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RDA/US Previous Fellows

RDA Data Share program's objective is to encourage adoption of best practices of data sharing established through RDA and enhance early career engagement with the alliance. The Fellows receive stipends and travel support to attend RDA’s bi-annual plenaries and an orientation event. They work on a wide variety of projects ranging from data curation and preservation to domain-specific analytics and outreach.

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RDA/US Data Share 2015 Fellows

Morgan Daniels Morgan Daniels, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University

Morgan develops services to help researchers manage and share their research data. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan School of Information, where she studied the data management, reuse, and curation practices of several research communities. As a RDA/US fellow, Morgan conducts an ethnographic study of data sharing in an interdisciplinary team of researchers in the physical and social sciences.
Bowen Deng, Research Scientist at Montana Tech University

Bowen Deng, Research Scientist, Montana Tech University

Bowen received his Ph.D. in material science from University of Florida, Florida Laboratory for Advanced Materials Engineering Simulation. As a RDA/US Fellow, Bowen works on the project on Materials Science and Engineering Resource Registry.

Devan Ray Donaldson

Devan Ray Donaldson, Assistant Professor of Information Science, Indiana University

Devan Ray Donaldson researches within the domain of digital curation, examining digital repositories, preservation management, preservation metadata, users and issues of trust and trustworthiness in a digital preservation context. He holds a Ph.D. in Information from the University of Michigan, a M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Corey Jackson

Corey Jackson, Doctoral Student, Syracuse University

Corey Jackson is a PhD candidate in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, working on his dissertation proposal studying how data from crowdsourcing is integrated with existing data and workflows of professional scientists. Corey’s research concerns the impact of social computing systems in organizations and society. As a RDA/US fellow, he focuses on gathering data about the current state of policies related to data sharing, privacy, and ethics in online citizen science projects.

Sarah Ramdeen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sarah Ramdeen, Doctoral Student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sarah is a doctoral candidate in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before starting her PhD program, Sarah worked as a geologist at the Florida Geological Survey. As a RDA/US fellow, Sarah works with the Preservation e-Infrastructure and the Data in Context Interest Groups, investigating what other groups are working on “content standard[s] of all the materials that needs to be preserved along with the data in order to make the data re-usable”.

Cheryl Thompson, PhD Student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Cheryl Thompson, Doctoral Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Cheryl A. Thompson is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School of Library & Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on how organizations develop data expertise and services to support eScience. Through a case study approach, her dissertation investigates how exemplar geoscience data center and academic library have built data expertise and staff roles into their data service models.

Matthew Turner, Research Software Developer, University of Idaho

Matthew Turner works on projects to develop web-based data and science sharing tools, focusing on the issues of data interoperability and metadata. As a RDA/US fellow, Matthew works with the Metadata Interest Group on a project that seeks to enable discovery of interdisciplinary data. Specifically, he explores linking Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) metadata records with metadata records in DataONE repository as a test case.

Nicholas Weber, Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Washington

Nicholas Weber, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Washington

Nic Weber is a Postdoc in the Data Lab at the University of Washington's iSchool. He conducts research on the sustainability of data, software, and computational infrastructures as public goods, focusing on how science policy - at both a national and international level - impact the adoption of open science practices. He is also an early career fellow with the Earth Science Informatics Partners (ESIP), and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Open Humanities Data (

2014 RDA/US Fellows


Rachael Black, Arizona Geological Survey.

Rachael received her MLIS from the University of Washington in 2013. She is based out of the Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) where she is a project coordinator on the National Science Foundation’s EarthCube Test Enterprise Governance project. As an RDA/US fellow Rachael investigated how and why individuals, or institutions, choose to become involved in the Research Data Alliance as well as how RDA members integrate what they learn from RDA into practice in their work.


Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Brandon holds a doctorate in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). As an RDA/US fellow, Brandon conducted ethnographic study of data practices in many of the fields represented in the RDA.


John Kratz, California Digital Library

John is a CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation at the California Digital Library, where he works on issues in research data publication, such as data quality assessment and data citation. As an RDA/US Fellow, John participated in the RDA/WDS Publishing Data and Long Tail of Research Data interest groups and the Publishing Services working group.


Sarah Ramdeen, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Sarah Ramdeen is a PhD student in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a RDA/US fellow, Sarah worked with the Preservation e-Infrastructure Interest Group, investigating what other groups are working on “content standard[s] of all the materials that needs to be preserved along with the data in order to make the data re-usable”. 


Anne Thessen, Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship.

Anne Thessen received her Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. She is currently a Research Scholar at the Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship and is the owner and founder of her own data management company, The Data Detektiv. As an RDA/US fellow, she focused on developing standards for reporting information about species.