External Drivers: Funders and Publishers

Randy Stern asking a question of the panel

Wednesday, June 17, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Interest in data management is growing from external partners of researchers. Funding agencies, interested in reducing duplication of funding, expanding the reach of the research they fund, and improving the ROI for funding initiatives are increasingly mandating data management practices of their investigators. Other stakeholders, such as publishers, are also increasingly interested in the sharing of data connected to research articles. This panel will provide insights from funders and publishers on requirements for data management and sharing.

  • Susan Gomes, Director of Research Development and Strategy, Harvard University— moderator
  • Laura Biven, Senior Science and Technology Advisor, Office of the Deputy Director for Science Programs, US Department of Energy
  • Anita de Waard, VP Research Data Services at Elsevier
  • Scott Edwards, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Ornithology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University and National Science Foundation

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Susan Gomes

Susan Gomes, Director of Research Development and Strategy for Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), oversees efforts to provide grantsmanship and proposal development resources, advice, service and support for 700+ faculty across three FAS divisions: science, social science and arts and humanities. She fosters relationships with external sponsors, develops strategies to enhance the FAS research portfolio and facilitate the pursuit of external funding. Her major responsibilities include developing grants-related programs and resources, facilitating the development of research proposals, and supporting proposal development and submission efforts for major projects. She has contributed to major project proposals resulting in total project awards in excess of $63 million.


Laura Biven

Laura Biven joined the US Department of Energy, Office of Science in 2008. Her responsibilities include advising the Deputy Director for Science Programs on science program management and policy issues, including issues regarding the management of scientific digital data, and providing coordination and analysis of budget, scientific, technical, programmatic, and operational issues regarding the Office of Science program offices and national laboratories. She also currently serves as a primary liaison to the Offices of Advanced Scientific Computing Research and High-Energy Physics.

From 2005 to 2008 she was AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, serving first as commodity import analyst at the US Department of Agriculture and then as science and technology analyst at the US Department of State. Biven has also served as a member of the mathematics faculty at Bard High School Early College in New York City, a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Complex Physics in Dresden, Germany, and a visiting scientist to the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. She received a first-class MSci degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Bristol and a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Warwick, both in the UK.


Anita de Waard

Anita de Waard has a degree in experimental low-temperature physics from Leiden University, and worked at the Kapitza Institute in Moscow, before joining Elsevier as a physics publisher in 1988. Since 1997 she has worked on bridging the gap between science publishing and computational and information technologies, collaborating with different academic groups in Europe and the US. Past projects include co-chairing the W3C HCLS group on scientific discourse structure, and co-organizing a series of workshops with the goal of enunciating the key possibilities and main impediments to change scientific communications, including “Beyond the PDF” and “FORCE11: The Future of Research Communications and E-Science” Dagstuhl Perspectives Seminar, both in 2011.

From January 2006 onwards, de Waard has been working part-time as a researcher at the University of Utrecht, funded by a Casimir project grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Her research focuses on discourse analysis of biological text, with an emphasis on finding key rhetorical components, offering possible applications in the fields of hypothesis detection and automated copy-editing tools. For her current remit within the Research Data Services group, de Waard is interested in developing cross-disciplinary frameworks for sharing research data and making experimental collections available to scientists. As such she is involved in a series of practical projects to implement more methodical methods of data storage and working with data repositories to develop scalable models of curation.


Scott Edwards

Scott Edwards's interest in ornithology and natural history began as a child growing up in Riverdale, Bronx, NYC, where he undertook his first job in environmental science working for an environmental institute called Wave Hill. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1986 and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992. He did postdoctoral research as an Alfred P. Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Evolution at the University of Florida, Gainesville. In late 1994 he assumed an assistant professorship in the Department of Zoology (now Biology) at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was also curator of genetic resources at the Burke Museum.

Edwards has served on the editorial boards of multiple biology publications and on the Council of the American Genetic Association, of which he was president in 2011. In 2012 he was elected President of the Society for the Study of Evolution, where he works to expand the Society’s mission in research and outreach, through its annual meeting and its journal, Evolution. He has served on several NSF panels and on the National Geographic's Committee for Research & Exploration from 2001-2009. He moved to Harvard in late 2003 as a Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Ornithology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, where he continues efforts to unite genomics and natural history and involve students at all levels.