What are your domain(s) of expertise?
open access publishing impact assessment of research zoonotic diseases tropical agricultural research
What is your relationship with agricultural information management standards, tools and services?
I am a molecular microbiologist by training. I have worked for the Dutch Wageningen University and for the CGIAR at ILRI in Kenya doing research on sleeping sickness. In july 2009 I started working as a private scientific advisor on tropical and exotic diseases for Foundations like the Dutch Malaria Foundation and the SURF foundation in the Netherlands. I am an assistant editor of the recently launched open access MalariaWorld Journal. One of my core competencies is the development of innovative research proposals and the bringing together of researchers and funding agencies for kick-starting new research projects. I have spent much of my time on the advocacy of open access publishing as a coordinator of the OKFN based @ccess Initiative. In collaboration with MalariaWorld ( a scientist network of the Dutch Malaria Foundation), the OKFN and other parties like SURF(NL) and CottageLabs (UK) I help in the development of tools that can make open access the default scientific communication method. Examples of such tools are the BibSoup malaria database system (CottageLabs), the Open Access Index (MalariaWorld, CottageLabs) and the A-Vector tool for the assessment of the quality of (new) Open Access journals (SURF-NL, Amsterdam University Press, NWO). I have done a impact assessment project for the WorldBank and am currently involved in the development and implementation of information tools for the open access platform of the DOAJ.