Roger commenced at IMOS in July 2008. He was recruited while on a fellowship at CSIRO in Hobart, as a visiting scientist from the Proudman Laboratory in Liverpool UK.
The vision for an Australian ocean data network dates back to the early 2000s, but it was never resourced. When NCRIS provided the opportunity to establish IMOS in 2006, a strategic decision was made to invest a proportion of the funding in a marine information infrastructure facility in line with that AODN vision. Roger was employed to lead us from the ‘dream’ to the reality of open marine and coastal data.
Roll forward to 2018 and it is clear that he has done a fantastic job. AODN is now a world leading marine information infrastructure. Every IMOS observation can be discovered, accessed, used and reused via AODN, and data contributed by partner organisations continues to grow very impressively.
“I can’t overstate the contribution Rog has made” says IMOS Director, Tim Moltmann. “When he started we had vision and resources, but not much else. His leadership has been outstanding over a very long period, and I know he has enormous respect within the international community. I think the fact that Rog is a coastal oceanographer who happens to think marine data is important has been his edge. He’s always been focused on the end game, when so often in the world of data we get dazzled by the latest shiny tool.
I’ve also admired the loyalty he has built within the AODN team. These staff have very portable skills, but Rog has managed to create an environment in which the team has been remarkably stable through times of very uncertain funding. On behalf of the marine science community, I want to acknowledge him, and thank him for all he has achieved.”
Roger is renowned for his energy and enthusiasm, which has never seemed to diminish. He no doubt has a final word to say.
“Final? I doubt that, but I would like to record my heartfelt thanks to Tim and the IMOS Board for the unwavering support they have provided through my time in IMOS. I joined IMOS because, after many years involvement in European collaborative programs, I felt it had the vision and the structure to really achieve something big, and I’m proud to have been a part of the journey over the past ten years. Thanks, of course, to the great AODN team, without whom ‘data as a service’ would just be words. I look forward to watching on as IMOS and AODN continue to flourish.”
Sebastien Mancini has been appointed as the new AODN Director. He will take up the position from 1 November 2018 to provide a period of overlap before Roger’s retirement. Please join us in congratulating Sebastien on his appointment.