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Dr Cox works on practices and standards for the publication and transfer of science data, particularly geospatial. After an early career in geophysics and mineral exploration, he moved to focus mainly on data and informatics. Through this he has engaged with many other areas of environmental science, including water resources, marine data, meteorology, soil, ecology and biodiversity. Engagement with CODATA has extended the cross-disciplinary scope still further into social science and official statistics applications. He is principal- or co-author of a number of international standards for data. His current focus is on FAIR data, linked open data, and semantic web technologies, with a particular emphasis on formalization, publication and maintenance of controlled vocabularies and related reference data.

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

  • 2022-Present

    International Scientific Committee, OneWater (France)

  • 2022-Present

    CIPM CCU Working Group on Core Metrological Terms

  • 2020-present

    QUDT Technical Advisory Board

  • 2019-present

    National Committee on Data in Science

  • 2018-present

    CODATA Task Group on Digital Representation of Units of Measure

  • 2017-present

    W3C Dataset eXchange Working Group

  • 2015-present

    W3C Spatial Data on the Web Working Group

  • 2013-present

    Unified Codes for Units of Measure - Advisory Board

  • 2012-present

    Australian Government Linked Data Working Group

  • 2007-2022

    Standards Australia IT-004 - Member

  • 2019-2021

    UNDRR/ISC Hazard Terminology and Classification working group

  • 2018-2021

    CODATA Executive Committee

  • 2013-2016

    Open Geospatial Consortium - Planning Committee

  • 2010-2016

    Open Geospatial Consortium - Architecture Board

  • 2013-2015

    Ocean Data Interoperability Platform - Steering Committee

  • 2013-2015

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

  • 2008-2015

    ISO Technical Committee 211 - Harmonized Model Maintenance Group - Member

  • 2005-2014

    Associate editor - Computers and Geosciences

  • 2010-2011

    ISO Technical Committee 211 - Working group on configuration management - Chair

  • 2008-2011

    International Association of Mathematical Geosciences - Council

  • 2004-2008

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

  • 1999-2002

    Australian Government Locator Service - Advisory Board - Member

  • 1999-2000

    Dublin Core Metadata Initiative - Advisory Board - Member