Internal Drivers: Researchers and Data

Panel at Internal Drivers session

Wednesday, June 17, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Work in improving data management practices is, in part, being driven by the opportunities for advancing research by faculty and others. Well-managed data can allow researchers to develop new lines of inquiry that would not have been possible previously and to communicate their work in innovative ways. This panel will provide insights from their experiences.

  • Sylvie Brouder, Professor of Agronomy, Purdue University—moderator
  • Alberto Accomazzi, Project Manager, NASA Astrophysics Data System at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Victoria Stodden, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Miriam Posner, Coordinator and Core Faculty, Digital Humanities Program, University of California, Los Angeles

Download Alberto Accomazzi's Presentation

Download Victoria Stodden's Presentation

Download Miriam Posner's Presentation

Watch the panel on Harvard University’s YouTube channel

Sylvie Brouder

Sylvie Brouder’s research addresses implications of converging US biofuel and food security agendas by developing field-to-landscape analyses of the potential for dedicated energy crops to provide renewable fuel on marginal lands while protecting natural resources and food or feed productivity. She directs Purdue’s Water Quality Field Station and is responsible for developing and promoting agro-ecology programming campuswide. A core theme of Brouder’s research and the field station’s research portfolio is quantitative assessment of synergies and tradeoffs among productivity and environmental objectives to inform development of policies that promote agricultural sustainability.

She specializes in crop mineral nutrition with an emphasis on crop ecology, water quality and agro-ecosystem nutrient balances and losses. In her research, she concentrates on nitrogen, carbon and potassium, evaluating the practicality of systems and management practices, and ecological viability and sustainability including influences on water quality and greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soils. Brouder earned a doctorate in ecology from the University of California, Davis, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard.


Alberto Accomazzi
twitter: @aaccomazzi

Alberto Accomazzi has been working at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory on variety of computing projects since 1989. In 1993, he joined the NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) project, a digital library portal for researchers in astronomy and physics developed and maintained at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. In 2007, Accomazzi became program manager of the ADS and now leads the planning, development and management of the system. He is the current chair of the NASA Astronomy Data Centers Executive Committee, prior chair of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance Interest group on Data Curation and Preservation, and member of the International Astronomical Union Division on Facilities, Technologies and Data Science.


Victoria Stodden
twitter: @victoriastodden

Victoria Stodden joined the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as an associate professor in fall 2014. She is a leading figure in the area of reproducibility in computational science, exploring how can we better ensure the reliability and usefulness of scientific results in the face of increasingly sophisticated computational approaches to research. Her work addresses a wide range of topics, including standards of openness for data and code sharing, legal and policy barriers to disseminating reproducible research, robustness in replicated findings, cyberinfrastructure to enable reproducibility, and scientific publishing practices. Stodden co-chairs the NSF Advisory Committee for CyberInfrastructure and is a member of the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Advisory Committee. She also serves on the National Academies Committee on Responsible Science: Ensuring the Integrity of the Research Process.

Previously an assistant professor of statistics at Columbia University, Stodden taught courses in data science, reproducible research, and statistical theory and was affiliated with the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. She co-edited two books released this year, Privacy, Big Data, and the Public Good: Frameworks for Engagement, published by Cambridge University Press, and Implementing Reproducible Research, published by Taylor & Francis. Stodden earned both her PhD in statistics and her law degree from Stanford University. She also holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Ottawa.


Miriam Posner
twitter: @miriamkp

Miriam Posner teaches in the digital humanities program at the University of California, Los Angeles. She frequently writes and speaks on digital humanities, as well as on the history of technology, particularly the history of medical imaging. Her book, Depth Perception, on 20th-century medical filmmaking, is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press. Her PhD, from Yale University, is in film studies and American studies.