Officers and Executive Committee


Barend MONS (Netherlands)

President 2018-2022





Geoffrey BOULTON (UK)

President 2014-2018

Professor Geoffrey Boulton (UK) is Regius Professor of Geology Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh, and former Vice Principal of the University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scotland’s national academy). He is a member of the Council of the Royal Society, chairs its Science Policy Centre, was principal author of its influential report Science as an Open EnterpriseBuilding on the recommendations of this report, he was responsible for creating the UK Research Data Forum and is a member of the UK Government’s Research Transparency Board. He is President of the Scottish Association for Marine Science and until recently was a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, the UK’s top-level science policy body. He has been a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and the Natural Environment Research Council, chairing its Earth Science and Technology Board and its Polar Science Board. He has been the UK representative to the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and to the International Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA).

His research is in the fields of environmental geology and glaciology, frequently involving large and diverse data volumes, and he currently leads a major project on the Antarctic Ice Sheet. National and international awards for his science include the Kirk Bryan Award of the Geological Society of America, the Seligman Crystal of the International Glaciological Society, the Lyell Medal of the Geological Society, the Royal Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, the Croll Medal of the Quaternary Research Association, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Heidelberg, Chalmers University, Birmingham and Keele. 

Professional DetailsSchool of GeoSciences (University of Edinburgh); ResearchGate.



LI Jianhui (China)
Vice President 2018-2022

Dr. LI Jianhui is professor and director of scientific data at the Computer Network information Center (CNIC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is also the Secretary-General of the Chinese National Committee for CODATA.

Dr. LI was born in 1973, and obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Computing Technology of CAS in 2007. He has mainly engaged in the research of scientific data curation and sharing, data-intensive computing and applications, big data analysis and cloud service. For CAS, he leads and promotes the development of scientific databases sharing and he designed and led the development of scientific data infrastructure and its application environment. He was also the Co-PI of the National Data Sharing Network for Basic Research Project, which coordinated scientific research data sharing among universities, institutions and other research organizations.  He is leading the design and further development of the Scientific Data Cloud of CAS ( for data sharing, big data analysis and large scale data-Intensive scientific research, and leading a group to design and develop a research data repository and data journal for scientific data publication in China. Dr. LI has published more than 50 papers and applied for 8 patents and 1 national standard.

He has also organized a series of activities to help promoting and improving scientific and technical data management and use, and increasing the impact of CODATA in China, including the International CODATA Conference, Task Groups, Training Workshops, etc.

As an Executive Committee member, he will link international CODATA and CODATA-CHINA, increasing CODATA visibility in China and promote CODATA as the natural home for Chinese data scientists. He will help to enhance the capacity building in developing countries, and push forward scientific data citation and publication practices. I this way, he willl help CODATA carry out its missions, objectives and key initiatives of its Strategic Plan 2013-2018.


Alena RybkinaAlena RYBKINA (Russia)

Vice President 2018-2022

Alena Rybkina is chief of the Innovation Technologies Sector of the Geophysical Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (GC RAS). She is a young but internationally recognized specialist in implementation of modern information and visualization technologies in the scientific research and industrial domain. Important goals of her activity are data technological studies and development of spherical projection systems aimed at efficient analysis, demonstration and popularization in data research and management. Alena is actively involved in the operations of the CODATA Task Group “Earth and Space Science Data Interoperability”. She co-authored the “Atlas of the Earth’s Magnetic Field”, which was one of the outstanding TG achievements in 2013. She is experienced in the organization of international and national events devoted to promotion of data science in Russia and other countries. In particular she was the principal organizer of the conferences “Electronic Geophysical Year: State of the Art and Results” in 2009, Pereslavl-Zalessky“Artificial Intelligence in the Earth’s Magnetic Field Study. INTERMAGNET Russian Segment” in 2011, Uglich and “Geophysical Observatories, Multifunctional GIS and Data Mining” in 2013, Kaluga. She takes part in numerous international projects, including those developed by the International Institution for Applied System Analysis (IIASA, Laxemburg, Austria). Alena is geologist currently working on the paleoenvironmental reconstructions and the Earth’s magnetic field studies. She took part in geological expeditions in Russia, Ukraine, France and Italy for collecting paleomagnetic data and providing correlations between changes in magnetic data and global astronomical cycles. As a member of the CODATA Executive Committee she focuses on the organization and structuring the CODATA research projects and bring her experience in the geoscience data management. Special attention will be paid to the promotion of CODATA activities among data and research community to involve new members as well as young scientists.

Professional Details: LinkedIn


Secretary General


Secretary General 2016-2020

Bonnie C. Carroll is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Information International Associates, Inc. (IIa); a woman-owned business established in 1988 and headquartered in Oak Ridge, TN.  IIa supports government and industry in managing information as a strategic resource. Ms. Carroll is Executive Director of CENDI, the federal scientific and technical information (STI) managers’ group of 12 Federal US STI programs, and is the Secretary General of CODATA and as such serves ex officio on the National Academy of Science, National Research Council’s Board of Research Data and Information.  She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  For 5 years Ms. Carroll was the Executive Secretary of two White House Interagency Working Groups. For over four decades, she has participated in research and development projects for DOE, NSF, the Library of Congress, the Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and special studies for the International Atomic Energy Agency, UNESCO and the World Bank.  Ms. Carroll’s experience with the DOE includes working with HQ and the field organizations, both as a contractor and as a federal employee.  Her connections to DOE date back to 1971 when she started work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  During the 1980s, Ms. Carroll worked at DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information as Director of Program Development and International Activities and Deputy and Acting Assistant Manager for Information Services.  After leaving ORNL she founded IIa and has been a support contractor now for over 30 years.  Ms. Carroll served as President of the American Society for Information Science &Technology and as Chair of the AAAS Section on Information, Computing and Communications. Ms. Carroll is on the editorial board for the journal Information Services and Use.  She has an MS from Columbia University and a BA from Cornell University.  

Ms. Carroll’s honors and awards include: ASIS&T: Watson Davis Award for Continuing and Dedicated Service (1988); Distinguished Service Award, East Tennessee Chapter (1986); NASA Scientific & Techni­cal Information Program - Director’s Award (1992); USGS Government Technology Leadership Award for the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) (1999); Federal Computer Week Federal 100 (2004); U.S. Department of the Interior National Conservation Award (2005); the Grey Literature Network Service GreyNet Award (2011); and the Enterprising Women of the Year Award (2016).  IIa was the recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Woman-Owned Business of the year for 2014.



John Broome, CODATA TreasurerJohn BROOME (Canada)

Treasurer 2012-2020

Data Policy and Strategy Expert, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Mr. Broome has over 30 years experience in government and the private sector in the areas of geophysical modeling and imaging, GIS, data architecture, web mapping, and scientific data stewardship and policy. He worked in geophysical consulting industry until 1983 when he joined the Geological Survey of Canada where he held a series of positions ranging from the application of computer technology and GIS for geoscience interpretation to the policies and standards necessary for the integration, management, and dissemination of digital scientific data and publications.

Mr. Broome is an active member of international groups focused on improving the management and accessibility of digital scientific and geospatial data, a Champion of the OneGeology-International initiative to make geological maps accessible online, and past Chair of the Canadian National Committee for CODATA.

Professional Details: LinkedIn.


Executive Committee Members 2018 - 2020

Toshihiro ASHINO (Japan)
Executive Committee Member 2018-2020

Toshihiro Ashino is a professor of Toyo University. He is a member of Science Counsil of Japan (SCJ) and a secretary of International Data Committee and the chairperson of CODATA Sub-Committee of SCJ from 2018.

He is continuing research into data and knowledge representation for materials science and engineering. The article of materials ontology in CODATA Data Science Journal 2010 is regarded as an advanced research in current materials informatics area. He had co-chaired CODATA TG “Exchangeable Materials Data Representation” from 2006 to 2012, and from 2014, participating a Japanese national project, “Materials Integration” and playing an important role to develop materials data and knowledge representation for integrate heterogeneous information resources of materials science and engineering in collaboration with National Institute of Materials Science and The University of Tokyo.

He is also working for standardization of materials data representation, participating a series of CEN workshops, workshop on 'Economics and Logistics of Standards compliant Schemas and ontologies for Interoperability - Engineering Materials Data' (WS/ELSSI-EMD, 2009-2010), ‘Standards for Electronic Reporting in the Engineering Sector’ (WS/SERES, 2012-2014), ‘Fatigue Testing Data’ (WS/FATEDA, 2016-2017), n ‘Mechanical Testing Data’ (WS/METEDA, 2017-2018) and ‘Nanoindentation Testing Data’ (WS/NATEDA, 2018-2020).

Also, Professor Ashino is working not only in materials science and engineering field, participating JOSS (Japan Open Science Summit) organization committee and RDUF (Research Data Utilization Forum) program committee, working to promote open data and open science activities in Japan.


Ernie BOYKO (Canada)
Executive Committee Member 2018-2020

Ernie Boyko is an agricultural economist with extensive experience in data development, data dissemination and research data management. 

His wide experience at Canada’s national statistics agency, Statistics Canada, involved working at senior levels in a variety of areas including: agriculture statistics, corporate planning, electronic dissemination, census operations and library and information services. As an advocate for data access, his crowning achievement at Statistics Canada was the creation of the Data Liberation Initiative with Wendy Watkins from Carleton University.  This program allowed affordable access to all public microdata and aggregate files for the first time to post-secondary institutions.  It has recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with 79 institutional members. DLI has been cited internationally as a model program for statistical institutions.

Ernie was involved in several assignments with the World Bank and OECD’s PARIS21 projects.  This involved work in several African and Asian counties in data development for agriculture statistics, dissemination and data management policies for statistical agencies.   He was able to put his Statistics Canada and international experience to use while spending a decade as an Adjunct Data Librarian at Carleton University where he taught the basics of research data management to faculty and graduate student researchers.

He is a past president of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) an organization he has been part of for nearly 30 years.  This has given him exposure to the challenges of social science data services.  It was under this umbrella that he was part of a working group that developed a metadata standard, the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI).  DDI is now widely used as a standard for documenting research data.  In 2018, IASSIST presented Ernie with a lifetime achievement award for his work.


Tyng-Ruey CHUANG (The Academy of Sciences located in Taipei)
Executive Committee Member 2018-2020 

Tyng-Ruey Chuang's research interest includes functional programming, geospatial informatics, and topics in citizen science and data collaboration. He is an associate research fellow at the Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, with joint appointments both at the Research Center for Information Technology Innovation and at the Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences. He was a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society (2011 — 2012), supported in part by a Fulbright senior research grant and by the National Science Council of Taiwan. He was the project lead of Creative Commons Taiwan since its start in 2003 until its transition to a community project in 2018. He served for several times as a board member at both the Taiwan Association of Human Rights and at the Software Liberty Association of Taiwan.  

He was trained as a computer scientist (PhD, NYU 1993) and has been working with ecologists, historians, and legal scholars to make better use of research data. He collaborated with the Taiwan Endemic Species Research Institute on a communal data workflow for the Taiwan Roadkill Observation Network. He worked with memory institutions on setting up the Sunflower Movement Archive. He co-authored a chapter “Governance of Communal Data Sharing” in the book Good Data published in January 2019 by the Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam.


Simon COX (Australia) 
Executive Committee Member 2018-2020

Simon Cox leads the Environmental Information Infrastructure team in CSIRO. With a background in geology and geophysics, he has been working on standards for publication and transfer of earth and environmental science data since the emergence of the world wide web. He has engaged with most areas of environmental science, including water resources, marine data, meteorology, soil, ecology and biodiversity, focusing particularly on cross-disciplinary standards. His current work focuses on aligning science information with the semantic web technologies and linked open data principles, and the formalization, publication and maintenance of controlled vocabularies and similar reference data. The value of cross-disciplinary standards is to enable data from multiple origins and disciplines to be combined more effectively.

He is principal- or co-author of a number of international standards through Open Geospatial Consortium, ISO, and World Wide Web Consortium. Simon has held leadership positions in a number of organizations, including Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (Advisory Board), IUGS Commission for Geoscience Information (Executive Committee), Open Geospatial Consortium (Architecture Board, Planning Committee), Research Data Alliance (Technical Advisory Board), American Geophysical Union (ESSI Executive Board), alongside numerous positions on technical working groups and committees. His career at CSIRO has been supplemented by stints teaching at Monash University, and as a senior fellow at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. 


Executive Committee Member 2018-2020

Professor Hartshorn is currently a Professor of Chemistry in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences of the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He was elected Secretary General for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC, for 2016-2019 by the IUPAC Council at their 48th General Assembly in Busan, Korea in August 2015.

Professor Richard Hartshorn holds a BSc degree with first class honours from the University of Canterbury and a PhD from The Australian National University. Prior to his election as IUPAC Secretary General, he served as an Elected Member of the IUPAC Bureau (2014-2015), President of the IUPAC Division of Chemical Nomenclature and Structure Representation (2010-2013), and was a member of the IUPAC Committee on Chemistry Education (2006 - present). He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry.

His research group works in the area of applying the coordination chemistry of dinuclear and heterodinuclear systems to problems in biological chemistry, and he has a long-standing interest in nomenclature and new ways of systematically naming and representing chemical compounds. The interest in nomenclature led to involvement in and promotion of cheminformatics and data initiatives within IUPAC, and to membership of the International Chemical Identifier (InChI) Trust Board (  He has been heavily involved in school and community education, through establishment of a science outreach program at UC, and is the Chair of Trust Board for the National Science-Technology Roadshow (, and for many years was a Board member of Science Alive! (

Professor Hartshorn devotes much of his spare time to coaching cricket, and often has a sore arm and shoulder from throwing cricket balls at his sons. He was a New Zealand U19 cricket representative and is a qualified cricket coach.


Virginia MURRAY (UK) 

Executive Committee Member 2018-2020

Professor Virginia Murray  is a medical doctor committed to improving data access and transparency for effective reporting.  She was appointed as Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction (GDRR) for Public Health England in April 2014 having worked in the UK health system for over 30 years. Data is critical for the implementation of the recent synchronous adoption of the 2015 landmark UN agreements of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030 the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the COP21’s Paris Climate Conference. It also imperative for the use of the WHO’s International Health Regulations 2005 and has created a rare but significant opportunity to build coherence across different but overlapping policy areas.  In her GDRR role, she has engaged with many science and technology partners in supporting the UNISDR STAG/ ISC/IAP partnership to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 where it  calls for:
“Disaster risk reduction requires a multi-hazard approach and inclusive risk-informed decision-making based on the open exchange and dissemination of disaggregated data, including by sex, age and disability, as well as on easily accessible, up-to-date, comprehensible, science-based, non-sensitive risk information, complemented by traditional knowledge;” [paragraph 19g]
Virginia is also a  member of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) scientific committee (2016 onwards) where she co-chairs the IRDR Data project, has active collaboration with WHO Thematic Platform for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (2009 onwards) and was previously a member and vice-chair of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG), 2008-2017. Since 2015, she has been a member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network for Data  Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS) and contributed to the 2017 report on Counting on the World which is currently being updated  She has been actively engaged in many UN meetings and platforms including the 2018 UN World Data Forum .She has published widely and recently she was first author of a chapter on heat and extreme events in the UN Environment Adaptation Gap Analysis report 2018.
Executive Committee Member ex officio as Editor-in-Chief of the Data Science Journal.
Mark A. Parsons is a Senior Research Scientist at the Tetherless World Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As a geographer, his research interests include the role of mediation and social interaction in the success, development, and extension of data sharing networks. Mark was the first Secretary General of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and stepped down in July 2017. He focusses on stewarding research data and making them more accessible and useful across different ways of knowing. He has lead 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, Mark 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 active in several international committees and boards. 

Daisy SELEMATSELA (South Africa)

Executive Committee Member 2018-2020

Daisy Selematsela is the Executive Director of the University of South Africa (UNISA) Library and Information Services. She was the Acting Vice Principal: Research Postgraduate Studies, Innovation and Commercialisation at the University of South Africa until 31 May 2018. She previously served the National System of Innovation as Executive Director: Knowledge Management Corporate at the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF). She is Professor of Practice of Information and Knowledge Management of the University of Johannesburg.

She has 26 years’ experience in Higher Education sector and within the National System of Innovation (NSI). She serves as mentor for both emerging researchers and students and an external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate students in Library, Information Science and Knowledge Management.

Daisy has served CODATA since September 2006 at various levels through the activities of the South African National Committee for CODATA and the then ICSU Regional Office for Africa activities including hosting workshops and website content for the Task Group activities. Have been instrumental in championing the research data management processes and Open Access Mandate within the National System of Innovation in South Africa and promoted CODATA Task Group agenda at different forums in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Her involvement includes being Co-Chair of the Sub-group of CODATA-WDS of PASTD, an Executive member of International Council for Science Union (ICSU SCID) ad Hoc Committee on Information and Data,  Chair of International Council for Science: Committee on Data for Science & Technology (ICSU: CODATA) Task Group on Data Sources for Sustainable Development in SADC. Executive member of (ICSU EDC Panel) International Science Union World Data Centre Panel; Member of CODATA Task Group on Preservation of and Access to Scientific and Technical Data in/for/with Developing Countries, and Co-chairs of CODATA – WDS joint subgroup.

A former Editorial Board member of Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) Data Science Journal (DSJ) and Editorial Board Member: Global Change Research Data Publishing and Repository.

She serves on the national boards and council of the National Library of South Africa; National Archives of South Africa; National Council of Library and Information Services and a member of Board of Directors of international bodies as the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and ORCID.

Daisy has co-ordinated workshops, chaired conference sessions and made numerous local and international invited keynote presentations on areas of her research interest, in areas of Information Literacy; Open Scholarship, Open Science and Open Data; Digitisation and Preservation; Repositories; Records and Document Management; Information and Knowledge Management; and Leadership, Transformation and Change Management. She has also published articles in a number of popular and accredited journals; a book chapter; and several contributions to UNESCO and WHO reports. An editorial board member of the South African Journal of Library and Information Science and a reviewer of several programs.

She holds a PhD in Information Science from the University of Johannesburg (South Africa) ; a Fellow of the Higher Education Resource Service for Women in Higher Education (HERS) South Africa and Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, USA. Awarded the Knowledge Management Award in 2016 by the World Education Congress.          


Executive Committee Member ex officio as Chair of CODATA Data Policy Committee

PAUL F. UHLIR, J.D., is a consultant in data policy and management. He was Scholar at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington, DC in 2015-2016, and Director of the Board on Research Data and Information at the NAS, 2008-2015. Paul was employed at the NAS from 1985-2015, first as a senior staff officer for the Space Studies Board, where he worked on solar system exploration and environmental remote sensing studies for NASA, and then as associate executive director of the Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications. He directed the Office of International S&T Information for eight years after that, where he organized projects and meetings on scientific data throughout the world, and from 1992 to 2015 he was director of the US CODATA at the NAS. Before joining the NAS, he worked in the general counsel's office at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC.

Paul has written or edited 27 books and over 70 articles, mostly in data law, policy, and management. He speaks worldwide on these topics and consults to governments, professional organizations, and universities. In 1997 he won the National Research Council’s Special Achievement Award and in 2010 the CODATA International Prize, both in the field of data policy. He was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011.

Paul has a B.A. degree in world history from the University of Oregon (1977), and a Master’s degree in foreign relations and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego (1983, 1984). 

Joseph Muliaro WAFULA (Kenya)
Executive Committee Member 2018-2020
A member and the Chair of CODATA Kenya. A member of the editorial board of the Data Science Journal; editorial board of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development; committee of the  AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project Taskforce Project sponsored by JICA; training committee of the National Industrial Training Authority-Kenya; and the ccommittee of the United Nations SDGs on Agriculture and Climate Change Pillars of Kenya.

He coordinate all ICT related Memorandum of Understanding between JKUAT and partners.

He holds a BSc. Science (Hons) (Kenyatta University), MSc. Physics (University of Nairobi), M.Phil. Microelectronic Engineering and Semiconductor Physics (University of Cambridge –UK), Summer Doctoral Program (Berkman Centre for Internet & Society/Oxford Internet Institute’s -Harvard University Law School), and PhD Information Technology (JKUAT).

 Prof Wafula is a recipient of two IBM awards namely: the 2016 IBM Shared University Research Award on Open Data Cloud Project for JKUAT for building an open data platform for researchers in Africa, and the 2014 IBM MEA Award, for capacity building in Mobile Application development. He is professionally certified in various fields including Cyber Security, Mobile Application, ISO/IEC 27001:2005 Information Security Management System, Leadership and Management capacity Development, Sage ACCPAC ERP Financial and Operations Management Systems, and ISO 9001:2000 on Quality Management Systems.

He is a fellow of the Computer Society of Kenya and the Cambridge Commonwealth Society and has published book chapters, a book and research papers in peer reviewed international journals. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing at JKUAT and the founder Director of the ICT Centre of Excellence and Open Data (iCEOD).


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