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Dec 2020

Executive Director:

Dr. Simon Hodson

Simon Hodson has been Executive Director of CODATA since August 2013.

Simon is an expert on data policy issues and research data management.  Most recently, he chaired the European Commission’s Expert Group on FAIR Data which produced the report Turning FAIR into Reality ( He was also vice-chair of the UNESCO Open Science Advisory Committee, with an influential role in drafting the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, which was adopted in November 2021. Previously he contributed to influential reports on Current Best Practice for Research Data Management Policies, to the Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World, and to the OECD Global Science Forum and CODATA Report on Sustainable Business Models for Research Data Repositories.

As a significant part of his CODATA role, Simon is tasked with implementing a major ISC and CODATA Decadal Programme on ‘Making Data Work for Cross-Domain Grand Challenges’, which will improve the coordination of specifications for data integration and interoperability for interdisciplinary research.  The flagship activity is the EC-funded WorldFAIR Project, for which Simon is the coordinator. Simon also contributes activity to the work of the CODATA Data Policy Committee.

Additionally, Simon leads or participants in numerous projects, Working Groups and Steering Groups. In recent years, Simon has been a co-chair (2015-2018) of the GEO Data Sharing Working Group, to which CODATA has made a long-term contribution; co-chair of ; a member of the Board of Directors of the Dryad Data Repository (2012-2018), a not-for-profit initiative to make the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable; Project Director, African Open Science Platform Project (2016-19); and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of CESSDA ERIC, the European data infrastructure for the social sciences.

Simon has a strong research background, as well as considerable project and programme management experience: from 2009 to 2013, as Programme Manager, he led two successful phases of Jisc’s innovative Managing Research Data programme in the UK.

Contact details:

5 rue Auguste Vacquerie, 75016 Paris, France
Tel. (Office): +33 1 45250496 / (Cell): +33 686304259 / Fax: +33 1 42881466

Email: simon[at] / Twitter: @simonhodson99 / Skype: simonhodson99



Senior Research Lead: Dr. Laura Molloy

Laura is the senior research lead at CODATA, with a focus on the FAIRsFAIR project (  She is Arts & Humanities Section Editor for the Data Science Journal ( and joined the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts in 2016.  She co-chairs the Research Data Alliance Interest Group on Education and Training for the Handling of Research Data, and the RDA IG Archives and Records Professionals; sits on the board of the Informal information literacy initiative; and regularly performs peer review for journals, conferences and award panels.

Laura has delivered a number of projects and initiatives in the digital preservation, digital curation and research data management (RDM) spaces since 2007. These include the management of a pilot UK research data discovery service for the Digital Curation Centre (DCC); advocacy and training to support RCUK expectations for RDM across the UK; skills-development and advocacy work for the FP7-funded Planets project; mapping of the JISC Managing Research Data (MRD) programme training outputs to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework and the SCONUL Seven Pillars models for JISC DaMSSI; production of the EC-funded DigCurV digital curation curriculum framework for cultural heritage; and work as Evidence Gatherer across the Jisc Managing Research Data programme of 2011-13.

Laura is interested in interdisciplinary research, creative arts professional practice; skills frameworks; improvement of the academic infrastructure for researchers including motivation and reward; research data policy development particularly for the arts and humanities; the development and certification of graduate education, training and careers in research data-related professions; transparent and ethical academic publishing, and the development of approaches to digital curation and RDM advocacy and training across all disciplines and user audiences, including the particular challenges of the articulation of digital curation and research data management good practice to non-science audiences. Her PhD in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences at the Oxford Internet Institute/Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, focused on digital curation and digital literacy skills in UK visual art professional practice.  She also holds an MA in Scottish Literature and an MPhil in Information Studies from the University of Glasgow.

Research interests

Visual art, digital curation, digital preservation, information literacy, digital skills development, qualitative research methods, research data management, open data, skills modelling, academic infrastructure development, research data policy development, humanities research, qualitative social sciences, creative arts research.

Contact Details:
Tel. (Office): +33 1 45250496 / Email: laura[at]
Twitter: @LM_HATII


Operations Manager: Hana Pergl

Hana Pergl Sustkova joined the CODATA Secretariat as Operations Manager in December 2019 and is supporting the strategic activities of the CODATA Executive Committee. Her background is business administration and management.

In addition to her role at CODATA, Hana has also been managing operations of the GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office (GFISCO) since October 2018. Prior to that, she served as a project manager to the ELIXIR research infrastructure, which marked her transition from an international corporation to the academic sphere.

Contact Details:
Tel. (Office): +33 1 45250496 / Email: hana[at]


Programme Assistant: Asha Law

Asha Law takes care of website updates and other key administrative tasks.

Contact details:
Tel. (Office): +33 1 45250496 / Email: asha[at]