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Lori Richards

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I am an assistant professor in the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University. My research focuses on digital curation, electronic records management, and digital preservation. I am especially interested in the impact of emerging technologies on theory and practice in archives and records management and on the Open Data movement in the government sector.

I was recently co-PI on a project at the Federal Aviation Administration's W.J. Hughes Technical Center, helping to develop digital curation capacity and requirements for an OAIS-compliant “big data” scientific data repository. In addition, I am an instructor in the Digital Curation Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle, hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Prior to joining Drexel University I taught courses at UNC-Chapel Hill in electronic records management, management of information organizations, and understanding information technology for managing digital collections. As a private consultant, I built a cost model for the Dryad Scientific Data Repository () to support their sustainability plan. I have both bachelors and masters degrees in economics and taught economics for ten years at San Francisco Bay area universities, including California State University, University of San Francisco, and Golden Gate University.

As a manager and senior consultant at Deloitte & Touche, I implemented business knowledge systems and managed the implementation of data warehouses and metadata repositories. I have developed successful business cases for the funding of a $1.1 billion automated medical record system, a $600,000 business process redesign, a $100,000 ID card quality improvement project, and a $500,000 online credit card payment system.

Specialties: Digital Curation, Data Curation, Electronic Records Management, emerging technologies, business case development, cost modeling, system implementation, data conversions, risk analysis


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