RDA Member profile: Raphael Ritz, Head of Data Division at the Max-Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF)

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Meet Raphael Ritz, Head of Data Division at the Max-Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF) - the central IT service unit of the Max Planck Society (MPG) in Germany. The MPG is Germany's major basic research organization and operates 84 institutes across the country (and a few abroad). Raphael and his team offer generic data services, including sync&share, transfer, backup and archive solutions, as well as tailored database and web services often in collaboration with individual institutes or projects.

Raphael is a long-time member of RDA and participates in numerous Working and Interest groups. He is co-chair of the Data Foundation and Terminology IG that grew out of one of RDA's very first working groups of the same name. He also represents MPCDF in the RDA Organizational Assembly and is an elected member of the RDA Organizational Advisory Board.

Prior to his role at MPCDF, Raphael was the Scientific Officer of the International Neuroinformatics Coordination Facility (INCF) headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, where he was responsible for establishing a platform for research-oriented services for the neuroinformatics and broader neuroscience research communities worldwide. Raphael has experience in computational neuroscience, advanced data analysis techniques, and web portal development. He is also a member of the Plone Foundation. He holds a degree in physics and received his PhD in Theoretical Physics from the Technical University of Munich.