Winchester, MA The DuraSpace organization is pleased to announce that Dr. Amy Brand has accepted an appointment to the DuraSpace Board of Directors.
Amy Brand is the VP Academic and Research Relations and VP North America for Digital Science, a division of Holtzbrinck that invests in and incubates academic start-ups that provide research information software. She joined Digital Science in 2014 as VP Academic and Research Relations and VP North America to manage the US offices and develop commercial, policy, and research relationships with North American research institutions.
From 2008 to 2013, Brand worked at Harvard University, first at the Office for Scholarly Communication where she was the founding Program Manager with responsibility for launching Harvard’s open access repository. Success in this role led to an appointment as Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments and Information, where she coordinated faculty hiring, promotion, and tenure processes across the University, and developed an internal social networking platform to help faculty discover qualified collaborators in other departments. Before moving to Harvard, she held long-term positions as an Executive Editor at the MIT Press and as Director of Business and Product Development at CrossRef. Brand was a founding member of the ORCID Board of Directors, and regularly serves in advisory roles for key community initiatives in digital scholarship. She holds a B.A. in linguistics from Barnard College and a PhD in cognitive science from MIT.
Brand commented, "DuraSpace has been tremendously successful in creating a sustainable model for open source solutions in the institutional repository space. I’m delighted to be joining the DuraSpace board at a time when the organization is expanding its model and its vision beyond preservation and repositories into other domains. I see a real need for open source options for a variety of institutional system requirements, and I would like to help DuraSpace take the lead in these developments."