Neurobiology from the same University.  Prior to his current position as Director of the Göttingen State and University Library, he served as: Associate Director for Digital Library programmes and IT at Bodleian Universities of the University of Oxford; CIO of Scholarly Information at Bielefeld University; Scientific-Technical Manager of the international DRIVER Project; fellow at the Göttingen State and University Library; and program manager of a scholarly publishing initiative (Digital Peer Publishing).  Dr. Horstmann has also held numerous jobs in the publishing sector as project manager, author, cooordinator and program manager on various initiatives involving electronic textbooks, e-journals and scholarly publishing.

Title: “The Data Library”

Abstract. Libraries transform their function in the 21st century. The trend towards the digital has been picked up since the 1970s with electronic catalogues and evolved into the broader concept of a “Digital Library” in the 1990s. However, the “Digital Library” has not fully overcome the boundaries between the physical books and other library tasks. Rather it is more often seen as a computer science research activity or a collection of digitised images of books. Open Access had impact on how libraries deliver service: they support reporting requirements, manage complex business relations, and provide “research intelligence” for the University. Research Data Management is now becoming a new activity for libraries that widens the scope even further. While books are still a major asset of a library, metadata, digital articles, research data, statistics could make the library the data powerhouse of the university. Examples of these trends toward “The Data Library” will be presented.