Daniella Lowenberg Candidate Statement 2021

From Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

Back to 2021 Nominations and Ballot

Daniella Lowenberg, Dryad Product Manager & Make Data Count Principal Investigator at University of California Curation Center, Candidate for At-Large Board Member

As ESIP heads into its third decade, I believe the organization would benefit from the experience and dedication of an active and collaborative leader whose work is centered on driving the adoption of open data practices across the global research landscape. Based at University of California, within the California Digital Library (CDL), I am the Product Manager for Dryad as well as the Director of the Sloan Foundation-funded Make Data Count initiative. CDL is increasingly seen as a driver of change in the research data space, and it is my direction and oversight that guides and energizes UC’s efforts to promote data publishing practices. I work across academic institutions - directly with researchers and within the administration/libraries - as well as in conjunction with publishers, global funders, repositories, and community groups to build open source solutions for research data curation, research data publishing, research data ethics, and the infrastructure for open data metrics. Prior to my role at UC, I led the implementation of the open data policy at PLOS, a leading open access publisher, and brought my experience as a microbiologist to the open access and publishing sides of research.

I currently hold a variety of leadership positions: Chair of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Data Usage Metrics Working Group, active member of the DataSeer Advisory Board, and Founding Chair of a new FORCE11 Working Group on Ethics of Data Publishing. Through my work with Dryad, I have extensive experience leading an organization through change and growth, building capacity to scale, and planning for sustainability at the Board level.

CDL became a partner of ESIP in the Spring 2019 class and since that time, I have attended the ESIP meetings, contributing to sessions and giving talks about data citation, data usage, and best practices for linked works. Over the last year, I co-chaired the ESIP Data Stewardship committee and have more closely embedded initiatives that I lead within the ESIP community.

I seek this nomination to the ESIP Board because I am an energized member of the community who works on and advocates for issues that ESIP prioritizes in both Earth and non-Earth science communities. Committed to the future of sustained open research within the earth sciences and beyond and with interest and experience, I am able to provide valuable insight to the Board on sustainability of open infrastructures, value and incentive evaluation for research data, long-term archiving and stewardship, and strategies for addressing ethical conflicts in the publication of data. I look forward to the opportunity to advocate for ESIP and its wide-ranging activities.