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Past Members


Varsha KHODIYAR, member 2018-2022

Springer Nature, UK

Dr Varsha Khodiyar is part of the Research Data team working on research data publishing initiatives at Springer Nature. Varsha is Data Curation Editor for the journal Scientific Data, and leads the team of curators working on Springer Nature’s Research Data Support service. Varsha contributes to the design, development and delivery of Springer Nature’s research data training workshops, and is responsible for the recommended repository list used at Springer Nature. Varsha is also Programme Chair of the conference, Better Science through Better Data.

Dr Khodiyar began her career in curation with the Human Gene Nomenclature Committee, assigning official names to human genes for the Human Genome Project. After completion of the Human Genome Project, she joined the Gene Ontology project, distilling findings from the literature into machine readable data. During this time she also developed and taught an MSc module on data curation for University College London. Varsha’s career in publishing began at the journal F1000Research where she worked on research data initiatives, prior to joining Scientific Data. Varsha is therefore very well placed to consider the issues currently being faced by academics when sharing and publishing research data.

Heidi LAINE, member 2018-2022

University of Helsinki and Secretary, Finnish Committee on Research Data
Helsinki, FINLAND

Heidi Laine is an expert in research integrity (RI) and responsible conduct of research. Laine is specialized in issues concerning responsible data management and RI in the open science era. She is coordinating a national effort for creating a roadmap for implementing data citation in Finland (see In 2016 Laine managed a project on open citizen science (see She is the secretary of Finnish Committee for Research Data, Open Knowledge Finland Open Science Working Group core person, and contact person for the No Deal, No Review campaign (see Laine has previously worked at the Finnish Advisory Board on RI, the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, Committee for Public Information in Finland, Council for Finnish Academies, and CSC – IT Center for Science. She has a Masters degree in Social Science from University of Helsinki.

Mark LEGGOTT, Chair 2020-2022

Executive Director, Research Data Canada/Director, CANARIE RDM Program (ORCID:

As the Executive Director for Research Data Canada (RDC), Mark facilitates the adoption of best practices in research data management (RDM) at the national and international levels. This includes engaging with stakeholders in all sectors, public and private, and via events such as the National Data Services Framework Summit, which is a key initiative in Canada developing details around national data services. As the Director of CANARIE’s RDM Program, Mark has helped shape a funding approach based on the FAIR Principles, national data services, and interoperability.

Mark is Co-Chair of the Research Data Alliance Council, and co-chaired the RDA COVID-19 Working Group, which released its’ first Guidelines on data sharing for COVID-19 research at the end of June, 2020. Mark provides a Secretariat function for the Canadian National Committee for CODATA, sits on a number of national and international committees with a focus on RDM, and participates in standards development efforts, including an ISO technical sub-committee reviewing the Research Activity ID (RaID).

Prior to RDC, Mark served as the University Librarian at two Canadian institutions, along with senior administrative roles in technology and continuing education. Mark has long been a proponent of things open, from open source and open access to open science and open innovation. Mark founded a number of open source projects, including the Islandora project, along with the Islandora Foundation, and a private start-up, discoverygarden inc., all of which continue to provide solutions in a collaborative context to the international community. Mark’s initial graduate work was in aquatic entomology and ecology, where he studied the thermal evolution of a species of damselfly. This background continues to inform and shape Mark’s work today. Mark’s current interests revolve around the intersections between open science, open source, and open innovation, both in terms of the policy and the technical details.

Mark holds a B.Sc. (1980) from Saint Mary’s University, an M.Sc. (1984) from the University of Calgary, and an M.L.I.S from Dalhousie University (1986).

Lucie GUIBAULT, Member 2020-2022

law_faculty_Lucie GuibaultProfessor LUCIE GUIBAULT is Associate Director of the Law and Technology Institute and Associate Dean, Graduate Studies at the of the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. She joined the Schulich School of Law in July 2017, after spending twenty years at the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam, in The Netherlands. Lucie is a law graduate from the Université de Montréal (LLB and LLM) and University of Amsterdam (PhD).

Lucie is specialized in international and comparative intellectual property law. Over the years, she has carried out research primarily for the European Commission, Dutch ministries and the Canadian government. Her general research interests revolve around the critical and normative analysis of the copyright system, primarily looking at the impact of technological change on the balance of interests between rights owners and users. She has published extensively on topics relating to copyright and related rights in the information society, collective rights management, limitations and exceptions in copyright, and author’s contract law. Through her in-depth study of various aspects of copyright licensing and her involvement in the Creative Commons Nederland group (2005-2017), she developed a keen interest for all open access issues. She has given numerous presentations on the topic of Law and Open Access. From 2014 to 2016, Lucie was a member of the Horizon 2020 Ad-hoc Expert Advisory Group on Science With and For Society (SWaFS) and the Expert Advisory Group on European Research Infrastructures (European Commission, DG Research and Innovation) to promote openness in the scientific research agenda.

Dr. CHUANG Tyng-Ruey, Member 2014-2019

Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica
Taipei, TAIWAN

Tyng-Ruey Chuang‘s research interest includes functional programming, geospatial informatics, and topics in citizen science and data collaboration. He is an associate research fellow at the Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, with joint appointments both at the Research Center for Information Technology Innovation and at the Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences. He was a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society (2011 — 2012), supported in part by a Fulbright senior research grant and by the National Science Council of Taiwan. He has been the project lead of Creative Commons Taiwan since its start in 2003, and is currently a member of the Creative Commons’ Policy Advisory Council (2016 — ). He is part of the CODATA Taiwan Committee, and once served as its executive secretary (2007 — 2013). He served for several times both at the Taiwan Association of Human Rights and at the Software Liberty Association of Taiwan as a board member.tidisciplinary fileds in China.