Project People

Isobel Stark,  co-Project Manager (
Isobel is an academic liaison librarian with a special interest in research support having previously worked on the implementation of etheses and the RCUK open access policy at the University.

Michael Whitton, co-Project Manager (
Michael is also an academic liaison librarian with a particular focus on digital services. He has previously worked on the DataPool  and IDMB projects and also is part of the Library’s teams for ePrints Soton testing and REF submission.

Simon Coles, Principle Investigator (
Simon is the Director of the National Crystallography Service and Senior Lecturer. As an author/coauthor of over 500 journal articles and conference proceedings and is also ranked the 48th most published crystallographer of all time and is the current chair of the British Crystallography Association. He has diverse research interests ranging from structural systematics and high- resolution crystallography, through crystal growth and x-ray imaging to the development of new information technologies for recording and sharing research data. His contribution to the latter includes 10 years experience in winning and running Research Data/Management projects which total >£3m funding from JISC, Hefce, Microsoft, EPSRC & the Royal Society of Chemistry. Simon serves on numerous editorial boards (5 journals), peer review committees and strategy or advisory boards – including the Jisc Researcher Identifier group that drew up this particular programme.

Adrian Cox, Steering Committee
As Research Programme Manager for the Department for Transport (DfT) Adrian was joint project manager for the Phase 2 development of the DfT Research Management Database and contributed to the DfT “Data” Grand Challenge. After leaving the DfT, in 2006 to join the HE sector, Adrian has project managed the core strand of Enterprise Review for Bournemouth University (BU), successfully facilitated the JISC funded CRM Process Review Project at BU and since joining University Southampton Research and Innovation Services project managed the development the University’s Research Facilities and Equipment Sharing database and the collaborative project, UNIQUIP, defining standards for research equipment databases. Adrian is currently leading the RCUK (EPSRC) funded project, the national equipment data portal, using linked open data standards to deliver a national research equipment data aggregation and search capability.

Chris Gutteridge, Steering Committee (
Christopher Gutteridge is an award winning developer and member of the University Innovation and Developer team, but embedded with the Web & Internet Science Research Group (WAIS). For many years he was lead developer of the EPrints Repository platform. More recently he designed and implemented the University of Southampton Open Data Service, which has served as a model for new organisation open data services. The Open Data service won the Times Higher Education award for outstanding IT initiative of the year. Christopher is currently launching services for including and the latest service; which will provide a source of data to web strategists and web scientists.

Wendy White, Steering Committee (
Wendy White is Head of Scholarly Communication at the University of Southampton Library where she leads the co-ordination of cross-service research data management support. She has been involved with a range of JISC projects relating to initiatives in open access, repositories, research data and digitisation. Most recently from 2011-13 she was Principal Investigator for the DataPool project. Her work embraces strategic, policy and service developments across all elements of the research lifecycle and she has contributed to a range of national committees. For many years she was a member of the SCONUL Working Group on Information Literacy and she represents Research Libraries UK on the Research Information and Digital Literacies Coalition where she recently led a strand of activity on open data. She was an advocate for green open access on the Repositories Sub-Group of the Finch Working Group, has recently contributed to HEFCE’s REF Data Collection Steering Group and is participating in the Russell Group Open Data Working Group.

Mark Foster
Mark is Head of Development in iSolutions, the University’s IT and computing service.

Peter Staniczenko
Peter is Head of Research Performance within Research & Innovation Services at the University.

John Darlington
John works for ePrints Services, the University’s spin out company which develops the ePrints software.

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