Curriculum Vita

Monday, April 1, 2019

Since 1985, my career has spanned rural appropriate technology design, international development, academia, research, and science information policy. I help domain scientists make sense of their data by adopting, adapting and creating novel data acquisition, analysis and visualization techniques. I advise several scientific projects, and advocate for a more participatory way of working in a world where information and analytics are embedded in every aspect of our lives. As such, I have expertise in both ‘science for policy’ as well as ‘policy for science.’ I believe that not only is it possible to be both a practitioner and a policy-person at the same time, in today’s day and age it is the only way to ensure that publicly funded scientific information is open by default and our work has the highest possibility of making an impact.

2015-continuing. Independent Open Science Advocate
Current Projects
The World Bank, Washington DC. As part of The World Bank’s open campus eLearning inititiave, I am developing primers on disruptive technologies in the context of international development. These primers (on current topics such as artificial intelligence, 3D printing, drones, and open data and open science) will be delivered in multiple formats such as a web site, ePub, PDF and other forms suitable for eLearning curricula.
Plazi, Bern, Switzerland. As a member of Plazi, a non-profit dedicated to text mining taxonomic literature, I work on open access policy, technology and quality control issues. I work with the Zenodo team at CERN, Geneva, and Pensoft, Sofia, Bulgaria, both Plazi partners in developing the Biodiversity Literature Repository in a project funded by The Arcadia Fund. Two of my recent projects are Ocellus, a web-based image search and retrieval application, and Zenodeo, a nodejs-based RESTful API to Zenodo’s ElasticSearch API.
Dept. Biblioteconomía y Documentación, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. I am a visiting researcher at the Department of Library and Information Sciences, focusing on the ethical implilcations of health data sharing in publicly funded research projects in the EU.
Dept. of Political Science, University of Vienna. As a Solidarity Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity (CeSCOS), I am focusing on the tension between the desire to share medical data (for many of its touted benefits) and the need to protect the privacy of individuals (from many of the feared harms from breach and misuse of such data).
TOP Labs, Berlin, Germany. I am an active member of the biolab and art space run by >top e.V.
Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), TIFR, Mumbai, India. Since 2015, I have been a visiting scientist at Gnowledge Labs and CUBE, a bio learning and hacking space within HBCSE.
Recent Past Projects
art+science Residency, Khoj International Artists Association, New Delhi. From October 2017-April 2018, I was working on creating MycoPrinter a 3D bio-printer, with Darya Warner, a Brooklyn-based bioartist. The residency was funded by the Dept. of Biotechnology, Government of India, and Wellcome Trust, UK.
SUB (the state and university library) and the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities (GCDH), University of Göttingen, Germany. From September 2016-August 2017, I was a visiting fellow at SUB and GCDH, exploring their various open science/data initiatives with a focus on visualizing and sharing geospatial information. I continue to maintain an informal association with SUB.
Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH). Until 2017, I was a member of the Data Products Licensing Task Team tasked with selecting, developing, and adopting open source licensing models for GA4GH data products. The group is looking to support and develop open source paradigms that balance the desire for scientific research collaborations without compromising incentives to innovate and realize commercial benefits.
Academy Health, Washington DC. April-June, 2016, I was at Academy Health, the leading non-profit in the United States focusing on Health Services Research (HSR), working on CIELO, a web-based platform for archiving and sharing information, data and software on medical/health projects. In addition, I was helping Academy Health move eGEMS, their peer-reviewed, open access journal on health services research, to an open publishing platform.
The World Bank, Washington DC. From 2015-2016, I was creating a meta-MOOC of learning resources on spatial information technologies and data.
Department of GeoScience, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA. In the summer of 2015, I was working on PaleoDeepDive, a machine reading and learning system, built upon a new kind of digital library resource.
2012-2015. Manager, Science and Data Policy, Creative Commons, San Francisco, CA, USA
Open Data. My focus was on making the process and products of science as open as possible. This includes making data findable, accessible, and usable, and encompasses technical, semantic and legal interoperability and openness in data-intensive research.
Text and Data Mining. I advised university libraries and departments, and led workshops on text and data mining (TDM). TDM lies in the realm of fair use outside the reach of copyright restrictions, and is the logical next step in programmatically extracting knowledge from documents designed for human consumption. I also helped craft The Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age.
Citizen Science, Sensors, Hardware, Hacker Spaces. I worked with sensor-based hardware, on ethical issues around citizen-sourced information, licensing open hardware and certification of data quality, novel ways of citizen-engagement, and promoting hacker/maker spaces for learning-by-making, teaching-by-doing.
Open Policy. My work on policy and awareness building included contribution to the Research Data Alliance, Group on Earth Resources, California Digital Library, and the Institute for Open Leadership. I am also on the Advisory Board of the Working Group on Open Science, Open Knowledge International.
2008-2012. Researcher, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
Department of GeoScience
  • Devised, designed, and coded Earth-Base, an interdisciplinary, multifaceted geoscience data platform based on open architecture, technology, protocols and free and open access principles. The platform is geared toward data discovery and integration of science and research, and for assisting in education.
  • Developed web services and infrastructure for the Paleobiology Database, a database of fossil collections contributed by researchers from around the world.
Department of Forestry and Forest Ecology
  • Implemented Carbonmodel, an ecosystem process model for calculating C, N and water budgets of large-scale terrestrial ecosystems on the web that ran on a computer cluster utilizing open source geospatial and related technologies.
2009-2010. Science Fellow, Creative Commons, USA
My work focused on issues relating to scientific data in general and geospatial data specifically. I helped developed the CC0 Public Domain Dedication.
1997-2006. Senior Analyst Programmer, GeoAnalytics, Madison, WI.
I worked on projects involving development of best practices for geographic information management, strategic planning and information policy formulation. I was also called upon to write the technical and governance related components of project proposals.
1993-1997. GIS Specialist, The World Bank, Washington DC.
I accompanied operational missions to South Asia and Latin American and the Caribbean, helping the borrowing countries create funding proposals, analyzing agency-wide information workflows, and identifying the components vital to the project’s success. I provided GIS/MIS support for improving sectoral business processes, liaised with research and development institutions in Europe, North America, and the Caribbean, and assisted in research involving spatial analysis, econometrics and databases.
1992-1992. Visiting Researcher, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore.
Coded a allocation-deallocation model on Arc/INFO at IIM, and conducted workshops at the National Remote Sensing Association, Hyderabad, India.
1991-1991. Consultant, Government of Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain, Trinidad.
As part of a project funded by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), I conducted an assessment of the Ministry of Transportation and Planning to determine their capability to modernize land records.
1985-1987. Research Scientist, Development Alternatives, New Delhi.
Working with rural artisans and master-weavers, I designed and manufactured a more efficient and modern jacquard mechanism for handlooms to be used in the rural textile sector in India.

All my publications and presentations are released under the CC0 Public Domain Dedication. They are free for anyone to use as they wish without any obligation whatsoever, without having to ask for permission, and without needing to give me credit. In case of joint-publications, my co-authors may retain their copyright but will always use an open license.
Agosti D, Catapano T, Sautter G, Kishor P, Nielsen L, Ioannidis-Pantopikos A, Bigarella C, Georgiev T, Penev L, Egloff W (2019) Biodiversity Literature Repository (BLR), a repository for FAIR data and publications. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 3: e37197.
Scott Bulua, Puneet Kishor, Sonaar Luthra, and Jason Schultz. 2015. Open Source Sensors: Promoting Access to Knowledge and Data Reliability, report from a workshop on Open Hardware, workshop sponsored by the Sloan Foundation.
Willi Egloff, Donat Agosti, Puneet Kishor, David Patterson, Jeremy A. Miller. 2017. Copyright and the Use of Images as Biodiversity Data. doi:
Scott Bulua, Puneet Kishor, Sonaar Luthra, and Jason Schultz. 2015. Open Source Sensors: Promoting Access to Knowledge and Data Reliability, report from a workshop on Open Hardware, workshop sponsored by the Sloan Foundation.
Puneet Kishor, Effy Vayena, Robert Nussbaum, Jason Bobe, and Barbara Koenig. 2015. Sharing v. Privacy, report from a workshop on balancing the need for privacy with the desire to share, workshop sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Micah Altman, Daniel Cohen, and Puneet Kishor. 2013. Emerging Principles for Data Citation. In Yvonne M Socha (Ed.) Out of Cite, Out of Mind.. Data Science Journal 12: 1–76. doi:10.2481/dsj.OSOM13-043
Shanan E. Peters, Miron Livny, Kurt Squire, Jack Williams, Bill Hibbard, Puneet Kishor, Sam Batzli, Patrick McLaughlin, Susan Millar, Tom Whittaker, Nancy Wiegand, and Terry Millar. 2011. Towards a New Distributed Platform for Integrative Geoscience: An EarthCube Design Approach and Prototype Plan. White paper submitted to the NSF as part of the EarthCube Initiative, Washington DC.
Puneet Kishor, Oshani Seneviratne, and Noah Giansiracusa. 2009. Policy Aware Geospatial Data. In, ACM. Seattle: ACM
Puneet Kishor & Oshani Seneviratne. 2009. Public Policy: Mashing up Technology and Law. COUNTER2010 Mashing-up Cultures: The Rise of User-generated Content. In the Proceedings from the COUNTER2010 workshop on Mashing-up Culture, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Puneet Kishor. 2009. Public Policy—bringing technology and law together for open access. Presented at AAAS ST Global Conference, Washington DC, USA.
Boll, Susanne, Christopher Jones, Eric Kansa, Puneet Kishor, Mor Naaman, Ross Purves, Arno Scharl, and Erik Wilde. 2008. LOCWEB ‘08: Proceedings of the first international workshop on Location and the web. ACM, New York, NY.
Puneet Kishor. 2008. Public Policy and the Geospatial Information Commons. 2008 Conference on Science and Technology for Society, AAAS, Washington DC.
CODATA. 2007. Strategies for Open and Permanent Access to Scientific Information in Latin America: Focus on Health and Environmental Information for Sustainable Development. D. A. L. Canhos, V. Canhos, W. Anderson, P. Uhlir, B. Carroll, R. Sharif and P. Kishor, eds., Atibaia, Brazil.
Puneet Kishor. 2007. Open GeoSpatial Data: Difficult But Necessary. CODATA and NAS Workshop on “Strategies for Open and Permanent Access to Scientific Information in Latin America: Focus on Health and Environmental Information for Sustainable Development,” Atibaia, Brazil.
Puneet Kishor and Steve Ventura. 2006. What Can GIS Learn From Open Source, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Committee, Santiago, Chile.
Puneet Kishor. 2000. “Are you ready to do business online?” URISA News.
Puneet Kishor. 1997. Using GIS for Pollution Control. Environment Department Dissemination Notes, The World Bank, Washington, DC, 20433.
Puneet Kishor. 1996. Strategies for Disseminating Large Spatial Databases. Environment Department Dissemination Notes, The World Bank, Washington, DC, 20433.
William Magrath, Charles Peters, Nalin Kishor, and Puneet Kishor. 1995. The Economic Supply of Biodiversity in West Kalimantan. Environmental and Economic Issues in Forestry: Selected Case Studies in Asia, Ed. Susan Shen and Arnoldo Contreras-Hermosilla, The World Bank, Washington, DC, 20433.
Puneet Kishor. 1995. When Tools Become the Barrier: Modernizing Spatial Information Against All Odds. National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA), Maine.
Puneet Kishor, Kristine Kuhlman, Ben Niemann, Jr., Steve Ventura, Earl Epstein, John Bossler, D. David Moyer, and William Holland. 1993. Law that Drives Change: Wisconsin Land Information Program and GIS Adoption by Local Governments, GIS/LIS '93, Minneapolis.
Puneet Kishor. 1991. Land Rationalization Study, Trinidad & Tobago, Inter-American Development Bank. 1991.
Puneet Kishor, Bernard J. Niemann, Jr., and D. David Moyer. 1991. Diffusion of GIS/LIS in Local Governments, presented at GIS/LIS '91, Atlanta, GA.
Puneet Kishor, Steve Ventura, and Peter Thum. 1991. Saving the Past for the Future GIS in Archaeology, Proceedings of URISA '91, San Francisco, CA.
Puneet Kishor, Bernard J. Niemann, Jr., D. David Moyer, Stephen J. Ventura, Robert W. Martin, and Peter Thum. 1990. Evaluating GIS/LIS. GIS/LIS '90, Anaheim, CA.
Puneet Kishor and Bernard J. Niemann, Jr. 1990. Geographic Information Systems in India: A “Look Before You Leap” Caveat to Technology Transfer, URISA ‘90, Edmonton, Canada.

I write a lot; I should write even more. Below are a few of my greatest hits online, and like my publications, are all released under a CC0 Public Domain Dedication.
2016. CUBE Critters, on, Jan 16, 2016.

Much fun was had today tinkering in CUBE with Kirti, Nirja, Salome, and Ulhas, and a Logitech webcam, a Labomed microscope, the sawed-off neck of a plastic bottle, and an old computer running Ubuntu. more

2016. Everyone is a Mentor, on, Jan 16, 2016.


2016. What’s in a Name, on, Jan 02, 2016.

Names introduce species to humanity. It’s a biologist’s greatest contribution. more

2015. The Role of Licensing in Science, on, Dec 19, 2015.

Licenses are not the end but the start of our responsibility to make science open. more

2015. Evil Communications, on, Nov 25, 2015.

“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”—1 Corinthians 15:33, King James Version. more

2015. Inclusive by Design, on, Aug 10, 2015.

I saw the following notice… (that) did its best to convey that visitors to the makerspace were a problem. more

2015. Being Humane, Jun 25, 2015.

At a certain point in our lives, when we are not well, perhaps we need to change the definition of “well.” more

2015. Social Contracts in the Digital Age, Jun 25, 2015.

The digital age manifestation of this tension is apparent very clearly in the medical field involving human subjects. more

2015. The Philosophical Framework of Social Contracts, Jun 25, 2015.

Thomas Hobbes believed the lives of common people were naturally “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” more

2015. Citizen Engagement in Science, on, Jan 21, 2015.

Below are a few ways to engage citizens in science… more

2014. The Deceptive Success of Copyright Licenses, on, Dec 23, 2014.

In the 12 years of its existence, Creative Commons has achieved remarkable success, and among the most basic of metrics of its success is the number of CC-licensed works on the web. more

2014. It Takes All Kinds to Make a Commons, on, Dec 22, 2014.

Value v of any work is the sum of many kinds of values: monetary, social, cultural, strategic, etc. Value V of a dataset is the sum of the value of each work in the dataset: V = v1 + v2 … vn more

2014. The Problem With Copyright, on, Dec 21, 2014.

Copyright has a limited relevance to science. It applies only to copyrightable information that includes working and peer-reviewed papers, books and articles, and presentations, videos, photos, and other such creative works. The weakness of a copyright-focused CC are: more

2014. The “P” Words, on, Dec 20, 2014.

A particularly thorny problem is reconciling the need to share data with the imperative to protect privacy. Privacy, or protecting personally identifiable information (PII), is important in any domain involving human subjects but could also be important in other domains where cultural or historical heritage or natural or strategic resources have to be protected. more

2014. Changing the Culture, on, Dec 20, 2014.

Creative Commons contribution has not been as much a development of its licenses as it has been in creating a global community of people who are keen to share their creations around a certain ethic. more

2014. From Aye to Si, on, Dec 18, 2014.

To change the culture of science and education we have to encourage risk taking, experimentation, questioning conventional wisdom, unorthodox methods—we have to learn to say “yes” in many domains, in many languages. more

2014. Beyond Law, on, Dec 17, 2014.

Creative Commons, in spite of its reluctance toward non-copyright focused projects, has undertaken a few novel experiments. more

2014. Learning by Making, Teaching by Doing, on, Dec 16, 2014.

The hacker/maker movement embodied in hacker/maker spaces is the best convergence of the new old form of learning by making and teaching by doing. more

2014. SciDataCon 2014 Recap, Creative Commons, Nov 16, 2014.

Earlier this month, CODATA and World Data System, both interdisciplinary committees of the International Council for Science, jointly organized SciDataCon, an international conference on data sharing for global sustainability. The conference was held Nov 2-5, 2014, on the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Creative Commons Science had a busy schedule at the conference attended by 170+ delegates from all over the world, many from the global south. more

2014. The Voyager Golden Record, Creative Commons, Nov 8, 2014.

The Voyager Spacecrafts are carrying with them sounds of the earth, of our civilization, recorded on a 12″ gold plated copper disc, a golden record, along with instructions for how to play them. more

2014. CC Science's Indian November, Creative Commons, Oct 28, 2014

We are in New Delhi and Mumbai for a number of presentations, workshops and meetings. Please come say hello if you are at these events or in the area. more

2014. Vaya Con Datos, Creative Commons, Oct 5, 2014

What were five hundred folks from 30 countries doing in 40+ different sessions running concurrently in three rooms of two gorgeous buildings in Ciudad de México? They were showing, sharing and learning from the best of each other’s work utilizing open data, pushing governments to adopt open policies, and hacking for social, environmental and humanitarian change in Latin America and the Caribbean. more

2014. Examining deficiencies of and limitations on data sharing, Creative Commons, Aug 18, 2014

Whether patients, or part of traffic, or exercising or simply walking with one of the behavioral trackers du jour, we are constantly giving data about ourselves and our surroundings to data collectors with few returns. From privacy regulations to bureaucratic barriers to collecting and locking up information just in case it might create monetary value in the future, there are a multitude of barriers between those who collect information and those who want to use it. more

2014. CC Signs Bouchout Declaration for Open Biodiversity, Creative Commons, Jul 11, 2014

CC is supporting the Bouchout Declaration for Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management by becoming a signatory. The Declaration’s objective is to help make biodiversity data openly available to everyone around the world. It offers the biodiversity community a way to demonstrate their commitment to open science, one of the fundamental components of CC’s vision for an open and participatory internet. more

2014. Liberating the Haystack for the Needles, Creative Commons, Jun 2, 2014

Text and data mining (TDM) is becoming an increasingly important scientific technique for analyzing large amounts of data. The technique is used to uncover both existing and new insights in unstructured data sets that typically are obtained programmatically from many different sources. more

2014. Seeds of Change, Creative Commons, May 21, 2014

I received a fat packet in mail, full of seeds with unusual names—Magma Mustard; Flashy Lightning Lettuce; Lemon Pastel Calendula; Cherry Vanilla Quinoa—and an even more unusual but evocative note stuck on the packets. more

2014. Precocious One Year Old Turning Academic Publishing On Its Head, Creative Commons, Feb 12, 2014

PeerJ started with that bold challenge. Now, the scrappy startup that dared has done it. One year old today, PeerJ, the peer-reviewed journal, has seen startling growth having published 232 articles under CC-BY 3.0 last year. more

2014. CC is now a Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Participating Organization, Creative Commons, Jan 16, 2014

As of yesterday (January 15, 2014), the Group on Earth Observations approved Creative Commons as now a Participating Organization (PO) at its GEO-X Plenary in Geneva. more

2013. Paleobiology Database now CC BY, Creative Commons, Dec 19, 2013

After a year of community feedback and discussion, the Paleobiology Database has taken the decision that “All records are made available to the public based on a Creative Commons license that requires attribution before use.” The Paleobiology Database is now licensed under a CC-BY 4.0 International License. more

2013. BioMed Central moves to CC BY 4.0 along with CC0 for data, Creative Commons, Dec 18, 2013

BioMed Central (BMC) is one of the largest open access (OA) publishers in the world with 250 peer-reviewed OA journals, and more than 100,000 OA articles published yearly. BMC is also long-time user of CC licenses to accomplish its mission of husbanding and promoting open science. BMC has been publishing articles under a CC license since 2004. more

2013. Human Services Taxonomy, Creative Commons, Dec 2, 2013

Text-based search is powerful. However, as more and more information is digitized and made available on the internet, the effectiveness of text-based search could stand to be supplemented with other technologies. more

2013. Identifying drug targets one protein at a time, Creative Commons, Nov 19, 2013

The structure of human proteins defines, in part, what it is to be human. It is very expensive, as much as a couple of million USD, to determine the structure of human membrane proteins. Improvements in methods, computers and access to the complete sequence of our DNA, however, has made it possible to adopt more systematic approaches, and thus reduce the time and cost to determine the shapes of proteins. more

2013. Change Will Come, and ManyLabs Will Play An Important Part, Creative Commons, Aug 7, 2013

I met Peter Sand a few months ago at a #Sensored meetup in SoMa. The setting was exactly like the hardware labs from my undergraduate engineering days, and Peter was there exactly like one of my buddies showing kits and circuits cobbled together to do science (except, Peter is quieter and more polite than most of my buddies). Peter founded ManyLabs, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that wants:

students of any age to become comfortable with data, scientific processes, and mathematical representations of the world. We want people to learn about the strengths and limitations of using math and data to address real-world problems.

2013. Frank Warmerdam–Leading Open Geospatial Community By Action, Creative Commons, Aug 7, 2013

What do you get when you write software that becomes the basis of just about every geospatial application out there? You get perspective. Frank Warmerdam has been authoring, improving, supporting, and shepherding Shapelib, libtiff, GDAL and OGR for the past 15 years. Frank believes that by sharing effort, by adopting open, cooperatively developed standards, and avoiding proprietary licenses, adoption of open technologies could be supercharged. And lucky for us, he is right. To paraphrase him, open standards facilitate communication, capture common practice, and externalize arbitrary decisions. more

2013. State of the Map is alive and well, Creative Commons, Jun 11, 2013

About 400 map makers, coders, cartographers, designers, business services providers and data mungers of chiefly spatial persuasion gathered in San Francisco to “talk OpenStreetMap, learn from each other, and move the project forward.” These conference attendees are a tip of an iceberg composed of 1.1 million registered users who have collectively gathered 3.2 billion GPS points around the world since OpenStreetMap was launched in 2004 as a free, editable map of the whole world. more

2014. Financial Interoperability, on, Apr 29, 2014.

Interoperability has become a much bandied around concept of late, but with good reason. As science becomes more expansive in scope, using large data sets from several sources and disciplines, to study long term problems that span many populations, geographies, jurisdictions and periods, interoperability becomes increasingly important. more

2013. Why Open Science Training matters, Creative Commons, Mar 5, 2013

Hanging around with our own kind, we in the open science community might get lulled into thinking that everyone out there thinks like us. In reality, most scientists actually do science instead of worrying about whether or not it is open. However, even though some of their practices align with open science objectives, there is much more that can be done proactively to engender an open commons of science. more

2013. The Net Works Effect: Open Data Day 2013, Creative Commons, Feb 22, 2013

There are many ways we can measure the effect of the work we do — count the number of objects licensed with CC licenses, count the number of users who have used CC licenses, count the number of works created by reuse of works licensed with CC licenses, perhaps many other ways. But the one that is most immediately visible, and most satisfying, is seeing events of spontaneous openness appear as is for the international celebration of Open Data Day taking place tomorrow, February 23. more

2013. PLOS and figshare make open science publishing more open, Creative Commons, Mar 5, 2013

PLOS and figshare announced a partnership earlier today that will allow authors publishing in PLOS journals host their data on figshare. The authors would also benefit from the visualization capabilities that figshare provides right in the browser alongside the content. This partnership symbolizes all that is good about a healthy scientific publishing process that is enabled by innovative thinking aided by open licensing tools from Creative Commons. more

2012. New Zealand Open Data Conference, Creative Commons, Dec 22, 2012

As research communities worldwide look for new ways to make the scientific process and its data and results more open and participatory, New Zealand is showing us how it is done. more

2012. Introducing the CC Science Advisory Board, Creative Commons, Nov 16, 2012

Creative Commons has formed a new Science Advisory Board (SAB) to guide its science program and to provide overall strategic vision and focus. The SAB brings legal, institutional as well as domain-specific knowledge in the use and sharing of scientific tools and data. Our SAB is made up of eminent scholars and practitioners from different disciplines and four continents who have volunteered to provide us both the domain expertise as well as regional perspective to help create a truly globally responsive program. more

2012. Remembering Lee Dirks, Creative Commons, Aug 31, 2012

Two years ago, I was trying to organize my first Creative Commons-sponsored event, a joint CC-USGS workshop titled Law and the GeoWeb. I ran into Lee in the keynote room at the CODATA conference in Cape Town and asked him to suggest a speaker from Microsoft. Lee said he would do better — he would host the entire workshop at his digs at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA. more

I started with engineering and moved to science and then to policy. My love of engineering is as strong as ever.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
2006-continuing. Ph.D. Candidate, Environment and Resources, Institute for Environmental Resources. My research is on the nature of "open" and how it is affected by and affects policies for access to data, software and literature.
1987-1990. M.S., Land Resources, Institute for Environmental Resources. I wrote a dissertation titled Geographic information systems in developing countries: A "look before you leap" caveat to technology transfer.
Indian Institute of Technology
1981-1985. B. Tech., Textile Technology. My final project was on comparing tensile strengths of different kinds of fibers used in industrial applications.

Below is a list of most of the meetings I have organized or been invited to present at around the world.
2017. Gathering for Open Science 2017, Santiago, Chile
2016. (Genomes, Environments, Traits) GET Conference, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.
2016. Gathering of Open Hardware for Science (GOSH) 2016, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.
2016. International Conference: Pathways to Sustainable Urbanisation, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
2015. Opening Up Science, Hamburg, Germany
2015. i-KNOW, Graz, Austria
2015. OpenEdition c/o Ecole Centrale Marseille Technopôle de Château-Gombert, Marseille, France
2015. IP in Synthetic Biology, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
2015. ClinGen/DECIPHER Meeting, Washington, DC, USA
2015. Research Data Alliance 5th Plenary, San Diego, CA, USA
2015. Opportunities and Challenges in Citizen Science, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
2014. SciDataCon 2014, Annual Conference of CODATA and World Data Systems, New Delhi, India
2014. Workshop on Open Hardware Licensing, NYU Law School, New York, NY, USA
2014. Condatos, Mexico City, Mexico
2014. Open Knowledge Festival, Berlin, Germany
2014. Recontre Mondial Logiciel Libre, Montpellier, France
2014. 2nd Open Access Colloquium at Ecole Normal Supérieuer, Paris, France
2014. Research Data Alliance 3rd Plenary, Dublin, Ireland
2013. Research Data Alliance 1st Plenary, Göteborg, Sweden
2012. CODATA 2012, Annual Conference of CODATA, Taipei, Taiwan
2012. China US Workshop on Data intensive Research, Chinese Academy of Science, Shanghai, China
2012. Open Knowledge Festival, Helsinki, Finland
2012. CODATA Task Group on Data Citation, Copenhagen, Denmark
2011. Open Government, Open data, open source, open standards, Open Source GIS Conference, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
2011. GEOSS Data Sharing Task Force, National Academies, Washington DC
2010. Access to and Reuse of Public Sector Information, CODATA2010, Cape Town, South Africa
2010. Role of Volunteered Geographic Information in Advancing Science, GIScience 2010, Zurich, Switzerland
2010. Archive '10, NSF Workshop on Scientific Archives, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
2010. Future of Web for Collaborative Science, WWW2010, Raleigh, NC
2010. High Level Group on eInfrastructures for Scientific Data, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
2009. Think-tank on Future Data by Ordnance Survey, University of Nottingham, UK
2009. GeoSpatial Rights Management Summit, Open Geospatial Consortium, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
2009. COUNTER 2010 workshop on Mashing-up Culture, The Rise of User-generated Content, Uppsala, Sweden
2009. Specialist Meeting on Ontology for the National Map, USGS and UCGIS, Washington DC, USA
2009. The 2009 National Academies Science and Technology Policy Forum, Washington DC, USA
2008. Selected for Google Earth IUCN Workshop, World Conservation Congress, Barcelona, Spain
2008. Summer Doctoral Program on Web Science, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University, UK
2008. Data & Information Institute, Inter-American Institute for Global Change, Panama City, Panama
2008. The 2008 National Academies Science and Technology Policy Forum, Washington DC, USA
2007. Specialist Meeting on Volunteered Geographic Information, NCGIA and LANL, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
2007. Common Use Licensing of Scientific Data, CODATA, GBIF, and Science Commons, Paris, France
2007. Intellectual Property Rights, Wrong for Developing Countries?, National Academies, Washington DC
2007. Strategies for Permanent and Open Access to Scientific Data, Atibaia, Brazil
2006. Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Conference, Santiago de Chile, Chile
2006. Information Commons of Science, National Academies and Science Commons, Washington DC, USA
1996. Workshop on Indigenous Peoples Profiles, The World Bank, Washington DC, USA
1996. Information Systems in Pollution Management Control, The World Bank, Washington DC, USA
1993. SDSS GIS for Service Planning, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India

My awards are a recognition of my service and initiatives.
2009-2011. Science Commons Fellow on Geospatial Information.
2008-2008. Grant to attend Summer School, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
2007-2007. Science and Technology Policy Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC
1995-1995. International Young Scholar, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
1991-1992. Fellow, American Institute of Indian Studies
I am a member of various professional, scholarly and citizens organizations.
Advisory Board, Manylabs science hackspace, San Francisco, CA
Advisory Board, ContentMine
Individual Member, Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH)
Advisory Board, Working Group on Science, Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN)
Elected Charter Member, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)
Life member, National Association of Geographers, India (NAGI)
Individual Member, Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)

I serve on program or organizing committees, advisory boards, and I review scientific papers and posters at conferences and journals.
2016-. Advisory Board, Open Knowledge Maps, Vienna, Austria
2014-. Advisory Board, ContentMine, Cambridge, UK
2013. Poster Committee, WWW 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2011. Program Committee, Open Knowledge Conference OKCon 2011, Berlin, Germany
2011. WG on Research, Data and Knowledge Sharing, UN Foundation
2010. OneSpace 2010, the 3rd International Workshop on Blending Physical and Digital Spaces on the Internet, Berlin, Germany
2010. Internet-Based Computing and Systems, The 6th International Conference on Signal-Image Technology and Internet-Based Systems (SITIS '10)
2009. OneSpace 2009, the 2nd International Workshop on Blending Physical and Digital Spaces on the Internet, Berlin, Germany
2009. Open Source Software Development and Solutions Track, The 5th International Conference on Signal-Image Technology and Internet-Based Systems (SITIS '09)
2009. 2nd International Workshop on Location and the Web, CHI 2009, Boston, MA
2008. Open Source Software Development and Solutions Track, The 4th International Conference on Signal-Image Technology and Internet-Based Systems (SITIS '08)
2008. 1st International Workshop on Location and the Web, WWW 2008, Beijing, China