Professor Ian Witten
Ian Witten is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Waikato.
An expert in computer software and digital technology, he established New Zealand as an international leader in digital library software now used by the BBC, New York Botanical Gardens and UNESCO.
As Head of the University of Waikato’s New Zealand Digital Library Research Group, Ian oversaw the development of Greenstone Digital Library software, providing ways to organise information and make it available over the internet or on CDs holding the equivalent of about 340kg of books. Greenstone has been adopted in more than 60 countries and used to collate information for disaster relief operations across Latin America, for combatting AIDS in Africa, and for development purposes in French sub-Saharan Africa.