Because good research needs good data


Meet our IDCC16 Speakers

Hilde van Wijngaarden

Hilde is responsible for education- and research support at the library of the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. She holds this position since recently, after four years as head of the Library of the University of Applied Sciences. Hilde is a member of the advisory board for the Dutch Knowledge Infrastructure for Applies Sciences, chair of the Working group for Libraries and Open and Online Education and writes and presents about research support, open access and open education. Before she started in Amsterdam in May 2011, Hilde worked at the National Library of the Netherlands (KB). Between 2002 and 2011, she held different positions, among which Head of Digital Preservation and Head of the Processing Division. She was one of the initiators of the Planets project, member of the board of the IIPC and very active in the international digital preservation community.

Hilde will be giving the Welcome at the Pre-Conference Drinks Reception at the Eye Film Institute


Barend Mons

Barend is Professor of BioSemantics and founder of the BioSemantics group at the Leiden University Medical School (LUMC).

Next to his leading role in the research of the group, Barend plays a leading role in the international development of ‘data stewardship’ for biomedical data. For instance, he is head-of-node of Elixir-NL. Elixir is a pan-European project to develop and foster bioinformatics infrastructure across the member states. The focus of the contribution of the BioSemantics group is on developing an interoperability backbone for biomedical applications in general and rare disease in particular.

Barend will be delivering the Opening Keynote on Tuesday 23 Februray.


Susan Halford

Susan is Professor of Sociology and a Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton. 

A  Geographer by training and an organizational sociologist for many years, her recent research focusses on the politics of digital data and artefacts, with particular attention to questions of method and expertise. Susan is partiularly interested in how computational processes shape the curationof digital data and has recently explored this along two dimensions (1) the impact of computational processes on knowledge - what can be known, by whom and how - and, in turn, the implications for expertise and the future of academic disciplines (see for example Halford et al 2013 Digital Futures: sociological challenges and opportunities in the emergent semantic web); and (2) the question of data provenance and applied methods of data analysus, specifically in relation to social media data (see Tinati et al 2014 Big Data: methodological challenges and approaches for sociological analysis).

Throughout her work Susan is concerned to harness sociological critiques of digital data and infrastructures to develop constructive and progressive engagement between the social and computational sciences. She is also actively involved in current debates around the ethics of big data, particularly social media data and is currently chairing the revision of the 'digital sociology' ethics guidelines for the British Sociological Association.

Susan will be delivering the Opening Keynote on Wednesday 24 February.

Andrew Sallans

 Andrew received master’s degrees in Library and Information Studies and in the Management of Information Technology.  He has over a decade of experience developing and managing research data services, initially in academic libraries and more recently in a non-profit, tech startup called the Center for Open Science (COS).  He has held leadership roles among a number of multi-institutional research data projects, including the DMPTool and the DataONE Users Group.  At COS he focuses on developing partnerships and collaborations with others in the community around COS products and services, including the free, open source Open Science Framework.

Andrew will be speaking on Tuesday 23 February in the lead up to the Open Data Panel.


Phil Archer

Phil joined the W3C staff in February 2009 after many years representing one of its member organisations. Chair of the POWDER Working Group, whose standards form part of the Semantic Web technology suite, he was also an original member of the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group and was editor or acknowledged contributor to 6 of that group's publications.
In 2010 he switched focus to eGovernment and open data, in particular on improving interoperability between data sets whilst advocating the principles and return on investment available through the open data movement. In December 2013 he became Data Activity Lead, coordinating W3C's work in the Semantic Web and related technologies.
As well as work at the W3C, his career has encompassed broadcasting, teaching, linked data publishing, copy writing, and, perhaps incongruously, countryside conservation. The common thread throughout has been a knack for communication, particularly communicating complex technical ideas to a more general audience.

Phil will be the Moderator of the Open Data Panel on Tuesday 23 February.

Fiona Neilsen

Fiona Nielsen, founder and CEO of DNAdigest and Repositive, is a bioinformatics scientist with a background in software development. She has 15 years of experience in software development ranging from web applications to scientific tools for genetic analysis.

Fiona experienced first-hand the disconnect between the amount of genetic data generated versus the amount of data available for research, through her work in both academia and industry. Whilst working as a Bioinformatician in industry, she recognised that much the human genomic data produced was of immense value in diagnosis of diseases, pharmaceutical discovery and research, but could never be shared because no tools existed to share this information whilst maintaining data confidentiality and privacy in an easy and efficient way.

She became increasingly frustrated that the knowledge carried in the huge quantities of data that she generated and analysed – often related directly to specific diseases –was, effectively, wasted. Realising the urgency for data access to enable diagnostics, she left her job at Illumina to change the status quo and founded DNAdigest as a charity and Repositive as a social enterprise to enable faster and more efficient ethical data sharing for genetics.

In 2015 Fiona was an invited speaker for the International Conference of Genomics by BGI in the Community Genomes track, she was a panelist at the BioData World Congress and she was featured as a Rising Star in the Movers and Shakers of BioBusiness at the BioBeat conference in Cambridge, UK.

Fiona will be a member of the Open Data Panel on Tuesday 23 February.

Marta Hoffman-Sommer

Marta has an academic background in molecular biology. She has earned a PhD in biochemistry from the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw and worked as a postdoc researcher in the Theoretical Biophysics Group at the Humboldt-University in Berlin. She later moved to the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ICM) at the University of Warsaw, where she is a staff member of the Open Science Platform. She is responsible for the Repository for Open Data – RepOD – a service for the Polish academic community, and is engaged in other projects related to open access to research outputs and opening of research data. She also teaches Research Data Management.

As a member of the Open Science Platform, Marta represents the National Open Access Desk (NOAD) of the OpenAIRE 2020 project in Poland

Marta will be a member of the Open Data Panel on Tuesday 23 February.


Jeroen Rombouts

Jeroen Is currently director of the 3TU.Datacentrum, an initiative of the 3 Dutch Universities of Technology to support Research Data Management (RDM) and secure long term usability, findability and access to important research results. He’s also a member of the Research Data Netherlands (RDNL) board and steering committee, the DataverseNL Advisory board and chair of SURF Special Interest Group on Research Data. 
Some other expert and working groups he is or has been participating, for the TU Delft Library or 3TU.Datacentrum,  are the editorial board of the International Journal for Digital Curation, the UKB Working Group on Research Data, Expert groups of Knowledge Exchange, LIBER and APARSEN. Before his current job he has been project manager for amongst others DataCite (Netherlands) and Advanced Networking he was relation manager for accounts within the Delft University of Technology as wel as other organisations.

Jeroen will be a member of the Open Data Panel on Tuesday 23 February.


Tom Ingraham

Tom is Publishing Editor at Open Life Science publishing platform F1000Research and is the lead on both their Open Data-orientated projects and external collaborations. He helped give life to the first ‘living figure’ and is currently involved in several Open Data initiatives including the Giving Researchers Credit for their Data (University of Oxford-led), DataSHIELD (Bristol University-led) and is member of the SAVE-SD 2016 Program Committee.

Tom will be a member of the Open Data Panel on Tuesday 23 February.