Peter Fox, ‘The Now and Now for Data: Metaphors for Making Data Publically Available’

We are delighted that Professor Peter Fox, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York State, is able to give us a keynote talk on ‘The Now and Now for Data: Metaphors for Making Data Publically Available’

Peter FoxPeter Fox is Tetherless World Constellation Chair and Professor of Earth and Environmental Science and Computer Science and is Director of Information Technology and Web Science program at RPI, researches solar and solar-terrestrial physics, ocean and environmental informatics, computational and computer science, and distributed semantic data frameworks. The results are applied to large-scale distributed scientific repositories addressing the full life-cycle of data and information within specific science and engineering disciplines as well as among disciplines.

For much of his career, Peter has been working to bridge gaps between science and distributed data and information systems to support community activities utilizing usecase-driven design. He leads a number of working groups, including: Virtual Observatories for the Electronic Geophysical Year, semantic web for NASA technology infusion as well as the Earth Science Information Partnership federation. He is also the Chair of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Union Commission on Data and Information and a member of AGU Special Focus Group on Earth and Space Science Informatics. He’s on the Board of a number of journals, including: Earth Science Informatics, Computers & Geosciences and Geoscience Data Journal. And, he’s won a number of awards, including recently the 2012 Martha Maiden Lifetime Achievement Award for service to the Earth Science Information community, and the 2012 European Geosciences Union Ian McHarg Medal for significant contributions to Earth and Space Science Informatics.

Finally, Peter is also a key author within this wide range of fields. Of particular relevance for this meeting is the paper he co-authored with Mark Parson: Is Data Publication the Right Metaphor?

Posted by Simon Hodson on behalf of Fiona Murphy