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PAUL F. UHLIR is Director of the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) at the U.S. National Academies in Washington, DC. Paul’s area of emphasis is on issues at the interface of science, technology, and law, with primary focus on digital data and information policy and management. He also directs the U.S. Committee on Data for Science and Technology, and the InterAcademy Panel’s Program on Digital Knowledge Resources and Infrastructure in Developing Countries. From 1999 to 2008, Paul was director of the Office on International S&T Information Programs at the National Academies; from 1991 to 1999, he was the Associate Executive Director of the Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications; and from 1985 to 1991 he was senior staff officer for the Academies’ Space Studies Board, where he directed projects about solar system exploration and environmental remote sensing programs for NASA. Before joining the National Academies, he worked at the Office of the General Counsel and was a foreign affairs officer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he worked on remote sensing law and policy and on intergovernmental agreements for cooperation in meteorological satellite programs. Paul is the author or editor of 22 books, and over 60 technical articles. He has been involved in numerous consulting and pro bono activities, and speaks worldwide on a broad range of information policy and management issues. He has served as private-sector adviser to the US Department of State for the U.N. World Summit on the Information Society and for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and recently was the lead author for the Group on Earth Observations on CODATA’s white paper on the Implementation Plan for the GEOSS Data Sharing Principles. In 1997 he received the National Research Council’s Special Achievement award for his work on international data policy. Paul has a J.D. and an M.A. degree in international relations from the University of San Diego, and a B.A in history from the University of Oregon.

SUBHASH KUVELKER is a part-time Senior Program Officer of the BRDI. He has been a professional consultant in the fields of technology, economics and law for more than 10 years. Prior to that he was a manager at the Advanced Technology Program of the US Department of Commerce. He is an active member of the Bar in Maryland and in the District of Columbia, and is a Registered Patent Attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering, a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Management Science, a Master of Economics in International Finance and Trade, and Juris Doctor in International Law and Finance.

CHERYL WILLIAMS LEVEY is a Senior Program Associate at the National Academies and provides support services to the BRDI. Cheryl has over twenty years of experience working in the federal and international sectors. She has worked for the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) as well as for the Department of Commerce (National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Institutes of Health) and for the Department of the Interior (U.S. Geological Survey). Cheryl received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Maryland University College.

ADRIANA COUREMBIS supports the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) as a Financial Associate. She joined the National Academies in February 2012 and in addition to BRDI, she also supports the Committee on Science, Technology and Law (CSTL), the Science and Technology for Sustainability Program (STS), the Committee on Human Rights (CHR), the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine (CWSEM), and the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program. She holds a B.A. in Economics with specialization in International Economics from American University. Prior to joining the Academies, Adriana worked 3 years at the American Bar Association-Rule of Law initiative and 5 years at Bay Management LLC.