Paul Ginsparg, a professor of physics and of computing and information science at Cornell University, has recently applied a variety of computer science and physics-based approaches to questions of aggregation and navigation of networked scholarly resources. As a test bed, he has used the e-print archives (arXiv.org) he created in 1991.
At the Radcliffe Institute, Ginsparg will assess how scholarly communications infrastructure can accommodate a new generation of users who regard Al Gore as a Nobel Prize winner and believe Google invented the Internet.
Ginsparg received a BA in physics from Harvard University and a doctorate in theoretical particle physics from Cornell University. He was a junior fellow and then a faculty member in the physics department at Harvard until 1990 and a staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1990 to 2001. He has served on many committees, including the US National Committee for CODATA, the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed Central national advisory board, and the American Physical Society publications oversight committee. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the Public Library of Science, Fedora Commons, and the Cornell University Library. He has received the PAM Division Award from the Special Libraries Association, the CSE (Council of Science Editors) Award for Meritorious Achievement, and the Paul Evans Peters Award, jointly offered by the Association of Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, and EDUCAUSE. Ginsparg was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2000 and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2002.