Ms Nicky Nicolson
Professional Title: IT Specialist/IT Architect
Other: Senior Research Leader, Biodiversity Informatics
Primary domain: Biodiversity Informatics
Organization name: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Organization type: Academia/Research
City / Country: London - United Kingdom
As Senior Research Leader in Biodiversity Informatics, I lead a team of specialist technologists and researchers tasked with curating, improving access to and exploitation of Kew’s exceptional data resources. These include global scale nomenclatural and taxonomic datasets, specimen catalogues and data on the distribution, morphology, usage and traits of plants and fungi. I oversee the development of novel tools and information services to maximise the use of Kew’s data, and to enable it to be efficiently curated. My own research is focussed on the use of graph-based data models and the development of tools and services to enable efficient data linking - to build the foundations of the biodiversity knowledge graph.