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Internal News - 10 April 2008

UKOLN celebrates 30th anniversary at the British Library

UKOLN is celebrating 30 years of expertise in digital information management with a major event at the British Library in London today.

Leading international figures from the information world are gathering to mark the celebration of UKOLN's 30 years of achievement and success.

The current Director, Dr Liz Lyon, and her staff will be joined by prominent speakers from the JISC, the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council (MLA) and the British Library, as well as personnel from the US Coalition for Networked Information and OCLC, illustrating the global profile and influence of the UKOLN organisation.

The first Director, Philip Bryant, will introduce the proceedings. Speakers will be reflecting on the dramatic changes in the digital world in the intervening years but, in addition, will look to the future at the challenges and opportunities afforded by the rapidly evolving information environment.

UKOLN Director Dr Liz Lyon said: "I am delighted to be part of this celebration of achievement of the UKOLN organisation. UKOLN has been the driving force behind many highly influential national initiatives, seminal reports, pioneering projects and innovative technical developments.

"The core funding we have received from the JISC, MLA and the British Library has supported a range of challenging strategic and technical agendas, which have been addressed by UKOLN staff over the years.

"We are grateful that our hosts, the University of Bath, have supported our endeavours and provided a rich and stimulating environment in which UKOLN is able to grow and thrive.

"Now we look forward to new challenges catalysed by the increasingly open science paradigm, realising the full potential of collective intelligence and facilitating community curation of our cultural and scientific heritage."

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