Meet the EContent 100 Judging Team

Robert J. Boeri has over 30 years of experience as a publishing and content management professional, with recent special emphasis on XML systems. Boeri has worked in many industries with IT content management systems, as an individual contributor, manager, consultant, and journalist. Boeri has been fortunate to witness emerging trends in computer hardware and software systems throughout his career and not just cover them, but use them and influence their evolution. For relaxation when the inbox is empty, Boeri gardens, brews wine and beer in his nanobrewery, and sings baritone in a local church choir.

Ron Miller has been writing about technology since 1988. He has written dozens of articles covering enterprise, small business, and consumer issues. He is a contributing editor of EContent, the "Random Access" columnist for BusinessWeek SmallBiz, and regularly contributes case studies to eWeek. His writing credits also include PC Magazine Online, Linux Pipeline, Federal Computer Week,, EMedia, Smart Computing, and others. Ron won a 2006 Apex Award for Publication Excellence for his June 2005 EContent article, "Journalism Returns to its Grassroots." 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, Dun & Bradstreet, and many others. Ron contributes regularly to his blog, by Ron Miller, where he writes about technology and his recent articles.

Tony Byrne is the founder of CMS Watch, an independent analyst firm that provides vendor-neutral evaluations of content technologies. Tony founded CMS Watch on the belief that technology analysts should work primarily for system buyers rather than system vendors. He 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, Tony is a former radio reporter, publisher, and international educator, and has headed the Engineering and Production groups at an IT consulting firm.

Walt Crawford is a systems analyst at OCLC in Mountain View, California. Crawford has been a full-time (or almost full-time) professional in library automation since 1968—having worked at RLG from 1979 until June 2006. He is currently working on transition and integration issues for OCLC-RLG. Crawford was president of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, in 1992 and '93. An award-winning writer and speaker, Crawford has written 14 published books and more than 400 articles and columns. He speaks occasionally on the future of libraries and media, and on technology-related topics, with more than a hundred speeches to date. Crawford writes the "disContent" column in EContent magazine and the "PC Monitor" 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 began in December 2000. He writes a blog, called Walt at Random, and his most recent book is First Have Something to Say: Writing for the Library Profession (ALA Editions, 2003).

After earning a Ph.D from Harvard in 1968, Bob Doyle spent much of his life building and professionalizing low-cost communications tools. These include: Super8 Sound, the lowest-cost film medium, in the 1970s; MacPublisher, the first desktop publishing tool, in the '80s; desktop video production in the '90s; and skyBuilders web publishing, which helped create the first podcast in 2003. Bob was a founding board member and first executive director of the CM Professionals community of practice. He edits several content management-related websites:,,,,,, and Doyle also runs the major mailing lists for the CMS community: CMS, CMS-PR, ContentManagers, and CMPROS (a members-only list). Doyle is CEO of, which hosts more than 100 websites, mostly for non-profit organizations in the Boston area. He is currently developing an open-source small-enterprise information management system with his son Derek.

Prior to joining EContent as editor, Michelle Manafy was associate editor of EMedia magazine, where she specialized in author acquisitions and editorial development. Michelle has written on a variety of technology topics including: content development and distribution; streaming media; and audio, video, and storage technologies. She is the editor of the newsletter Intranets: Enterprise Strategies and Solutions, co-editor of The Enterprise Search Sourcebook, and edited the book Cashing In With Content: How Innovative Marketers Use Digital Information to Turn Browsers into Buyers. An avid snowboarder, Manafy has worked in book and magazine publishing for almost 20 years in areas ranging from pop culture to academic nonfiction, and holds a B.A. in journalism from San Francisco State University.

Paula J. Hane is news bureau chief for Information Today, Inc. (ITI), and is responsible for the news coverage on the site. 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 in library science and another in English literature, and previously worked as an academic reference librarian. She's been an online database searcher since the early 1980s and was an early adopter and promoter of PC and web technologies. She edited Great Scouts!: CyberGuides for Subject Searching on the Web, by Nora Paul and Margot Williams, and is the author of Super Searchers in the News: The Online Secrets of Journalists and News Researchers.

Marydee Ojala edits ONLINE: The Leading Magazine 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, The CyberSkeptic's Guide to the Internet, Business Information Review, and Information Today's NewsBreaks. Her blog can be found at She speaks at conferences, such as WebSearch University, Internet Librarian, Online Information (London, UK), Internet Librarian International, and national library meetings outside the United States. She has adjunct faculty status at the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) teaching business information resources. She established her independent information research business in 1987. She 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 a master's in library science at the University of Pittsburgh.

Barbara Brynko is currently editorial director of Info-Pro Publications for Information Today, Inc. For the past two 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 nine 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 eight years in Alaska at The Anchorage Times and as the managing editor of Alaska magazine; and prior to that worked at Science Digest and SKI magazines in the Big Apple. In between office jobs, she 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 in English literature from Boston College and a master's in journalism from Syracuse University.

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 and the University of Virginia, and has written 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.

David Meerman Scott is a writer, consultant, conference speaker, and seminar leader. His book, Cashing In With Content: How Innovative Marketers Use Digital Information to Turn Browsers Into Buyers, is a riff on using web content to drive revenue and other action from website visitors. He is currently at work on a new book: The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to use news releases, blogs, viral marketing and online media to reach buyers directly, to be published by Wiley in late 2007. In his consulting work, Scott specializes in using online content to market products to demanding customers worldwide. He is an instructor for Pragmatic Marketing's Effective Product Marketing seminar, which helps technology companies become market-driven. He has lived and worked in New York, Tokyo, Boston, and Hong Kong, and has presented at industry conferences and events in over twenty countries on four continents. Read his blog at

Martin White is managing director of Intranet Focus Ltd., based in Horsham, UK. Martin 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 (published by Facet Publishing in 2005) and his second book, Making Search Work, will be published by Facet in early 2007. He has been the Chairman of the Online Information Conference since 2000 and has written the "Behind the Firewall" column on intranet issues for EContent since 1999. He is also reviews editor and a columnist for the Intranets newsletter. White is a non-executive board member of both CABI and the Royal Society of Chemistry. This year his consulting work has taken him to Australia, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, the UK, and the United States.

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