Dr Simon Cox

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Simon's professional focus is informatics applied to earth and environmental sciences. Starting in geophysics and mineral exploration, he recognised patterns in information structures that are common across multiple applications or domains, and are thus amenable to standardized cross-domain solutions. In support of this goal, he has engaged in various international standardization efforts, primarily in geospatial and web communities. A consistent conceptual view has been adapted to successive technology frameworks, including XML, UML, JSON, RDF, OWL, and Linked Data. His current work is mainly aligning geospatial information standards with semantic web technologies and linked open data principles, with a particular focus on governance arrangements and vocabulary publication and management.

Dr Cox is a member of the:
• Australian Government Linked Data Working Group
• CODATA Commission on Standards
• W3C Data eXchange Working Group
• Research Data Alliance - Vocabulary Services Interest Group
• Standards Australia IT-004

He has held leadership positions in:
• W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group
• Executive Board of the Earth & Space Science Informatics Focus Group, American Geophysical Union
• Research Data Alliance
• Open Geospatial Consortium
• Ocean Data Interoperability Platform
• International Association of Mathematical Geology
• Commission for Geoscience Information
• Australian Government Locator Service
• Dublin Core Metadata Initiative

Dr Cox is the author or co-author of over 40 journal articles, 30 technical specifications and international standards, and 150 conference papers.He was awarded the 2006 Gardels Medal by the Open Geospatial Consortium, and was selected to present the 2013 Leptoukh Lecture for the American Geophysical Union.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1987

    Columbia University

  • 1981

    Imperial College London

  • 1980

    University of Cambridge

Professional Experiences

  • 2012-present

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Land and Water

  • 2010-2012

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Earth Science & Resource Engineering

  • 2009-2010

    Senior Fellow
    European Commission - Joint Research Centre

  • 1994-2009

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Exploration & Mining

  • 1990-1994

    Monash University Earth Sciences

  • 1987-1990

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Geomechanics

Achievements and Awards

  • 2006

    Gardels Medal
    Open Geospatial Consortium

  • 2013

    Leptoukh Lecture
    American Geophysical Union

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2015-present

    Research Data Alliance - Vocabulary Services Interest Group - co-convenor

  • 2013-2016

    Research Data Alliance - Technical Advisory Board

  • 2013-2015

    American Geophysical Union - Earth and Space Science Informatics Focus Group - Executive Board

  • 2013-2016

    Open Geospatial Consortium - Planning Committee

  • 2017-present

    CODATA Commission on Standards

  • 2012-present

    Australian Government Linked Data Working Group

  • 2013-2015

    Ocean Data Interoperability Platform - Steering Committee

  • 2010-present

    Open Geospatial Consortium - co-chair of Geosemantics Working Group

  • 2010-2016

    Open Geospatial Consortium - Architecture Board

  • 2010-2011

    ISO Technical Committee 211 - Chair of working group on configuration management

  • 2009-2017

    Open Geospatial Consortium - Chair of Naming Authority

  • 2008-2015

    ISO Technical Committee 211 - Member of Harmonized Model Maintenance Group

  • 2008-2011

    International Association of Mathematical Geosciences - Council

  • 2007-present

    Standards Australia IT-004 - Member

  • 2004-2008

    International Union of Geological Sciences, Commission for Geoscience Information - Council

  • 2005-2014

    Associate editor - Computers and Geosciences

  • 1999-2002

    Australian Government Locator Service - Advisory Board

  • 1999-2000

    Dublin Core Metadata Initiative - Advisory Board


We have publications by Dr Simon Cox
For more publications, please see Google Scholar: 4ju7O2AAAAAJ Researcher ID: C-5791-2011 ORCID: 0000-0002-3884-3420