WDS-Early career Researchers network

Meet the Co-Chairs

Vincent Bernabeo Headshot

Maja Dolinar

Head of Digital Preservation at the Slovenian Social Science Data Archives (ADP), University of Ljubljana


Maja Dolinar holds the position of Head of Digital Preservation at the Slovenian Social Science Data Archives (ADP) based at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, which serves as Slovenia’s representative for the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA).
Maja possesses significant expertise in assessing resource quality and extensive practical experience in managing metadata and supervising social science research data. Her deep passion lies in data stewardship, driving her motivation to share her knowledge, collaborate with other WDS-ECR members, and enrich the WDS community by supporting early career researchers engaged in data-related subjects and challenges.

ORCID 0000-0002-8307-6486

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Claire Rye

Product Manager at New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI), University of Auckland


Dr. Claire Rye, a Ph.D. holder in organic chemistry and an experienced research data manager, serves as a co-chair for the WDS-ECR Network. With a strong background in data management, she contributes extensive knowledge and skills to drive the network’s objectives. Currently employed as a Product Manager at New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI), Dr. Rye oversees the National Data Transfer Service and is engaged in projects focusing on research data management. Her dedication to open science, coupled with her adherence to CARE principles and Indigenous Data Sovereignty, underscores her commitment to data stewardship and metadata, aligning seamlessly with the WDS-ECR Network’s mission to cultivate a community of early career researchers passionate about data-related challenges.

Within her role, Dr. Rye’s keen interest in fostering data cultures and her expertise in collaborating with diverse stakeholders are instrumental. Her practical approaches in developing data practices and infrastructures not only enable effective collaboration within the global research community but also greatly enhance the network’s efforts to support early career researchers navigating data-related topics and complexities.

Daniela Santos Oliveira, with CCI, Staff headshot taken in the Communications Studio on August 01, 2023. Photo by Steven Bridges/University of Tennessee

Lianchong Zhang

Deputy Director at National Earth Observation Data Center (NODA)


Dr. Lianchong Zhang, a young Earth observation scientist at the Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, serves as the deputy director of the National Earth Observation Data Center (NODA). Dr. Zhang has spearheaded the creation of the SearchOne platform, facilitating the management and service of millions of Earth observation data. Additionally, he plays a significant role in the Collaborative Network of Disaster Data Response (CDDR) and actively promotes the utilization of Earth Observation Science Data through Blockchain technology. His academic background includes a Ph.D. in Signal and Information Processing obtained in 2019 from the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His primary research interests encompass big data mining and blockchain applications.

Furthermore, Dr. Zhang is engaged with the WDS-ECR Network, a dynamic and diverse international community of young scientists. He expresses enthusiasm for further collaborations and successful partnerships within this vibrant network of early career researchers.

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