about us

DataCite is a distributed organization with a central business office located at the German National Library of Science and Technology in Hannover, Germany.

Staff members

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Matthew Buys
(Executive Director)

Matthew leads a passionate and committed team at DataCite who provide the means to create, find, cite, connect, and use research globally. Based in Amsterdam, Matthew focusses on building DataCite into a sustainable global community. Previously Matthew was the Director of Engagement at ORCID where he played an important role in growing the community into an international-scale research effort with over 1,000 member organizations and 7 million users. He completed a BA (Psychology) and Post-Graduate Diploma in Management at the University of the Witwatersrand. In addition, Matthew has also completed courses in Java, Flash, XML, html, Perl, and SQL.

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Helena Cousijn
(Community Engagement Director)

Helena is responsible for all DataCite's membership and community activities. She's committed to DataCite's mission of enabling data sharing and reuse and is especially passionate about data citation. It's important to her to communicate in a way that makes DataCite's services accessible to everyone. Before joining DataCite, Helena worked as Senior Product Manager for Research Data Management Solutions at Elsevier. She holds a DPhil in Neuroscience from the University of Oxford.

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Britta Dreyer
(Business Manager)

Britta manages the DataCite business office. Member support, accounting, and managing DataCite's day-to-day business are her main activities. She holds a BSM from the Pepperdine University in Malibu and an MBA from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover. Before coming to DataCite, Britta managed the family business. Her fields of work include human resources, marketing, and process optimization. She is passionate about business planning, project management, communication psychology, and her three children.

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Martin Fenner
(Technical Director)

Martin envisions, develops, implements and manages a robust technical architecture for DataCite. Until 2015 he was technical lead for the PLOS Article-Level Metrics project. Martin has a medical degree from the Free University of Berlin and is a Board-certified medical oncologist.

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Kristian Garza
(Application Developer)

Kristian contributes to the development and implementation of a robust technical architecture for DataCite as well as DataCite’s role in the Make Data Count Project. Improving to the community-wide adoption of good data sharing practices is one of his main goals. Previously he held different research positions within the CLUSTER II Mission at the MSSL and at the ELIXIR Interoperability platform. Kristian has a PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Manchester.

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Richard Hallett
(Application Developer)

Richard joined DataCite in late 2017. He contributes to the DataCite technical infrastructure and the EU-funded FREYA project. Having worked for years in software development for a variety of different organizations and industries (from large multinational companies, to small web agencies, to not for profits and then back into the commercial sector with e-commerce), Richard is pleased to be working in an open-source environment.

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Mary Hirsch
(Member Support Manager)

Mary is our Member Support Manager and takes care of making sure DataCite provides exceptional support for its community. Mary worked as a technical analyst at a global information company before transitioning to work as a documentalist at a research institute in Barcelona. She is passionate about Open Science.

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Sarala Wimalaratne
(Product Engineering Director)

Sarala is responsible for the product vision and roadmap at DataCite. She collaborates with external and internal stakeholders to improve existing member services and identify potential member service opportunities. She has been working with the Open Science and PID communities for many years. Before joining DataCite, Sarala spent 10 years at the EMBL-EBI leading multiple data integration projects including the resource. She holds a PhD in Bioengineering and a BE in Software Engineering from the University of Auckland.

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Paul Vierkant
(Outreach Manager)

Paul is our outreach manager at DataCite contributing to the DFG-funded projects re3data COREF and ORCID DE. Prior to DataCite Paul worked for the Helmholtz Open Science Office and different universities where he was involved in building publication and data repositories. As a dedicated Open Science advocate Paul strives to spread the idea of openness in scholarly communication. Paul loves beautiful infographics and even more his crazy family.

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Veronica Gomes Ferreira

Veronica is our newest addition to the team. She is our intern from Leiden Universitait finishing her bachelor’s in International Studies with a specialization in Latin America. She works closely with our Community Engagement Team to provide support in our expansion to Latin America. Veronica is particularly interested in how data management helps improve and contribute to the global research community.