People

PKP Director

John Willinsky
john.willinsky@stanford.edu

John Willinsky is Khosla Family Professor of Education, Stanford University and Professor (Part-Time) Publishing Studies, SFU and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, SFU Library. John started PKP in 1998 at the University of British Columbia in an effort to create greater public and global access to research and scholarship through the use of new publishing technologies. He is is the author of, among other books, Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED (Princeton, 1994); Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire’s End (Minnesota, 1998); Technologies of Knowing (Beacon 2000); and The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006).


PKP Managing Director

Brian Owen
gwbowen@sfu.ca

Brian Owen is the Associate University Librarian for Processing and Systems at SFU Library. He is an Associate with SFU’s Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing, SFU’s Master of Publishing Program, and the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). In 2007, Brian received the Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).


PKP Technical Architect

Alec Smecher
alec@smecher.bc.ca

Alec is the technical architect for the Public Knowledge Project, and lead developer of Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Conference Systems (OCS), Open Harvester Systems (OHS), Open Monograph Press (OMP), and the PKP Web Application Library (WAL). When not actively developing PKP software, he runs workshops around the world, runs marathons internationally, and plays drums in a band.


PKP Team

Juan Pablo Alperin
Researcher & System Developer
juan@alperin.ca

Juan has been a Researcher and Systems Developer with the Public Knowledge Project since 2007. He started working for PKP from his native Argentina and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. He is involved in several of PKP R&D and Scholarly Inquiry initiatives, particularly around scholarly publishing in Latin American, and continues to contribute to the development of OJS and OMP.

Bruno Beghelli
System Developer
bruno.beghelli@gmail.com

Bruno lives in Brazil and has a degree in Journalism. Prior to PKP, he worked as a graphic designer, producing both 2D and 3D computer graphics. Bruno joined the project in 2011, firstly participating in graphic design work, but due to an interest in programming and project needs, he has since become a system developer. While not working or playing with his daughter, Bruno likes practicing sports (running, swimming, playing volleyball, mountain bike), reading, playing music and traveling.

Kurt Bolko
System Administrator
kab16@sfu.ca

Samuel Smith Esseh, Ph.D.
Head, Publishing Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology, Ghana.
skesseh@gmail.com

Smith Esseh has delivered publishing workshops across Africa, and conducted research on journal publishing on the continent. He is currently heading the Publishing Studies Department at KNUST and developing online course materials for the PKP School on the editing of scholarly journals.

Alex Garnett
System Developer
axfelix@gmail.com

Alex is a Digital Preservation and Data Curation specialist at SFU. His work with PKP includes document parsing and data archiving research projects, as well as consulting as an unofficial travel agent.

Mark Jordan
Head of Library Systems, Simon Fraser University Library
mjordan@sfu.ca

Mark is Head of Library Systems at SFU. His interests include repository platforms, content management frameworks, and metadata aggregation and reuse. Mark is also the author of Putting Content Online: A Practical Guide for Libraries (Chandos, 2006).

James MacGregor
PKP Publishing Services Coordinator
jmacgreg@gmail.com

Formerly of the Electronic Text Centre at the University of New Brunswick, James is Public Knowledge Project’s Publishing Services Coordinator, helping to organize the Project’s various hosting and consultation initiatives. He is based, roughly, in Vancouver.

Chris MacDonald
System Developer
chris@fcts.ca

Chris joined PKP in 2011 as a web developer tasked to work with PKP Publishing Services and after leaving his post as a software developer for a private company in 2013 has taken on additional support and customization responsibilities with PKP. Based in Vancouver, he is also a competitive cyclist and triathlete.

DSC_6971-smallKaren Meijer-Kline
Communications and Member Services Officer/System Support
kmeijerk@sfu.ca

Karen has been working in both traditional and new modes of publishing since 2003, in the Netherlands and Canada. She is intent on fostering an actively involved community around scholarly communications and publishing, and enjoys working in this rapidly changing field. She holds an MA from the University of Amsterdam, and received her Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2012. She is based in Vancouver, where she can also be found shooting her bow, on climbing walls, or on her bike (but not all at the same time).

 Jason Nugent
System Developer
jason.nugent@gmail.com

Jason is a software developer for PKP currently living in New Brunswick. Prior to this, he worked for the University of New Brunswick and taught software development and systems administration at Dalhousie University. Passionate about travel, photography, and writing, he tries to tie those three things together as often as possible. He is a competitive cyclist and holds a degree in Chemistry.

Kevin Stranack
Education Co-ordinator
kstranac@sfu.ca

Kevin has been a member of the PKP Team since 2005. He received his Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2002 and his Master of Adult Education from the University of Regina in 2013.

MT Michael Thessel
System Developer
michael.thessel@gmx.de

Michael has been working as system administrator and web developer since the late 1990s. Originally he came from a systems background but switched his focus to web development in the early 2000s. Before joining PKP in 2013 he worked on a wide range of software development projects in the private sector. Michael is a native German but now lives in Honolulu, Hawai’i.


PKP Development Associates

  • Bozana Bokan, Freie Universität Berlin projects
  • Marc Bria Ramírez, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Jen Whitney, Dataverse Project

PKP Research Associates

  • Silvio Carvalho Neto, Centro Universitário de Franca, Brazil
  • Gustavo Fischman, Arizona State University
  • Cheryl Holzmeyer, Stanford University
  • Lauren Maggio, Stanford University
  • Laura Moorhead, Stanford University

Past Associates

  • Lynn Copeland, University Librarian and Dean of Library Services, Simon Fraser University Library (Retired)
  • Matt Crider, System Developer
  • Charles Eckman, University Librarian and Dean of Library Services, Simon Fraser University Library (2010-2013)
  • Michael Felczak, System Developer/Researcher
  • Florian Grandel, System Developer
  • Kevin Jamieson, first OJS Lead Developer
  • MJ Suhonos, System Developer