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Executive Committee 2014-2016

Executive Committee 2014-2016


Professor Geoffrey Boulton (UK)

President 2014-2018

Professor Geoffrey Boulton (UK)is Regius Professor of Geology Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh, and former Vice Principal of the University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scotland’s national academy). He is a member of the Council of the Royal Society, chairs its Science Policy Centre, was principal author of its influential report Science as an Open Enterprise. Building on the recommendations of this report, he was responsible for creating the UK Research Data Forum and is a member of the UK Government’s Research Transparency Board. He is President of the Scottish Association for Marine Science and until recently was a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, the UK’s top-level science policy body. He has been a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and the Natural Environment Research Council, chairing its Earth Science and Technology Board and its Polar Science Board. He has been the UK representative to the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and to the International Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA).

His research is in the fields of environmental geology and glaciology, frequently involving large and diverse data volumes, and he currently leads a major project on the Antarctic Ice Sheet. National and international awards for his science include the Kirk Bryan Award of the Geological Society of America, the Seligman Crystal of the International Glaciological Society, the Lyell Medal of the Geological Society, the Royal Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, the Croll Medal of the Quaternary Research Association, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Heidelberg, Chalmers University, Birmingham and Keele.

Professional Details: School of GeoSciences (University of Edinburgh); ResearchGate.


Professor Guo Huadong, CODATA PresidentProfessor GUO Huadong (China)

Past-President 2014-2016

Professor Guo Huadong is Director-General of the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), an Academician of CAS, and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS). As well as serving as Past-President of CODATA, Prof. Guo is Director of the International Center on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage under the Auspices of UNESCO, Scientific Committee Member of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme, Secretary-General of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Digital Earth (IJDE) published by Taylor & Francis. He has over thirty years of experience in remote sensing, specializing in radar for Earth observation and remote sensing applications, and has been involved in research on Digital Earth since the end of the last century. He has been Principle Investigator for over twenty major national projects or programs in China, and Principle Investigator for seven international radar remote sensing projects. He was appointed to the position of “Chief Scientist of the National Expert Committee for Information Acquisition and Processing Technology”. Currently, he is the project Principal Scientist of Earth observation for Global Environmental Change, one of China’s national basic research programs. Prof. Guo has published more than four-hundred papers and sixteen books, and is the principal awardee of thirteen national and CAS prizes, one being “National Outstanding Expert”, awarded by the State Council of China.

Professional Details:
Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE, Chinese Academy of Sciences);
Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (Chinese Academy of Sciences), LinkedIn.

Contact Details: Institute of Remote sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), No.9 Dengzhuang South Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100094, China


Niv AhituvProf. Niv AHITUV (Israel)

Vice-President 2014-2018

Dean of School of Hi-Tech Studies at the College for Academic Studies and Professor Emeritus of Tel Aviv University, Israel.  Niv Ahituv is a Professor Emeritus at Tel Aviv University, and the the Dean of Dan School of Hi-Tech Studies at the College for Academic Studies. From 1989 to 1994 he served as the Dean of Graduate School of Business Administration and from 1999 to 2002 he served as Vice President and Director General (CEO) of Tel Aviv University. In 2005 he was awarded a Life Time Achievement Award by The Israeli Association for Information Technology. He represented the Israeli Government in UNESCO in issues related to Information Technology from 1997 until 2011. His main areas of interest are: information economics, IT strategy and management, social and business implications of the Internet. On the latter issue he published a book (in Hebrew) in 2001 entitled “A World without Secrets: on the Open Information Society”. He holds degrees of B.Sc. in Mathematics, MBA, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Information Systems Management.

Professional Details:; ResearchGate; LinkedIn.

Professor Takashi GojoboriProf. Takashi GOJOBORI (Japan)

Vice President 2010-2018

Takashi Gojobori is a Vice-Director of the National Institute of Genetics (NIG) and Professor at the Center for Information Biology and DNA Data Bank of Japan (DDBJ) in NIG, Mishima, Japan. He has more than 370 publications in peer-reviewed international journals on comparative and evolutionary genomics. He has also contributed to the DDBJ/GenBank/EMBL database construction as well as the H-Invitational human gene database. After finishing his Ph.D. (1979) at Kyushu University, Japan, he was Research Associate and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Houston for 4 years (1979-1983). He has also been Visiting Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis (1985, 1986) and a Visiting Research Fellow at Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) in London (1989).

He received The Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Government of Japan in 2009. He has also been an Academician member of the Pontifical Academy of Science in Vatican (2007) and a Foreign Honorary Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006) and as a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2006). He has received the Salvatore Gold Medal from Italy (2004) and many other recognitions of his achievements in Japan.

Professional Details: Google Scholar; LinkedIn.

Contact Details: 1111 Yata, Mishima, Shizuoka 411-8540, Japan

Secretary General

Sara Graves, CODATA Secretary GeneralDr. Sara GRAVES (USA)

Secretary General 2012-2016

Dr. Sara James Graves is the Director of the Information Technology and Systems Center; the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees University Professor; and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. As well as being Secretary General of CODATA, her current service includes the National Academy of Sciences Board on Research Data and Information; the Science Advisory Board for the Oak Ridge Climate Change Science Institute; the Board of Trustees for the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA); and the Executive Committee of the Earth Science Information Partners Federation (ESIP). Dr. Graves directs research and development in Big Data analytics and visualization, semantic technologies, data mining and knowledge discovery, and sustainable software infrastructures. Her degrees are in Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences, and she has served as chair or member of over 100 Ph.D. and M.S. committees.

Professional Details: Information Technology and Systems Center (The University of Alabama in Huntsville); LinkedIn.

Contact Details: Director, Information Technology and Systems Center, The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), Huntsville, Alabama 35899


John Broome, CODATA TreasurerJohn BROOME (Canada)

Treasurer 2012-2016

Data Policy and Strategy Expert, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Mr. Broome has over 30 years experience in government and the private sector in the areas of geophysical modeling and imaging, GIS, data architecture, web mapping, and scientific data stewardship and policy. He worked in geophysical consulting industry until 1983 when he joined the Geological Survey of Canada where he held a series of positions ranging from the application of computer technology and GIS for geoscience interpretation to the policies and standards necessary for the integration, management, and dissemination of digital scientific data and publications.

Mr. Broome is an active member of international groups focused on improving the management and accessibility of digital scientific and geospatial data, a Champion of the OneGeology-International initiative to make geological maps accessible online, and past Chair of the Canadian National Committee for CODATA.

Professional Details: LinkedIn.

Executive Committee Members 2014 – 2016

Sarah CALLAGHAN (Ireland)

Executive Committee Member ex officio as Editor-in-Chief, Data Science Journal

Dr Sarah Callaghan is the Editor-in-Chief of the Data Science Journal. Her research background is in radio propagation, mixed with atmospheric science, and she is a recognised international expert in academic publication, particularly for the publication of non-traditional research outputs such as data.

She is a senior scientific researcher and project manager for the British Atmospheric Data Centre, part of the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA), at STFC Rutherford Appleton, UK. She currently project manages several large scale projects including the EU FP7 project CLIPC and internal JASMIN super-compute cluster development and operations. She is Communications Manager for the NERC Data Operations Group – working with members of the other NERC data centres, and is also a co-chair of the RDA-WDS Working Group on Publishing Data Bibliometrics. Previously she project-managed Metafor, an EU FP7 project devoted to collecting and standardising the metadata required for the 5th Climate Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5), which fed into the production of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report.

She has experience of both creating and managing large datasets, and so understands well the frustrations that scientists can experience as a result of dealing with data!

Professional Details: ORCID; ReseachGate; Google Scholar; LinkedIn.

Bonnie CarrollBonnie CARROLL (USA)

Executive Committee Member 2012-2016

Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Knowledge Officer Information International Associates, Inc. As founder of Information International Associates and Chairman of the Board, Bonnie Carroll brings a cross-cutting vision of information and data management, policy, and technology to a small business that provides information management and technology services to government and industry. Her leadership roles outside of the corporate structure put her at the forefront of strategic futures for information management. Carroll is Executive Director of CENDI, the federal scientific and technical information managers’ group, and has been a consultant to a number of federal science mission agencies. She serves on the National Academy of Science and the National Research Council’s Board of Research Data and Information. She has served as President of the American Society for Information Science & Technology and as Chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Section on Information, Computing and Communications. Carroll served as the first Executive Secretary for two White House Science Office Interagency Working Groups dealing with scientific data:  the Interagency Working Group for Digital Data (IWGDD) and the Biodiversity and Ecosystems Informatics (BioEco) Working Group. In 2004, she received the Federal 100 Award for contributions to federal Information Technology (IT) developments. Ms. Carroll was a co-recipient of the 2011 international Grey Literature Award.  She participated in the publishing of two major US reports dealing with scientific data:  Harnessing the Power of Digital Data for Science and Society and Harnessing the Power of Digital Data: Taking the Next Step. Scientific Data Management (SDM) for Government Agencies: Workshop to Improve SDM. Additionally, Ms. Carroll is on the editorial board for the journal Information Services and Use. Carroll has also been a consultant to foreign and international organizations including the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Kingdom of Jordan, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information.

Professional Details: LinkedIn.

Dr. Anil Kumar (India)

Executive Committee Member 2014-2016

Anil Kumar is Chairman of the Physical and Materials Chemistry Division of National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India. He is a J C Bose National Fellow of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi.

His main work is the areas of materials, thermodynamic data of biologically active molecules, modelling of a large body of such data. He has been active in the CODATA activities since 1998.  He devotes his time to developing and educating people in collecting reliable data that can stand the test of time and he has amassed over 30 years of experience in this endeavour.

Anil’s contribution has been recognized through his election to the Fellowship of Indian National Science Academy (INSA) New Delhi, Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc) Bangalore and National Academy of Sciences of India (NASI) Allahabad.  During his elected tenure of vice-President of NASI, Allahabad, he devoted his time to analysing information and data on materials.  He is a receipient of several highly-prized awards, including Homi Bhabha Gold Medal, Federation of Chambers of Commerce (FICCI) award to name a few.

Anil currently serves the National Committee on CODATA at INSA, New Delhi.

Professional Details: National Chemical Laboratory (Pune, India); ResearchGate.

Paul Laughton (South Africa)

Executive Committee Member 2014-2016

Chair of the South African CODATA Committee.  Currently I am a senior lecturer at the Department of the University of Johannesburg at the Department of Information and Knowledge Management. My research interests include data duration and data policy. Through my work I have been exposed to some of the challenges and issues we are facing regarding the management of research data. I am the newly elected chair of the South African CODATA committee, and I am passionate and insistent on taking up the challenge set out by those who served before me. I have been very actively involved with the CODATA “Young Scientists” or as we are referred to now as the “Early Career Data Professionals (ECDP)”, since Kiev CODATA conference in 2006 I have been working to improve the involvement of early career data professionals in CODATA.

Professional Details: University of Johannesburg; ORCID; Google Scholar; ResearchGate;; LinkedIn.

DT LeeDr. Der-Tsai LEE (Academy of Sciences located in Taipei, China)

Executive Committee Member 2012-2016

Dr. Der-Tsai Lee is President of National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, since 2011. He is on leave from the Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, where he has been a Distinguished Research Fellow since 1998 and was the Director from 1998 to 2008. Prior to joining IIS, he was Professor of the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University, where he worked from 1978. He is also a Distinguished Research Chair Professor of Computer Science, National Taiwan University, Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, National Chung Hsing University and Honorary Chair Professor of National Taiwan Tech. He was Chair of CODATA-Taipei, International Council for Science (ICSU), from 2007 to 2013.

Dr. Lee is Editor of Algorithmica, International Journal of Information and Computer Security, LNCS Transactions on Computational Science, Co-Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Computational Geometry & Applications, and Series Editor of Lecture Notes Series on Computing for World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore. He is Fellow of IEEE (1992), Fellow of ACM (1997), Academician of Academia Sinica (2004), Humboldt Research Awardee (2007), Science Profession Medal, National Science Council (2008), Member of TWAS (2008), Humboldt Ambassador Scientist in Taiwan (2010 – ) and Distinguished Alumni Educator Awardee, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014).

Dr. Lee received his M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1976 and 1978 respectively.

President and Chair Professor, Computer Science and Enginering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan

Professional Details: Institute of Information Science & Research Center for IT Innovation (Academia Sinica); ORCID; Google Scholar; LinkedIn.

Dr. LI Jianhui (China)

Executive Committee Member 2014-2016

Dr. LI Jianhui is professor and director of scientific data at the Computer Network information Center (CNIC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is also the Secretary-General of the Chinese National Committee for CODATA.

Dr. LI was born in 1973, and obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Computing Technology of CAS in 2007. He has mainly engaged in the research of scientific data curation and sharing, data-intensive computing and applications, big data analysis and cloud service. For CAS, he leads and promotes the development of scientific databases sharing and he designed and led the development of scientific data infrastructure and its application environment. He was also the Co-PI of the National Data Sharing Network for Basic Research Project, which coordinated scientific research data sharing among universities, institutions and other research organizations.  He is leading the design and further development of the Scientific Data Cloud of CAS ( for data sharing, big data analysis and large scale data-Intensive scientific research, and leading a group to design and develop a research data repository and data journal for scientific data publication in China. Dr. LI has published more than 50 papers and applied for 8 patents and 1 national standard.

He has also organized a series of activities to help promoting and improving scientific and technical data management and use, and increasing the impact of CODATA in China, including the International CODATA Conference, Task Groups, Training Workshops, etc.

As an Executive Committee member, he will link international CODATA and CODATA-CHINA, increasing CODATA visibility in China and promote CODATA as the natural home for Chinese data scientists. He will help to enhance the capacity building in developing countries, and push forward scientific data citation and publication practices. I this way, he willl help CODATA carry out its missions, objectives and key initiatives of its Strategic Plan 2013-2018.

Alena RybkinaAlena Rybkina (Russia)

Executive Committee Member 2014-2016

Alena Rybkina is chief of the Innovation Technologies Sector of the Geophysical Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (GC RAS). She is a young but internationally recognized specialist in implementation of modern information and visualization technologies in the scientific research and industrial domain. Important goals of her activity are data technological studies and development of spherical projection systems aimed at efficient analysis, demonstration and popularization in data research and management. Alena is actively involved in the operations of the CODATA Task Group “Earth and Space Science Data Interoperability”. She co-authored the “Atlas of the Earth’s Magnetic Field”, which was one of the outstanding TG achievements in 2013. She is experienced in the organization of international and national events devoted to promotion of data science in Russia and other countries. In particular she was the principal organizer of the conferences “Electronic Geophysical Year: State of the Art and Results” in 2009, Pereslavl-Zalessky, “Artificial Intelligence in the Earth’s Magnetic Field Study. INTERMAGNET Russian Segment” in 2011, Uglich and “Geophysical Observatories, Multifunctional GIS and Data Mining” in 2013, Kaluga. She takes part in numerous international projects, including those developed by the International Institution for Applied System Analysis (IIASA, Laxemburg, Austria). Alena is geologist currently working on the paleoenvironmental reconstructions and the Earth’s magnetic field studies. She took part in geological expeditions in Russia, Ukraine, France and Italy for collecting paleomagnetic data and providing correlations between changes in magnetic data and global astronomical cycles. As a member of the CODATA Executive Committee she focuses on the organization and structuring the CODATA research projects and bring her experience in the geoscience data management. Special attention will be paid to the promotion of CODATA activities among data and research community to involve new members as well as young scientists.

Professional Details: LinkedIn

Mark ThorleyMark THORLEY (UK)

Executive Committee Member 2010-2016

Mark Thorley is the Data Management Co-ordinator for the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council – NERC. He is responsible for activities relating to scientific data and information management, and for co-ordinating the activities of NERC’s network of environmental data centres (see He is one of the authors of NERC’s Science Information Strategy, and has specific expertise in the development and implementation of data and information policies, including issues around Open Access and Freedom of Information legislation, and on charging and reuse of public sector information. He works closely with the Financial Services Sector on a number of projects involved in making better use of environmental information in the understanding and pricing of environmental risk. He has also recently taken on responsibility for management of the library services within NERC’s research centres.

He has been in this post since 2002. Prior to this he was manager of the Antarctic Environmental Data Centre at the British Antarctic Survey, where amongst other things he was one of the founders of the Antarctic Master Directory system. He is a member of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Research Outputs Group which produced the RCUK Position Statement on Access to Research Outputs and he also represented the UK on the OECD working group which developed the Principles and Guidelines for Access to Digital Research Data from Public Funding.

Professional Details: ResearchGate;; Twitter.

Contact Details: NERC Data Management Co-ordinator, Natural Environment Research Council, Swindon SN2 1EU, UK

Mary ZBOROWSKI (Canada)

Executive Committee Member 2012-2016

Planning and Management Officer in the Strategic and Operational Planning Branch of the National Research Council of Canada.  Mary Zborowski is the Executive Secretary for the Canadian National Committee for CODATA, as well as Planning & Management Officer, Strategic and Operational Planning, at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). With a background in atomic and molecular physics, Ms Zborowski began her career with over 20 years’ experience in library and information science, working extensively with databases, catalogues, collaborative projects, and delivery of information services to researchers. She is especially attuned to the complexities relating to the design and delivery of services during times of rapid technological change, and has managed numerous web-based projects. In this regard, she provides technical guidance to CODATA regarding its web-based presence and services. Since 2008, Ms Zborowski works with NRC corporate performance data, designing and mining systems and processes to effectively support NRC’s strategic directions and initiatives. Over the years, she has also had involvement with ICSU’s International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) and numerous intergovernmental committees and working groups that have coped with issues closely aligned with those of CODATA.

Professional Details: LinkedIn.


Previous Officers and Executive Committees

Officers and Executive Committee, 2012-14

Past CODATA Committees 1996 – 2012