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In Memoriam: Robert Sandusky

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Bob Sandusky on Friday April 10 after his decade-long fight with cancer. We have lost a great friend and colleague who has been a part of the DataONE community since before DataONE began.

In 2007, when DataONE was first being conceptualized, we knew the engagement of a diverse group of librarians and computer, data, environmental, and social scientists working across domains and disciplines to develop cutting-edge infrastructure and build a new community of practice would be critical. Success required the best academic experts and working together in a stressful, deadline-oriented environment. Bob Sandusky was one of the first to join DataONE. Bob had a unique and creative approach to his research that helped define data management in libraries and he shared his time and expertise generously. As a member of the Usability and Assessment Working Group, as a founding DataONE Users Group member and Co-Chair twice over, and as part of the recent DataONE leadership and management teams, Bob could always be counted upon for deliberative, thoughtful and helpful input. He took on a major leadership role during DataONE's transition from project to program, where he quietly displayed exemplary leadership skills, an ability to work across disciplinary boundaries, and contributed immensely to DataONE’s key position as a service and community-building organization. Bob was a fantastic colleague who brought passion, humor and dedication to DataONE activities. Everyone associated with DataONE will miss Bob’s thoughtful input, quiet leadership, understated humor, and friendship.

Bob Sandusky

Bob Sandusky attending DataONE meetings

Note the montage of Bob enjoying snacks likely reflects the sheer volume of food at DataONE meetings and the interest of the photographer :)