University of Oxford
United Kingdom


  • Prof. Susanna-Assunta Sansone, PhD
  • Associate Director, Oxford e-Research Centre;
  • Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Science;
  • Data Readiness Group Leader:
  • University of Oxford, UK.

Since 2001, Susanna operates in the area of data interoperability and reproducibility, research integrity and the evolution of scholarly publishing, working with and for researchers, service providers, journal publishers, library science experts, funders and learned societies in the academic as well as in the commercial and governmental setting. With her group of research software and knowledge engineers, Susanna:

  • Enables science by investigating and implementing methods, interoperability standards, terminologies and tools to improve data curation, representation and publication;
  • Influences data policies by leading and promoting guiding principles for scientific data management and stewardship to support data readiness and reuse;
  • Prepares the new generation of scientists by creating and delivering educational lectures, training and teaching material, to address the glaring lack of courses in these specialized subjects.

Susanna is one of the authors of the FAIR Principles and active contributor to several FAIR-enabling maturity indicators and tools initiatives. Throughout her career she initiated and participated in a variety of community activities, seating on journal editorial and organizational boards (e.g. Dryad, RDA TAB) and co-chairing working groups (e.g. RDA/Force11 FAIRsharing WG).

Susanna runs and contributes to a number of research and infrastructure projects, funded by the UK Research Councils and the UK Wellcome Trust, as well as the European Commission, the USA National Institutes of Health and major pharmas, tackling all aspects of data management in the research life cycle. Engaging in these international and highly collaborative projects has been pivotal to design and deploy useful and impactful resources, such as these two exemplars that have become established community services:

  • The open source metadata reporting ISA software suite, which since 2007 underpins institute-based, and global data repositories (e.g. the USA NASA GenLab) as well as data-driven journals (;
  • The informative and education service for standards, repositories, and data policies, FAIRsharing, which launched in 2011 is now recommended by a growing number of communities (e.g. RDA, EOSC and GOFAIR), endorsed by publishers, standardization groups, research data management support initiatives, libraries and funders (

After completing a PhD in Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London), Susanna joined an Imperial's spin off to work as a Senior Scientist on the molecular characterization of a vaccine strain. In 2001, Susanna moved to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI, Cambridge) where she worked as a Project and Team Coordinator and Principal Investigator in research data management. In 2010, Susanna moved to the University of Oxford, and since 2012 she us a consultant for Nature Research Group at Springer Nature, and the founding academic editor of its Scientific Data journal.