Garry Baker

Garry Baker

Head of National Geoscience Data Centre and data science
BGS Keyworth
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Garry Baker’s Biography

  • 2013 – ongoing : Head of Data Science
  • 2013 – ongoing : Head of National Geoscience Data Centre (NGDC)
  • 2014 – ongoing : Chair of NERC Data Operations Group – NERC
  • 2010 –2014 : Programme Manager/BCM, NERC SIS – NERC
  • 2010 –2012 : Manager’Database Solutions’
  • 2008 –2010 : Team Leader – Database Solutions
  • 2005 –2008 : Deputy Information Management Programme Manager
  • 2003 –2005 : Senior IT Project Manager – Corporate IT/IS developments
  • 2000 –2003 : IT Project Manager, British Geological Survey
  • 1998 –2000 : Corporate Database and Application Design
  • 1996 –1998 : Nirex Digital Geoscience Database Project, British Geological Survey
  • 1995 : MSc IT and GIS, Keele University
  • 1994 : B.Eng Industrial Geology (2:1) Camborne School of Mines, Exeter University

Research interests

  • Dealing with the rapid rise on real-time or near real time geological/geoscience data from sensors and data streams
  • Corporate Data Management and preservation strategy and associated business informatics systems
  • Data Management principles and guidance (active data management planning)
  • Data analysis and mining the legacy of long-tail geoscience data for future scientific work (“data driven discovery”)
  • Delivery and interoperability of data assets (data warehouse-query layers, linked data, semantics – classifications/ontologies, schemas and standards)
  • Digital object or persistent identifiers their use in science and data publishing
  • NERC funded science: long-term data management of valuable data assets underpinning science record and for future re-use
  • Providing a fit-for-purpose data ingestion workflow/system to separate out levels of data ingestion depending upon funding model, strategic priorities or needs

Current projects and collaborations

  • Collaboration upon European Horizon 2020 programmes (ENVRI+, EVEREST, EPOS, ODIP2)
  • Common ingestion processes and data donation portals, seeking efficiency for digital data ingestion with appropriate terms and conditions
  • Providing a fit-for-purpose data ingestion workflow/system to separate out levels of data ingestion depending upon funding model, strategic priorities or needs
  • Seeking commercial opportunities for the ‘Data Science’ area in the UK and globally

Qualifications

  • ACSM, Associate of Camborne School of Mines

 

Awards

  • Associate of the Camborne School of Mines (ACSM)
  • Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Foundation and Practitioner
  • Prince2 Project Management Foundation and Practitioner

Boards and committees

  • GEO: UK Representative on Data Management Principles
  • Secretary for the Geoscience Information Group (GIG), a special Interest Group of the Geological Society

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