Meet the EContent 100 Judging Team

Dec 01, 2008

December 2008 Issue

Robert J. Boeri is a senior business systems analyst and project manager at the PCAOB. He has more than 30 year’s experience as a publishing and content management systems professional in both the private and public sectors. A recurring theme in these assignments has been a life-cycle approach to system selection and deployment, with a focus on effective, enthusiastic user acceptance. Boeri has been fortunate to witness emerging trends in computer hardware and software, influence those trends, and evaluate them as a journalist in EContent and EMedia magazines. Boeri is a long-term member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a professional member of The Association for Information and Image Management. He completed the National Archives Federal Records Management Training program certification. After hours, he maintains his website ( and two blogs (Content Curmudgeon and Living Without Oil). He holds an undergraduate degree from Lowell Technological Institute and an M.B.A. from Babson College.

Barbara Brynko is currently editorial director of Info-Pro Publications for Information Today, Inc. For the past 4 years, she has been the editor-in-chief of Information Today, where she has also been writing and tracking trends and issues in the information industry. Prior to that, she spent almost 9 years as the editor of Metrocorp Publishing, a custom/specialty magazine publishing firm with titles ranging from travel to home and garden. This publishing pro also spent nearly 8 years in Alaska at The Anchorage Times and as the managing editor of Alaska magazine; prior to that, she worked at Science Digest and SKI magazines in the Big Apple. In between office jobs, Brynko has hung up her own shingle as a freelance writer and editor, tackling a range of business topics, profiles of entrepreneurs, market trends, and travel guides for a variety of publications. She has also pursued book editing on information technology subjects as well as travel guides. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Boston College
and a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University.

Tony Byrne is the founder of CMS Watch, an independent analyst firm that provides vendor-neutral evaluations of content technologies. He founded CMS Watch on the belief that technology analysts should work primarily for system buyers rather than system vendors. Byrne leads a team of analysts who research web content management, enterprise portals, records management, and enterprise search technologies by investigating how the tools are really implemented in production. He also consults with leading global enterprises to help them select and implement the right content technologies. A 17-year technology veteran, Byrne is a former radio reporter, publisher, and international educator. He has headed the engineering and production groups at an IT consulting firm.

Walt Crawford is a writer in Mountain View, Calif. Crawford was a full-time (or almost full-time) professional in library automation from 1968 to  2007, working at RLG from 1979 until June 1996 and on the OCLC-RLG transition through September 2007. Crawford served as president of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, in 1992 and 1993. An award-winning writer and speaker, Crawford has written 16 published books and some 500 articles and columns. He speaks occasionally on the future of libraries and the media and on technology-related topics, with more than 100 speeches to date. Crawford writes the disContent column in EContent magazine and the new Crawford at Large column in ONLINE magazine. He also writes and publishes Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, a web-distributed journal of libraries, policy, technology, and media, which was created in December 2000. He writes a blog called Walt at Random. His most recent books are Balanced Libraries: Thoughts on Continuity and Change and Public Library Blogs: 252 Examples.

Paula J. Hane is news bureau chief for Information Today, Inc. and is responsible for the news coverage on the website. She writes a monthly column for Information Today, as well as feature articles and interviews. She also writes regularly for the enewsletter, NewsLink, and for The CyberSkeptic’s Guide to Internet Research. Hane was the editor of Database magazine (the predecessor of EContent) from 1988 to 1996 and has been with ITI since 1996. She holds a master’s degree in library science and another in English literature. She previously worked as an academic reference librarian. Hane has been an online database searcher since the early 1980s and was an early adopter and promoter of PC and web technologies. Her editing credits include Great Scouts!: CyberGuides for Subject Searching on the Web by Nora Paul and Margot Williams. She is the author of Super Searchers in the News: The Online Secrets of Journalists and News Researchers.

Michelle Manafy currently serves as editorial director, Enterprise Group, for Information Today, Inc. In this role, she is editor-in-chief for EContent, the Intranets newsletter, and the Enterprise Search Sourcebook. She is also the programming chair of Information Today’s Enterprise Search Summits. Prior to joining EContent as editor, Manafy served as associate editor of EMedia magazine. She has written on a variety of technology topics including digital publishing; content development and distribution; streaming media; and audio, video, and storage technologies. Manafy speaks at a variety of technology and publishing industry events and serves as a judge for many content and technology competitions. She has worked in book and magazine publishing for more than 20 years in areas ranging from pop culture to academic nonfiction. She holds a B.A. in journalism from San Francisco State University.

Ron Miller is contributing editor at EContent magazine and staff blogger at, where he writes the TechTreasures by Ron Miller blog. He is also the editor of FierceContentManagement. He regularly contributes to other technology publications. His writing credits include InsideCRM,, PC Magazine Online, Linux Pipeline, Federal Computer Week,, EMedia, Smart Computing, and others. Miller has won several Apex Award for Publication Excellence awards, most recently for his article, "The Truth Is in There: Sleuthing for Data With Digital Forensics."

In addition, Ron is a freelance technical writer and has developed documentation, online help, and web-based and classroom training for corporate clients such as Johnson & Johnson, ING, Bain & Company, D&B, and many others. Miller contributes regularly to his blog, by Ron Miller, where he writes about technology. By Ron Miller was recently named to the Datamation Top 200 Technology Blogs under the Tech Insider section.

Marydee Ojala edits ONLINE: Exploring Technology & Resources for Information Professionals and writes its business research column, The Dollar Sign. She contributes feature articles and news stories to Information Today, Searcher, EContent, Computers in Libraries, Intranets, CyberSkeptic’s Guide to Internet Research, Business Information Review, and Information Today’s NewsBreaks. Her blog is A longtime observer of the information industry, she speaks frequently at conferences, such as Web Search University, Internet Librarian, Online Information (London), Internet Librarian International, and national library meetings outside the U.S. She has adjunct faculty status at the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University-Purdue University–Indianapolis (IUPUI), teaching business information resources. Her professional career began at BankAmerica Corp. in San Francisco, directing a worldwide program of research and information services. She established her independent information research business in 1987. Ojala serves as membership chair for the Indiana chapter of SLA and is treasurer of Indiana Online User Group (IOLUG). Her undergraduate degree is from Brown University and she earned her M.L.S. at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Theresa Regli is principal at CMS Watch, a vendor-independent and buyer-focused content technology analyst firm. A 15-year veteran of working with content technologies, she covers enterprise search, digital asset management, and related technologies and practices. Regli is lead analyst for The Digital Asset Management Report, which evaluates and compares 18 digital asset management vendors head-to-head, and contributing analyst and editor of The Enterprise Search Report. In 2007, Regli led the development of an intensive 4-day training program on Information Organization and Access for AIIM, the ECM Association, which focuses on taxonomy development, metadata, and enterprise search. Previous to her work as an analyst and educator, Regli spent more than 10 years leading content management and search implementations for clients in North America and Europe. She developed taxonomies, content management strategies, CMS-driven websites, and information architecture solutions for several Fortune 100 organizations. Her clients have included Arcapita, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the City of Edmonton, Gillette, Aetna, Harvard Business School of Publishing, HP, and Analog Devices. She holds degrees and certifications in romance languages and linguistics from universities in France, the U.S., and the U.K., and frequently delivers presentations and keynotes at events around the world. 

David Meerman Scott is an online thought leadership and viral marketing strategist. The programs he has developed have won numerous awards and are responsible for selling more than 1 billion dollars in products and services worldwide. He is the bestselling author of The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use News Releases, Blogs, Viral Marketing and Online Media to Reach Buyers Directly (2007) and Cashing in With Content: How Innovative Marketers Use Digital Information to Turn Browsers Into Buyers (2005). For most of his career, Scott worked in the online news business. He was VP of marketing at NewsEdge Corp., and he held executive positions in an electronic information division of Knight Ridder. Scott keynotes dozens of conferences each year and delivers seminars to corporate groups. He has lived in New York, Tokyo, Boston, and Hong Kong and has presented at hundreds of industry conferences and events in more than 20 countries on four continents. Check out his blog at

Peggy Anne Salz is the chief analyst and founder of MSearchGroove, an online network specializing in analysis and commentary on mobile search, mobile advertising, and social media. Her drive to spark debate about issues impacting the industry at all levels has won her international recognition as a brave new voice in the mobile content market. Her report, "Mobile Search & Content Discovery," was regarded as the first in-depth study of its kind, establishing Salz as an authority on mobile search and content discovery technologies, enabling media companies and mobile operators to monetize content and services. She has established a successful writing career based on vision, insight, versatility, and more than 15 years of industry experience. Her work, which includes more than 300 articles on mobile content, has appeared in magazines and online destinations such as The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Mobile Entertainment, Mobile Media, New Media Age, and in the Agile Minds column in EContent magazine, among many more. 

Steve Sieck has more than 25 years of experience helping the world’s leading content and enabling-technology providers develop new products, enter new markets, make strategic investment decisions, and align organizational resources with strategic objectives. Clients have included Reed Elsevier, Thomson, Wolters Kluwer, McGraw-Hill, IDG, CMP Media, Primedia, BellSouth, and IBM. In 2007, Sieck formed SKS Advisors, Inc., an independent consultancy that helps media and information companies accelerate innovation and capitalize more effectively on new business opportunities. Previously, he led the U.S. market entry of EPS, Ltd, a London-based provider of information industry advice, analysis, and industry intelligence. Earlier, he directed the Media & Entertainment practice at ecommerce integrator iXL/Scient and managed critical strategy consulting engagements at PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting Services. He also helped lead interactive media research pioneer, LINK Resources, from small startup to major division of IT industry research leader IDC. Sieck recently served as the elected vice chairman of the SIIA’s Content Division board of directors.

Steve Smith is a digital media consultant, columnist, and writer for a number of publications, including Media and OMMA magazines, Media Industry Newsletter, and Wireless Business Forecast. Throughout the internet bubble years, he wrote and edited "Min’s New Media Report," where he covered new and old media struggling to make their way into a digital world. A recovering academic, he taught media studies at Brown University and the University of Virginia and wrote on the rise of mass media in this century—from silent film to comic strips, newsreels to situation comedy. Smith now focuses on emerging platforms and pens a weekly column on wireless marketing (Mobile Insider) for The self-described "media slut" and "lapsed egghead" is trying to combine his dual identities into writing a book-length study of media fragmentation and changing media usage habits.

Martin White is managing director of Intranet Focus, Ltd. based in Horsham, U.K. An information scientist by profession, White consults on the design and management of intranets and extranets and on the specification and selection of content management and search software.  He is the author of The Content Management Handbook (2005) and Making Search Work (2007). He was the chairman of the Online Information Conference from 1999–2006. He has written the Behind the Firewall column on intranet issues for EContent since 1999 and will write the Eureka! column beginning in 2009. He is also reviews editor and a columnist for the Intranets newsletter. White is a member of the Publications Board of the Royal Society of Chemistry and has been visiting professor in the department of information studies at the University of Sheffield since 2002.

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