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Getaneh Alemu completed his PhD from the University of Portsmouth (2014), where he developed a theory of metadata enriching and filtering using a grounded theory method.

Since November 2014, he has been working for Solent University as head of the Cataloguing & Metadata team. He co-authored a book entitled “An Emergent Theory of Digital Library Metadata: Enrich then Filter (Chandos Publishing, 2015), published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles on metadata, digital libraries, open access, Linked Data and Web 2.0 technologies.

Presentations at several international conferences and his studies enabled him to travel widely including to the US, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Italy, Canada, Belgium, Estonia, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Cyprus, Finland, Mexico, Tanzania and Ethiopia. He collaborated with Dr Anna Maria Tammaro of Parma University on a MOOC course on digital library theory and practice. Getaneh has worked and studied in higher education for more than 15 years including 6 years as a lecturer and Head University Librarian at Mekelle University, Ethiopia and as a research assistant for an EU-funded digital preservation project and part-time tutor both at Portsmouth University.

He is a member of IFLA’s Linked Data Technical Sub-Committee (LIDATEC) and programme chair of International Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research - MTSR-2017 in Tallinn and workshop chair of MTSR-2018 in Cyprus.  He is also an editorial board member of the Journal of Librarianship and Information Scienceand International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies.