Thomas B. Hickey, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist

Thomas B. Hickey, Ph.D.

Thom retired from OCLC September 2016.

My interests include electronic publishing, information retrieval and display, and metadata creation and editing systems. I currently lead a group that is investigating algorithms for the FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records) grouping of bibliographic metadata, distributed authority control, text retrieval on Beowulf clusters, Z39.50 and its Web equivalents SRW/U (Search & Retrieve Web Service/URL Service), and applications of the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), such as the NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations) catalog of electronic theses and ERRoLs (Extensible Repository Resource Locators). In addition, we are heavily involved in DSpace and maintain several open source systems, including the PURL (Persistent Uniform Resource Locator) software, and the Pears retrieval engine.

I have been at OCLC since 1977, when I helped found the research department, and Chief Scientist since 1994.

In 1998 I designed and lead the CORC (Cooperative Online Resource Catalog) project for its first year while it was a research project and then continued to lead the requirements team until CORC's release as an OCLC system in 2000.

Other projects of note include doing the research that lead to OCLC's Primary Journals Online service, guiding the group that designed and developed the Guidon interface for electronic journals, and leading the development of the original OCLC FirstSearch interface.



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