Yaşar Tonta is a Professor in the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. His areas of teaching and research are information retrieval, information architecture, information systems design, networked information services, electronic publishing, open access, cultural heritage and bibliometrics. In the past, Professor Tonta served as the founding director of the National Academic Network and Information Center (ULAKBIM) of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), the Chair of the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University, the Chair-elect of the Information Management Committee (IMC) of NATO’s Research & Technology Organization (RTO) and Director of its Lecture Series on Electronic Information Management, and the Deputy Chair of UNESCO Turkey’s Experts Committee of Memory of the World. He has been involved in the projects supported by the European Commission (most recently, MedOANet and PASTEUR4OA) and TUBITAK. His works appeared in a number of professional journals including JASIST and Journal of Informetrics. Professor Tonta served as the editor of Türk Kütüphaneciliği and Bilgi Dünyası and has been in the editorial boards of Information Development and LIBER Quarterly. He is a member of, among others, the Association of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). He (co-)organized several conferences including IMCW, ICKM, ISSI and ELPUB. He advised eight Ph.D. students. Professor Tonta is the recipient of Hacettepe University’s Science Award (2010). He serves as a member of the Science Council of Hacettepe University, and was a visiting professor at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Professor Tonta received his graduate degrees in library and information studies from the University of California at Berkeley (PhD), the University of Wales (MLib), and Hacettepe University (MA).
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