We are delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Panzer as assistant editor of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), effective today. Michael, who from 2002 to 2005 headed the technical team that translated Dewey into German, is the first member of a Dewey translation team to be appointed assistant editor.
Since joining OCLC in 2007, Michael has served as global product manager of taxonomy services at OCLC. Along with colleagues in the OCLC Office of Research, Michael has been heavily involved in representations of the DDC for semantic web applications. His recent focus has been on the development of a prototype Dewey history-of-concepts web service. Michael will continue to serve as a technical advisor to Dewey research projects and web services, but his current business and licensing responsibilities will be assumed by OCLC Dewey product manager Libbie Crawford.
Prior to joining OCLC, Michael worked at Cologne University of Applied Sciences, where he was team leader of CrissCross, a research project funded by the German Research Foundation focused on mapping SWD, DDC, RAMEAU, and LCSH. Michael has an MA from Heinrich Heine University (Düsseldorf) in German Literature with a minor in Information Science. He also attended the University of California, Davis, on a four-month research scholarship.
Michael will continue to be based at OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio. Please join us in congratulating Michael on this important appointment.