Dr Simon Cox


Informatics applied to earth and environmental sciences has been the primary topic of Simon Cox's professional career. Starting in geophysics and mineral exploration, he moved on to focus on recognising patterns in information structures that are common across multiple applications or domains, and are thus amenable to general solutions which can be standardized at a cross-domain level. In support of this goal, he has engaged strongly 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 focus is on 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:
• Executive Board of the Earth & Space Science Informatics Focus Group, American Geophysical Union
• Technical Advisory Board, Research Data Alliance
• Architecture Board, Open Geospatial Consortium
• Planning Committee, Open Geospatial Consortium
• Australian Government Linked Data Working Group
• W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group

He has served as councillor or on the steering or advisory committee for:
• International Association of Mathematical Geology
• Commission for Geoscience Information
• Ocean Data Interoperability Platform
• 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

  • PhDColumbia University1987
  • MScImperial College London1981
  • BAUniversity of Cambridge1980

Professional Experiences

  • Research ScientistCSIRO Land and Water2012 - present
  • Research ScientistCSIRO Earth Science & Resource Engineering2010 - 2012
  • Senior FellowEuropean Commission - Joint Research Centre2009 - 2010
  • Research ScientistCSIRO Exploration & Mining1994 - 2009
  • LecturerMonash University Earth Sciences1990 - 1994
  • Research ScientistCSIRO Geomechanics1987 - 1990

Achievements and Awards

  • Gardels MedalOpen Geospatial Consortium2006
  • Leptoukh LectureAmerican Geophysical Union2013

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • Research Data Alliance - Vocabulary Services Interest Group - co-convenor2015 - present
  • ISO Technical Committee 211 - Member of Harmonized Model Maintenance Group2008 - present
  • Standards Australia IT-004 - Member2007 - present
  • American Geophysical Union - Earth and Space Science Informatics Focus Group - Executive Board 2015 - present
  • Research Data Alliance - Technical Advisory Board2013 - present
  • Open Geospatial Consortium - Chair of Naming Authority2009 - present
  • Australian Government Linked Data Working Group2012 - present
  • Open Geospatial Consortium - Architecture Board2010 - 2016
  • Ocean Data Interoperability Platform - Steering Committee2013 - 2015
  • Open Geospatial Consortium - Planning Committee2013 - 2016
  • International Association of Mathematical Geosciences - Council2008 - 2011
  • International Union of Geological Sciences, Commission for Geoscience Information - Council2004 - 2008
  • ISO Technical Committee 211 - Chair of working group on configuration management2010 - 2011
  • Australian Government Locator Service - Advisory Board1999 - 2002
  • Dublin Core Metadata Initiative - Advisory Board1999 - 2000

External Publications Lists

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ORCID 0000-0002-3884-3420
Researcher ID C-5791-2011

Contact information


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  • +61 403 302 672 (Mobile)

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