TAB Elections 2017 Candidate Details

This September 2017, RDA holds its annual TAB elections. After RDA’s 10th Plenary in Montreal, 5 new members will be elected to RDA’s Technical Advisory Board (TAB). 

There are 12 TAB members, and 4 are stepping down in this cycle. As a result of a decision made at the last Council meeting in July 2017, the 2017 election to TAB will elect 5 members to replace the 4 who are rotating off after their 3 year terms are complete. The total number of TAB members will therefore increase to 13 after this year’s TAB Election. This process will also be followed in 2018 and 2019 to expand the total TAB size to 15.  

10 eligible candidates are up for the election.

The TAB Election process document contains the following clause:

"A TAB member who is elected as TAB co-chair towards the end of their first term on TAB will be considered to be automatically re-elected to TAB should their term as TAB member come to an end during their term as co-chair."

As Andrew Treloar became TAB co-chair in 2016, 2 years into his first elected term on TAB, this means that Andrew is automatically re-elected to TAB at the 2017 TAB election. Hence, there are 4 remaining slots available to the remaining 9 eligible candidates.

Read more on the TAB election process and balancing criteria

Read the full explanation of the TAB Elections September 2017 Process and Balancing Criteria

Voting starts on the 19th of September 2017 and closes after two weeks. The newly elected TAB members will be announced shortly after.

View below the profiles and statements of our candidates & Vote here


Mr Fernando Aguilar 

IFCA  |  IT Specialist/IT Architect  |  Spain 

Europe and Africa  |  Engineering and technology  |  Data Technologist 

During my professional life I have been involved in different initiatives related to some of the topics addressed by RDA Working or Interest Groups and Data Management in general. I started managing the database of a water quality monitoring project (“Cuerda del Pozo” reservoir, in Spain), as well as developing solutions for data visualization and curation. After that, I have been involved in ROEM+ project, a European Commission Life+ project which aimed at forecasting the reservoir behavior. This project, required the use of high resolution 3D models processed in powerful computing resources and the harmonization of different data sources that served as model input. It was related to LifeWatch (, the European Research Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Environmental Research. Within LifeWatch, I have participated in different actions along the preparatory phase as well as specific projects like the EGI-LifeWatch Competence Centre together with EGI, the European Grid Infrastructure, where different LifeWatch national initiatives worked together in the development of services requiring computing resources (Cloud Computing, GPGPUs, HTC) and addressing common technical requirements (storage solutions, Authentication and Authorization, Virtual Research Environments, etc.).

I had also the opportunity to work in COOPEUS, an international cooperation project that aimed at discovering synergies and gaps among related Research Infrastructures from Europe and United States and addressing good practices to ensure the interoperability. In particular, I collaborated within the project with NEON ( National Ecological Observatory Network) and DataONE, applying integrative approaches and providing research data. This project continues in COOP+, integrating Research Infrastructures from all around the world.

Finally, I have been working in INDIGO-DataCloud, an EC H2020 project that aims at developing a set of solutions based on Cloud Computing very focused on the requirements in terms of data management and analysis from different Scientific Communities. I think that Cloud Computing can play a very important role as Data Management supporter, including the whole Data Life Cycle. That is why I am finishing my PhD Thesis on Data Management in a Cloud Computing framework, where I propose a set of solutions and best practices to manage the data along all the stages of the life cycle exploiting services and tools based on Cloud.

So that, due to my IT background and my experience in different topics related to RDA (PIDs, Metadata, DMPs, Hydrologic Data, Biodiversity, etc.), I can contribute to the Technical Advisory Board analysing the different technical solutions that can contribute to the success of the different Working and Interest Groups, as well as finding synergies among them. I would emphasize the use of Cloud Computing as key supporter of the Research Data Life Cycle and due to my experience I could help others to solve their problems using this type of technologies.

Dr Francoise Genova

Centre de Donnees astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS)  |  Researcher  |  France

Europe and Africa  |  Natural sciences Data  |  Data Policy Maker

I have been involved in the RDA before it started, and have been one of the first TAB members. My background is being an astronomer, caring about the fact that data should be reusable and shared, and working in different contexts to make it happen. 

I have been the director of the Strasbourg astronomical data centre CDS, which is used daily by the world-wide astronomical community, from 1995 to 2015, and one of the founding parents of the astronomical Virtual Observatory, a global endeavour which develops the astronomical interoperability framework. I have been the coordinator of several European projects dealing with the European Virtual Observatory, and I currently lead the "Data Access, Discovery and Interoperability" Work Package of the European ASTERICS astronomy Cluster, which aims at optimizing the usage of the data from the astronomical large projects through the Virtual Observatory. 

I have been a member of the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data set up by the European Commission in 2010, and one author of the "Riding the wave" report published in October 2010 and of its follow-up "Data Harvest" report. I am currently a member of the European Commission FAIR Data Expert Group and of the OECD-GSF/WDS Expert Group on International Coordination of Data Infrastructure for Open Science.  I am a member of the Data Seal of Approval Board and of the common DSA/WDS Board, and had been a member of the WDS Scientific Committee (2009-2015) and of CODATA Executive Committee (2010-2012). I represent France at the European e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG).

In France I am chairing or co-chairing committees dealing with data sharing in astronomy, humanities and earth sciences.

In the RDA I was elected to TAB in 2014 and became co-chair in 2015. I am a member of the Council Strategy sub-committee, and fulfil all the duties of a TAB Chair. A strength of the RDA is to gather participants with different profiles, such as disciplinary scientists, data practitioners, librarians and data technologists. Another one is the huge diversity of the activities performed under its remit, to tackle the very diverse building blocks of scientific data sharing. These strengths are also challenges, and I am eager to continue to contribute towards building the RDA community, activities and impact as a member of the TAB. If elected I will candidate to continue to be one of the TAB co-chairs.

Dr Jens Klump  

CSIRO Mineral Resources Science  |  Leader Earth Science Informatics  |  Australia 

Asia and Oceania  |  Natural sciences  |  Data Technologist 

Jens Klump is the CSIRO Science Leader for Earth Science Informatics. As a member of CSIRO Mineral Resources, he is based in Perth, Western Australia. Jens' field of research is the application of information technology to earth science questions. His research topics include data driven science and machine learning, virtual research environments, remotely operated instruments, programmatic access to data, high performance and cloud computing, and the development of system solutions for large geoscience projects.

Jens has degrees in geology and in oceanography from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and received his PhD in marine geology from the University of Bremen, Germany. He was part of the team that developed the foundations for what later became DataCite and later applied the principles developed here to building the International Geo Sample Number (IGSN), a persistent identifier system for physical specimens. Jens has more than sixteen years of experience in designing and building research data infrastructures and has served on several committees working on related topics. Jens is the vice president of the IGSN Implementation Organisation and vice president of the EGU Earth and Space Sciences Division.

Dr Dimitrios Koureas 

Natural History Museum London  |  Researcher / Research Infrastructure coordinator  |  United Kingdom 

Europe and Africa  |  Natural sciences  |  Other 

My focus challenge:Over the last couple of years, we witnessed a noteworthy increase of the number of Interest and Working Groups operating within RDA. A significant proportion of that increase is due to the creation of disciplinary groups. The operation of such groups in RDA is crucial, acting as direct channels of communication and collaboration between RDA and the respective scientific communities. Today, more than 20 disciplinary groups operate within the RDA ecosystem. 

Role of TAB: 

TAB needs to play a pivotal role in fostering the development of such groups, supporting their interplay, and streamlining the communication between disciplinary and cross-cutting (addressing technical and socio-cultural challenges) groups. TAB mission as the ‘connective tissue’ of the RDA ecosystem is also crucial. As RDA grows, this coordinating role of TAB will enable RDA to address the challenges associated with a fragmented landscape into opportunities derived from the operation of a diverse ecosystem. 

My role in TAB:  

In my TAB role, I expect to contribute towards:

(i) Further strengthening the trans-disciplinary perspective of TAB, emphasising the importance of nurturing relationships with the communities of practice within and outside RDA;
(ii) Building mechanisms and light-weight processes to better monitor the activity of groups;
(iii) Developing performance indicators for TAB;
(iv) Improving the authoritative voice of TAB, in relevant forums outside RDA.

My work in RDA:

Over the last 3 years, I have been heavily involved in Interest and Working Groups of RDA. In my capacity either as a co-chair (e.g. BDI IG, WG Attribution metadata) or member I focused on building the necessary bridges between the RDA community and my community of practice (i.e. biodiversity). Recently, I focused my work in creating an RDA group to act as a common working platform for all disciplinary groups in RDA (DCF - Disciplinary Collaboration Framework). 

My background and other roles:

I received my PhD in the field of plant systematics and biogeography. Over the following years I developed a cross-discipline expertise working on the application of information tools to the study of biodiversity. Currently working at the Natural History Museum London as the lead for research data and partnerships. 

I am coordinator of the Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo), the initiative to build a new Research Infrastructure for natural science collections across 21 European countries. I also chair the Biodiversity Information Standards International Organisation (TDWG), a pivotal organisation for the development and maintenance of (meta-)data Standards for biodiversity. 

I still maintain a strong interest in teaching as invited lecturer in several MSc programmes across Europe, lecturing on biodiversity informatics and data management.

Dr Maryann Martone 

University of California, San Diego  |  Professor  |  United States 

Americas  |  Natural sciences  |  Data Technologist 

I have been a member of RDA since its inception, although most of my activities in the areas of standards and open science have been through FORCE11:  the Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship.  I was instrumental in bringing together the working group that harmonized work across multiple organizations to produce the Joint Declaration of Data Citations.  I have led several working groups through FORCE11, including the Data Citation Implementation project, funded by the US National Institutes of Health, and the Resource Identification Initiative.  Between my background in neuroscience and my work in FORCE11, I believe that I can uniquely contribute to the mission of RDA, by bringing more life sciences into RDA (and more RDA into the life sciences) and by serving as a bridge to connect to other organizations like FORCE11 with synergistic missions.  We are in an exciting time right now in scholarly communications, as many of the efforts of organizations like  RDA, FORCE and many others, have produced tangible principles and products for expanding our view of scholarly communications and transforming the technologies that support it.  

Biography:  I am a neuroanatomist by training, but for the past decade I have been working in the area of neuroinformatics to increase access to and utilization of neuroscience data. I have been working in the area of knowledge representation in the neurosciences, first through the development of databases and shared infrastructures for microscopic and neuroimaging through theCell Centered Database and Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN) projects and now within the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF). I am PI of the NIF project, which under my direction has grown into the largest source of neuroscience data and tools on the web. Through NIF and my neuroscience background, I have a unique global perspective on issues in data sharing and utilization in the neurosciences and have gained considerable insight and expertise in working with diverse biomedical data.  I served as the US Scientific Representative to the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility from 2008-2011, and am currently the Chair of their Council for Technology, Science and Infrastructure, which advises on their scientific direction and effectiveness in serving infrastructure needs.  We have recently extended the NIF framework to develop data portals for NIDDK (dkNET) and other communities. I recently completed my tenure as President of FORCE11, the Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming scholarly communication, growing the organization from 50 to over 1500 members. I recently retired from the University, but am still active as an Emeritus professor.  I serve as the Director of Biosciences for, a non-profit tech organization developing technology to annotate the web. I am one of the co-founders of, a start up company that is developing a sustainable business model around NIF and dkNET technologies.

Dr Sarah Ramdeen

UNC at Chapel Hill SILS  |  Student  |  United States

Americas  |  Social Sciences  |  Other

My name is Sarah Ramdeen, I have a doctorate in the field of Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I was an RDA-US Early Career Fellow and am currently co-chair of the Archives and Records Professionals for Research Data Interest Group.  I have been part of RDA since the second plenary in D.C.   I would like to continue to serve RDA by becoming a member of the Technical Advisory Board.  

I have experience from many different viewpoints of RDA and I think the TAB could benefit from this perspective.  This includes my experiences as a student fellow, contributing to sessions (oral and posters), and developing a new interest group.  I have a wide level of service experience within RDA and other organizations (AGU, GSA, and ESIP) to draw from. I also bring a perspective as an early career researcher, a group that is often underrepresented in leadership positions.  In addition, I am an interdisciplinary researcher, I worked as a geologist for 7 years before moving to information science.   

I believe this opportunity will be a great benefit to me as well as RDA.  It is a chance to view RDA from a larger scale and to get exposure to cutting edge data sharing technologies and practices.

For background, I have a BS in Geology and a BA in Humanities from Florida State University (FSU).  I also have an MS in Library and Information Studies with a Certificate in Museum Studies from FSU.  Before entering the PhD program at UNC-CH, I worked for the Florida Geological Survey in their core and cuttings repository processing samples for archival storage and later assisting with the development of a repository database.

Dr Rainer Stotzka

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology  |  Researcher  |  Germany 

Europe and Africa  |  Engineering and technology  |  Other 

Dr. Rainer Stotzka studied technical cybernetics in Stuttgart and received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Mannheim, Germany, in 1995. At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Data Processing and Electronics, he leads a software development group for “Research Data Management”. Within the Helmholtz activity “Large Scale Data Management and Analysis” he is responsible for the “Data Life Cycle Lab Key Technologies” inducing novel research data management methods to scientific experiments. He is involved in various national and international research projects and initiatives, e.g. DARIAH, MASi, NFFA Europe, RDA and the Collaborative Research Centre "Episteme in Motion". Within the last years he and his research group published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed conferences and journals.

RDA related acivities:
- WG Practical Policy (2012-2015)
- Member of the Technical Advisory Board since 2013
- Council sub-committee ""Operation and Coordination"" (2016-2017)
- Co-organization of the Breakout Sessions RDA Plenaries 3-9
- Co-organization of the RDA WG/IG Collaboration Meetings
- RDA Germany

Mr Peter Vats

VSC Consulting Pty Ltd  |  Programme Manager/Project Manager  |  Australia 

Asia and Oceania  |  Engineering and technology  |  Data Manager 

Peter Vats is a seasoned IT strategic leader, technical director and Project Lead, with duties ranging from leading teams, delivering large scale technical projects, managing software and product development teams.

Peter's notable involvement has been with RDA's DDRI chapter as part of the RD-Switchboard project and has been involved from day dot in managing/running the team which delivered the schema, the source code and AWS infrastructure to support the Switchboard.

Dr Jane Wyngaard

Centre for Research Computing, University of Notre Dame  |  Data Science Technologist  |  United States 

Americas  |  Engineering and technology  |  Data Technologist 

I'm an Electronics Engineer with a passion for open source technologies that enable the Sciences. I completed both my undergraduate  (mechatronics engineering) and doctorate (focused on microprocessor design for Scientific High Performance Computing) at the University of Cape Town South Africa.  I've most recently this year joined the University of Notre Dame's (USA) Centre for Research Computing (CRC) after a post-doc at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  

At the CRC I have continued to work on the broader challenges of sUAS data management while helping other researchers to utilise sUAS and other sensor platforms for data capture. 

During my postdoc I worked on BigData tools for Earth Science, and co-founded a group within the Earth Science Information Partners Foundation focused on the use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) within the Sciences.  Exploratory efforts within that group quickly showed the need for a more global community conversation and effort around sUAS data management resulting in the RDA sUAS data IG of which I am a co-chair.   

I propose that my research interest in good open data practices in the sciences,  mixed formal background in building both hardware and software for the Sciences, experience in using tech for scientific data handling, and both developed and developing nation contextual view points would be of use in TAB.


Automatically re-elected

Dr Andrew Treloar 

Australian National Data Service  |  CTO/IT Director  |  Australia 

Asia and Oceania  |  Humanities  |  Data Technologist 

I am currently the TAB co-chair, a role I have held for the last three years. Over that time, TAB has become more effective, more diverse and more representative of the growing RDA membership. I regard TAB as one of the key enablers of Working Groups and Interest Groups - the engine room of RDA activity. If re-elected to TAB, I will continue to work with my colleagues to help TAB support the great work of RDA.

When not attending TAB meetings in the early hours of the morning, I am the Director of Technology for the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) (, with particular responsibility for  international engagement. In 2008 I led the project to establish ANDS. Prior to that I was associated with a number of e-research projects as Director or Technical Architect), as well as the development of an Information Management Strategy for Monash University. My research interests include data management, institutional repositories and scholarly communication. I never seem to be able to make enough time for practising my ‘cello, or reading, but do try to prioritise working in my vegetable garden. Further details at or follow me on Twitter as @atreloar. 

I hold a Bachelor of Arts with first-class honours, majoring in Germanic Languages and Linguistics, a Graduate Diploma in computer science, a Master of Arts in English Literature and a Ph. D. with the thesis topic Hypermedia Online Publishing - The Transformation of the Scholarly Journal.