RDA Europe Ambassadors

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18 February 2019 824 reads

Agricultural sciences, Engineering, Earth Sciences or High energy physics, these are just a set of the domains that have Ambassadors appointed under the umbrella of the recently launched RDA Europe Ambassadors programme.

The initiative brings together distinguished and well-connected domain experts who are working to develop a two-way communication and engagement channel, promoting RDA outputs and perspectives on one hand while streamlining insights and practical contributions from domain focused data communities into the work of RDA, on the other.

The Ambassadors facilitate an open dialogue with data practitioners and organisations workin in domain specific areas. The activities will focus on the highlighting the value of RDA and the impact of collaboration for all those involved. A calendar of events, webinars, training sessions and other similar activities will be made available to support interaction. 

In the meantime, if you are interested in the RDA EU Ambassadors programme, please contact us:  ambassadors at europe.rd-alliance.org. 

If you would like to get in touch with any of our ambassadors, please do so directly using the online contact form. 

Meet the Ambassadors below and learn about their data activities in their field of expertise.

Wouter Addink

RDA EU Ambassador for Natural Sciences

Wouter Addink is coordinating the DiSSCo technical architecture based on the concept of Digital Objects (DO) developed in RDA. He is translating the DO concept to Digital Specimen for the natural scientific collections domain. In RDA he is chair of the Biodiversity Data Interoperability IG and he is working group chair in MOBILISE, an EU COST Action to create a network of scientists and to provide training and short scientific missions in collections. In TDWG Biodiversity Standards he is European representative and in GBIF he is Biodiversity Open Data Ambassador to promote best practices in open sharing of biodiversity data.

Dr. Julien Barde 

RDA EU Ambassador for Marine Sciences / Fisheries

"I am working for IRD (French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development, http://en.ird.fr/ird.fr) since 2008 as an IT research engineer. The focus of my work is the interoperability of information systems to improve (spatial) data management on marine ecosystems (biodiversity or ecological observations and related environmental parameters). I am currently working on methods to implement FAIR Data Management Plans by using R programming language to comply with widely used standards for data interoperability (eg OGC standards). I was a representative of IRD (member of the board) as a partner in the previous iMarine (FP7) and BlueBRIDGE (H2020) European research projects  and in current OpenAIRE-Connect H2020 project."

Dr. Ricarda Braukmann 

RDA EU Ambassador for Social Sciences

Ricarda Braukmann is working as program leader for the Social Sciences at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS). She is part of the policy and communication department and involved in various projects promoting Open Science and sustainable Data Management. Ricarda has, for instance, been involved in the creation of an online Research Data Management training module for early career scientists (see www.cessda.eu/DMGuide). Ricarda has a multi-disciplinary background in Psychology (BSc) and Cognitive Neuroscience  (MSc), and she received her PhD in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience from the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands in 2018.

Dr. Anne Cambon-Thomsen

RDA EU Ambassador health sciences and for research ethics

Anne is a French medical doctor specialised in human immunogenetics and health ethics, presently Emeritus Research Director at CNRS, in an epidemiology and public health unit of Inserm and University Toulouse III. She published on human genetics, transplantation immunogenetics, societal and policy aspects of genomics and biotechnologies. She is member of the European Group on Ethics, the CODATA international data policy committee, the governing board of EuroScience and co-leads the RDA interest group SHARC. She previously co-directed a Common Service of BBMRI-ERIC, the European infrastructure on biobanking and biomolecular resources, and has a large experience of European and international projects.

Dr. Caterina Caracciolo

RDA EU Ambassador for Agricultural Sciences

Caterina Caracciolo works to improve the interoperability of statistical data in the area of agriculture. Her work deals with semantic technologies including vocabularies, taxonomies and ontologies. For the past 13 years she has worked as an information specialist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. Previously engaged with the development and maintenance of vocabularies for textual information (AGROVOC), she is now focussing on classifications for statistical data. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Amsterdam and a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Pisa.

Dr. Sébastien Denvil 

RDA EU Ambassador  Earth Sciences / Climate modelling

Sébastien Denvil is a research engineer at IPSL (CNRS) and has more than 15 years experience in climate simulations, High Performance Computing and e-science infrastructure. He is involved at the heart of international standardization dynamics and at the heart of building the research infrastructure for numerical climate simulations which supplied the 4th (2007), 5th (2013) and 6th (2020) reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). These coordinated experiments aim to understand the functioning of the climate system, assess the capabilities of climate models by defining standard experiments, support studies of mechanisms and processes and produce projections of future climate change. Sébastien is a leader in the European and international climate data and metadata infrastructure community. He play a key role in the EU IS-ENES3 project (Networking activity Work Package Leader on data/metadata), the Copernicus programme (Coordinator of the project delivering regional climate projections to Copernicus) and also within the French national CMIP6 initiative (leading the data/metadata and analysis initiative in France). Being the coordinator of the operational oversight team (CDNOT) for the international climate data infrastructure supporting CMIP6 he thus have first-hand insight into the organizational and technical issues and needs.

Dr. Rene van Horik  

RDA EU Ambassador for Humanities

René van Horik works as project manager at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS). He is involved in projects in the field of digital preservation, research data management and digital humanities. Several projects are part of the H2020 program, such as EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure), the EOSC-hub research infrastructure and FREYA (aimed extending the infrastructure for persistent identifiers). René studied economic and social history and received his PhD in information science from Delft University of Technology.

Dr. Eva Méndez

Ambassador for Interdisciplinary Research

Dr. Eva Méndez is a researcher in Library and Information Sciences, associate professor at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. She defines herself in her Twitter profile (@evamen) as “Semantic Web and Open Knowledge militant”. Her research focuses in metadata and vocabularies to improve interoperability among disciplines in different digital information infrastructures. She is also the Chair of the European Open Science Policy Platform (2018-2020) and deputy vice-rector for Scientific Policy dealing with Open Science in her University, and co-chair of the YERUN Open Science Working Group. She was named Open Data Champion by SPARC Europe (2017) and she is currently involved in FAIR4Health and FAIRsFAIR projects.

Dr. Ingvill Mochman

RDA EU Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Prof. Dr. Ingvill C. Mochmann graduated in comparative politics, economics and German at the University of Bergen, Norway, and holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Giessen, Germany. In 2013-2014 she was a fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and is now an affiliated expert of HHI. Her research and publications include democracy and minority rights, children's rights and research methodology. She founded the "IG Data for Development " at the Research Data Alliance (RDA) in 2014 to promote data access, data sharing and infrastructure development in developing countries. For full CV, see https://gris.gesis.org/files/pdf/341.pdf

Fiona Murphy

RDA EU Ambassador Media and Communications

Formerly an Earth Sciences Publisher, Fiona attended the First RDA Plenary, helping set up the WDS-RDA Data Publishing Interest Group. Since then, she has been an active member, and sometimes Co-Chair, of a number RDA Working and Interest Groups. Now a scholarly communications consultant, Fiona is Secretary of the Dryad Data Repository Board, Editorial Board Member of Data Science Journal and Steering Committee Member for the FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI). She regularly presents, writes and tweets about Open Science and Open Data and organizes workshops and conference sessions around RDA-aligned topics, such as PIDs, data sharing, and data policy.

Dr. Fotis Psomopoulos

RDA EU Ambassador for Bioinformatics

Dr Fotis E. Psomopoulos is a Research Assistant Professor at the Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB) of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH). His research focus in on Bioinformatics (NGS data analyses, data integration and the application of information theory), data mining techniques for knowledge extraction from large bio-datasets, and parallel and distributed computing. Moreover, he is an advocate for Open Science and passionate about training; in this context, he has organized several national and international training activities on topics such as NGS Data Analysis and Machine Learning, as well as Carpentries workshops, and is the deputy Training Coordinator of ELIXIR-GR.

Dr. Ana Slavec 

RDA EU Ambassador for Engineering/ Renewable Materials

Dr. Ana Slavec is a researcher at the InnoRenew CoE where her main role is to support the development and implementation of the institute data management plan and to assist other researchers with data collection, analysis and reporting. She obtained a Ph.D in Statistics in 2016 from the University of Ljubljana where she has been employed as a research assistant at the Centre for Social Informatics and later at the Social Science Data Archives. She is the co-coordinator of the Open Science work group at The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc).

Dr. Nikola Vasiljevic  

RDA EU Ambassador for Engineering and Technology / Wind energy

Nikola is a researcher at the Technical University of Denmark, Department for Wind Energy. His range of responsibilities cover instrumentation development and metrology, data management, and data science. Since 2010 he has been working in the domain of optical remote sensing of the wind. Nikola led the development, establishment and application of the long-range WindScanner system, a mobile infrastructure for atmospheric and wind energy research. Since 2017 Nikola has a leading role in applying FAIR principles in the wind energy domain. He is representing DTU Wind Energy in various national and international data forums.

Shaun de Witt 

RDA EU Ambassador for High energy physics/ Fusion

"I have been working in the field of data management since the 1980's. During this time I have had the pleasure of working in a number of fields including astronomy, remote sensing, meteorology, climatology and particle physics. I have also been involved in European projects related to RDM including EUDAT and am currently engaged with the European Open Science Cloud Initiative. My main interests lie around metadata standards and ontologies, long term data and information preservation, and provenance as key for the exploitation of todays results by researchers in the future, and essential to building trust in data."

Below is a list of events and meeting where you can meet them 

Event Domain When Where Who Highlights
Wind Energy SCience conference (WESC) Wind energy 17 - 20 June 2019 Cork, Ireland Nikola Vasiljevic Talk: What is the Research Data Alliance and what will it do for you?
DARIAH Annual event Humanities 15 -17 May 2019 Warsaw, Poland Rene van Horik RDA opportunities for the Humanities and the DARIAH community - poste presentation
Open Day on Open Science Social Sciences and Humanities 14 February 2019 The Hague, Netherlands Ricarda Braukmann, Rene van Horik Information stand on the Research Data Alliance
NPSO Day on linking data Social Sciences 13 February 2019 Brussels, Belgium Ricarda Braukmann Highlight of the RDA for Social Sciences report 
International Conference on Social Sciences (ICSS XV) Social Sciences 13 July 2018 Leuven, Belgium Ricarda Braukmann Talk: RDA: Who? What? Where? Introducing the Research Data Alliance and its Opportunities for the Social Sciences.




One of the RDA EU Ambassador programme objectives is to provide discipline or topic focused resources that the various Ambassadors, thanks to their expertise have developed to support awareness raising around and uptake of the RDA activities and outputs: 


Resource title Type Author Domain / Topic
RDA for the Humanities Report highlighting RDA groups and outputs that are particularly relevant for the Humanities. (July 2019) Rene van Horik Humanities
What is the Research Data Alliance and what will it do for you? Presentation focused on the RDA value add for the wind energy community (WESC, June 2019) Nikola Vasiljevic Wind Energy
What can RDA do for engineering?  Presentation on the opportunities offered by the RDA for Engineering ( RDA in Denmark, kick-off event, June 2019) Nikola Vasiljevic Engineering
What can RDA do for you? Poster on RDA opportunities for the Humanities and the DARIAH community (DARIAH Annual event, May) 2019 Rene van Horik Humanities 
RDA: Who? What? Where? Introducing the Research Data Alliance and its Opportunities for the Social Sciences. Presentation focused on RDA opportunities for the Social Sciences (ICSS XV, July 2018) Ricarda Braukmann Social Science 
RDA For The Social Sciences Report highlighting RDA groups and outputs that are particularly relevant for the social sciences. (July 2018) Ricarda Braukmann Social Science