Dr. Payne is the Associate Director for International Technology for the World Data System, a component of the International Science Council. Her role is to help WDS member institutions build out their contributions to the global research data infrastructure. Prior to joining the University of Victoria, Dr. Payne worked at the University of Georgia providing data services to the humanitarian community involved in disaster relief and recovery activities. Dr. Payne earned a joint PhD in Geography and Engineering from the Australian National University investigating artificial intelligence techniques for classifying satellite images.
Chantelle is a Research Associate for the World Data System-International Technology Office hosted at Ocean Networks Canada. She has a Masters of Science in Environmental Management from the University of Reading in the UK, and was dedicated to researching Forest fire trends in the Canadian Boreal Forest. After her research was completed, Chantelle moved on to work at the University of Waterloo as a Data Manager for the Polar Data Catalogue. Now, she is combining her research and work experience to enhance data interoperability within the polar scientific community through the use of semantic technologies.
Melinda Minch is a full-stack software developer who prefers mission-driven work that does some good in the world. She has been in the software industry for more than 15 years, and her favorite projects help translate the domain knowledge of experts like musicians, scientists and academics into software design that helps them achieve their goals.
Mr. Yemisi Ogungbemi is a Co-op student from the University of British Columbia, majoring in Computer Science. He is contributing to the Polar federated search web application by features implementation, testing, and documentation of any changes. Before accepting this Job He was a teaching assistant and resident advisor at the University of British Columbia. A conspiracy theory I believe in is that Michael Jackson is still alive!
Matt studies mathematics as an undergraduate at the University of Victoria, and will be filling a supporting role with ITO assisting the Research Associate and Director. Previously he worked as an intern with DataGrail. He's interested in endurance sports and hopes (if he's lucky) to look more deeply into systems of logic.