Regional Expert Groups
As part of our commitment to building community and fostering collaboration, DataCite works with regional expert groups representing the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and EMEA. These expert groups consist of individuals with diverse backgrounds and expertise in the field of persistent identifiers and open infrastructure. They play a crucial role in representing and advocating for the needs and interests of their respective regions within DataCite’s Community Engagement Steering Group. This ensures that DataCite’s initiatives and strategies are tailored to meet the unique challenges and requirements of specific regions and countries, while also promoting global coordination and knowledge sharing.
Refer to the Terms of Reference for more information.
Current Americas Expert Group Members
Sheila Rabun is the Program Leader for Persistent Identifier Communities at Lyrasis, where she manages the Lyrasis DataCite US Community consortium and the ORCID US Community consortium. In this role, she works with non-profit organizations across the US to support open research infrastructure by using persistent identifiers to make research and scholarly content more FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). Sheila has worked in the academic library field since 2010, with a focus on digital workflows, agile project management, communicating technical information to diverse audiences, and advocating for interoperability in cultural heritage, research, and scholarly communication ecosystems.
Carly Robinson is the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) Assistant Director for the Office of Information Products and Services (IPS). IPS leads the OSTI persistent identifier services, manages development of OSTI search tools providing access to DOE-funded R&D results, and responsibility over metadata quality and curation, communications, management of interagency and international products, and policy development and implementation. She has a Ph.D. and M.S. in Atmospheric Chemistry from the University of Colorado, and a B.S. in Applied Physics from Michigan Technological University.
Dedicated to public service and knowledge access, John has experience working in research and public library contexts in Canada. He graduated from McGill University with a PhD in Neuroscience in 2021, where he worked on several projects about media discourse and neurodevelopmental disabilities. He is currently the Manager of the Canadian Persistent Identifier (PID) Community at the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, supporting the use of PIDs like ORCID iDs and DOIs across the country.
Maria Lucia Lizarazo
Nydia López is the General Director of eScire, graduated from Benemérita Universidad Autnónoma de Puebla as Chemical Engineering. She is member of the committee of American Experts in DataCite, and a specialist in the implementation of interoperable digital repositories. Also, she is an advisor to various institutions, especially in the area of positioning, content visibility, and digital identity. Nydia has coordinated the dissemination and realization of various academic events at the international level with organizations such as the CAyRI Network, CONRICYT in Mexico, the Public Knowledge Project, and the Mexican DSpace Users Group.
He holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Brasília, with a sandwich Ph.D. internship at King’s College London. He also has a bachelor’s and teaching degree in Mathematics from the University of Brasília. He is the Technical Coordinator of the Treatment, Analysis, and Dissemination of Scientific Information Area at the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (Ibict / MCTI). He is a member and coordinates projects and committees in the areas of Open Science and Data Science. He is the leader of the Research Group and Laboratory of the Brazilian Scientific Research Ecosystem (LaEPeCBr). Research interests include Formal Methods, Open Digital Repositories, Scientific Data Repositories, Interoperability between Open Information Systems, Open Science, and Data Science.
Sarah is a Research Data and Life Sciences Librarian at Cornell University’s Albert R. Mann Library, and a long-standing and active member of Cornell’s Research Data Management Service Group. She is also a member of the Data Curation Network, a community-led organization that works to develop educational resources and facilitates conversations around data curation topics in addition to providing a multi-institutional shared-curation workflow for curating data. Sarah’s interests include data curation, sharing, and preservation, and open science and research reproducibility in the molecular and life sciences disciplines. Sarah has a B.S. in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, and M.S. degrees in Botany and in Information Science.
Diana María Ayala Villada
Librarian, Specialist in Integral Management, Master in Business Administration, 23 years of experience in project management, digital libraries, institutional repositories and open science. He currently works as a Specialist in Information Systems Administration at the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia. Member of the group Activos por la Ciencia Abierta and Member of the Group of Experts of Data Cite of the Americas.
Technical Community Manager
Kelly leads adoption efforts and engages with the DataCite community on technical implementation. Before joining DataCite, Kelly worked at the Portage Network of the Digital Research Alliance of Canada, where they contributed to national data discovery initiatives and supported the DataCite Canada Consortium. Kelly holds an MLIS from the University of British Columbia, a BS in Computer Science, and a BMus in Music Composition.
Current APAC Expert Group Members
Natasha Simons is Director, National Coordination, for the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC). She leads a large, talented team of Program Managers and Subject Matter Experts contributing to deliver ARDC’s strategic Research Data Commons initiatives. Based at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Natasha is passionate about bringing out the best in people and creating high performing teams. She has a high international profile in the area of research data infrastructure and enjoys collaborating to solve common data challenges, particularly through the global Research Data Alliance. Natasha holds a number of positions on international Boards and is co-chair of the DataCite Community Engagement Steering Group and the APAC Expert Group.
Chih-Chih Estelle Cheng is the Engagement Manager for Global Direct at ORCID. She supports and engages with ORCID Direct Members, Publishers and Services and Vendors. Based in Taiwan, Estelle works collaboratively with communities to promote adoption of ORCID, to establish communities of practice, and to drive more platforms or products supporting ORCID. Before joining ORCID, Estelle served as the product manager for digital object identifier (DOI) at Airiti.
Scott Edmunds is the Editor in Chief of GigaScience Press. With over 15 years experience in Open Access and Open Data publishing he is co-founder of CivicSight (formerly Open Data Hong Kong) and CitizenScience.Asia, and is on the Board of Directors of the Dryad Digital Repository. Based in Hong Kong, he has a PhD in cancer molecular biology and additional experience teaching data curation and management at Hong Kong University.
After working in the IT industry for many years, I joined Japan Link Center to spread academy outputs of Japan Globally.
Nobuko Miyairi is a freelance consultant, based in Tokyo, Japan. She provides strategic consulting for new business development and start-up in STM publishing and scholarly communications. Her service caters to a wide range of needs from academic societies, research institutions, publishers and solution vendors both within Japan and internationally. Previously Nobuko worked for ORCID as Regional Director, Asia Pacific. She also worked for Nature Publishing Group (now Springer Nature) and Thomson Reuters (now Clarivate) primarily engaged in their custom solutions business. A librarian by training, Nobuko earned an MLIS from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
FAIR Workflows Project Lead
Xiaoli leads the Implementing FAIR Workflows project, working on building exemplar FAIR practices throughout the research lifecycle with the project team and partners. She is also responsible for the outreach effort in the APAC region while co-chairing the DataCite APAC Expert Group. She holds an MLIS from Syracuse University and is working towards her Ph.D. in the same field from the University of Sheffield. Before joining DataCite Xiaoli worked at CERN in parallel with her Ph.D. research on Open Science research practices among high-energy physicists.
Current EMEA Expert Group Members
Elise is Information Manager for PIDs at TU Wien Bibliothek, who is lead of the DataCite consortium “DOI Service Austria”, as well as co-lead of the “ORCID Austria” consortium. As former teaching librarian, Elise has in-depth knowledge of information literacy instruction as well as a passion for outreach activities.
Arif B. Shaon
Arif Shaon is the Head of Digital Curation, Preservation and, Access unit within the Digital Collections Department of Qatar National Library (QNL). In this role, he leads the development and sustainability of the Library’s digital curation and preservation services. In a career spanning over a decade, Arif has held several positions in the UK and Australia, ranging from undertaking research to providing technical leadership in research data management, digital preservation and advanced environmental informatics. Arif’s past notable endeavours include the development of a sustainable infrastructure for research data service and digital preservation for the University of New South Wales Australia (UNSW) Library. He has also led several European and UK projects in Linked Data (to support the UK Open Data initiative), advanced environmental informatics and digital preservation. Arif also has a PhD in metadata curation for long-term digital preservation.
Raed K. Al-Zoubi is the Library Director at Jordan University of Science & Technology (JUST). Raed has more than 28 years of management/technical experience in ICT/IS/Libraries, during the last 13 years Raed was dedicated to library services. Raed is an active board member at CoE (Jordanian Libraries Consortium); he is the head of e-subscriptions and technical committees at CoE. In the last 3 years Raed is working closely with ASREN and support them in their projects and initiatives in the areas of Open Science, Open Access & Libraries.
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.
Hana joined the National Library of Technology in Prague in 2022 and is currently the head of its National Centre for Persistent Identifiers. The Centre supports the use of PIDs on the national level and leads the national ORCID and DataCite consortia. Hana has a background in information and library science and has experience with information services in a public institution as well as a multinational private company.
Martina Stockhause is a meteorologist and environmental scientist, working at the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ). She jointly manages the IPCC Data Distribution Centre (DDC) together with her international partners since 2014. As member of the WGCM Infrastructure Panel and the CMIP Panel, she is involved in the infrastructure development for climate science. Her main interests include long-term data preservation, data publishing, data interlinking and related standardization efforts. She contributes her expertise to several RDA groups and the RDA Technical Advisory Board and to the EOSC Long-Term Data Preservation Task Force.
Paul is our outreach manager at DataCite contributing to the DFG-funded projects re3data COREF and ORCID DE. Prior to DataCite Paul worked for the Helmholtz Open Science Office and different universities where he was involved in building publication and data repositories. As a dedicated Open Science advocate Paul strives to spread the idea of openness in scholarly communication. Paul loves beautiful infographics and even more his crazy family.