About the Organizers

Michael Gryk
Michael Robert Gryk is an Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Biophysics at UCONN Health, the medical school of the University of Connecticut. At UCONN, Michael co-leads a technical research and discovery component of the NMRbox BTRR Center, the mission of which is to foster the computational reproducibility and scientific data re-use of bioNMR data. Michael is also a staff member of the BioMagResBank, the international repository for bioNMR research data. He has been a doctoral student at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign since the fall of 2015, where his broad research interests are in provenance, workflows, digital curation and preservation, reproducibility, and scientific data reuse.

Jessica Yi-Yun Cheng
Yi-Yun Cheng (Jessica) is a PhD candidate at the School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jessica’s research interests research interests lie in the intersections of taxonomies,  knowledge organization, data curation, and biodiversity informatics. Specifically, she’s interested in solving interoperability problems among knowledge organization systems such as taxonomies, and how the reconciled taxonomies can advance our understandings towards data integration. She has worked with Professor Bertram Ludaescher on the NSF-funded project Exploring Taxon Concepts (ETC), in which they employed a logic-based approach to solve taxonomy interoperability problems in biodiversity informatics. Further, Jessica has also worked in collaboration with Dr. Nico Franz, an entomologist and taxon-concept expert from ASU, to explore the use of data science methods for taxonomy alignment problems in the WholeTale reproducibility in biodiversity projects.  Learn more about Jessica here.

Rhiannon Bettivia
Rhiannon Bettivia, who joined the faculty of School of Library and Information Science at Simmons University in Spring 2020, earned her Ph. D. from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her teaching areas are digital stewardship, media preservation, and metadata. Rhiannon’s research blends information science with media, heritage, and cultural studies. She looks at how political and governance concerns are built into technological infrastructures with a focus on digital cultural heritage, video games, and Semantic Web platforms. Her grant work and publications examine areas such as digital preservation of media in state and private institutions in the US and Europe and heritage aggregation projects such as Europeana and DPLA. Learn more about Rhiannon here.

Contact info:

Michael Gryk (gryk2@illinois.edu) | Twitter: @connjur
Jessica Yi-Yun Cheng (yiyunyc2@illinois.edu) | Twitter: @yiyunjessica
Rhiannon Bettivia (rhiannon.bettivia@simmons.edu) | Twitter: @RBettivia