Alena Rybkina: Statement in Favour of Candidacy for CODATA Executive Committee

This is the eleventh in the series of short statements from candidates in the forthcoming CODATA Elections. Alena Rybkina is a new candidate seeking election to the CODATA Executive Committee, although she has been centrally involved in the CODATA Task Group on Earth and Space Science Data Interoperability.  She is nominated by the CODATA National Committee for Russia.

IMG_3851Alena Rybkina is chief of the Innovation Technologies Sector of the Geophysical Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences (GC RAS). She is young but internationally recognized specialist in implementation of modern information and visualization technologies in 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 Task Group achievements in 2013. She is experienced in 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 the ones 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 an active young researcher she could become an efficient member of the CODATA Executive Committee with the focus on the organization and structuring the CODATA research projects and bring her experience in the geoscience data management as well as involving young scientists as she did for the Task Group.