During both conference days, Chris will be the Chair of DISH2011.
Until September 2007 Chris Batt was Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), the development agency for the sector. Following its creation in 2000 the MLA had a pivotal role in many aspects of cultural heritage and ICT strategy. He originally joined national government in 1999 to lead the implementation of the highly successful £170m People’s Network project and while in the role of MLA’s Chief Executive continued to ensure involvement in digital futures strategy. Since late 2007, as a director of Chris Batt Consulting Ltd he has undertaken research projects for the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) on audience analysis and modelling in digital content, the creation of a prototype wiki-based guide - Digipedia - to all aspects of digitisation. A project Chris Batt Consulting is now developing further for the JISC to the stage of a pilot service. In 2009 a study assessing the value of university engagement with individuals and communities in the creation and curation of digital resources was also completed for the JISC. Other recent work in the UK includes a review of ICT developments in the UK’s public libraries based on six published surveys of the use of technology he conducted between 1985 and 1999, lecturing and contributions to books and journals. International projects and speaking engagements have included work in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada, the USA, Iceland and a dozen countries across Europe. In 1998 he was awarded the OBE for work in developing public ICT services. In 2003, Batt was voted Sunday Times Internet Guru of the Year. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and he is currently studying for a PhD at University College London on the modelling of public knowledge systems in the information society.