Nassib Nassar

Product Manager / Senior Software Engineer


Nassib Nassar is a project/technical lead on FOLIO and serves on the FOLIO Product Council. He also leads research data projects including Glint.

From 2006 to 2013, Nassib was Senior Research Scientist at the Renaissance Computing Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   From 1998 to 2006, he was Founder and President of Etymon Systems, developing and commercializing open source software products and providing consulting services.   Previously Nassib worked at the Clearinghouse for Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval (CNIDR), a research group funded by the National Science Foundation and involved in open source software and open standards for the early Internet.

Representative Work

  • Developed Isearch, one of the first open source search engines, which was widely adopted and resulted in commercial spin-off products in the US and Europe

  • Worked with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to develop their first Internet-based patent search system

  • Developed Etymon PJ, which became the industry standard software library for generating PDF documents in Java, and was commercially licensed by many companies

  • Served as Assistant Director of Informatics at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) based at Duke University

  • Co-developed a large-scale database for high throughput genomic sequencing analysis in medical genetics

  • Consulted on clinical and medical research databases for hospitals

  • Co-developed a prototype multithreading runtime system for high core count microprocessors in C and assembly language

  • Contributed software to the Internet in a Box, one of the first software products that brought the Internet to the general public


  • DataONE Metadata Working Group, 2012-2016

  • NESCent Working Group on Building Non-model Species Genome Curation Communities, 2012-2015

  • Program Committee, International Workshop on Information Retrieval in Peer-to-Peer Networks (P2PIR), ACM CIKM 2006, Arlington, VA.

  • Program Committee, Heterogeneous and Distributed Information Retrieval Workshop (HDIR), ACM SIGIR 2005, Salvador, Brazil.

  • Co-Chair, Grid Information Retrieval Working Group, Open Grid Forum, 2003-2009.

  • Co-Founder, Triangle Linux Users Group (TriLUG)

  • Referee for National Science Foundation grant proposal reviews

  • Referee for Information Processing & Management


  • Nassar N.  2016.  Rethinking library services: software infrastructure to stimulate innovation and collaboration.  Presented at the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Spring 2016, San Antonio, TX.

  • Greenberg J, Murillo A, Kunze J, Callaghan S, Guralnick R, Nassar N, Ram K, Janee G, Patton C.  2013.  Metadictionary: advocating for a community-driven metadata vocabulary application.  Proceedings of the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, Lisbon, Portugal, September, 2013.

  • Nassar N.  2012.  Managing the long tail of science (panel).  Presented at the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) conference, Chicago, IL, July, 2012.

  • Berg JS, Adams M, Nassar N, Bizon C, Lee K, Schmitt CP, Wilhelmsen KC, and Evans JP.  2012.  An informatics approach to analyzing the incidentalome.  Genetics in Medicine, September, 2012.

  • Porterfield A, Nassar N, and Fowler R.  2009.  Multi-threaded library for many-core systems.  2009 IEEE International Symposium on Parallel & Distributed Processing, 1-8.

  • Nassar N, Kunze J, Newby GB, and Gamiel K.  2009.  Sarcomere: a system for data interoperability (poster).  Presented at the 5th International Digital Curation Conference, London, England, December, 2009.

  • Nassar N.  2005.  Amberfish at the TREC 2004 terabyte track.  In The Thirteenth Text Retrieval Conference Proceedings, E. M. Voorhees and L. P. Buckland, Eds.  National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication, US Department of Commerce, Gaithersburg, MD.

  • Nassar N.  1998.  Automating PDF objects for interactive publishing, Web Techniques 3, 10 (Oct.), 61-65.

  • Nassar N.  1997.  Searching with Isearch, Web Techniques 2, 5 (May), 51-55.

  • Gamiel K and Nassar N.  1995.  Structural components of the Isite information system.  In Z39.50 Implementation Experiences, P. Over, R. Denenberg, W. E. Moen, and L. Stovel, Eds. National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 500-229, US Department of Commerce, Gaithersburg, MD, 71-74.