Bruce Caron, the founder and current executive director of the New Media Studio and the New Media Research Institute, is trained as a social anthropologist and an urban cultural geographer. He has a wide-ranging academic background in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. He has been active in issues of digital libraries and the theory of digital media for several years. He has held a senior management position at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Director of Development for the College of Engineering in the 1980s. He has served as the president of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners. He was a founder and first board chair of the Foundation for Earth Science in Washington DC. He is skilled in a variety of multimedia authoring tools. He has experience as a programmer, database manager, graphic designer, videographer, and project manager. Through the New Media Studio, he is realizing the goal of bringing new tools and skills to the public to help democratize the technological advantages of the digital revolution. He has taught at colleges and universities in Japan, and at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California. For ten years he was a contributing editor of the Kyoto Journal. He is a member of the user working group for SEDAC (Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center) at Columbia University. He is a past Chair of the Digital Library for Earth System Education Data Access Working Group, and an elected member of the NSDL Policy Committee. He is a U.S. citizen.