I lead the Knowledge Infrastructures Research Group at the TIB Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology. I hold a PhD in Environmental Informatics from the University of Eastern Finland; a MSc in Environmental Science from the University of Eastern Finland; and a Diploma (MSc) in Informatics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. My research interests lie at the intersection between research infrastructures and research communities, and how such infrastructures acquire, maintain, and share scientific knowledge about human and natural worlds. Prior to TIB, I held a postdoctoral research associate position at PANGAEA, the Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science, at the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany. I continue to be affiliated with MARUM. As a member of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), I co-chair various groups, in particular the WG Persistent Identification of Instruments and the IG From Observational Data to Information. I have several years of professional experience in software development and semantic technologies, and held positions at Hewlett Packard Labs, Bristol, UK and Clark & Parsia, Washington DC, USA. I enjoy working together with scientists and have experiences with aerosol scientists, biogeochemists, and agricultural scientists. I collaborate with environmental research infrastructures, in particular ACTRIS (European Research Infrastructure for the observation of Aerosol, Clouds, and Trace gases), ICOS (European Integrated Carbon Observation System) and NEON (US National Ecological Observatory Network).
With special attention on knowledge infrastructures in science, my research focuses on the following areas:
- Knowledge Representation, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Semantic Technologies
- Information Systems, Knowledge-based Systems, Decision Support Systems
- e-Science, Virtual Research Environments, Digital Libraries, Research Infrastructures, Environmental Informatics