Katherine W. (Cochrane) Prawl
Founder and President of The CD-Info Company, Katherine was active in the CD industry from around 1989 to 2006. She has written articles for several industry publications, including Metatec's Nautilus CD-ROM Multimedia magazine, CD-ROM Professional (now eMedia Professional), Tape/Disc Business magazine and medialine. In 1992 she opened The One-Off CD Shop MidSouth, Inc., the first U.S. licensee of The One-Off CD Shop, Inc. of Calgary, AB Canada. In mid-1995 that company's name was changed to The CD-Info Company, and the type of business changed from CD recording services to electronic and print publishing and consulting about Compact Disc industry, technology and applications.
Along with eBook, CD-ROM, DVD and Web authoring & publishing, and writing about electronic publishing, Katherine participates in seminars and conferences and was a working member of the IT9-5 technical committee. She is an invited member of the Gerson Lehrman Group's Council of Communications & Technology Advisors, and she is also represented by the Silicon Valley Expert Witness Group. She served as a member of the SIGCAT Technical Advisory Group for their initial CD-R testing project. An independent technologist and amateur historian, she is available for consultations and speaking engagements about CD-R/DVD-R and CD-ROM/DVD production, electronic publishing and the CD/DVD industry.
Katherine has been deeply involved in the developing field of Virtual Worlds. She has a technical blog that includes articles on the topic, and has been active in SecondLife™, where she is co-founder of the International Spaceflight Museum and The SciLands, a consortium devoted to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach and education.
Katherine presently lives near Fischer, Texas USA.