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Officers and Executive Committee, 2016-2018


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 PresidentGUO 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 AhituvNiv 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 Dean of Dan School of Hi-Tech Studies at the College for Academic Studies. He was a professor at the Faculty of Management in Tel Aviv University from 1981 till 2011. From 1989 to 1994 he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Management and from 1999 to 2002 he served as Vice President and Director General (CEO) of Tel Aviv University. He represented the Israeli Government in UNESCO in issues related to Information Technology from 1997 until 2011. He represents the Israeli National Academy of Sciences and Humanities in CODATA since 2006. His main areas of interest are information economics, IT strategy and management, social and business implications of the Internet, technology and privacy. On the latter issue, he published a book (in Hebrew) in 2001 entitled “A World without Secrets: on the Open Information Society”. In 2005, he was awarded a Life Time Achievement Award by The Israeli Association for Information Technology.

In addition to his academic work, he has served as a director in more than a dozen of public companies in Israel including Chairperson of the Board of Maalot (an affiliate of S&P), and a number of non-for-profit organizations.

He holds degrees of B.Sc. in Mathematics, MBA, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Information Systems Management.

Professional; LinkedIn.

Professor Takashi GojoboriTakashi GOJOBORI (Japan)

Vice President 2010-2018

Prof. 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

Bonnie Carroll (USA)

Secretary General 2016-2020

Bonnie C. Carroll is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Information International Associates, Inc. (IIa); a woman-owned business established in 1988 and headquartered in Oak Ridge, TN.  IIa supports government and industry in managing information as a strategic resource. Ms. Carroll is Executive Director of CENDI, the federal scientific and technical information (STI) managers’ group of 12 Federal US STI programs, and is the Secretary General of CODATA and as such serves ex officio on the National Academy of Science, National Research Council’s Board of Research Data and Information.  She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  For 5 years Ms. Carroll was the Executive Secretary of two White House Interagency Working Groups. For over four decades, she has participated in research and development projects for DOE, NSF, the Library of Congress, the Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and special studies for the International Atomic Energy Agency, UNESCO and the World Bank.  Ms. Carroll’s experience with the DOE includes working with HQ and the field organizations, both as a contractor and as a federal employee.  Her connections to DOE date back to 1971 when she started work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  During the 1980s, Ms. Carroll worked at DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information as Director of Program Development and International Activities and Deputy and Acting Assistant Manager for Information Services.  After leaving ORNL she founded IIa and has been a support contractor now for over 30 years.  Ms. Carroll served as President of the American Society for Information Science &Technology and as Chair of the AAAS Section on Information, Computing and Communications. Ms. Carroll is on the editorial board for the journal Information Services and Use.  She has an MS from Columbia University and a BA from Cornell University.

Ms. Carroll’s honors and awards include: ASIS&T: Watson Davis Award for Continuing and Dedicated Service (1988); Distinguished Service Award, East Tennessee Chapter (1986); NASA Scientific & Techni­cal Information Program – Director’s Award (1992); USGS Government Technology Leadership Award for the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) (1999); Federal Computer Week Federal 100 (2004); U.S. Department of the Interior National Conservation Award (2005); the Grey Literature Network Service GreyNet Award (2011); and the Enterprising Women of the Year Award (2016).  IIa was the recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Woman-Owned Business of the year for 2014.



John Broome, CODATA TreasurerJohn BROOME (Canada)

Treasurer 2012-2020

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 2016 – 2018

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.


Jane HUNTER (Australia)
Executive Committee Member 2016-2018

Professor Jane Hunter is the Director of the eResearch Lab, at the University of Queensland where she leads a team of researchers and software engineers in the development of services to support the management, integration, analysis and preservation of large scale, multivariate datasets for the biomedical sciences, environmental and ecosystem sciences, materials sciences, social sciences and humanities. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers primarily focussing on ontologies, analytical and visualization services to solve real-world multi-disciplinary data integration and analysis problems. In the past 5 years, she has supervised 15 Honours students, 4 Masters students and 10 PhD students in the field of data science. She is also an editor of the Elsevier Journal of Web Semantics (JWS), International Journal of Digital Curation (IJDC) and SoftwareX (which publishes articles about open source software designed to expedite scientific discovery).

Jane is Chair of the Australian Academy of Sciences Committee for Data in Science (NCDS). Previous memberships include:

  • Scientific Committee Member of ICSU World Data System (WDS) (2012-2015);
  • RDA Data Citation Working Group (2013-2016);
  • W3C Open Annotation Community Group (2011-2012);
  • CODATA Taskgroup on Exchangeable Materials Data Representation to Support Scientific Research and Education (2006-2014).

Jane’s particular areas of interest of relevance to CODATA include:

  • Citizen science – in particular, providing common shareable open-source platforms for grass-roots communities to facilitate the collection of data for community-driven projects;
  • Evidence-based policy making –  providing the data management infrastructure to enable better-informed planning and policy making by government agencies;
  • Improving the training and career prospects of data scientists and encouraging more women to adopt “data science” as a career.

Professional details:  Google Scholar

LI Jianhui (China)
Executive Committee Member 2014-2018

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.

Paul LAUGHTON (South Africa)

Executive Committee Member 2014-2018

Chair of the South African CODATA Committee.  Currently I am a senior lecturer at the Department of the University of Johannesbu

rg 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; ;; LinkedIn.

DT LeeDer-Tsai LEE (Academy of Sciences located in Taipei, China)

Executive Committee Member 2012-2018

Dr. Der-Tsai Lee is Academician and Distinguished Research Fellow of the Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. He was on leave from Academia Sinica to serve in the capacity as President of National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan (2011-2015). He was the Director of IIS from 1998 to 2008. Prior to joining IIS, he was Professor of the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University (1978-1998). Currently 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 National Committee 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 Awardee, National Science Council (2008), Member of TWAS (2008), Humboldt Ambassador Scientist in Taiwan (2010-2016) and Distinguished Alumni Educator Awardee, Dept. of Computer Science, and Comeback Guest Awardee, 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.

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

Alena RybkinaAlena RYBKINA (Russia)

Executive Committee Member 2014-2018

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


Executive Committee Member 2016-2018


PAUL F. UHLIR, J.D., is a consultant in data policy and management. He was Scholar at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington, DC in 2015-2016, and Director of the Board on Research Data and Information at the NAS, 2008-2015. Paul was employed at the NAS from 1985-2015, first as a senior staff officer for the Space Studies Board, where he worked on solar system exploration and environmental remote sensing studies for NASA, and then as associate executive director of the Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications. He directed the Office of International S&T Information for eight years after that, where he organized projects and meetings on scientific data throughout the world, and from 1992 to 2015 he was director of the US CODATA at the NAS. Before joining the NAS, he worked in the general counsel’s office at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC.

Paul has written or edited 27 books and over 70 articles, mostly in data law, policy, and management. He speaks worldwide on these topics and consults to governments, professional organizations, and universities. In 1997 he won the National Research Council’s Special Achievement Award and in 2010 the CODATA International Prize, both in the field of data policy. He was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011.

Paul has a B.A. degree in world history from the University of Oregon (1977), and a Master’s degree in foreign relations and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego (1983, 1984).

Joseph Muliaro WAFULA (Kenya)

Executive Committee Member 2016-2018

A member and the Chair of CODATA Kenya. A member of the editorial board of the Data Science Journal; editorial board of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development; committee of the  AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project Taskforce Project sponsored by JICA; training committee of the National Industrial Training Authority-Kenya; and the ccommittee of the United Nations SDGs on Agriculture and Climate Change Pillars of Kenya.

He coordinate all ICT related Memorandum of Understanding between JKUAT and partners.

He holds a BSc. Science (Hons) (Kenyatta University), MSc. Physics (University of Nairobi), M.Phil. Microelectronic Engineering and Semiconductor Physics (University of Cambridge –UK), Summer Doctoral Program (Berkman Centre for Internet & Society/Oxford Internet Institute’s -Harvard University Law School), and PhD Information Technology (JKUAT).

Prof Wafula is a recipient of two IBM awards namely: the 2016 IBM Shared University Research Award on Open Data Cloud Project for JKUAT for building an open data platform for researchers in Africa, and the 2014 IBM MEA Award, for capacity building in Mobile Application development. He is professionally certified in various fields including Cyber Security, Mobile Application, ISO/IEC 27001:2005 Information Security Management System, Leadership and Management capacity Development, Sage ACCPAC ERP Financial and Operations Management Systems, and ISO 9001:2000 on Quality Management Systems.

He is a fellow of the Computer Society of Kenya and the Cambridge Commonwealth Society and has published book chapters, a book and research papers in peer reviewed international journals. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing at JKUAT and the founder Director of the ICT Centre of Excellence and Open Data (iCEOD).

Mary ZBOROWSKI (Canada)

Executive Committee Member 2012-2018

Previously Planning and Management Officer in the Strategic and Operational Planning Branch of the National Research Council of Canada.  Mary Zborowski was the Executive Secretary for the Canadian National Committee for CODATA from 2002 to 2016, 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 worked 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, 2014-16

Officers and Executive Committee, 2012-14

Past CODATA Committees 1996 – 2012