Executive Director:

Dr. Simon Hodson 

Simon Hodson has been Executive Director of CODATA since August 2013.

CODATA ( is the Committee on Data of the International Council for Science (ICSU).  CODATA exists to promote global collaboration to improve the availability and usability of data for all areas of research.  CODATA supports the principle that research data should be as open as possible and as closed as necessary.  By promoting the policy, technological and cultural changes that are essential to make research data more widely available, CODATA helps advance ICSU’s mission of strengthening international science for the benefit of society.

Related to this role, he sits on numerous project Steering Boards and strategic Working Groups in the area of research data.  Simon is a co-chair of the GEO Data Sharing Working Group, to which CODATA has made a longstanding contribution; he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dryad Data Repository, a not-for-profit initiative to make the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable; and he sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of CESSDA, the European data infrastructure for the social sciences.  

As well as these strategic activities, Simon is directly involved in hands-on activities and research in a number of data related areas:

Simon is an expert on data policy issues and research data management and has recently contributed to reports on Current Best Practice for Research Data Management Policies and on strategic research data management infrstructure development for a consortium of UK research institutions.

Simon has a strong research background, as well as considerable project and programme management experience: from 2009 to 2013, as Programme Manager, he led two successful phases of Jisc's innovative Managing Research Data programme in the UK.

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Email: simon[at] / Twitter: @simonhodson99 / Skype: simonhodson99



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