Paul F. Uhlir is Director of the Board on Research Data and Information 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.