Global research Commons: Europe and beyond (EOSC Future): Speakers

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23 February 2023 577 reads

Building Blocks of Global Research Commons: Europe and Beyond - Speakers

Jump to: Wolmar Nyberg Åkerström | Karen PayneHans Pfeiffenberger Vaidas Morkevičius | Andrew Treloar Tshiamo MotshegwaMagdalena Szuflita-Żurawska | Dan Broeder | Aleksandra Lazić | Carole Goble | Beth Knazook | Leyla Jael Castro | Dr. Dawei Lin | Kathleen Shearer | Javier Lopez Albacete


Wolmar Nyberg Åkerström is an IT professional at Uppsala University and the National Bioinformatics Infrastructure Sweden (NBIS) / ELIXIR Sweden. His work is focused around data management in international e-infrastructure initiatives and facilitating data sharing and reuse in Swedish life science research. Beyond the European research infrastructure ELIXIR and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), he is also engaged in the global Research Data Alliance (RDA) and the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC).


Dr. Payne is the Associate Director for International Technology for the World Data System, a component of the International Science Council. Her role is to help WDS member institutions build out their contributions to the global research data infrastructure. Prior to joining the University of Victoria, Dr. Payne worked at the University of Georgia providing data services to the humanitarian community involved in disaster relief and recovery activities. Dr. Payne earned a joint PhD in Geography and Engineering from the Australian National University investigating artificial intelligence techniques for classifying satellite images.


Hans Pfeiffenberger is an independent consultant on scientific data infrastructures and policies. Until recently, he led the Information Systems and IT Infrastructure Department at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Germany. Hans has been chair of the Helmholtz Open Science working group, has advised the Knowledge Exchange and chaired the Science Europe policy working group on Access to Research Data. He is also founder and now member of the advisory board of the journal Earth System Science Data, an early data journal providing quality assurance to published data through peer review, since 2008. He received his doctoral degree in Physics from the Technical University of Hannover

 Vaidas Morkevičius is a professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Kaunas University of Technology. He also works at the Centre for Data Analysis and Archiving (DAtA), Kaunas University of Technology (, where he is responsible for operations and development of the Lithuanian Data Archive for Social Sciences and Humanities (LiDA, He was part of the team that started developing the LiDA in 2006. He was the Lithuanian National Coordinator of the European Social Survey in 2008-2018 and was responsible for conducting the fieldwork in Lithuania. He was an active member of the national teams that were implementing the International Social Survey Programme in Lithuania from 2009 to 2015 and Lithuanian National Election Studies from 2016 to 2020. Currently, he is developing the corpus of Lithuanian parliamentary debates transcripts ( 

Dr Andrew Treloar is the Director of Platforms and Software for the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), and prior to that was part of the executive for the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). He is currently a member of the Research Software Alliance Steering Committee, and was co-chair of the Research Data Alliance Technical Advisory Board from 2013-2020. He has a B.A. hons. (first class), majoring in Germanic Languages and Linguistics, a Grad. Dip. in computer science, and a research Masters in English Literature, all from Melbourne University. In 1999 he received his Ph. D. from Monash University with the topic Hypermedia Online Publishing - Transformation of the Scholarly Journal. After an initial career in academia, and time spent in university IT services, he has primarily worked in the eResearch space since 2003. He never seems to be able to make enough time for practising his ‘cello or reading, but does try to prioritise talking to his chickens and working in his vegetable garden and orchard. His twitter bio describes him as "Fully-vaxxed, data-tragic, home-gardener, bike-commuter, BodyPump-addict, urban-greenie, lapsed-linguist, intermittent-cellist", which probably isn't a bad summary. Follow him on Twitter as @atreloar.

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Dr Motshegwa is the inaugural Director of the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) with the strategic portfolio to direct and support the AOSP. AOSP aims to position African scientists at the cutting edge of data intensive science by stimulating interactivity and creating opportunity through the development of efficiencies of scale, building critical mass through shared capacities, amplifying impact through a commonality of purpose and voice, and to engage in Global Commons to address continental and global challenges through joint action. Regionally Dr Motshegwa has been Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Technical Experts Working Group developing and implementing the SADC Regional Cyber-infrastructure Framework. Globally, he is a member of the Open Science Clouds Executives’ Roundtable (OSCER) that promotes collaboration through open science in practice towards optimal global interoperability and reuse of data and services for the benefit of Open Science. Nationally, Dr Motshegwa was seconded to the Ministry of Tertiary Education Research Science and Technology (Now Ministry of Education), Government of Botswana since November 2020. 

Magdalena Szuflita-Żurawska is the head of the Scientific and Technical Information Services at the Gdansk University of Technology Library and the Leader of the Open Science Competence Center. She is also a Plenipotentiary of the Rector of the Gdańsk University of Technology for open science. Her main areas of research and interests include research productivity, motivation, management of HEs, Open Access, Open Research Data, information literacy, scholarly communication, and bibliometrics. She is a member of several working groups and task forces: RDA, GO FAIR, EOSC or Open Aire. She was coordinator of training programme POWER 3.4, and co-investigator in the HORIZON 2020 Project BE OPEN,  Bridge of Data – Multidisciplinary Open System Transferring Knowledge. Stage II Open Research Data, Positive management of technical universities: a new model of motivation ( OPUS: National Science Centre). Currently she is a co-investigator in EOSC Future Project: Data practices in an interdisciplinary perspective - building good standards and universal solutions.


Daan Broeder (m) has a background in electrical engineering and signal analysis, and has a long career working on research infrastructure, working in different capacities at different CLARIN centres and was managing tasks in European and national projects such as for the archiving and metadata related work at MPI for Psycholinguistics TLA unit, for which he was the CTO, and broader in the CLARIN, DASISH, EUDAT and PARTHENOS projects. He was responsible convenor for ISO standards on metadata and persistent identifiers. He was one of the technical coordinators in the Dutch CLARIN and CLARIAH project and currently participates in the EOSCfuture and FAIRCORE4EOSC projects for CLARIN ERIC.

Aleksandra Lazić is a PhD Candidate in Psychology and Research Assistant at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She is a member of the Laboratory for Research of Individual Differences (LIRA), where she co-founded and maintains an open-access repository of psychological instruments in the Serbian language (REPOPSI).




Carole Goble is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, UK and the Head of Node of ELIXIR-UK, the national node of the ELIXIR, the European Research Infrastructure for Life Science data. She served as an ExCo lead for Interoperability in ELIXIR for 6 years. She has spent 25 years innovating in open research and digital infrastructure in the biosciences and related disciplines. At Manchester she leads a team of Researchers, Research Software Engineers and Data Stewards who, with an extensive range of partners and projects, develop and operate open and FAIR infrastructure services for the global community and at the national and European level for the European Open Science Cloud. She is currently the director of digital infrastructure for the European Research Infrastructure for Industrial biotechnology (IBISBA). Carole is a co-founder of the UK’s Software Sustainability Institute and serves on the leadership team of Health Data Research-UK. She is a co-author of the FAIR Guiding Principles for Scientific Data and Director of FAIR Computational Workflows for the Workflow Community Initiative.

Beth Knazook is the research data project manager for the Digital Repository of Ireland, a CoreTrustSeal certified national repository for Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage data. In her current role, she is participating in two European funded projects focused on widening disciplinary engagement with the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC Future) and aligning Cultural Heritage image sharing practices with the FAIR Principles for data sharing (WorldFAIR Project). She previously worked as the Preservation Coordinator for the Digital Research Alliance of Canada and Portage Network, Digitization Manager for Huron County Library, and Curatorial Specialist for Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) Library Archives & Special Collections. She has taught classes on managing, preserving, and sharing image collections for the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, the Society of American Archivists, Library Juice Academy, and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Leyla Jael Castro is a Computer Scientist interested in semantic web, linked data, ontologies, semantic data science and education. She has worked on software development and data integration (mostly using Java and JavaScript plus some Python), semantic web (mostly on named entity recognition and its linked data applications) and project coordination (protein data integration across different teams, scientific events chairing and organization, and community-based projects). She has also worked as a university lecturer on software development and information systems. Leyla is currently working as team leader for the Semantic Retrieval team, part of the Knowledge Management Group, at ZBMED Information Centre for life sciences.

Dr. Dawei Lin is a Data Science official at NIAID, NIH. He is the Associate Director for Bioinformatics and Senior Advisor to the Director of the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation, NIAID, NIH. Across NIH, Dr. Lin is a leader in biomedical data infrastructure and data policy. Internationally, besides co-chairing the Research Data Alliance (RDA)/World Data System (WDS) Certifications of Digital Repository Interest Group, he is also a Board Member of CoreTrustSeal, a community-based certification body of trustworthy data repositories. Dr. Lin leads the development and implementation of the TRUST Principles for digital repositories. Before joining NIH, Dr. Lin was the founding Director of the Bioinformatics Core at the University of California Davis Genome Center. Lin also spent time at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, where he played a vital role in the modernization and operation of the Protein Data Bank (PDB). 

Kathleen Shearer is the Executive Director of COAR an international association with members and partners from around the world representing libraries, universities, research institutions, government funders and others. COAR brings together individual repositories and repository networks in order to build capacity, align policies and practices, and act as a global voice for the repository community. Shearer is based in Montreal, Canada and participates in numerous other organizations to advance open science around the world, including RDA. She is the author of numerous publications and delivered many presentations at international events. Shearer is also a Research Associate with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and has been instrumental in many of CARL’s activities related to open science, including the launch of a national research data management network in Canada, formerly called Portage.

Javier Lopez Albacete worked for over 15 years on research on theoretical high-energy physics, with emphasis in the interpretation of experimental data from accelerator facilities, as HERA, RHIC or the LHC. Since his graduation at Universidad de Cordoba, Javier has made pre and postdoctoral stays at CERN, The Ohio State University, Institut de Physique Theorique (CEA) or CNRS. Since 2017 he is on leave from his Associate Professor position at Universidad de Granada to serve as scientific officer at the European Research Council first and, since Dec 2021, as policy officer in the Open Science unit of the European Commission.