simonWe are thrilled to announce that Simon Porter has been appointed to the role of VP Academic Relationships and Knowledge Architecture.

Simon joins our Research Metrics team from the University of Melbourne, where he has worked for the past 15 years.

Alongside our recently appointed Managing Director, Daniel Hook, Simon will help to build innovative external partnerships in Europe, North America and Australasia, and work with our senior team to formulate product strategy.

During his time at the University of Melbourne, Simon held roles that spanned the Library, Research Administration, and Information Technology. He has forged a career transforming University practices in how data about research is used, both from administrative and eResearch perspectives.

In addition to making key contributions to research information visualisation and discovery, Simon is well known for his advocacy of Research Profiling Systems and their capability to create new opportunities for researchers. Over the past three years, he has established and run the annual Australasian conference on research profiling. In 2012, Simon was the program chair of the third annual VIVO conference held in Miami.

Daniel Hook says:

‘We’re extremely proud that Simon is joining Digital Science’s growing team. He brings a deep understanding, passion and vision for how tomorrow’s research systems will be different and better than today’s. His experience of bringing about real change with research, data and discovery will be critical to the next chapter of innovation and growth for Digital Science.’

Simon Porter adds:

‘I am honoured to be a part of the hugely exciting next stage of Digital Science’s growth and its mission to allow researchers to work smarter and discover more. I look forward to being part of a team that continues to build close relationships with institutions, funders and publishers to ensure Digital Science is aligned with the needs of its partners and clients.

You can find out more about Simon on our people page here.