Brief Bio of Sandy Payette

Sandy Payette is currently the Director of Land Grant and Research IT for the research library at Cornell University.   Previously, Sandy was the founding CEO of DuraSpace, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide open source technologies and community resources to help preserve the world’s intellectual, cultural, and scientific heritage in digital form.   Sandy served as CEO of DuraSpace from 2007-2011.  In September 2011, Sandy entered a PhD program at Cornell University to embark on full-time doctoral study. She is currently a PhD Candidate at Cornell and continues her dissertation research on not-for-profit organizations that are working to improve the representation of women in computing.  From 2013-2015, while continuing work on her PhD, Sandy was Research Investigator at University of Michigan.  In this role she focused technical architecture and the development of research data infrastructure in the context of the NSF DataNet project known as SEAD.  She was also an advisor/consultant to the Digital Preservation Network (DPN) and DuraSpace.

From 1997-2007, Sandy was a researcher at Cornell University’s Computing and Information Science (http://www.cis.cornell.edu/).  Sandy led research projects, published, and lectured internationally in the areas of digital libraries, digital repositories, open source software, and web-based architectures for digital preservation and archiving.  During this period, Sandy co-invented the Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture (Fedora).  She was both chief architect and lead software developer of the original Fedora repository software (1998). Later, Sandy transformed Fedora into an open source project in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Virginia.  From 2000-2007 Sandy served as Director of the Fedora Repository Project.   As part of the sustainability strategy for Fedora, and to provide a broader range of open source software and services to the digital preservation community, Sandy founded Fedora Commons, Inc. (2007) with startup funding form the Moore Foundation.  Fedora Commons evolved to become DuraSpace with Sandy serving as its first CEO.

Other things to know…

A long time ago, I worked in industry designing and developing software at Corning Incorporated, which is how I came to live in the beautiful area of New York known as the Finger Lakes region.   My work was in the areas of decision support systems and executive information systems to support strategic business analysis.

There is more!   I am a life-long runner and my favorite distance is the 10K.  I love to read!  My favorite types of movies are documentaries.   I like to cook Thai food.  I am an avid outdoor person and love to hike, climb, paddle, and just enjoy the all wonders of the natural world.    I love to play basketball and throw pottery on a wheel, and even hope to get back to these last two interests some day!

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