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RDA-US Welcomes New Members to the RDA Technical Advisory Board

RDA-US is pleased to welcome five new members to the RDA Technical Advisory Board (TAB), who were elected by RDA membership and will join eight continuing TAB members.   The RDA TAB has a critical role in the governance and advancement of the organization, by providing expertise and insight to its international and interdisciplinary data community.  TAB members serve three-year terms, with elections held annually to replace approximately one-third of the group.

Members recently elected to the RDA TAB include Dr. Françoise Genova, Director of Strasbourg Astronomical Data Centre in France, Dr. Rainer Stotzka, researcher at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, and Dr. Andrew Treloar, Director of Technology for the Australian National Data Service.  Two additional new members, Drs. Sarah Ramdeen and Jane Wyngaard, are from our own region and join continuing RDA-US members Larry Lannom, Steve Diggs and Paul Uhlir. 

Dr. Sarah Ramdeen has a doctorate in the field of Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), and has been heavily involved with RDA for several years as an RDA-US Early Career Fellow and as co-chair of the Archives and Records Professionals for Research Data Interest Group.  Prior to entering the PhD program at UNC-CH, Dr. Ramdeen worked as a geologist for the Florida Geological Survey.  With her experience, education and membership in other related organizations, Dr. Ramdeen provides a diverse perspective that will be of definitive value in her role on TAB. 

Dr. Jane Wyngaard is an Electronics Engineer at the University of Notre Dame's Center for Research Computing.  Prior to this position, she completed a post-doctorate at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. At NASA, Dr. Wyngaard co-founded a group within ESIP focused on the use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS).  Exploratory efforts within that group showed the need for a more global community conversation and effort around sUAS data management, resulting in the RDA sUAS Data Interest Group, of which she also a co-chair. As a member of TAB, she will help advance RDA’s mission through her expertise in good open data practices in the sciences, building hardware and software, and use of technology for scientific data handling.

Profiles of all RDA TAB members are located at

Congratulations to all of the new TAB members and thank you to existing TAB members for all your hard work.