Economy drafting work on the Recommendation of the OECD Council for enhanced access and more effective use of public sector information.

Martin Fornefeld is the chief executive officer of MICUS Management Consulting at its Düsseldorf, Germany, location. After his three-year assistant position at the Technical University of Clausthal with foreign studies in Berkeley, California. and Asia, he held a management position at Siemens Nixdorf Informations systeme AG. Subsequently he was director with joint proxy of an international consultancy firm for nine years and finally partner of the firm before he established MICUS Management Consulting jointly with Jutta Lautenschlager in 2000. Dr. Fornefeld is chairman of the IWG-Network, an association of companies and organizations created to increase the economic impact of the reuse of PSI in Germany. Dr. Fornefeld’s expertise lies in the areas of strategy consulting, market studies, and public-private business models/partnerships, which he developed substantially in recent years, particularly in the area of public sector information and broadband development in Europe. He earned his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Clausthal in Germany.

Antoinette Graves led the U.K. Office of Fair Trading’s market study on the Commercial Use of Public Information, which was released in December 2006. She participated in the OECD’s Working Party on the Information ecEonomy, presented to the European Commission-funded ePSIplus conferences, and continued to take an interest in public sector information until she left the OFT in December 2008 to take up a post as a senior policy advisor at the United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Office.

Javier Hernández-Ros is head of the, Access to Information Unit, DG Information Society and Media, at the European Commission. Trained as a civil engineer at the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid, he has a masters degree in business administration from the Instituto de Empresa. After seven years working for engineering companies in Spain, he joined the European Commission in 1986 and was involved in technology transfer and innovation policies, where he set up the European network of innovation relay centres and the Innovating Regions in Europe network. Since June 2002 he has been head of the Access to Information Unit (formerly, Digital Libraries and Public Sector Information). He is currently coordinating the EU Digital libraries initiative and promoting legal initiatives to support the development of the digital content industry, notably the directive for reuse of public sector information. He was also responsible for the e-Content and the Safer Internet programmes for the period 2002-2005.

John Houghton is a professorial fellow at Victoria University's Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES) and director of the centre's Information Technologies and the Information Economy Program. He has had a number of years experience in information technology policy, more general industry policy, and related economic research. He has published and spoken widely on information technology, industry, and science and technology policy issues. His research is at the interface of theory and practice with a strong focus on the policy application of economic and social theory and of leading-edge research in various relevant fields. Consequently, his contribution tends to be in bringing knowledge and research methods to bear on policy issues in an effort to raise the level of policy debate and improve policy outcomes. He has co-authored several chapters in the past years of the OECD publications Information Technology Outlook and Communications Outlook. He also publishes annual updates on the Australian ICT industry sponsored by the

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