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DataONE Begins Transition to New Leadership

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A new Management Team has been identified to lead DataONE into 2020 and beyond. The DataONE project has flourished under the insightful leadership of Bill Michener and the DataONE Leadership Team, and has been managed for the last nine years under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation DataNet program. Bill Michener and the current Leadership Team will continue to manage the remaining project deliverables on the original NSF-DataNet award through September 2019. In parallel, the new Management Team will start in February 2019 to implement future initiatives for the DataONE program and build sustainable new sources of support for the organization. This new Management Team is led by Matthew Jones as Director, in collaboration with co-Directors Amber Budden (Education and Engagement), Dave Vieglais (Technology), and Suzie Allard (Usability and Assessment), thereby maintaining strong continuity with the current leadership of DataONE. The change in leadership comes as Bill Michener, project PI, and Rebecca Koskela, Executive Director, will be moving on to other opportunities after the NSF project ends.

As previously announced, administrative oversight of DataONE will transition in 2020 to the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara, which has been a key partner since the inception of DataONE. DataONE will continue as a collaborative endeavor spanning multiple institutions including UC Santa Barbara, the University of Kansas, the University of Tennessee, and all current and future participating member organizations of the DataONE network. Current Leadership Team members, including representatives from repositories, government agencies, libraries, and academia will continue to collaborate on future DataONE initiatives. The DataONE program is also exploring new partnerships that will expand services for the community and expand access and reuse of research data, and we welcome new collaborators across all relevant sectors in these endeavors.

Over the past decade, DataONE has grown from a nascent project addressing the need for repository interoperability into a robust, interoperable federation of dozens of member repositories spanning the globe and providing unfettered access to earth and environmental research data. DataONE has relied upon, and is grateful for, the participation of hundreds of individuals who have served on working groups, contributed or used data, operated repositories, collaborated on related projects, joined our users group, or served on our advisory board. To build capacity for enhanced collaboration and partnership, DataONE is planning changes to the current user group structure, thereby enabling a more diverse and invested membership and community-driven decision-making. We anticipate broadening repository participation in DataONE, welcoming new collaborating researchers and institutions, and transforming organizational governance. DataONE community members will be invited to contribute to the evolution of our model for community-driven repository interoperability as we move forward, and frequent updates and announcements about future changes will be provided at https://www.dataone.org/future.

Core DataONE services will continue to operate at UC Santa Barbara and the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2020 and beyond. All core services, including onboarding of new repositories, data search, infrastructure services such as replication, citation and usage reporting, and education and training activities will continue unabated, and a number of exciting new services are being planned for announcement over the next year.

Stay tuned for news of these changes and new capabilities through the next year and beyond as we evolve DataONE into the future. If you have questions or suggestions, please see our web site or contact us at “info@dataone.org”.