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In addition to our coordination and support activities, CODATA is a research-performing organisation.  We are active in a range of research initiatives and regularly consult and publish.  Our research agenda is focused on high-quality research to advance:

  1. the promotion of principles, policies and practices for Open Data and Open Science;
  2. the frontiers of data science;
  3. capacity-building for Open Science by improving data skills and the functions of national science systems needed to support Open Data.

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Research-active staff

Dr Simon Hodson, Executive Director

Dr Hodson (DPhil, Oxon) is a historian of political thought. His doctoral thesis, Sovereigns and subjects: the princes of Sedan and dukes of Bouillon in early modern France, c. 1450-1652 (1999) examines the French Wars of Religion of the early Modern period.  After a postdoctoral position at the University of Hull gave him practical experience of digital scholarly technologies, he was programme manager of the Managing Research Data programmes of 2009-11 and 2011-13 at JISC (UK).  He became Executive Director of CODATA in 2013.

  • Key skills / interests: open data, research data, data policy, date governance, FAIR data, historical data, archival research.
  • Publications: see ORCID profile


Dr Laura Molloy, Senior Research Lead

Dr Molloy holds a DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences, a MA in Scottish Literature and Language, and a MPhil in Humanities Computing, both from the University of Glasgow.  Her MPhil thesis investigated the digital preservation attitudes and practices of a group of live and performing artists including musicians, actors and performance artists.  Her doctoral thesis Creative connections: the value of digital information objects and their effective management for sustainable contemporary visual art practice (2020) focuses on the extent to which contemporary visual artists use, think about and rely upon digital information technologies including data and digital infrastructures, and won the ASIS&T ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation award for 2021.  She became senior research lead at CODATA in 2019.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

  • Key skills / interests: interdisciplinary knowledge exchange, qualitative research, research data policy, open data advocacy, digital skills and curriculum framework development, terminologies.
  • Publications: see ORCID profile



In addition to research-active staff members, we have a network of technical experts to whom we reach out for specific skills and knowledge.

Arofan Gregory
Arofan Gregory is a consultant with a background in technology, especially focusing on metadata standards for statistics and research data. He has contributed to the development of the Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX) standards, the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) standards, the Generic Statistical Information Model (GSIM), the DataCube Vocabulary (QB), and has implemented and helped develop many other standards and specifications in this domain. His technical knowledge covers XML and related technologies, UML modelling, SQL and RDF, as well as a range of programming languages. Currently, he is the Chair of the DDI Cross Domain Integration Working Group, and is involved with CODATA’s Decadal Programme and the INSPIRE projects in Africa. He is also an active member of the DDI Training Working Group, and is an organizer of the IUSSP-CODATA FAIR Vocabularies Working Group.
  • Key skills / interests: SDMX, DDI, DDI-CDI, DataCube, XKOS, GSIM, GSBPM.
  • Publications: see ORCID profile


Mercury Fox

Associate Partner, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona (UA)
Executive Director, CODATA at UA

Mercury Fox is the first Fulbright Specialist in data diplomacy, a Collaboratory Cultures Communities of Practice Fellow with the US National Science Foundation Online Ethics Center, and the founding director of the CODATA Center of Excellence in Data for Society at the University of Arizona. In these leadership roles, she organizes science diplomacy initiatives, promotes the rights and responsibilities of individuals through innovative data governance, develops provocative projects that expand the role of data assets and technologies in society, and builds international networks of multi-sector stakeholders to advance data in society frameworks. She facilitates cross-functional dialogues in public policy, professional standards, and best practices, while contributing thought leadership related to the enduring and emerging cultural, social, and ethical challenges that data technologies pose. Ms. Fox further leverages special expertise in data diplomacy and collaboratory cultures to advance interdisciplinary research and multilateral science cooperation through an STS practitioner approach.

  • Key skills / interests: data science policy, data and society, data diplomacy, collaboratory cultures, data governance, STS, Indigenous Data Sovereignty, science diplomacy, research design, citizen science, FAIR data policy, science policy, data sovereignty, data privacy, digital colonialism, convergence research, program management, AI bias, fluid commons, science ethics, Track II diplomacy.
  • Publications: see ORCID profile


Stéphane Goldstein

Stéphane Goldstein is Executive Director of InformAll, a social enterprise aimed at promoting the relevance, importance and benefits of information literacy (IL) in the library world and beyond. In that capacity, he has undertaken research and analysis, produced reports and tools and facilitated multi-stakeholder working. He is the Advocacy & Outreach Officer on the CILIP Information Literacy Group and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He previously worked at the Research Information Network, where he prepared the ground for InformAll’s independent existence as a community interest company. As well as his work in the realm of IL, between 2005 and 2015 his broad areas of responsibility at RIN included project management, research, facilitation and networking; and before that, he worked in a variety of science policy, public outreach and research management roles at the Medical Research Council and Research Councils UK.

  • Key skills / interests: information literacy, media literacy, digital literacy, information policy
  • Publications: see ORCID profile


Aitong Li, Ph.D

Dr. Li has degrees from Peking University, Yale University and the University of Tokyo, and speaks fluent Mandarin, Japanese and English. She focuses on environmental governance, energy transition and climate change mitigation. She has published papers in journals such as Energy Policy, Ecology and Society, and Environmental Science & Policy.

She has worked for CODATA as regional consultant in several projects such as the CODATA Twenty-year Review of GBIF and the CASEarth Review Project.

  • Key skills / interests: Environmental governance, energy transition, climate change mitigation
  • Publications: see ORCID profile


Peter McQuilton, Ph.D

Pete holds a Genetics degree from the University of Leeds (UK) and a Genetics and Developmental Biology PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK). Pete started his career working as a biocurator mapping genes and genomes from the published literature (on the model organism resource FlyBase). He then moved to the University of Oxford to lead the FAIRsharing team to create a FAIR resource that maps the landscape of standards (reporting guidelines, models, formats, terminology artefacts, identifier schema), the databases and repositories that use them, and the funder and journal publisher data policies that endorse their use. During this time Pete served on the executive board of the International Society of Biocuration, as co-chair of the FAIRsharing RDA group, and on a number of conference and grant committees. Pete now works to bring FAIR and good data management, alongside Agile practices, to the pharma industry. Pete is passionate about FAIR, metadata and good data management.

  • Key skills/interests: FAIR research object management, data governance, research data infrastructure, open science, research data policy, terminologies, curation
  • Publications: see ORCID profile


Paul F. Ulhir, JD

Paul F. Uhlir, JD is a consultant to governments, international organizations and universities in information policy and management. He was Scholar at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington, DC in 2015-2016, and the founding Director of the Board on Research Data and Information at the NAS, 2008-2015. Paul was employed at the NAS from 1985-2015 in various senior positions. 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. He is the author or editor of 32 books and over 80 articles, and has given several hundred presentations and lectures throughout the world. In 1997 he won the National Research Council’s Special Achievement Award and in 2010 the CODATA International Prize, both for his work on international research data policy. He is a Fellow of the AAAS and of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. 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).

  • Key skills / interests: research data policy, database law, public data management, international cooperation, institutional reviews, science policy
  • Publications: see ORCID profile