Governance

DataCite’s mission is to be a world leading provider of persistent identifier services to help make research outputs and resources findable, citable, connected and reused globally. We are a global community that shares a common interest: to ensure that research outputs and resources are openly available and connected so that their reuse can advance knowledge across and between disciplines, now and in the future. As a community, we make research more effective with metadata that connects research outputs and resources–from samples and images to data and preprints. We enable the creation and management of persistent identifiers (PIDs), integrate services to improve research workflows, and facilitate the discovery and reuse of research outputs and resources.
The strength of DataCite is based on its active membership. DataCite is governed by its members and Executive Board directed by our statutes.
DataCite Members are the voting body of the organization. Members are governed by the statutes (the bylaws and operating procedures) of the organization. The statutes are developed, ratified, and approved by the members. Members meet annually (General Assembly) to approve DataCite’s revenue and expenditures, stand and/or vote for the Executive Board, guide DataCite’s strategy, put forth resolutions and modify the association’s statutes. Members also participate in DataCite’s Steering and Working Groups and provide input on new member applications.
Along with DataCite’s members, the Executive Board is the governing body of the association. The Executive Board consists of a President, four Vice Presidents (one of them being the Deputy President) and a Treasurer. One member of the Executive Board is an ex-officio representative of the Business Office. Members of the Executive Board are elected by members at the annual General Assembly and serve for a period of two years.

Current Executive Board Members

John Chodacki

John Chodacki

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President

John Chodacki is responsible for overseeing the strategic planning, development, and management of the California Digital Library’s digital curation group, University of California Curation Center.

Lynn Woolfrey

Lynn Woolfrey

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Deputy President

Lynn Woolfrey is a data scientist with 30 years’ experience curating and sharing African data. She manages the research data service at DataFirst at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and Africa’s only CoreTrustSeal certified research data repository. Lynn trains data managers across Africa and participates in UN projects to assist governments to assess their data-readiness for SDG planning and monitoring. Her research field of interest is open government data and information ecosystems for data-directed policy-making in African countries.

Marco Marsella

Marco Marsella

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Treasurer

Marco Marsella is Senior Advisor Global Information System at FAO, where he contributes to the design of the system and the promotion of DOIs in the Plant Genetic Resources community.

Irina Sens

Irina Sens

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Business Officer

Irina Sens is the Deputy Director and head of Library Services at TIB – the German National Library of Science and Technology. She led the German project “Registration of Scientific primary data” which was responsible for the introduction of DOIs for research data. She is strongly involved in the German National Research Data Initiative (NFDI).

Tiwonge Banda

Tiwonge Banda

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Tiwonge Banda has over 15 years experience in ICT4D project management, community engagement and organisational administration. Serving in various roles at UbuntuNet Alliance, he has spent his whole career working with and promoting the establishment of National Research and Education Networks in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA); and promoting the use of digital technologies in research, teaching and learning. He is part of the core team that established the Internet network connecting 1,000+ universities, serving 2,000,000+ users in 12 countries in ESA under the AfricaConnect programme, funded by the European Union.

Adrian Burton

Adrian Burton

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Dr. Adrian Burton is Director of Data Policy and Services at the Australian Research Data Commons which is a government-funded research infrastructure for data, cloud, and tools.

Jennifer Gibson

Jennifer Gibson

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Jennifer is Executive Director of Dryad, the open data publishing platform and community committed to the reuse of all research data. Since 2005, she has worked with scientists, funders, publishers, libraries, developers and others to explore fresh paths toward accelerating discovery through open research communication and open-technology innovation. Prior to Dryad, Jennifer was Head of Open Research Communication and founding Head of Marketing and Communications for eLife, a non-profit and research funder-backed initiative to transform science publishing.

Mark Hahnel

Mark Hahnel

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Mark Hahnel is the founder of Figshare , a repository where users can make all of their research outputs citable, shareable and discoverable. He has a PhD in stem cell biology at Imperial College London.

Viv Hutchison

Viv Hutchison

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Viv Hutchison is the Science Data Management Chief for the US Geological Survey. Her team develops and maintains a suite of science data management applications and leads a prominent open forum called the Community for Data Integration.

Salvatore Mele

Salvatore Mele

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Salvatore Mele is a Senior Advisor for International Relations at CERN where he facilitates links with governments, funding agencies, research organizations and universities. He also helps create opportunities to widen access to CERN for early-career researchers in specific low and medium-income countries. He contributed to Open Science as CERN Head of Open Access, architecting the SCOAP3 initiative and led teams running digital libraries and designing Open Data solutions. He is proud to be one of the founding directors of ORCID. Salvatore holds a PhD in Particle Physics, and previously enjoyed a 15 year career as an experimental physicist at CERN.

Torsten Reimer

Torsten Reimer

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Torsten Reimer is University Librarian and Dean of the University Library at the University of Chicago. He holds a PhD from the University and Munich and has a background in digital humanities and scholarly communication, having dedicated much of his work to research infrastructure. Before joining UChicago, Torsten was a member of the leadership team at the British Library, where he oversaw content and research services, including the UK DataCite consortium and the BL’s repositories. In previous roles, he worked at Imperial College London, Jisc, King’s College London and the Bavarian State Library in Munich.

Jamie Wittenberg

Jamie Wittenberg

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Jamie Wittenberg is the Assistant Dean for Research and Innovation Strategies at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries. Her portfolio includes acquisitions, digitization, discovery, cataloging, collection management, interlibrary loan, IT, metadata, preservation. Wittenberg’s professional interests include community-developed open source software, research information management, digital preservation, and data curation. Her research includes work on automating open access policy implementation, publishing digital 3D objects, and building infrastructure to support sharing and preservation research data.

Past Executive Board Members

Ingrid Dillo
DANS
2021 – 2023
Rebecca Ross
CRKN
2020 – 2022
Ingrid Dillo
DANS
2021 – 2023
Rebecca Ross
CRKN
2020 – 2022
Eleonora Presani
arXiv.org
2021 – 2021
Ingrid Dillo
DANS
2021 – 2023
Rebecca Ross
CRKN
2020 – 2022
Herbert Van de Sompel
DANS
2019 – 2020
Adam Farquhar
The British Library
2009 – 2019
Carly Robinson
DOE
2019 – 2019
Herbert Van de Sompel
DANS
2019 – 2020
Adam Farquhar
The British Library
2009 – 2019
Mike Frame
USGS
2017 – 2018
Adam Farquhar
The British Library
2009 – 2019
Karen Morgenroth
National Research Council Canada
2015 – 2017
Mike Frame
USGS
2017 – 2018
Wilma van Wezenbeek
TU Delft
2012 – 2017
Adam Farquhar
The British Library
2009 – 2019
Brigitte Hausstein
GESIS
2015 – 2016
Karen Morgenroth
National Research Council Canada
2015 – 2017
Paul Bracke
Purdue University
2015 – 2016
Wilma van Wezenbeek
TU Delft
2012 – 2017
Adam Farquhar
The British Library
2009 – 2019
Arlette Piquet
ETHZ
2010 – 2015
Brigitte Hausstein
GESIS
2015 – 2016
Karen Morgenroth
National Research Council Canada
2015 – 2017
Paul Bracke
Purdue University
2015 – 2016
Wilma van Wezenbeek
TU Delft
2012 – 2017
Adam Farquhar
The British Library
2009 – 2019
Arlette Piquet
ETHZ
2010 – 2015
Lee-Ann Colemann
The British Library
2012 – 2014
Patricia Cruse
California Digital Library
2009 – 2014
Wilma van Wezenbeek
TU Delft
2012 – 2017
York Sure-Vetter
GESIS
2012 – 2014
Adam Farquhar
The British Library
2009 – 2019
Arlette Piquet
ETHZ
2010 – 2015
Lee-Ann Colemann
The British Library
2012 – 2014
Patricia Cruse
California Digital Library
2009 – 2014
Pamela Bjornson
National Research Council Canada
2009 – 2013
Wilma van Wezenbeek
TU Delft
2012 – 2017
York Sure-Vetter
GESIS
2012 – 2014
Adam Farquhar
The British Library
2009 – 2019
Arlette Piquet
ETHZ
2010 – 2015
Lee-Ann Colemann
The British Library
2012 – 2014
Patricia Cruse
California Digital Library
2009 – 2014
Pamela Bjornson
National Research Council Canada
2009 – 2013
Wilma van Wezenbeek
TU Delft
2012 – 2017
York Sure-Vetter
GESIS
2012 – 2014
Adam Farquhar
The British Library
2009 – 2019
Arlette Piquet
ETHZ
2010 – 2015
Patricia Cruse
California Digital Library
2009 – 2014
Pamela Bjornson
National Research Council Canada
2009 – 2013
Adam Farquhar
The British Library
2009 – 2019
Alfred Heller
DTIC
2009 – 2010
Arlette Piquet
ETHZ
2010 – 2015
Patricia Cruse
California Digital Library
2009 – 2014
Pamela Bjornson
National Research Council Canada
2009 – 2013
Uwe Rosemann
German National Library of Science and Technology
2009 – 2010
Adam Farquhar
The British Library
2009 – 2019
Alfred Heller
DTIC
2009 – 2010
Patricia Cruse
California Digital Library
2009 – 2014
Pamela Bjornson
National Research Council Canada
2009 – 2013
Uwe Rosemann
German National Library of Science and Technology
2009 – 2010

Strategic Plan

Every four years, DataCite approves a new strategic plan for achieving our mission. The latest strategic plan is below.

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Statutes

As a nonprofit, DataCite is governed by a set of statutes that are approved by our board and members. The latest approved version of our statutes is below.

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Annual Meeting

DataCite prepares an annual report in advance of our annual General Assembly meeting that describes our activities for the past year.

Board Meeting Summaries

As a nonprofit, the DataCite Board meets several times each year, either remotely or in-person. The Board meeting summaries can be found below: