Head of the Max Planck Open Access Unit Dr. Christoph Bruch, born 1963, lives in Berlin. He studied political sciences at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and Free University Berlin. He wrote his doctoral thesis about the US Federal Freedom of Information Act. After professional positions with Free University Berlin und German Institute for Urban Studies he worked as freelance consultant and Journalist advocating access laws and laws regulating direct democracy in Germany. On the international level he was involved in the "UN World Summit on the Information Society" as a representative of the German Civil Liberties Union and temporarily as a member of the German Government delegation. In the ongoing post summit process he has been appointed ’lead moderator’ for the topic “Preservation of Scientific Data". In spring of 2007 he joined Max Planck Digital Library to become ’Head of Open Access’. He is member of the board of trustees of several NGOs, e.g Foundation "House of Democracy and Human Rights" (Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte, www.hausderdemokratie.de), More Democracy (Mehr Demokratie, http://www.mehr-demokratie.de/).