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Dr. Michael Nelson
Computer Science Department
Old Dominion University


Michael L. Nelson received his B.S. (1991) in computer science from Virginia Tech and his M.S. (1997) and Ph.D. (2000) in computer science from Old Dominion University. He worked at NASA Langley Research Center from 1991-2002. Through a NASA fellowship, he spent the 2000-2001 academic year at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In July 2002, he joined the Computer Science Department of Old Dominion University.

At NASA he was instrumental in establishing their public web services:
in 1992 he created NASA first anonymous FTP server for distribution of technical reports, in 1993 he created the first NASA center homepage, and starting in 1994 he developed several public access digital libraries (DLs) for NASA publications. The challenges presented by these DLs informed his research interests and graduate study. In 1999, he co-developed the Universal Preprint Service (UPS) that served as the discussion piece for the Santa Fe meeting that created the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Dr. Nelson was co-editor of the OAI-PMH and the many ancillary documents that accompanied it.

He was also an editor of the Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE) suite of documents, which defined how to aggregate resources in a manner consistent with the Web Architecture.

His current research includes the Memento Framework, an HTTP-based approach to bi-directionally link a URI that identifies the current state of a resource with URIs that identify stabilized, prior states of the same resource, such as might be recorded in a web archive or content management system.

His main research areas are object / repository interaction and digital preservation. He is (co-)author of over 140 publications and since 2001 has been PI or co-PI on 14 grants totaling over $5.9M. He is currently supervising seven Ph.D. students and six MS students.

More information about Dr. Nelson and his research can be found at: http://www.cs.odu.edu/~mln/

Recent News Articles:
The Washington Post covered Michael Nelson's research on Memento
Memento Project awarded the Digital Preservation Award 2010
Dr. Nelson and colleagues on shortlist for International Digital Preservation Award

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