Susanna-Assunta Sansone BSc MSc DIC PhD

Associate Professor in Data Readiness

Associate Director, Oxford e-Research Centre

  • Research
  • Biography
  • Publications
  • Community Boards
  • DPhil Opportunities
  • Teaching

Better data means better science

Professor Susanna-Assunta Sansone leads the Data Readiness Group, in this 1 minute video she describes her work.

Susanna has worked since 2001 in the areas of data interoperability and reproducibility, research integrity, and the evolution of scholarly publishing, and she collaborates with researchers, service providers, journal publishers, library science experts, funders and learned societies in academic, commercial and government settings alike.

With her team of data engineers (research software and knowledge engineers) she researches and develops new methods and tools to make digital research objects (including data, software, model and workflows) Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable, in one other word FAIR for humans as well as for machines. Her team also builds interoperability standards, and run informative, educational registries to enable data quality and readiness, essential in Data Science.

Underpinning the work of other scientists

Thanks to the amount of data, which is increasingly available in the public domain, we start to see the rise of scientific discoveries that are made using other people’s data. However, the vast majority of data that is in the public domain is still not reusable, mainly because data is poorly described for third party use. Governments, funders and publishers expect greater transparency and reuse of research data, as well as greater access to and preservation of the data that supports research findings. 

I strive to enact the technical, cultural and policy changes necessary to motivate and reward researchers for share richly described, high-quality data, to maximize the reuse; and ensure data quality for use by machines in all areas of data sciences, such as AI and machine learning, where decisions are make with minimal human intervention.

Current Projects

Full list here.


She completed a Diploma (1997) and PhD (2000) in Molecular Biology in the Faculty of Medicine, St Mary’s Hospital, of the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London.

In 1999, she joined an Imperial spin off (Microscience Ltd. now Emergent BioSolutions, Inc.) to work as a Senior Scientist on the molecular characterization of a vaccine strain. In 2001, she 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.

Susanna moved to Oxford in October 2010 as Principal Investigator at the Oxford e-Research Centre, and in 2013 she was appointed to her current position of Associate Director. Since 2012 she is also a consultant for Nature Research Group at Springer Nature, and the founding editor of its Scientific Data journal.


Editorial Boards

  • 2013-present - Scientific Data journal Founding Academic Editor, Springer Nature
  • 2011-present - GigaScience journal Editorial Board Member, Oxford University Press
  • 2009-present -  Journal of Biomedical Semantics Editorial Board Member, BioMedCentral
  • 2009-present - Reviewer for PloS and Springer Nature journals
  • 2009-2014 - Standards in Genomic Sciences journal Founding Member, BioMedCentral
  • 2006-2009 - OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology Editorial Board Member, Mary Ann Liebert

Community Services

  • 2016- present Board of Directors Member – Massive Analysis and QC (MAQC) Society.
  • 2016- present Research Data Management Advisory Board Member – Elsevier.
  • 2015-present UK Node Management Committee Member – ELIXIR UK Node.
  • 2015-present Force11 Advisory Board Member – Force11 Community.
  • 2015-present Standards Registry Working Group Co-chair – Research Data Alliance (RDA).
  • 2015-present Source Data Project Advisory Board Member – EMBO Press.
  • 2015-present Data Processing & Integration TC276/WG5 Technical Committee Member – ISO
  • 2014-present UK Open Research Data Forum Member – multi-stakeholders, including RCUK, JISC, Wellcome Trust, Royal Society and Universities UK.
  • 2013-2016 Technical Advisory Board Member – Research Data Alliance.
  • 2013-2014 Data Intensive Bioscience Expert Working Group Member – BBSRC.
  • 2012-2017 Board of Directors Member and (elected in 2015 as) Vice-Chair – Dryad.
  • 2010-2011 Data Sharing Policy Monitoring Group Member – BBSRC.
  • 2010-2011 Insect Pollinators Initiative Review Panel Member – BBSRC.
  • 2008-2014 Coordinating Committee Member – OBO Foundry.
  • 2007-present Board of Directors Member – Genomics Standards Consortium (GSC).
  • 2007-2013 Bio-Ontology Co-chair – ISMB Community of Special Interest Bio-Ontology.
  • 2005-2010 Board of Directors Member – Metabolomics Standards Initiative (MSI).
  • 2004-2008 Post-Genomics and Proteomics Steering Committee, Data Management Chair – NERC.
  • 2004-2010 Coordinator Committee Member – Ontology for Biomedical Investigations (OBI) consortium.
  • 2003-2012 Board of Directors Member – FGED (previously MGED) Society.

DPhil Opportunities

I am currently looking for motivated DPhil/PhD students to join my group. If you have an interest in my areas of activity, please get in touch with your CV and project proposal.


  • 2018- present: 'Introduction to Data Readiness', part of the Biomedical Engineering coursework module, 2nd year of the MEng in Engineering Science
  • 2014-present: 'Data Management, Analysis and Statistics' foundation module; Oxford BBSRC Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Programme, and the EPSRC, BBSRC synthetic Biology Centre for Doctoral training.

University and Departmental Duties

  • 2017- present: Member of the Biomedical Research and Teaching Panel, Department of Engineering Science
  • 2017- present: Member of the Information Research andTeaching Panel, Department of Engineering Science
  • 2016-2017: Chair of the Research File Service Board, University of Oxford
  • 2015-2016: Chair of the Storage as a Service Board, University of Oxford
  • 2015-present: Member of the Research Data Management Delivery Group, University of Oxford
  • 2014-present: Member of the Research Data Oxford Support Group, University of Oxford
  • 2013-present: Member of the IT Architecture Advisory Group, University of Oxford