Lisa Dawn Colvin

Affiliation: California Digital Library, University of California, Office of the President

Sector: Library, Archive, Museum, Sciences, Humanities, Government (incl National and State libraries and archives) , Academic, Research

Country: United States


Lisa has been developing large-scale ontologies and semantic-based applications for over 15 years. Prior to joining CDL, she developed data architecture standards for naming, identification and metadata for the NASA Constellation Program. Her interest in ontologies began with her work as a computational linguist on the first attempt to formalize common-sense knowledge in a multi-contextual knowledge base, the CYC project at Cycorp.

Related Projects:
Lisa is project architect for the Unified Digital Format Registry project (UDFR,, which is developing a reliable, sustainable, and publicly available semantic knowledge base of file format representation information for use by the international digital curation, preservation, and repository communities. The project seeks to consolidate the function and data holdings of the existing PRONOM ( and GDFR (Global Digital Format Registry, registries into a common, community-supported, open source platform supporting linked data. The project is funded by the Library of Congress as part of its National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program.

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