RDA 6th Plenary Programme & Organising Committees

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06 May 2015 4934 reads
Programme committee
Patrick Cocquet, Chief executive officer, Cap Digital Cluster - Programme Committee Co-chair
Dr. Patrick Cocquet is the chief executive officer of Cap Digital cluster, a structure that gathers more than 650 innovative companies and more than 50 research and education organisms, working in digital economy fields. Among its various communities, the one working on data (big data, open data, data visualization) is one of the more active and innovative one.
Holder of a qualification from a French engineering high school in 1979, he started his carrier in a large group, where he led international standardization and development of products range actions for embedded networks and then for internet networks.In 2000, he founded a startup, a company dedicated to software for internet network equipment. He started and organized Cap Digital in 2006, making it the first digital cluster in France and Europe.
Hilary Hanahoe, Director, Trust-IT Services Ltd., United Kingdom  - Programme Committee Co-chair

Hilary Hanahoe is a director at Trust-IT Services and has been communicating innovation, marketing & digital strategies in ICT since 1996. She has a deep commitment in building programmes that forge strong bonds and higher levels of involvement with organisations, decision-makers, influencers in the creation of ICT opportunities for Europeans in extra EU countries. 
She served as Coordinator of the GRDI2020 initiative which produced a 10 year visionary roadmap on Global Research Data Infrastructures and successfully created a globally connected community of research data stakeholders. Hilary is currently the coordinator of the RDA Europe 2 project and a member of the RDA Secretariat. 
Robert Chen, CIESIN
Robert S. Chen is the director of CIESIN and a senior research scientist. He served as CIESIN’s deputy director from July 1998 to April 2006 and as CIESIN’s interim director from May 2006 to January 2007. Dr. Chen is also the manager and co-principal investigator of the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), a data center in the NASA Earth Observing System Data and Information System.
Dr. Chen has contributed to activities of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for more than a decade and currently serves as an ex officio member of the IPCC Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impacts and Climate Analysis (TGICA) and co-manager of the IPCC Data Distribution Center (DDC).


Kathleen Fontaine,  Managing Director, Research Data Alliance/US
Kathy comes to RDA from just over 20 years at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (early on as a contractor; most recently as a civil servant), having done a variety of things including data policy, spacecraft system trade studies, and a variety of project and program work. Her professional and research interests include international organizations and their cultures, developing and implementing policies, and the intricacies of volunteer organizations. Kathy was extensively involved in several international and intergovernmental organizations whose focus was on open sharing of Earth observations data. She participated in the Committee on Earth Observations Satellites (CEOS) Working Group on Information Systems and Services (WGISS); in the Group on Earth Observations (GEO); and in the US interagency US Group on Earth Observations (USGEO). Kathy welcomes this jump into the academic world to help RDA achieve its goals both nationally, regionally, and internationally.
Françoise Genova, Strasbourg Astronomical Data Centre CDS, France 

Françoise Genova has been the director of Strasbourg astronomical data centre CDS since 1995. She is one of the founding parents of the astronomical Virtual Observatory (VO) endeavour, and has coordinated several projects funded by the European Commission in support to the European VO.
She was a member of the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data set up by the European Commission in 2010, and one of the authors of the "Riding the wave" report. She is Vice-Chair of the Scientific Committee of ICSU World Data System, and has been a member of the Executive Committee of ICSU CODATA (2010-2012). 
Odile Hologne, INRA

Deputy Director for Scientific and Technical Information at the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Odile Hologne held for twenty years positions related to IT development, as well as information management and enhancement in public institutions under the Ministry of Agriculture.
In her current fonction as Deputy Director, since 2004, she co-chairs a working group of the national Scientific Digital Library initiative (BSN) dealing with the “skills” component and is involved in various national or international working groups on e-science and open science (open access, open research data) for which skills’ development is a challenge.
Charles Huot, TEMIS
As Corporate Development Officer, Charles Huot is responsible for understanding the competitive dynamics for TEMIS, recognizing new opportunities and developing new business initiatives, and implementing corporate and business level strategies for the company.
Before co-founding TEMIS, Charles spent 10 years with IBM, where he was instrumental in developing international sales of their innovative Text Mining software. While at the University of Marseille (France), his academic studies focused on Competitive Intelligence strategies. Charles got awarded a Ph.D in this field.
Charles remains a leading specialist in Competitive Intelligence, holding regular seminars across Europe and the United States.
Natalia Manola, University of Athens
Natalia Manola is a research associate in the University of Athens, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications and the Athena Technology and Innovation Research Center. She holds a Physics degree from the University of Athens, and an MS in Electrical and Computing Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has several years of employment as a Software Engineer and Architect employed in the Bioinformatics sector. From 2009 she has served as the project director of OpenAIRE, a major EC e-Infrastructure supporting open access in all scientific results. She now also leads OpenMinTeD an EC project that aspires to enable the creation of an infrastructure for the discovery and use of text mining technologies and interoperable services . Her research interests include the topics of e-Infrastructures development and management, scientific data management, data curation and validation, complex data visualization, open science policies.
Romain Melet, Cap Digital Cluster
Romain Melet is in charge of the data related community at Cap Digital, the French cluster fostering digital transformation in the economy. He received his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) in France in 2008. Romain served as an Innovation Management Consultant before founding a startup promoting the dissemination of scientific materials among scientists from several fields of research, from material science to biology. He joined Cap Digital in 2015 where he is fully dedicated to promoting data driven innovation and openness as well as building bridges between Startups, SMEs, Large Companies and Academic Organizations.
Christian Pagé, CERFACS

Christian Pagé is a high-level research engineer developing a statistical downscaling methodology (dsclim) applied to climate scenarios as well as on scientific data distribution infrastructures, with a focus on Big Data issues and solutions.
Christian currently work at CERFACS in Toulouse since January 2008, and he holds a permanent position since July 2009. CERFACS is a private research institute (civil society) specializing in research questions related to High Performance Computing (HPC). He is also involved in providing high-resolution climate data for the climate change impact community in France (SCRATCH scenarios datasets), as well as on climate science data distribution (such as climate4impact.eu and on-demand calculations with the development of a very efficient python package icclim, which is now part of the CoG OpenClimateGIS open-source software.
Mark Parsons, Research Data Alliance Secretary General

Before being appointed RDA Secretary General, Mark was the Managing Director of RDA/United States and the Rensselaer Center for the Digital Society. He focusses on stewarding research data and making them more accessible and useful across different ways of knowing. He has been leading major data stewardship efforts for more than 20 years, and received the American Geophysical Union Charles S. Falkenberg Award as an advocate of robust data stewardship as a vital component of Earth system science and as an important profession in its own right.
Prior to joining Rensselaer, Parsons was a Senior Associate Scientist and the Lead Project Manager at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). While at NSIDC, he defined and implemented their overall data management process and led the data management effort for the ICSU/WMO International Polar Year 2007-2008. He is currently active in several international committees while helping lead the Research Data Alliance in its goal of accelerating innovation through data exchange.  His research interests include the role of scientific social interaction in the success, development, and extension of data sharing networks.
Rainer Stotzka,  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

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 the department “Software Methods” and a software development group “Big Data”. 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 for many scientific communities.
He is involved in various national and international research projects and initiatives, e.g. DARIAH, eCodicology, EUDAT, RDA and the German Alliance for Research Data Management. Within the last five years he and his research groups published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed conferences and journals.
Naoyuki Tsunematsu, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan
Naoyuki Tsunematsu has previously worked for a large IT service company and lead the team of researches in their work related to the societal impact of IT-based services.
Currently he works for the planning department of science and technology information dissemination service of the Japan Science and Technology Agency JST.
Lesley Wyborn, National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) Facility
After a career spanning 42 years at Geoscience Australia,  on 2014, Lesley Wyborn joined the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) of the Australian National University (ANU). Her main focus is on working with a team at NCI that are integrating the 10 PB continent scale national collections as part of the High Performance National Environmental Research Data Centre. Her main expertise is in national scale interdisciplinary Data Systems Analysis, High Performance Data, High Performance Computing, virtual laboratories, data rescue, and provenance workflow engines. She is Deputy Chair, Data in Science Committee of the Australian Academy of Science and a participant on the International Belmont Forum on Global Data Management and e-Infrastructure for the Environmental sciences.