Alex Wade, Microsoft Research, UK
Alex Wade is the Director for Scholarly Communications within Microsoft Research. He manages a variety of research programs related to open access to research data, interoperability of archives and repositories, and the preservation of digital information. Alex holds a Masters of Librarianship degree from the University of Washington.
During his career at Microsoft, Alex has lead the Knowledge Access team – responsible for intranet-wide hosted search and taxonomy management services, as well as the business information and corporate intranet portals (MSLibrary and MSWeb); has shipped a SharePoint-based document and workflow management solution for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance; and, most recently, served as Senior Program Manager for Windows Desktop Search and the integrated Instant Search functionality in Windows Vista. Prior to joining Microsoft, Alex held Systems Librarian, Engineering Librarian, and Philosophy Librarian positions with the University of Washington Libraries.
Aspirations as submitted during the workshop (23rd & 24th October)
• A concise 2020 vision statement for GRDI e.g. the “what and why”. Should also include some level of glossary so that a common language can be used between and across disciplines (e.g. what is the global meaning of “data”, not just my domain specific view)
• A set of tenets/principles that can be acted upon now as we march toward 2020
(both the above should be technology/implementation neutral)
• What will exist in 2020 may look nothing like what any of us imagines today. So our vision/tenets should remain technology agnostic to allow for an evolution of the infrastructures.