International Program Office

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The International Program Office (IPO) of the World Data System (WDS) acts under the leadership of the WDS Executive Director with guidance from the Scientific Committee. The IPO has the task of coordinating the operations of WDS and is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Scientific Committee, as well as performing day-to-day tasks. It is also responsible for organizing the meetings of the Scientific Committee, the biennial WDS Conference (SciDataCon), the WDS Members’ Forum, and outreach and promotional activities. The IPO is based in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States of America, hosted by the University of Tennessee Oak Ridge Innovation Institute.

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Meet the Staff

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Meredith Goins

Executive Director

Meredith comes to WDS with over two decades of management and leadership experience in working with state, federal and international scientific organizations.  She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Master’s in Information Science and from East Carolina University with a bachelor’s in communication. Meredith’s research interests include subject matter experts’ opinions and habits around peer review, particularly grant funding reviews and data repository certification reviews.

ORCID  0000-0002-0575-6240

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Vincent (Vinnie) Bernabeo

Communications Specialist

Vinnie holds an MA in Communications: Literature & Writing Studies with an emphasis in Rhetorical Composition from California State University, San Marcos. He works across various media platforms and modalities, is an advocate for open access to data and multimedia, and asserts that all media should be considered a valid literary text.

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Sarah Gonzalez

Program Manager

Sarah graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s in Spanish and a Master’s in Information Sciences. She is interested in research about research data management and hopes to help researchers bridge the gap between data policies and data stewardship best practices.

ORCID 0000-0001-8540-0190 

Katherine Read

Katherine Read

Administrative Assistant

Katherine is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s in Telecommunication and Media. She has experience in academia as a media producer and researcher in communications. She is interested in research in information sciences, and she enjoys working with data to support WDS data repositories.

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