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Dr. Robert R. Downs is a senior staff associate officer of research and serves as senior digital archivist and acting head of cyberinfrastructure and informatics research and development at CIESIN, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network, a research and data center of the Earth Institute of Columbia University. He is Vice-Chair of the Columbia University Morningside Institutional Review Board and holds the PhD in Information Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the CODATA Data Science Journal and is a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He also is a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), and the International Association for Social Sciences Information Services and Technology (IASSIST).