Data-X Project Manager: Stuart Macdonald
Stuart Macdonald is Associate Data Librarian at Edinburgh University Data Library, where he provides expert advice for the Data Library Consultancy and delivers and develops research data services and training. In 2014-2015 he served as Research Data Management Service Co-ordinator overseeing the development of the Research Data Programme for the University of Edinburgh academic community. In 2013-2014, he held a seconded post as Data Archivist at the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) where he coordinated the CISER Data Archive self-assessment guidelines for Data Seal of Approval (DSA) trusted repository accreditation. He recently managed the Jisc-funded STEEV (2011) and AddressingHistory (2010-2012) projects, was one of the authors of Research Data MANTRA (2010-2011) and worked as a researcher on the RIN Disciplinary Case Studies Project (2009). Stuart has held roles in a number of organisations including Open Repositories, DISC-UK, DSA General Assembly as well as IASSIST where he is Chair of the Fellows Committee, and Regional Teasurer (Europe and Africa). He has presented both nationally and internationally, and been published widely, on a range of subjects including data librarianship, research data management, data preservation, spatial data, data publishing and data sharing. Current activities include managing the University of Edinburgh UKRDDS Pilot Project, managing the ‘Pioneering Research Data exhibition’ and piloting a Statistical Analysis helpdesk.
Exhibition Coordinator: Rocio von Jungenfeld
Prior to coming to the University of Edinburgh, Rocio studied fine arts and arts education at the University of Sevilla, Barcelona and Granada (Spain), and at the Hochschule fuer Gestaltung Offenbach am Main (Germany). She hold a BA in Fine Arts (University of Barcelona), a PG Certificate in School Teaching (University of Granada), an MSc in Design and Digital Media (University of Edinburgh) – Junta de Andalucía TALENTIA scholarship, a PG Certificate in Academic Practice (University of Edinburgh), and (as of 2016) a PhD in Media Arts (University of Edinburgh). She tutors and supervises art and design projects at Edinburgh College of Art, and works at EDINA & Data Library providing support to the Research Data Service.
Data-X PhD Interns:
Scully Beaver Lynch: Scully works in the field of architecture and computational design research. He received his MArch Degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and currently a PhD candidate in Architecture by Design, at the University of Edinburgh. His PhD project is notionally titled: Dome Surface Geometry as the Architecture for Art Museums. Scully’s has published in various design publications and research surrounds the notion of alternative spaces for exhibition and gallery platforms. As a research intern of the Data X exhibition, Scully will be active in setting up the data exhibition workshops leading to a potential symposium following publication.
“I find the Data X exhibition an exciting and timely exhibition that merges as a crucial platform for dialogue, knowledge transfer, and exchange between disciplines.”
Cindy Nelson-Viljoen: Cindy is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, School of History, Classics and Archaeology investigating seasonal shellfish use during the Later Stone Age of South Africa.She completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University Of Pretoria (UP), South Africa in 2004. Both her Honours (2005) and Master (2009) degrees at UP in Archaeology dealt with animal utilization practices during the South African Iron Age and reflect her longstanding interest in Archaeozoology. As a PhD student in Social Sciences she is interested in developing skills and knowledge of data management, publication and visualisation, and one of the challenges faced by archaeologists in particular, is the multidisciplinary nature of research and the successful integration of different datasets. Cross-disciplinary collaborations must consider the interoperability of database systems, the long-term preservation of results, its accessibility, accuracy and future dissemination. Through her involvement in the Data-X exhibition she hopes to encourage the development of new and innovative ways to interpret and integrate multidisciplinary data, and promote methods of sharing research outputs amongst the academic community and the general public.
Adela Rabell Montiel: Adela is originally from Mexico where she did her BSc and her MSc in Physics. Currently she is doing her PhD in Cardiovascular Sciences where she works in improving the image quality from ultrasound scanners. Adela researcher interests are in discovering new tools that can help to develope or to improve the techniques used in the medical diagnosis. “I think the Data-X exhibition is a great oportunity to gain knowledge from other disciplines that may result in a application of your own work but in a completely different environment that otherwise you wouldn’t think of, providing extra tools that maybe result in future jobs oportunities!”
Siraj Sabihuddin: Siraj is an Electrical and Computer Engineer who’s worked on projects specializing in Autonomous Robotics and Machine Vision. He’s currently completing his Ph.D. on the applications of magnetic nano-materials in motor and generator systems. He loves multidisciplinary work and pretty much anything that involves building and is especially fond of 3D printing and would happily sell his soul for a printer that can print magical unicorns and … ummm … time machines. The real joy and inspiration in his past work has been a chance to work with artists and scientists together! Data-X is just such a chance.