about us

DataCite is a distributed organization with a central business office located at the German National Library of Science and Technology in Hannover, Germany.

Staff members

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Patricia Cruse
(Executive Director)

Trisha leads DataCite with a strong commitment and passion for data sharing. As Executive Director, her role is to advance DataCite’s mission, build strategic partnerships and work with a diverse community of stakeholders. Prior to joining DataCite, Trisha was the Director of the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library (CDL). In addition, Trisha also is a co-PI on the DataONE initiative and co-leads sustainability and governance activities. Trisha holds an MLIS from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Martin Fenner
(Technical Director)

Martin Fenner envisions, develops, implements and manages a robust technical architecture for DataCite as well as DataCite’s technical contributions for the EU-funded THOR project. Until 2015 he was technical lead for the PLOS Article-Level Metrics project. He served on the Board of the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) initiative from 2010-2012, and worked for ORCID EU in the EU-funded ODIN project from 2012 to 2013. Martin has a medical degree from the Free University of Berlin and is a Board-certified medical oncologist.

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Laura Rueda
(Communications Director)

Laura is in charge of communication, outreach and training activities for DataCite and leads DataCite’s contributions to the THOR Project. Adoption and awareness among the wide research community are her main goals. She holds an MSc in Computer Science as well as in Knowledge Management. Previously she combined technical work, UI/UX design and outreach for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and took part in the ODIN project. She is passionate about statistics, vector images and Murakami’s novels.

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Britta Dreyer
(Business Manager)

Britta Dreyer is managing the DataCite business office. Member support and the daily business are her main activities. She holds a BSM from the Pepperdine University in Malibu and an MBA from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover. I the past years she managed alongside her husband the family business. Her fields of work included staff, marketing and process optimization. She is passionate about project management, communication psychology and her three children.

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Kristian Garza
(Application Developer)

Kristian contributes to the development and implementation of a robust technical architecture for DataCite as well as DataCite’s technical role in the EU-funded THOR Project. Improving to the community-wide adoption of good data sharing practices is one of his main goals. Previously he held different research positions within the CLUSTER II Mission at the MSSL and at the ELIXIR Interoperability platform. Kristian has a PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Manchester.