2019 Keynote speakers

We are delighted to welcome well-renowned researchers Simon Tanner and Prof. Dr. Konrad Förstner as our 2019 keynote speakers. Simon Tanner unveiled version 2.0 of the BVI Model for the very first time in his keynote ‘The Balanced Value Impact Model: understanding the impact and value of digital in libraries’. Prof. Dr. Förstner’s keynote is titled ‘Data librarianship –  Preparing librarians for their future tasks ‘ and he also delivered a workshop on this theme at the conference.

Konrad Förstner

Prof. Dr. Konrad Förstner studied biochemistry and computer science in Greifswald, Germany, and did his PhD in bioinformatics in Heidelberg. After working as a freelancing software developer he started postdoctoral research in Würzburg. In 2013, he became Head of Bioinformatics, Core Unit Systems Medicine, University/Clinic of Würzburg, later the head of the full unit. Since May 2018 he is a joint professor for information literacy at the Technical University and ZB MED – Information Center of Life Sciences – in Cologne.

His research covers the integration of large data corpora in the life sciences to answer a diverse set of biological questions and includes the system biological analysis of high-throughput data, automatic text analysis of biomedical literature and the development of research software for these purposes.   Konrad is member of several organizations that promote Open Science. Furthermore, he is an active Software, Data and Library Carpentry instructor.

The title of his keynote is ‘Data librarianship –  Preparing librarians for their future tasks ‘ and he also delivered a workshop on this theme at the conference.

SimonTanner

Simon Tanner is Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. He is a Digital Humanities scholar with a wide-ranging interest in cross-disciplinary thinking and collaborative approaches that reflect a fascination with interactions between memory institutions collections (libraries, museum, archives, media and publishing) and the digital domain.

As a qualified librarian, consultant, digitisation expert and academic he works with major cultural institutions across the world to assist them in transforming their impact, collections and online presence. He has consulted for or managed over 500 digital projects and has built digital strategy with a wide range of organisations. These include many national libraries and museums in Europe, Africa, America and the Middle East. He founded the Digital Futures Academy that has run in the UK, Australia, South Africa and Ghana with participants from over 40 countries.

Research into image use and sales in American art museums by Simon has had a significant effect on opening up collections access and OpenGLAM in the museum sector. Tanner was chair of the Web Archiving sub-committee as an independent member of the UK Government-appointed Legal Deposit Advisory Panel. He is a member of the Europeana Impact Taskforce which developed the Impact Playbook based upon his Balanced Value Impact Model. He is part of the AHRC funded Academic Book of the Future research team.

Tanner teaches on the Masters in Digital Asset and Media Management and the BA in Digital Culture at King’s College London. He is also Pro Vice Dean for Research Impact and Innovation in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

He tweets as @SimonTanner and blogs at http://simon-tanner.blogspot.co.uk/.

In his keynote, ‘The Balanced Value Impact Model: understanding the impact and value of digital in libraries’ Simon unveiled version 2.0 of the BVI Model for the very first time. He explained how a better understanding of the impact and value of digital in libraries can lead to improved strategic and evidence-based management in this attention economy.

The slides and a blog post from Simon’s keynote presentation are available on his blog.