DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURES for RESEARCH 2018 | Serving the user base


Robin Dasler

Organisation: CERN
Role: Information Architect

Robin is a senior fellow in CERN’s Scientific Information Service and lead of the sustainability segment of the THOR Project. Her work focuses on improving scientific research data management processes.

Franciska de Jong

Organisation: CLARIN ERIC

Franciska de Jong is Executive Director of CLARIN ERIC ( She leads the expansion and sustainability of CLARIN, the outreach to new research communities, and the promotion of collaboration with non-academic partners within and beyond Europe.

Tom Demeranville

Organisation: THOR Project, ORCID EU
Role: Senior Technical Officer

Tom investigates and develops links with other identifier systems as part of the EC-funded THOR project. Tom has a long history of working with software in the academic sector.

Niels Drost

Niels Drost

Organisation: Netherlands eScience Center
Role: eScience Research Engineer

Niels Drost studied Computer Science at the VU University Amsterdam, specializing on Computer Systems, and resulting in a Master degree in 2004.

Maaike Duine

Organisation: ORCID EU
Role: Events and Training Officer

Maaike is organising events and workshops for the THOR project. Before joining ORCID, she held different positions in academic publishing in the Netherlands and Tanzania. She earned an MA in linguistics from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Ian Duncan

Ian Duncan

Organisation: Research Data Services (RDS)
Role: Director

Ian Duncan was previously the Associate Director of Enterprise Support at Information Technology Services, The University of Queensland (UQ) and has been with UQ since 2001 during which time he has held the roles of school IT manager, Research Institute IT Manager and Operation

Giovanni Erbacci

Giovanni Erbacci

Organisation: CINECA Supercomputing Centre
Role: Division Leader

Giovanni Erbacci holds a laurea degree in Computer Science from the University of Pisa in Italy. He leads the HPC Projects Division in the Supercomputing Applications and Innovation Department at CINECA, the Italian Supercomputing Centre. Since 1992 he organises and directs the CINECA’s Summer School on Parallel Computing. 
G.E. actively participates in different EC projects since the IV FP and since 2010 he is deeply involved in PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe). He leaded the “Services for Industrial Users and SMEs” activity which launched SHAPE the “SMEs HPC adoption programme”, providing an effective set of high-level services to support the SMEs users in the adoption of HPC methodologies.
Currently G.E. co-ordinates the PRACE operational services for the HPC eco-system. He is a member of the PRACE Technical Board and has been appointed Italian Delegate in the PRACE Research Infrastructure.

Adam Farquhar

Organisation: The British Library
Role: Head of Digital Scholarship


Sandro Fiore

Sandro Fiore

Organisation: CMCC Advanced Scientific Computing Division
Role: Data Scientist and Director

Dr Sandro Fiore (M), Ph.D., Data Scientist and Director of the CMCC Advanced Scientific Computing Division. His research activities focus scientific data management, data analytics/mining and high performance database management. Since 2004, he has been involved in several EU projects like EGEE, IS-ENES, EUBRAZILCC, EXARCH, ORIENTGATE, TESSA, CLIP-C. He is the PI of the Ophidia project ( a research effort on high performance data analytics for eScience.  Since 2011, he has been Visiting Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, contributing to the Earth System Grid Federation. He is editor of the book “Grid and Cloud Database Management” (Springer, 2011).

Kristian Garza

Kristian Garza

Organisation: DataCite
Role: Application Developer

Kristian contributes to the development and implementation of a robust technical architecture for DataCite as well as DataCite’s technical role in the EU-funded THOR Project. Improving to the community-wide adoption of good data sharing practices is one of his main goals.