Because good research needs good data


Meet the speakers:

Carlos Morais Pires

Carlos will give the welcome address at the Pre-Conference Drinks reception.

Carlos is Scientific Officer at the European Commission, Excellence in Science DG/CONNECT and is coordinating the area of “Scientific Data e-Infrastructures” at the European Commission, DG CONNECT.

He joined the European Commission in 1998 and before that he was lecturing computer networks and signal processing at the technical university in Lisbon. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering.


Dr Ewan Birney

Ewan Birney is Associate Director of the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). He is one of the founders of the Ensembl genome browser and other databases, and has played a key role in many large-scale genomics projects, notably the sequencing of the Human Genome in 2000 and the analysis of genome function in the ENCODE project.

He has been Lead Analysis Coordinator for ENCODE since 2007; he also coordinated data analysis in the "1% Pilot".

Dr Birney has played a vital role in annotating the genome sequences of the human, mouse, chicken and several other organisms; this work has had a profound impact on our understanding of genomic biology. His research group currently focuses on genomic algorithms and inter-individual differences in human and other species.

As Associate Director of EMBL-EBI, Dr Birney shares strategic oversight of EBI services with Rolf Apweiler (Co-Associate Director). EMBL-EBI hosts some of the world’s most important collections of biological data, including DNA sequences, the genomes of animals and plants, three-dimensional molecular structures, data from gene expression experiments, Protein mass spectroscopy, small molecules of biological interest, their drug/protein target interactions and pathways. Many of these resources are developed in close collaboration with our patners at Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Sanger Institute, and Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. The EBI leads the European Elixir project which aims to broaden and deepen these relationships in Europe to provide an stable bioinformatics infrastructure that works well in the national, transnational and international contexts.


Hans Pfeiffenberger

Hans is head of IT infrastructure at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and speaker of the Helmholtz Association's Open Access working groups, where he specializes in access to data.

Hans represents Helmholtz' interest in access to data in various bodies, such as the Priority Initiative "Digital Information" by the Alliance of German Science Organizations and the Alliance for permanent Access (APA).

In 2008, he convinced the publisher Copernicus to start a data publishing journal, Earth System Science Data (ESSD). He is active in a number of Helmholtz- and EU-projects, such as MaNIDA, ODE and APARSEN. He holds a PhD in physics.




Anthony Beitz


Anthony is the General Manager of Monash University’s e-Research Centre. He has extensive experience in the selection, development, deployment, and support of e-Research software infrastructure; especially in research data management. He directs the development and deployment of research data management infrastructure at Monash and has co-authored Monash's research data management strategy.

Before joining the Monash e-Research Centre in 2008, he was a project manager for the DART and ARCHER projects (two key Australian e-Research initiatives which explored and developed infrastructure for research data management).

Prior to his appointment at Monash in 2006, he had over a decade of experience in research and development with Telstra (Australia's major telecommunication provider).



Adam Farquhar

Adam Farquhar is Head of Digital Library Technology at the BL, where he was a lead architect on the BL's Digital Library System, co-founded the Digital Preservation Team, and initiated the BL’s Dataset Programme. He is Co-ordinator and Scientific Director of the EU co-funded Planets project and founder of the Open Planets Foundation. He is President of DataCite, the global data citation initiative and serves on the board of the Digital Preservation Coalition. 

Prior to joining the Library, Adam was the principle knowledge management architect for Schlumberger (1998-2003) and research scientist at the Stanford Knowledge Systems Laboratory (1993-1998). He completed his PhD in Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin (1993). 

Over the past twenty years, his work has focused on improving the ways in which people can represent, find, share, use, exploit, and preserve digitally encoded knowledge.




Paul Miller

Paul is an analyst and consultant, based in the East Yorkshire (UK) market town of Beverley, but working with clients world-wide. He mainly helps clients understand the opportunities (and pitfalls) around cloud computing, big data, and open data, but also podcasts and writes for a number of channels.

His background includes public policy and standards work, several years in management at a UK software company... and a Ph.D in Archaeology.



Patricia Cruse

Patricia is the founding director of the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library and is responsible for all services within UC3.

She works collaboratively with the ten UC campuses to develop sustainable strategies for the curation and preservation of digital content that supports the research, teaching, and learning mission of the University.

Trisha has developed and oversees several of CDL's major initiatives, including the NDIIP-funded Web Archiving Service, micro-services, a new and innovative approach to building infrastructure, the Merritt Repository, and the EZID Service.


Kaitlin Thaney


Kaitlin is Digital Science's Manager of External Partnerships, responsible for the group’s public facing activities and evangelism. She comes from the open science world, most recently serving as manager of the science programs at Creative Commons.

She is passionate about interoperability and using data to better understand and measure, and was named a founding member of the e-infrastructure Leadership Council convened by David Willetts, the UK Minister for universities and science.

Prior to her time at Digital Science and Creative Commons, she worked in education technology, managing communications for a research alliance between MIT and Microsoft. She also spent time at Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a leading First Amendment think tank in DC and prior to that was a reporter for The Boston Globe.


Stephanie Wright

Stephanie is currently the Data Services Coordinator at the University of Washington Libraries, responsible for developing and implementing a data services program to support the research data management needs of UW faculty and students. Her focus is to promote collaboration on data management resource development, service provision and education which she does by building relationships between the Libraries and research data-related entities both on and off-campus.

Prior to delving into data services, she worked at the University of Washington both as a science librarian and as the Management Information Librarian in the Office of Assessment and Planning.

Before joining the UW as a librarian, she worked in libraries all over the United States as a trainer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's U.S. Library Program.


Louise Corti

Louise is an Associate Director and heads the UK Data Service functional areas of Collections Development and Producer Relations.

The Collections Development team work to ensure that the most useful data are acquired and made available via the Service, using robust appraisal criteria. The Producer Relations arm works with data producers to ensure that high quality data are created and can be shared in a timely manner, and continues to provide guidance and capacity building in best practices in managing and sharing social science data.

Louise leads the new Digital Futures project, which is a culmination of bringing together digitally enhanced high quality older data sources with high profile users. She also coordinates the international working group on metadata standards for qualitative data.



Scott Edmunds

After training in Biochemistry from Imperial College, and a PhD on the Molecular Pathology of Ocular Melanoma at the Royal London Hospital his research mainly focused on Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology.

After postdoctoral positions on Cancer Molecular Pathology at the WHO International Agency for Research in Cancer in Lyon and Institute of Cell and Molecular Sciences in London (Queen Mary) he was senior scientific editor for the BMC Genomics and Bioinformatics journals at BioMed Central before moving in 2010 to Shenzhen/Hong Kong to set up the GigaScience journal and GigaDB database for the BGI (the worlds largest genomic organisation).

Working with the British Library and DataCite, GigaScience published its first data (the genome of the deadly German outbreak strain of E. coli) in June 2011, and is currently developing an integrated data analysis platform to enable publication of executable papers.


Francine Bennett



Francine is a data scientist, and is the CEO and cofounder of Mastodon C. Mastodon C are agile big data specialists, who offer the open source technology platform and the technical and analytical skills which help companies realise the potential of their data.

Before founding Mastodon C, she spent a number of years working on big data analysis for search engines, helping them to turn lots of data into even more money. 

She enjoys good coffee, running, sleeping as much as possible, and exploring large datasets.



Clifford Lynch


Clifford has led the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the intelligent uses of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual life. CNI’s wide-ranging agenda includes work in digital preservation, data intensive scholarship, teaching, learning and technology, and infrastructure and standards development.

Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley’s School of Information. He is both a past president and recipient of the Award of Merit of the American Society for Information, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization. 

In 2011 he was appointed co-chair of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI); he serves on numerous advisory boards and visiting committees. His work has been recognized by the American Library Association’s Lippincott Award, the EDUCAUSE Leadership Award in Public Policy and Practice, and the American Society for Engineering Education’s Homer Bernhardt Award.


Herbert Van de Sompel


Herbert graduated in Mathematics and Computer Science at Ghent University (Belgium), and in 2000 obtained a Ph.D. in Communication Science there. For many years, he headed Library Automation at Ghent University.

After leaving Ghent in 2000, he was Visiting Professor in Computer Science at Cornell University, and Director of e-Strategy and Programmes at the British Library.

Currently, he is the team leader of the Prototyping Team at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Team does research regarding various aspects of scholarly communication in the digital age, including information infrastructure, interoperability, digital preservation and indicators for the assessment of the quality of units of scholarly communication.

Herbert has played a major role in creating the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), the Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse & Exchange specifications (OAI-ORE), the OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services, the SFX linking server, the bX scholarly recommender service, and info URI.

Currently, he works with his team on the Open Annotation, Memento (time travel for the Web), and ResourceSync projects.

Juan Bicarregui

Juan is Head of the Data Services Division in the Scientific Computing Department at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) where his responsibilities are in the management of large volumes of scientific data which are created at the STFC facilities.

He has also played a key role in definition of UK Research Council policy on scientific data. He is coordinator of the PaNdata collaboration developing a shared e-Infrastructure across 13 major European Photon and Neutron laboratories and is deputy chair of the Alliance Permanent Access and a director of the Digital Preservation Coalition. 

He is a member of the Steering Group of the Research Data Alliance.