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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
My professional career focuses on knowledge extraction from (big) data by using geospatial analytics capabilities, multi-disciplinary interoperability, and open innovation. The underlying interests are threefold; they include (i) research on Digital Earth and Citizen Science, (ii) policy, especially SEIS; Digital Agenda for Europe and Innovation Union; and (iii) technology, including Observation Web and Linked Data.
Since September 2013, I am working as a scientific officer for JRC's Digital Earth and Reference Data Unit, where I was already employed for three years as a post-doc (2009-2012) and six months as an intern (2005). Before re-joining the JRC, I worked at the European Environment Agency (EEA) as project manager for the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS). In my early career, I spent ten years with the Institute for Geoinformatics (IfGI) of the University of Muenster - where I completed my diploma and PhD studies (in 2004 and 2009, respectively) and contributed to numerous national and European-level research projects in the area of geospatial information science. At IfGI, I was employed as a member of the Münster Semantic Interoperability Lab (MUSIL) and between 2006 and 2009 I also worked as technical consultant for Geospatial Partners s.r.l. I am the Editor-in-chief of the International Journal for Spatial Data Infrastructures Research (IJSDIR), council member and co-chair the Youth Commission of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), and have authored and co-authored more than 80 publications in the fields of geospatial semantics, observation web and next-generation knowledge infrastructures.