John Erickson has spent many years studying the unique social, legal, and technical problems that arise when managing and disseminating information in the digital environment. At HP Labs John has focused on the policy-based management of distributed, heterogeneous digital object repositories and content processing architectures. He has been an active participant in a number of international metadata and rights management standards efforts and currently serves on the OAI Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE) advisory committee, the DSpace Architectural Review committee, the Handle System Technical Review committee and the Global Handle System Advisory Committee.
Jim Rutherford is the lead DSpace developer for HP Labs and HP's primary contributor to the DSpace open source community. Jim joined HP Labs in 2006 to work on digital repository research using DSpace, in particular working closely with the China Digital Museum Project (DM-DSpace) team and on the problem of repository federation more generally. His work on generalising and extending key elements of the DM-DSpace codebase has led to several recent presentations; these and other contributions to the DSpace community led recently to his elevation to Committer status within the DSpace open source project.