Lee Dirks is the Director for Portfolio Strategy in Microsoft Research Connections, the team within Microsoft Research responsible for working closely with academia and research organizations to help solve some of the world’s most challenging scientific and social problems via collaborative research projects.
A 20+ year veteran across multiple information management fields, Lee holds an M.S.L.S. degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as well as a post-masters degree in Preservation Administration from Columbia University. In addition to past positions at Columbia and with OCLC (Preservation Resources), Lee has held a variety of roles at Microsoft since joining the company in 1996 - namely as the corporate archivist, then corporate librarian, and as a senior manager in the corporate market research organization.
In addition to participation on several (US) National Science Foundation task forces, Lee also teaches as adjunct faculty at the iSchool at the University of Washington, and serves on the advisory boards for the University of Washington Libraries, the UW iSchool's Master of Science in Information Science (MSIM) program and the Metadata Research Center (MRC) at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC at Chapel Hill.
Born in Texas and raised in Louisiana, Lee loves real slow-cooked barbeque and is a rabid college basketball fan. Lee currently lives in the University Park neighborhood in Seattle, WA with his wife and two daughters.
"Microsoft Academic Search: Next-Generation Scholarly Discovery" (slides and audio) at the Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) International Conference 2011 on 9/15/2011 - at Heythrop Park (near Oxford, UK).
"The next generation scholarly communication ecosystem: implications for librarians" at "The 39th LIBER Annual Conference - Re-inventing the Library" at the Aarhus State and University Library (Denmark) on 6/30/10
"Speeding Science -- Microsoft Research Solutions for Data Curation" (slides & video) at the DataCite Summer Meeting June 8th in Hannover, Germany -- hosted by German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB)
The 2010 OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture in Information and Library Science – "The Next Generation Scholarly Communication Ecosystem: Implications for Librarians" at the School of Information & Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (4/13/10)
Science Commons Symposium hosted by Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA on 2/20/10
Presentations at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) on 11/9/09:
"The TEDS Framework for Assessing Information Systems from a Human Actors’ Perspective: Extending and Repurposing Taylor’s Value-Added Model" in The Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology - Volume 62, Issue 4, pages 789–804, April 2011
The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery (Microsoft Research, 2009) - a collection of essays expanding on the vision of pioneering computer scientist Jim Gray -- for a new paradigm of discovery based on data-intensive science
Final Report of The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access -- "Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet: Ensuring Long-Term Access to Digital Information" (Febrary 2010)
"The Coming Revolution in Scholarly Communications and Cyberinfrastructure" in Cybertechnology Watch Quarterly - Vol. 3 No. 3 (August 2007)
University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) School of Information & Library Science (SILS) Board of Visitors, 2009 - present.
University of Washington iSchool MSIM and Informatics Advisory Board, 2007 - present.
National Research Council (NRC) Study Committee on “Future Career Opportunities and Educational Requirement for Digital Curation” undertaken by the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) / Policy and Global Affairs Division (PGAD) / National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Term: December 1, 2011, through December 31, 2013.