Interests and Motivations

Working with and for researchers, service providers, journal publishers, library science experts, funders and learned societies in the academic as well as in the commercial and governmental setting, we ensure that data is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) for humans as well as for machines.

Here is what we do, in a 1 min video:

Research and Development

With collaborators worldwide, we design and develop open source software, to improve collection, representation, sharing and publication of multi-dimensional data. We also build interoperability standards, and run informative, educational registries to enable data quality and readiness (for use by machines), which are essential in Data Science.

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Funded Projects

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Teaching And Other Activities

The Impact of our Work

Our FAIR-enabling, open source metadata reporting ISA software suite is embedded in over 30 public resources, institute-based (e.g. USA NASA GeneLab Data Repository) and global repositories (e.g. EMBL-EBI MetaboLights), as well as data-driven journals (e.g. Springer Nature Scientific Data).

Our FAIRsharing resource on standards, repositories, and data policies is endorsed by a growing number of stakeholder communities, including major publishers (e.g. Wiley, Elsevier and EMBO Press), funders (e.g. Wellcome Trust), libraries and FAIR-supporting organizations (e.g. RDA, GO-FAIR).


Susanna-Assunta Sansone

Prof. Susanna-Assunta Sansone, PhD.

Group Leader and Principal Investigator. Associate Director, Oxford e-Research Centre.

Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, 7 Keble Road, Oxford, OX1 3QG, UK

We are a team of data researchers, more specifically research software and knowledge engineers.

Our expertise and activities encompass: knowledge management, curation, software development, text-mining, data and metadata standards, scholarly publishing, semantic web, machine learning and creation and delivery of training and teaching elements.

Our backgrounds span computer science, to molecular biology, genetics, biomedical and agro-engineering, the reason why we mainly (but not exclusively) operate in the life, environmental and biomedical sciences.

Philippe Rocca-Serra

Dr. Philippe Rocca-Serra, PhD.

Group Coordinator and co-Investigator.

Senior Research Lecturer.

Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran

Dr. Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, PhD.

Research Lecturer.

Research Software Engineer.

Peter McQuilton

Dr. Peter McQuilton, PhD.

Project Coordinator.

Knowledge Engineer.

Milo Thurston

Dr. Milo Thurston, DPhil.

Technical Coordinator, Research Software Engineer.

Research Software Engineer.

Allyson Lister

Dr. Allyson Lister, PhD.

Research Knowledge Engineer.

Massimiliano Izzo

Dr. Massimiliano Izzo, PhD.

Research Software Engineer.

Ramon Granell

Ramon Granell

Research Knowledge and Software Engineer.

Dominique Batista

Dominique Batista

Research Knowledge and Software Engineer.

Delphine Dauga

Delphine Dauga

Curator Contractor.

Melanie Adekale

Melanie Adekale

Curator Contractor.

Alumni and Students (from 2010)

Eamonn Maguire

Dr. Eamonn Maguire, D. Phil.

  • Software developer.
  • Doctoral student.
David Johnson

Dr. David Johnson, PhD.

Annapaola Santarsiero

Annapaola Santarsiero

Pavlos Georgiou

Pavlos Georgiou

  • MSc Student.

Latest news

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