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CODATA Connect Initial Leads

Shaily R Gandhi, (PhD) CEPT Research and Development Foundation, India

Shaily Gandhi is a Manager IT and Geospatial Solutions at CEPT Research and Development Foundation. She is an active member of CODATA and initial lead for CODATA Connect – Early Career and Alumni Network. She has completed her Ph.D. degree from CEPT University, India in 2018. Her Ph.D. Major title was on “Critical success and failure factors for Pharmacutical Drugs Monitoring and Management using Geospatial Technology” and Minor study was on: “Spatio – Temporal Analysis of Urban Settlement – A case study of Rajkot”. She has a Master’s degree in Geoinformatics. She is been working at multiple organizations as a faculty and has been experimenting innovative teaching methods since last 8 years.

She is a Geoinformatics, Data Wrangling and Visualization expert. She is a certified Data Carpentry instructor. She has been one of the curator and instructor for the Urban Data Science Summer School which was developed as a successful collaboration which took place at CODATA-RDA Summer School in 2017. She is an alumnus of the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School at Trieste. She has participated in multiple CODATA Activities.

She is keen to explore the implementation of GIS and data science in the domain of Urban Analytics. She has been involved in organizing a series of webinar under the Smart and Resilient Cities and Research Data Skill webinar series, along with competitions for young researchers. These activities are used to promote and improve scientific and technical research data management skills amongst the early career and alumni network.

Felix Emeka Anyiam, Centre for Health and Development, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Felix Emeka Anyiam is a trained Researcher and Biostatistician. He is presently Employed as the Research Officer and Data Analyst/Scientist for the Centre for Health and Development (CHD), University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, a Centre that evolved from nearly ten years of collaboration between faculty members from the University of Port Harcourt  and the University of Toronto, Canada. He is an active member of CODATA and initial lead for CODATA Connect – Early Career and Alumni Network. He has been a recipient of several Research and Data Science training awards and is an alumnus of the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School & the Advanced Workshops on Bio-informatics, Climate Data Sciences, Extreme sources of data and Internet of Things (IoT)/Big-Data Analytics at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy. He is a strong supporter for the African Open Science Platform (AOSP), as he pioneers a community of researchers that embrace the concept of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) research in his community.

Mariana Cubero-Corella, National Center for High Technology (CeNAT-CONARE), Costa Rica

Mariana is an assistant researcher working in the Big Data and Data Science area at the Costa Rica National Center for High Tech since 2019. The National Center for High Technology is a multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral instance, whose scientific research focuses on materials science and engineering, biotechnology, advanced computing, environmental management, and in the areas of science, culture, and society. Prior to that she worked as an intern in business intelligence and digital marketing. She got her degree in Statistics in Universidad de Costa Rica and is currently cursing her Master’s degree in statistics. Her work is focused in multiple applications of data from traffic in social applications and other projects where she helps is getting better value out of data available.

CODATA Connect Members

Anup Kumar Das, (PhD) Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Dr. Anup Kumar Das is an avid academic researcher and information specialist working with the Centre for Studies in Science Policy at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, since January 2007. His research interests revolve around open science, open access, open research data, digital inclusion, information policies, knowledge societies, and scientometrics. He is an Editor-cum-Book Review Editor of the Journal of Scientometric Research (JSCIRES), and an Associate Editor of the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID). He is a core team member of CODATA Connect – Early Career and Alumni Network. He is the Convener of ‘Open Access India’ – an advocacy group to promote open access, open science, and OER. He was a Consultant to UNESCO New Delhi and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). As the Principal Investigator, he completed a DST-funded research project titled “A Comparative Study of India’s Research Performance in Scientific and Technological Areas of Clean Energy and Water (2006-17): A Scientometric Analysis”. As the HEIRRI collaborator, he was responsible for pilot testing of the HEIRRI Training Modules “Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Higher Education Institutions” in India, developed by HEIRRI Project, GUNi – Global University Network for Innovation, 2017-18. He has written two books: “Open Access to Knowledge and Information: Scholarly Literature and Digital Library Initiatives – the South Asian Scenario” (2008); “Collaboration in International and Comparative Librarianship” (2014); and four self-learning modules in the UNESCO Open Access Curricula for Researchers and Library Schools (2015). He was awarded PhD from Jadavpur University, India, in 2009. He is an alumnus of the CODATA-RDA Schools of Research Data Science, and participated in the CODATA International Training Workshop in Open Data for Better Science, in Beijing, China in 2017. His list of publications and professional engagements can be found on his website: He can be contacted at anup_csp[at] ORCID:

Divya B., Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Divya has a background in engineering and statistics and is passionate about methods and applications in medical statistics. Divya is also interested in the dissemination of scientific information and education in data science, and aspires to contribute to these causes by volunteering with educational organisations such as CODATA.  

Neema S. Sumari, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Morogoro-Tanzani

Neema S. Sumari holds a PhD in Geo-Spatial Information Science, with specialization in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing at LIESMARS (Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping, and Remote Sensing), Wuhan University, China. She is also an affiliate member at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Morogoro, Tanzania. She obtained her MSc and BSc both in Computer Science at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AA&MU) in the United States of America. Her research interest includes spatial analysis with GIS and remote sensing applications, earth sciences and observation, land use studies, and software engineering.


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Kishore Sivakumar, Ph.D. candidate and a lecturer at the University of Twente in the Netherlands

Sivakumar is currently a  Ph.D. candidate and a lecturer at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He did his bachelor’s in Aeronautical Engineering before he pursued a double master’s in Educational Technology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) in Paris in 2016.  His Ph.D. research is about characterizing higher-order intellectual skills, including the so-called 21st-century skills required to solve complex real-world challenges that demand collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches. As a lecturer at the University of Twente and a guest lecturer at the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity-University of Paris. He teaches mainly around the concepts of Interdisciplinary Research Methodologies and Skills, Design Thinking, and Material Science.

Along with his academic interests, he is involved in many outreach projects related to Sustainable Development Goals in higher education. He perceives education as a medium to disseminate and create awareness about sustainable development to the upcoming generations.  As a result, he co-founded a not-for-profit organization ‘Learning for Sustainability’ focusing on developing educational contents and methodologies for highschool students by placing sustainable development at its heart. Concerning Citizen science and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, He closely works with the members of the CODATA Task Group to accelerate the data acquisition and analysis process related to SDG indicators by citizen scientists’ participation. Especially, He focuses on developing citizen-friendly SDG indicator guides to help citizens actively contribute to monitoring the SDG.

On the whole, he is a research and innovation-oriented individual whose interests revolve around education, sustainable development, and responsible innovation.

Adenike Shonowo, B.Sc. Geography, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Adenike Shonowo holds B.Sc. Geography from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 2016 and M.Sc. Geography from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 2020. Her expertise includes urban studies, citizen science and sustainable development. She is a Research Assistant and Intern with the Lagos Urban Studies Group (LUSG), Department of Geography, University of Lagos.

As a research assistant, she contributes to literature review on the domains of deprivation framework in the UKRI DIDA funded Integrated Deprived Area Mapping System (IDEAMAPS) network (2020-2021); and data cleaning and analysis in the Standardising City-Level Data-Gathering for Achieving SDG 11 (SCiLeD) under the ISC/NASAC funded Leading Integrated Research for Africa (LIRA 2030). As an intern she undertakes field work and database management in the CODATA WDS-TG on the Landscape of Citizen Science Projects in Africa and their potential contributions to SDGs.

Adenike is a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). She participated in the Peer to Peer Facebook Digital Global Challenge in the fall of 2019 and she is a pioneer member of the YouthMappers chapter based in the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Jacqueline Stephens, Research Fellow in Aboriginal Health, Australia

Dr Jacqueline Stephens is an epidemiologist based at Flinders University, Australia. She is an alumnus of the 2018 CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Winter School held in Brisbane, Australia, and has participated in multiple CODATA activities. Her PhD was completed in 2017 at the University of Adelaide, Australia. In her research she uses a mixed methods approach to address healthcare inequity, through contextualising data linkage and ‘big data’ outcomes with communities’ narratives which gives the data meaning. Her research interests include infectious diseases, child and adolescent health, ear health, and consumer engagement.


Iris Diana Uy, Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines – Diliman, Philippines

Iris is a researcher with a background in molecular biology.  Her first few years in academia were spent as a benchtop experimentalist for various projects involving genetics and genomics, primarily at the Marine Science Institute (MSI) of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, where she got her masters degree in Marine Science, major in Marine Biotechnology. She took up programming as a logical next step to keep up with the increasingly high volume of genomic and other biological data.  She worked as a senior bioinformatics specialist at the Philippine Genome Center of the University of the Philippines for several years, where she designed and refined bioinformatics analysis workflows, served as a lecturer, and performed in-house research.  She also worked as a bioinformatics consultant in several projects in MSI.  Iris was also a visiting researcher in Dr. Eric Schmidt’s lab at the University of Utah, where she worked on microbial genomes and metagenomes for primary and secondary metabolite pathway analysis in the context of drug discovery.  Outside of academia, Iris mentors for Women Who Code Manila, and helps out in other local coding communities when she can.

Jaime Rugeles, Innovation and Business Center of Medellín – Ruta N Corporation, Colombia

Jaime has extensive experience creating business models, rapid prototyping of digital services, and acceleration in technology-based companies. He has led the construction of digital tools for the interaction of companies, universities, communities and government focused on solving challenges. In recent years, he has closely participated in the development of analytical and predictive models for patients with chronic and acute diseases. He also has technical and managerial experience in data generation, treatment, and exposition within open government and citizen participation strategies. He has a Master of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis on projects, performance and innovation management. Advanced skills in data analysis, open data and open government, innovation project management, negotiation, information and communication technologies management, co-creation and agile development. Currently he´s working as innovation solution developer (project lead) focused on business intelligence, strategic data and public policy in Ruta N Medellín-Colombia, Business and Innovation Center of this city.

Sridhar Gutam

Sridhar Gutam is into Agricultural Research Service of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and currently is working as Senior Scientist in ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project on Fruits hosted at ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research Bengaluru, India. He is also Convener of the Open Access India, a community of practice advocating for Open Access, Open Data, Open Education, and Open Science in India. His area of interests are Plant Physiology of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops and Plant Phenology, Opening up of Access to Data and Information in Agricultural Sciences and application of Free and Open Source Software in agricultural research. He is an alumni of CLACSO’s working group, Bienes Comunes y Acceso Abiertoon (Commons and Open Access) and is currently on board of agriRxiv, IndiaRxiv, Thesis Commons, Redalyc-AmeliCA and Dryad. He can be reached @SridharGutam

Zhifang Tu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.

Zhifang Tu,She is a member of National Science Library,Chinese Academy of Sciences,and a member of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Email: tuzhf(at)



Oscar David Arbeláez, Core of Science Corp., Colombia