Francoise Genova has been the director of the Strasbourg astronomical data centre CDS from 1995 to 2015, and one of the founding parents of the astronomical Virtual Observatory, which aims at providing seamless access to the wealth of astronomical on-line resources. She has been the coordinator of several European projects dealing with the European Virtual Observatory, and currently leads the “Data Access, Discovery and Interoperability” Work Package of the European ASTERICS astronomy Cluster, which aims at optimizing the usage of the data from the astronomical large projects through the Virtual Observatory. She was a member of the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data set up by the European Commission in 2010, author of the “Riding the wave” (2010) and “Data Harvest” (2014) reports. She has been an active member of the RDA and of the RDA Europe projects since the beginning, and has been the co-chair of the RDA Technical Advisory Board since October 2015.
Paul Groth is Disruptive Technology Director at Elsevier Labs. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southampton (2007) and has done research at the University of Southern California and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research focuses on dealing with large amounts of diverse contextualized knowledge with a particular focus on the web and science applications. This includes research in data provenance, data science, data integration and knowledge sharing. He led architecture development for the Open PHACTS drug discovery data integration platform. Paul was co-chair of the W3C Provenance Working Group that created a standard for provenance interchange. He is co-author of “Provenance: an Introduction to PROV” and “The Semantic Web Primer: 3rd Edition” as well as numerous academic articles. He blogs at http://thinklinks.wordpress.com. You can find him on twitter: @pgroth.