In January 2021, the RDA Council Nominations Committee issued a call for nominations for three open Council positions. In response to this call, several RDA members were nominated for consideration by the RDA community. The Nominations Committee reviewed these submissions and are pleased to announce the slate of candidates to the RDA community.
This new slate meets all criteria as detailed in the Council Nominations Committee Selection Process and Guidelines and must now be approved by the RDA membership. This approval occurs through a formal election process that opens on Tuesday 20 April (00:01 UTC) and ends Tuesday 4 May (23:59 UTC), where all members will be asked to either accept or reject the appointment of this slate of candidates. Results will be determined by a simple majority vote.
If approved, these candidates will join Council to serve a three-year term. For more information on the role of the RDA Council, visit https://www.rd-alliance.org/about-rda/our-leadership/rda-council.html
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RDA Council Candidate Slate 2021
Full Professor, Institute of Computing, University of Campinas, Brazil
Dr Claudia Maria Bauzer Medeiros is full professor of databases at the Institute of Computing, University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil. She has received Brazilian and international awards for research, teaching, and also for her work in fostering the participation of women in IT related activities. Her research interests lie at the intersection of theoretical issues in data management (in particular to integrate heterogeneous data, and support research reproducibility) and their application to distinct scientific domains, to solve real world problems. Its main characteristic is its interdisciplinarity, involving scientists from many fields. Most of her projects involve facing the challenges posed by large, real world applications, with distributed and very heterogeneous data sources – from sensor networks to satellite data, from static data to videos and sound. She created in 1994 – and continues to lead - one of the first Brazilian laboratories dedicated to interdisciplinary data-intensive research – http://lis.ic.unicamp.br. Throughout the years, it has housed projects in many domains - Agricultural Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Physics, Earth Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Biological Systems and Health Sciences - with scientific results in these fields and in Computer Science. She is recognized in Brazilian and international fora for initiatives associated with public policies in science and technology in Open Science and Open Data. As such, she sits on the councils of multinational scientific organizations. Since 2017, she has lead a pioneer initiative in Latin America to create a network of open research data repositories for the state of Sao Paulo (pop 46 million, and responsible for 45% of Brazil’s scientific production). This network involves 48 university campi, over 10,000 researchers and 200,000 students at all levels.
Her primary interest has always been on developing research data management and sharing practices globally, beyond the confines of any particular region or discipline. She clearly understands that developing a research data culture is a worldwide effort – and that the RDA is a key organization in developing this culture. In all of my work with her in an RDA context, I have always found that she represents the entire RDA community and not just her particular region, profession, expertise or other category.
Dr Ingrid Dillo (Nominated for 2nd term)
Deputy Director, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)
Ingrid Dillo is Deputy Director of DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) in the Netherlands. She holds a PhD in history and has worked in the field of policy development for the last 30 years, including as Senior Policy Advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the National Library of the Netherlands (KB). Among her areas of expertise are research data management and the certification of digital repositories. Ingrid is Co-chair of the RDA Council. She is also Treasurer of the Board of CoreTrustSeal (CTS), Vice Chair of the Scientific Committee of the ISC/World Data System (WDS) and a member of the Board of Directors of DataCite. Ingrid is Project Coordinator of the European H2020 project FAIRsFAIR.
I am a long-time RDA member and see first-hand how Dr. Dillo's leadership and dedication have transformed RDA operation and accelerated the RDA community's exponential growth both in size and diversity. I believe her contribution will continue to be indispensable for the long-term success of RDA's missions.
Dr Jason Haga (Nominated for 2nd term)
Chief Senior Research Scientist and Research Planning Manager, The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Dr. Jason Haga is currently a Chief Senior Research Scientist and Research Planning Manager at The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in the Digital Architecture Promotion Center, in the Department of Information Technology and Human Factors. For over 23 years, Jason has focused on multidisciplinary research. Past research includes the design and implementation of biomedical applications for grid computing environments and tiled display walls. He also has collaborated with cultural heritage institutions to deploy novel interactive exhibits to engage the public in learning. Current projects of interest include immersive visualization of data and user experience/user interface for data intensive applications. He is actively involved with the Pacific Rim Application and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA) community, where he leads the Biosciences working group and has mentored over 60 students from around the world. Jason is continuing this mentorship effort at AIST by leading an international internship program that strategically positions AIST as an international hub for computer science research training. With over 17 years of international collaborative efforts with technologists and domain scientists in the PRAGMA community, he continues to look for interdisciplinary research opportunities connecting scientists to advance research on a global scale. Jason earned a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Tennessee, Memphis and did postdoctoral work at UC San Diego. He currently lives in Tsukuba, Japan.
During his current term as a Council member, Jason continues to not only enhance RDA’s value to our current members but strengthen and bring together the stakeholder community. He helped to lead a regional engagement taskforce that created a framework for engaging and creating regional branches of RDA. This framework helps to address global and regional disparities and is being successfully implemented for several RDA regional entities.
For more information on the Selection Process, refer to the Council Nominations Committee Selection Process and Guidelines.
For more information on the role of RDA’s Council, visit https://www.rd-alliance.org/about-rda/our-leadership/rda-council.html.