RA21 - Project organisation

STM’s project Resource Access in the 21st century, RA21, has appointed a Project Director for the overall program and a Coordinator for the pilots in academic environments.

The project organisation will be strengthened by Julia Wallace in the role of Project Director and Heather Flanagan as Pilot Coordinator Academic Pilots.

Julia Wallace has an extensive background in STM publishing, having worked with many organisations across the scholarly publishing sector including Elsevier, Nature, Jisc and OECD. Julia holds both an honours degree and PhD in applied semiconductor physics, as well as a postgraduate marketing diploma and has been awarded professional Chartered Marketer status with the CIM. Julia has previously managed similar complex projects for STM and other organisations. She knows the landscape well, understands the value of collaborative projects, and brings the experience to make initiatives like these -- involving many different stakeholders -- successfully reach the finish.

Heather Flanagan wears a variety of hats, from project management, to technical writing and editing, to group facilitation. Heather has run identity management tutorials around the world, including at WACREN 2016 and APAN 42 on behalf of the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC), and has helped coordinate several sessions and panels at meetings such as REFEDS, Internet2's Global Summit and Technology Exchange, the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and the International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers. She is the project manager for the COmanage collaborative platform work and several deployments, and is also heavily engaged in the standards development community, most notably as the RFC Series Editor where she manages the publication process for the IETF, IAB, IRTF, and the Independent Submissions streams.

The steering committee of the project is extremely happy to have found candidates with such strong backgrounds for these roles. Please join us in wishing Julia and Heather success.