Renée Register specializes in the development of metadata management practices to optimize content discovery, internal operations, and business intelligence. She is the founder of DataCurate, a company focused on supporting publishers and libraries in the development of 21st century data policies, practices, and systems designed to connect readers to content.
Renée has over 20 years’ experience in building and growing innovative metadata systems, products, and services for materials vendors, metadata providers, and libraries.
Her experience includes 10 years with Ingram Book Group, as the first manager of Ingram’s library cataloging division and as Director of Classification and Bibliographic Control for Ingram’s Title Information Management System. As Director, her responsibilities included oversight of policies and practices relating to product metadata from multiple publishers in ONIX and other formats and for library metadata in MARC format. She also managed a team responsible for review of publisher title data and the assignment of BISAC and other subject and classification schema.
Prior to founding DataCurate, Renée was with OCLC for 6 years serving as Senior Product Manager for OCLC Metadata Services, where she specialized in metadata partnerships with publishers and materials vendors. OCLC is the world’s largest library cooperative and home of the WorldCat database containing over 200 million bibliographic records and over 1 billion library holdings.
While at OCLC, Renée worked with OCLC Research and Development to create software and systems for automated mapping between ONIX and MARC data. The system also provided automated enrichment of records through mashup of the best data mined from multiple data sources. The resulting records integrated library-created data with publisher product data and could be delivered in either MARC or ONIX format.
She holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky and was named U.K. Library and Information Science Alumna of the Year in 2009. She speaks widely on the future of metadata management for the publishing industry and libraries.
Thad McIlroy is an electronic publishing analyst and author based in San Francisco and in Vancouver, BC. His site, The Future of Publishing, is the most in-depth on the industry.
With over thirty years of experience in the publishing industry, he is a well-established expert in the technology and marketing issues surrounding electronic publishing, digital imaging, and the Internet. He has authored over a dozen books and 250 articles on these subjects. McIlroy also served for five years as Program Director for Seybold Seminars.
As a consultant and analyst, McIlroy works closely with publishing and media companies, design and advertising agencies, as well as vendors serving the electronic publishing industry.
McIlroy is on the editorial board of the journal Learned Publishing and the Canadian literary journal, Geist. He has been a Professional Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) since 2004. For three years in a row McIlroy was named one of Canada’s 50 most influential people in graphic communications.
McIlroy has spoken at the Seybold Conferences, the Gilbane Content Management conference, the Henry Stewart DAM conference, XPLOR, ePublishing (Denmark), the NAPL Top Management Conference, the IS&T Annual Conference, the International Association of Graphic Arts Service Providers (IPA) Technical Conference, and Prepress Asia.