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Dr Jonathan Yu

Research Scientist (Data and Informatics)


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Dr Jonathan Yu is a data scientist with the Environmental Informatics group in CSIRO. He has expertise in information and web architectures, data integration (particularly Linked Data), data analytics and visualisation. Since 2009, Dr Yu and his team has developed a number of tools and platforms that is streamlining information flows in Australia through initiatives such as WIRADA, eReefs, AURIN and ecocloud. He and his team continue to research innovative approaches to enhance decision making and understanding through improved information flow across the environmental domain and the broader digital economy within Australia and internationally.

Dr Yu is currently the technical lead for a number of tools and platforms:
* Loc-I - a platform to enable and improve location-based integration of data in Australia (
* - CSIRO internal capability discovery search engine
* CSIRO Knowledge Network - a dataset search engine for to enable discovery and access to government, scientific, academic and spatial data (

Research interests include:

  • Development of approaches to streamline information supply chains
  • Application of ontologies and controlled vocabularies to enable data exchange and interoperability
  • Geospatial Linked Data Systems
  • Design and implementation of information architectures
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Innovation and lean methods for informatics - e.g. Agile and lean data ecosystems
  • User-centered design and implementation for scientific information challenges

Current Roles

  • Technical Lead
    Location Index (Loc-I) project

  • Technical lead
    CSIRO Knowledge Network

  • Project Lead
    Digital Asset Management implementations in L&W (Project DAMbusters)

Academic Qualifications

  • 2009

    Doctor of Philosophy, RMIT

  • 2003

    Bachelor of Applied Science (Computer Science) (Hon), RMIT

  • 2002

    Bachelor of Applied Science (Computer Science) / Diploma of Business (Management), RMIT