About Mark Parsons coordinates and manages activities of the Research Data Alliance (http://rd-alliance.org). He has been involved in data management for more than 20 years, during which he defined and implemented comprehensive data management processes for many projects and organizations. He is active in multiple international informatics efforts and led the data management effort for the International Polar Year (IPY). He studies geography and likes to ride bicycles.
Specialties: Data management processes; interdisciplinary data management; metadata; long-term data stewardship; social networks; data policy