Besiki Stvilia received both his M.S. and his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Tbilisi State University, Georgia. He studies and teaches about Metadata and Knowledge Organization, Information and Data Quality Assurance, Digital Data Curation, and Social Informatics. In particular, he studies collaborative work organization and data practices in various communities and develops models for information and data quality measurement, dynamics and intervention.