DataCite Governance


Our Vision: Connecting research, identifying knowledge.

Our Mission: DataCite’s mission is to be a world leading provider of persistent identifier services to help make research outputs and resources findable, citable, connected and reused globally. We seek to create value for our members through community-driven, innovative, open, integrated, usable, and sustainable services for research..

Governed by our community and directed by statutes

The strength of DataCite is based on its active membership. DataCite is governed by its members and Executive Board directed by our statutes.

DataCite Members

DataCite Members are the voting body of the organization. Membership is open to all entities that support DataCite’s data sharing mission. Members are governed by the statutes (the bylaws and operating procedures) of the organization. The statutes are developed, ratified, and approved by the members.

Members meet annually (General Assembly) to approve DataCite’s revenue and expenditures, stand and/or vote for the Executive Board, guide DataCite’s strategy, put forth resolutions and modifying the association’s statutes. Members also participate in DataCite’s Steering and Working Groups and provide input on new member acquisition.

Executive Board

Along with DataCite’s members, the Executive Board is the governing body of the association. The Executive Board consists of a President, four Vice Presidents (one of them being the Deputy President) and a Treasurer. One member of the Executive Board is an ex-officio representative of the Business Office. Members of the Executive Board are elected by members at the annual General Assembly and serve for a period of two years.

Executive Board Members

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John Chodacki (President)

John Chodacki is responsible for overseeing the strategic planning, development, and operational management of the California Digital Library’s digital curation group, UC3 (University of California Curation Center).

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Tiwonge Banda

Tiwonge Msulira Banda has over 15 years’ experience in ICT4D project management, community engagement and organisational administration. Serving in various roles at UbuntuNet Alliance, he has spent his whole career working with and promoting the establishment of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). In this role he has been working with end user communities from research centers and universities globally promoting the use of digital technologies in research, teaching, and learning. He is part of the core team that established the regional Internet network connecting over 1,000 universities, serving over 2,000,000 users in 12 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa under the AfricaConnect programme, funded by the European Union. Mr Banda is currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Science at Robert Gordon University Aberdeen. He holds an MSc in Information Technology with Business Intelligence; a Masters in Business Administration and a BSc in Environment Science.

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Mohamed A. Ba-Essa

Mohamed is Manager of Preservation and Digital Services at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) , where he is responsible for Research Repository and Research Data Services, University Records Management and Archive, and Library Systems and Digital services.

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Adrian Burton

Dr. Adrian Burton is Director of Data Policy and Services at the Australian Research Data Commons which is a government-funded research infrastructure for data, cloud, and tools.

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Ingrid Dillo

Dr Ingrid Dillo is Deputy Director at DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) in the Netherlands. She holds a PhD in history and has worked in the field of policy development for the last 30 years, including as senior policy advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the National Library of the Netherlands (KB). Among her areas of expertise are research data management and the certification of digital repositories. Ingrid is Co-chair of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Council. She is also Treasurer of the Board of CoreTrustSeal (CTS) and Vice Chair of the Scientific Committee of the ISC/World Data System (WDS). Ingrid is project coordinator of the European H2020 project FAIRsFAIR.

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Jennifer Gibson

Jennifer is Executive Director of Dryad, the open data publishing platform and community committed to the reuse of all research data. Since 2005, she has worked with scientists, funders, publishers, libraries, developers and others to explore fresh paths toward accelerating discovery through open research communication and open-technology innovation. Prior to Dryad, Jennifer was Head of Open Research Communication and founding Head of Marketing and Communications for eLife, a non-profit and research funder-backed initiative to transform science publishing.

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Mark Hahnel

Mark Hahnel is the founder of figshare, a repository where users can make all of their research outputs citable, shareable and discoverable. He has a PhD in stem cell biology at Imperial College London.

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Viv Hutchison

Viv Hutchison is the Science Data Management Chief for the US Geological Survey. Her team develops and maintains a suite of science data management applications and leads a prominent open forum called the Community for Data Integration.

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Marco Marsella (Treasurer)

Marco Marsella is Senior Advisor Global Information System at FAO, where he contributes to the design of the system and the promotion of DOIs in the Plant Genetic Resources community.

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Salvatore Mele

Salvatore Mele is Senior Advisor for International Relations at CERN. He contributed to Open Science as CERN Head of Open Access, architecting the SCOAP3 initiative and led teams running digital libraries and designing Open Data solutions. He is one of the founding directors of ORCID. Salvatore holds a PhD in Particle Physics, and previously enjoyed a 15 year career as an experimental physicist at CERN.

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Irina Sens (ex-officio)

Irina Sens is the Deputy Director at the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB). She led the German project “Registration of Scientific primary data” which was responsible for the introduction of DOIs for research data.

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Torsten Reimer

Torsten Reimer is University Librarian and Dean of the University Library at the University of Chicago. He holds a PhD from the University and Munich and has a background in digital humanities and scholarly communication, having dedicated much of his work to research infrastructure. Before joining UChicago, Torsten was a member of the leadership team at the British Library, where he oversaw content and research services, including the UK DataCite consortium and the BL's repositories. In previous roles, he worked at Imperial College London, Jisc, King's College London and the Bavarian State Library in Munich.

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Lynn Woolfrey

I am a data scientist with 30 years’ experience curating and sharing data from African governments and research projects. I manage data operations at DataFirst, which is a unit based at the University of Cape Town that distributes data and undertakes data-focused research. Our Open Data repository is Africa’s only CoreTrustSeal certified data repository. I also administer a Secure Research Data Centre at UCT, which I set up to widen access to sensitive African data that cannot be shared online. I train data managers in government and research institutions across Africa and have participated in UN projects to assist governments to assess their data-readiness for Sustainable Development Goal planning and monitoring. My research field of interest is open government data and information ecosystems for evidence-based policy-making in African countries.

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Jamie Wittenberg

Jamie Wittenberg is the Assistant Dean for Research and Innovation Strategies at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries. Her portfolio includes acquisitions, digitization, discovery, cataloging, collection management, interlibrary loan, IT, metadata, preservation. Wittenberg’s professional interests include community-developed open source software, research information management, digital preservation, and data curation. Her research includes work on automating open access policy implementation, publishing digital 3D objects, and building infrastructure to support sharing and preservation research data.

Contact the board

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Past Executive Board Members

Past Executive Board Members
Rebecca Ross CRKN 2020-2022
Eleonora Presani 2021
Herbert Van de Sompel DANS 2019-2020
Carly Robinson DOE 2019
Adam Farquhar The British Library 2009-2019
Mike Frame USGS 2017-2018
Karen Morgenroth National Research Council Canada 2015-2017
Wilma van Wezenbeek TU Delft 2012-2017
Paul Bracke Purdue University 2015-2016
Brigitte Hausstein GESIS 2015-2016
Arlette Piquet ETHZ 2010-2015
York Sure-Vetter GESIS 2012-2014
Lee-Ann Colemann The British Library 2012-2014
Patricia Cruse California Digital Library 2009-2014
Pamela Bjornson National Research Council Canada 2009-2013
Alfred Heller DTIC 2009-2010
Uwe Rosemann German National Library of Science and Technology 2009-2010

Strategic Plan

Every four years, DataCite approves a new strategic plan for achieving our mission. The latest strategic plan is below.

Annual Reports

DataCite prepares an annual report in advance of our annual General Assembly meeting that describes our activities for the past year.

  1. Annual Report 2017
  2. Annual Report 2018
  3. Annual Report 2019
  4. Annual Report 2020
  5. Annual Report 2021

Board Meeting Summaries

As a nonprofit, the DataCite Board meets several times each year, either remotely or in-person. The Board meeting summaries can be found below:


As a nonprofit, DataCite is governed by a set of statutes that are approved by our board and members. The latest approved version of our statutes is below.