RDA Europe Ambassadors

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18 February 2019 17487 reads

Agricultural sciences, Engineering, Earth Sciences or High energy physics, these are just a set of the domains that have Ambassadors appointed under the umbrella of the RDA Europe Ambassadors programme, running from March 2018 until September 2020. This concluded activity has been continued with the EOSC Future supported domain ambassador programme.

This initiative, coordinated by the RDA Europe 4.0 project,  brought together distinguished and well-connected domain experts who are working to develop a two-way communication and engagement channel, promoting RDA outputs and perspectives on one hand while streamlining insights and practical contributions from domain focused data communities into the work of RDA, on the other.

The Ambassadors facilitate an open dialogue with data practitioners and organisations workin in domain specific areas. The activities focus on the highlighting the value of RDA and the impact of collaboration for all those involved. A calendar of events, webinars, training sessions and other similar activities is available to support interaction.

► If you are interested in the RDA EU Ambassadors programme, please contact us: ambassadors at europe.rd-alliance.org.
► If you would like to get in touch with any of our ambassadors, please do so directly using the online contact form.

Meet the Ambassadors below and learn about their data activities in their field of expertise.

Wouter Addink

RDA EU Ambassador for Natural Sciences

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Wouter Addink is coordinating the DiSSCo technical architecture development based on the concept of Digital Objects (DO) developed in RDA. He is translating the DO concept to Digital Specimen for the natural scientific collections domain. In RDA he is chair of the Biodiversity Data Integration IG and he is working group chair in MOBILISE, an EU COST Action to create a network of scientists and to provide training and short scientific missions in collections.

Julien Barde

RDA EU Ambassador for Marine Sciences / Fisheries

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Julien Barde is working for IRD (French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development, http://en.ird.fr/ird.fr) since 2008 as an IT research engineer. The focus of his work is the interoperability of information systems to improve (spatial) data management on marine ecosystems (biodiversity or ecological observations and related environmental parameters). He is currently working on methods to implement FAIR Data Management Plans by using R programming language to comply with widely used standards for data interoperability (eg OGC standards).

Ricarda Braukmann

RDA EU Ambassador for Social Sciences

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Ricarda Braukmann is working as program leader for the Social Sciences at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS). She is part of the policy and communication department and involved in various projects promoting Open Science and sustainable Data Management. Ricarda has, for instance, been involved in the creation of an online Research Data Management training module for early career scientists (see www.cessda.eu/DMGuide).

Anne Cambon-Thomsen

RDA EU Ambassador health sciences and for research ethics

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Anne is a French medical doctor specialised in human immunogenetics and health ethics, presently Emeritus Research Director at CNRS, in an epidemiology and public health unit of Inserm and University Toulouse III. She published on human genetics, transplantation immunogenetics, societal and policy aspects of genomics and biotechnologies.

Watch the interview with Anne Cambon-Thomsen

Caterina Caracciolo

RDA EU Ambassador for Agricultural Sciences

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Caterina Caracciolo works to improve the interoperability of statistical data in the area of agriculture. Her work deals with semantic technologies including vocabularies, taxonomies and ontologies. For the past 15 years she has worked as an information specialist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. Previously engaged with the development and maintenance of vocabularies for textual information (AGROVOC), she is now focussing on classifications for statistical data.

Marek Cebecauer

Material Sciences and Engineering

Marek Cebecauer works as the principal investigator at the Laboratory of Physical Membrane Biology in the Dept. Biophysical Chemistry; J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry (Prague, Czechia). The focus of the laboratory is material science and engineering (MSE), and Marek is responsible for the implementation of FAIR data and Open Science principles in the institution as the founder and the chair of the RDM and Open Science team.  He is also the main coordinator of the WG for the MSE research data within the national EOSC CZ consortium in the Czech Republic. 

Sébastien Denvil

RDA EU Ambassador Earth Sciences / Climate modelling

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Sébastien Denvil is analyst at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and has 18 years of experience in climate and weather simulations, High Performance Computing and e-science infrastructure. Working for the production section of the forecast department he brings his experience of deploying and operating distributed infrastructure able to speed up the development to operation process and to enhance and make visible the trustworthiness of the ECMWF data repository.

Eva Méndez

Ambassador for Interdisciplinary Research

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Dr. Eva Méndez is a researcher in Library and Information Sciences, associate professor at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Her research focuses in metadata and vocabularies to improve interoperability among disciplines in different digital information infrastructures.

Watch the interview with Eva Méndez


Ingvill Constanze Mochmann

RDA EU Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Prof. Dr. Ingvill Constanze Mochmann graduated in comparative politics, economics and German at the University of Bergen, Norway, and holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Giessen, Germany. In 2013-2014 she was a fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and is now an affiliated expert of HHI. Her research and publications include democracy and minority rights, children's rights and research methodology

Watch the interview with Ingvill Constanze Mochmann

Fiona Murphy

RDA EU Ambassador Media and Communications

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Formerly an Earth Sciences Publisher, Fiona attended the First RDA Plenary, helping set up the WDS-RDA Data Publishing Interest Group. Since then, she has been an active member, and sometimes Co-Chair, of a number RDA Working and Interest Groups. Now a scholarly communications consultant, Fiona is Secretary of the Dryad Data Repository Board, Editorial Board Member of Data Science Journal and Steering Committee Member for the FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI).

Fotis Psomopoulos

RDA EU Ambassador for Bioinformatics

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Dr Fotis E. Psomopoulos is a Research Assistant Professor at the Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB) of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH). His research focus in on Bioinformatics (NGS data analyses, data integration and the application of information theory), data mining techniques for knowledge extraction from large bio-datasets, and parallel and distributed computing.

Watch the interview with Fotis E. Psomopoulos

Ana Slavec

RDA EU Ambassador for Engineering/ Renewable Materials

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Dr. Ana Slavec is a researcher at the InnoRenew CoE where one of her tasks is to support the development and implementation of the institute data management plan and to assist other researchers with data collection, analysis and reporting. She obtained a Ph.D in Statistics in 2016 from the University of Ljubljana where she has been employed as a research assistant at the Centre for Social Informatics and later at the Social Science Data Archives.

Rene van Horik

RDA EU Ambassador for Humanities

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René van Horik works as project manager at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS). He is involved in projects in the field of digital preservation, research data management and digital humanities. Several projects are part of the H2020 program, such as EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure), the EOSC-hub research infrastructure and FREYA (aimed extending the infrastructure for persistent identifiers). René studied economic and social history and received his PhD in information science from Delft University of Technology.


Nikola Vasiljevic

RDA EU Ambassador for Engineering and Technology / Wind energy

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Nikola is a scientific programmer and lead data steward at the Technical University of Denmark, Department for Wind Energy. His range of responsibilities cover professionalization of research software, data engineering and stewardship and instrumentation development and metrology. Since 2010 he has been working in the domain of optical remote sensing of the wind. Nikola led the development, establishment and application of the long-range WindScanner system, a mobile infrastructure for atmospheric and wind energy research.

Shaun de Witt

RDA EU Ambassador for High energy physics/ Fusion

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Shaun de Witt has been working in the field of data management since the 1980's. During this time he had the pleasure of working in a number of fields including astronomy, remote sensing, meteorology, climatology and particle physics. He has also been involved in European projects related to RDM including EUDAT and he is currently engaged with the European Open Science Cloud Initiative.


One of the RDA EU Ambassador programme objectives is to provide discipline or topic focused resources that the various Ambassadors, thanks to their expertise have developed to support awareness raising around and uptake of the RDA activities and outputs:

Resource title Type Author Domain / Topic
Biodiversity Data Integration Interest Group Survey  Survey data and report (March, 2020)  Wouter Addink Natural Sciences
International data sharing and data integration through RDA  Presentation at the GBIF Global Nodes Meeting (October, 2019) Wouter Addink Natural Sciences
RDA For The Social Sciences - Updated report and supporting dataset  Updated report highlighting RDA groups and outputs that are particularly relevant for the social sciences. (October 2019)  Ricarda Braukmann Social Science 
Research Data Management for data on renewable materials and products Presentation at FCBA, the French Institute of Technology for Forest-based and Furniture sectors (September, 2019) Ana Slavec Engineering 
RDA for the Humanities Report highlighting RDA groups and outputs that are particularly relevant for the Humanities. (July 2019) Rene van Horik Humanities
What is the Research Data Alliance and what will it do for you? Presentation focused on the RDA value add for the wind energy community (WESC, June 2019) Nikola Vasiljevic Wind Energy
What can RDA do for engineering?  Presentation on the opportunities offered by the RDA for Engineering ( RDA in Denmark, kick-off event, June 2019) Nikola Vasiljevic Engineering
What can RDA do for you? Poster on RDA opportunities for the Humanities and the DARIAH community (DARIAH Annual event, May) 2019 Rene van Horik Humanities 
RDA: Who? What? Where? Introducing the Research Data Alliance and its Opportunities for the Social Sciences. Presentation focused on RDA opportunities for the Social Sciences (ICSS XV, July 2018) Ricarda Braukmann Social Science 
RDA For The Social Sciences Report highlighting RDA groups and outputs that are particularly relevant for the social sciences. (July 2018) Ricarda Braukmann Social Science 


Events, webinars and training sessions run by the RDA EU Ambassadors

Calendar of events, webinars and training sessions run by the RDA EU Ambassadors

Event Domain When and Where Who Highlights
RDA for the Social Sciences and Humanities - Insights from the RDA Europe domain Ambassadors Social Sciences and Humaniteis 25 June 2020 Ricarda Braukmann, Rene van Horik Discussing the value of RDA for SSH, and how to best navigate the opportunities offered by this global data community.
Open Research Gateway For The ELIXIR-GR Infrastructure Bioinformatics 6 May 2020 Fotis Psomopoulos Webinar head in collaboration with he OpenAIRE Greek NOAD and ELIXIR-GR, also supported by the RDA Ambassador programme.
Workshop: introduction to CWL and Docker: automating workflows in Life Sciences Bioinformatics 30-31 MArch 2020 Fotis Psomopoulos Course website: https://fpsom.github.io/intro-to-cwl-docker/
Virtual meeting & survey for the biodiversity data integration Interest group refocus  Natural Sciences 10 March 2020 Wouter Addink  Calling all biodiversity data enthusiasts: have your say on the new objectives for the Biodiversity Data Integration IG
Webinar On Research Data Management For Renewable Materials And Products Engineering / Renewable materials Webinar, 30 January 2020, 11:00 AM CET (10:00 AM UTC) Ana Slavec Video recording and presentation
Workshop On Research Data Management For Renewable Materials And Products Engineering / Renewable materials 09 January 2020 - Koper, Slovenia Ana Slavec Focused workshop on research data management for renewable materials and products.
Conference "Open Research Data in Slovenia"  Engineering / RDM domain agnostic 14 November 2019 - Maribor, Slovenia Ana Slavec Presentation of Research Data Alliance and Presentation of Projects and data plans for data on renewable materials and products
Public lecture - Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Mendel University  Engineering 04 November 2019 - Brno, Czech Republic Ana Slavec Research Data Management for renewable materials and products
Public lecture - Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Aalto University Engineering  22 October 2019 - Helsinki, Finland Ana Slavec Research Data Management for renewable materials and products
ELIXIR / CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Advanced Workshop on Bioinformatics Bioinformatics  19 - 23 August 2019 - Trieste, Italy Fotis Psomopoulos Course materials 
Wind Energy SCience conference (WESC) Wind energy 17 - 20 June 2019 - Cork, Ireland Nikola Vasiljevic Talk: What is the Research Data Alliance and what will it do for you?
DARIAH Annual event Humanities 15 -17 May 2019 - Warsaw, Poland Rene van Horik RDA opportunities for the Humanities and the DARIAH community - poste presentation
Open Day on Open Science Social Sciences and Humanities 14 February 2019 - The Hague, Netherlands Ricarda Braukmann, Rene van Horik Information stand on the Research Data Alliance
NPSO Day on linking data Social Sciences 13 February 2019 - Brussels, Belgium Ricarda Braukmann Highlight of the RDA for Social Sciences report 
International Conference on Social Sciences (ICSS XV) Social Sciences 13 July 2018 - Leuven, Belgium Ricarda Braukmann Talk: RDA: Who? What? Where? Introducing the Research Data Alliance and its Opportunities for the Social Sciences.