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Joseph Greene

Joseph received an MLIS in 2005 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He worked in East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries for three years before moving to Ireland and working with the Irish Viritual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) at University College Dublin. Joseph became UCD’s systems librarian in 2008. He has been responsible for the UCD institutional repository since 2008 and completed a diploma in project management in 2009.

 
 

Oliver Pesch

Chair of the Board of Directors

Oliver Pesch works as a product strategist for EBSCO Information Services where he helps set direction for EBSCO’s SaaS and e-resource products and services. Oliver is a strong supporter of standards and is very involved in the development of standards related to usage. He has been involved with COUNTER since the outset serving on the Executive Committee, the Technical Advisory Group and, most recently, serving as chair of the COUNTER board.

He is co-chair of both the NISO SUSHI Standing Committee and the NISO KBART-Automation Working Group. Oliver speaks regularly about usage and e-resources and is a regular contributor to Serials Librarian through his Spotlight on Standards column.

 
 

Andrew Goldthorpe

Andrew is a Digital Auditor at ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulation), the industry body for media measurement. The organisation inspires market confidence by delivering a valued stamp of trust across the media world. ABC is an approved COUNTER auditor.

 
 

Bernd Oberknapp

Bernd Oberknapp is the Head of ReDI, the service department for the Baden-Württemberg federal state library consortium at Freiburg University Library. ReDI provides services to about 80 higher education and research libraries in Baden-Württemberg and other states.

Since 1998, when the consortium was founded, Bernd was involved in or responsible for development, operations and support of services like database and library catalog hosting, link resolving, access management and usage reporting. Bernd was a member of the project team that built the German access management federation for higher education and research (DFN-AAI).

Current projects include the development of a COUNTER-SUSHI based usage reporting platform for the Baden-Württemberg and HeBIS consortia and the German National and Alliance licenses and the development of an Electronic Resource Management system for higher education and research libraries in Germany.

Bernd joined the COUNTER Executive Committee in 2015.

 
 

Paul Needham

Paul is the Research and Innovation Manager at Kings Norton Library, Cranfield University. Paul is responsible for Application Development within JUSP. Recent projects he has worked on for JISC include ETAS (Enhanced Transfer Alerting Service), SUSHI Starters, PIRUS2, IRUS and RAPTOR-JUse. Paul is a member of the NISO SUSHI Standing Committee and the Chair of the Technical Advisory Boards of COUNTER and the KnowledgeBase+ Project.

 
 

Ross Macintyre

Ross is Jisc’s Head of Library Analytics Services. Ross is the Service Manager for the ‘JUSP’ (Jisc’s Usage Statistics Portal) and IRUS-UK (Institutional Repository Usage Statistics for the UK), also ‘Web of Science Service for UK Education’ and ‘Europe PubMed Central plus’. He has been responsible for Digital Library-related R&D services and had formal involvement with Dublin Core and OpenURL standards development.

Recent projects include PIRUS2 (extending COUNTER to Article-level) and LAMP (Library Analytics & Metrics Project). Ross was elected Chair of UKSG 2012-15 and was their Education Officer 2003-6.

 
 

Senol Akay

Senol Akay is the web analytics manager at the American Chemical Society. Prior to joining the digital strategy team at the American Chemical Society, Senol was a senior digital marketer with an international marketing firm where he created e-marketing strategies for global businesses.

Senol received his B.S. in Chemistry in Istanbul, Turkey and immigrated to the United States to pursue advanced studies in Chemistry. He received his M.S. in Bioanalytical Chemistry and PhD in Organic Chemistry at Georgia State University.  He focused his research on early detection mechanisms for breast cancer and drug discovery for new malaria treatments.  After completing his graduate studies in 2009, he put his analytical and data processing skills to work as an e-commerce director where he led commerce and digital marketing strategies for multiple e-commerce websites. After honing his digital strategy skills, Senol merged his research and professional experience in his current role at ACS.

 
 

Tasha Mellins-Cohen

Prior to joining Semantico Tasha worked for a variety of publishers, from small societies to large commercial units, with a focus on optimising the operational aspects of scholarly publishing. She has extensive experience of the full publishing life cycle for both journals and books, from submission and peer review through to production and downstream data feeds. This has covered working with client publishers, offshore suppliers, and end users. She is also a member of the COUNTER Technical Advisory Group.

On the technology front, Tasha was involved with a number of new hosting platform builds and migrations, as well as workflow builds, and has now brought that experience to bear in her role at Semantico.

 
 

Victoria Rao

Victoria received Masters of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1999. She began her carrier at Elsevier in 2002 as a Senior Software Engineer working on ScienceDirect product. In 2010 Victoria transitioned to a Product Manager role with focus on Federated Authentication and ScienceDirect & Scopus APIs. In her role as Product Owner of the agile APIs team, she is driving new development for the APIs and Elsevier Developer Portal.

Victoria joined COUNTER’s Technical Advisory Group in September 2015. Victoria chairs the Distributed Usage Logging committee and facilitates Elsevier’s participation in the corresponding pilot activities.

 
 

Joseph Greene

Oliver Pesch

Andrew Goldthorpe

Bernd Oberknapp

Paul Needham

Chair

Ross Macintyre

Senol Akay

Tasha Mellins-Cohen

Victoria Rao

 
 
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