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Dr. Katharina Ruckstuhl - Research Infrastructure for the Pluriverse

Abstract
Research Infrastructure for the Pluriverse Indigenous scholars and communities have struggled for many years to have their voices ‘heard’ in the research environment. With the exponential increase in availability of digital information in all domains of public and private life, how can research infrastructures, including the standards that underlie them, allow for pluriversal approaches? In this discussion, I will outline what is meant by a pluriversal approach and how Indigenous scholars and allies have been thinking about and implementing research infrastructure processes, with implications for standards, now and into the future.
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Research Infrastructure for the Pluriverse Indigenous scholars and communities have struggled for many years to have their voices ‘heard’ in the research environment. With the exponential increase in availability of digital information in all domains of public and private life, how can research infrastructures, including the standards that underlie them, allow for pluriversal approaches? In this discussion, I will outline what is meant by a pluriversal approach and how Indigenous scholars and allies have been thinking about and implementing research infrastructure processes, with implications for standards, now and into the future.
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Dr. Ruckstuhl is an Associate Dean and Senior Research Fellow at the Otago Business School and is the Māori lead of a major New Zealand ‘grand challenge’, Science for Technological Innovation. She has leadership roles with her tribe of Ngāi Tahu, is an ORCID Board member, and a member of the IEEE working party on standards for Indigenous people’s data. She has published on Māori language, mining, Māori economy and Māori science and technology. She is currently co-editing a book on Indigenous Development.
Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was a Faculty member and academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga. Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries. He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV. He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (http://measurethefuture.net), an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (http://librarybox.us), an open source portable digital file distribution system. Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

Todd Carpenter joined NISO as Executive Director in September 2006. In this role, Todd provides leadership to NISO as well as focuses on improving constituency relationships, standards development, and operational procedures. Prior to joining NISO, Todd was Director of Business Development with BioOne, where he served the goals of both libraries and publishers by enhancing products, services, and distribution. Previously, Todd directed the marketing of approximately 60 academic journals and was closely involved in the growth of Project MUSE at the Johns Hopkins University Press. He has also held marketing and business development positions at the Energy Intelligence Group, a news service covering the oil and natural gas industries, and the Haworth Press, an academic and professional publisher. Todd is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned a masters degree in marketing from The Johns Hopkins University. He is editor of the recently published book, The Critical Component: Standards in the Information Exchange Environment, an active contributor to the Scholarly Kitchen blog, and writes a regular standards column in Against the Grain. In addition, Todd serves as Secretary of ISO's Technical Subcommittee on Identification & Description (TC 46/SC 9); as a member on the Board of the Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library, the Linked Content Coalition, and the Free Ebook Foundation; and on several publication advisory boards.

Todd was featured in the March 2012 issue of Insights, published by UKSG, and the article, A Day in the Life, is available here.