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Danielle C. Robinson, PhD

Co-Executive Director, Code for Science & Society
T: @daniellecrobins
G: @daniellecrobinson


2016 - PhD in Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University

2002 - BA in Fine Art, Rutgers College, Rutgers University

Events & talks

Event Location Date Role Description
Aaron Swartz Day San Francisco, USA Nov 10-11, 2018 📢 Speaker In conversation with Karissa McKelvey about the decentralized web and the future of scholarly work online, more in this interview
Whyspace? @ MozFest House 2018 London, UK October 24, 2018 📋 Organizer Conversations and workshops seeking to explore and unearth more questions about why the web is where it is and what it could be
FORCE2018 Montreal, CA October 11-12, 2018 📢 Speaker A decentralized scholarly commons, slides, [video]
Western States Government Information Virtual Conference Online August 8, 2018 📢 Speaker Keynote: Community owned infrastructure for long-term, local data preservation
Decentralized Web Summit 2018 San Francisco, USA August 1-2, 2018 🙋 Participant Code for Science & Society and The Dat Project
[Oregon State University Library Faculty Association seminar] Corvalis, USA July 13, 2018 📢 Speaker Prototyping A Decentralized Data Preservation Network
🍩 Donut.js 🍩 Portland, USA June 26, 2018 📢 Speaker Everything I Know About Public Speaking I Learned from (Private Room) Karaoke, video
DLF eResearch Network Webinar June 20, 2018 📢 Speaker Community Engagement with Stephanie Wright (Mozilla)
Online Northwest 2018 Portland, USA March 30, 2018 📢 Speaker Keynote: A Vision for Decentralized Data Preservation Across a Network of Libraries and Trusted Institutions
American Medical Women's Association Portland conference Portland, OR December 2, 2017 📢 Speaker Community Activism panel discussion: Learn how to develop and advocate for policies within health care institutions partner with community groups to promote public health, and advocate locally.
OpenCon2017 Berlin, DE November 11-13, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Lead North America Regional Workshop Group 1: How might we understand and address the time demands of working on open initiatives?
Mozilla Festival 2017 London, UK October 27-29, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Lead Open Ears for Open Access: A discussion of barriers, innovation, and an inclusive future for scholarship (Digital Inclusion Space)
Mozilla Festival 2017 London, UK October 27-29, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Lead Host your data on the peer to peer web with Dat (Decentralization Space)
Mozilla Festival 2017 London, UK October 27-29, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Lead The Upside of Down: Personal stories of failure, reinvention, and challenges faced by innovative people & open communities (Open Innovation Space
Better Science Through Data 2017 London, UK October 25, 2017 📢 Speaker Dat for research data management, slides here
Science Hack Day PDX 2107 Portland, OR September 9-10, 2017 📋 Organizer 24 hour prototyping event with full support for kid and teen projects. See here for interviews with participants.
Society for American Archivists Web Archiving Section’s annual meeting Portland OR July 26, 2017 📢 Panel Discussion Invited panelist for a discussion on Data Rescue.
Project strategy session at Open Source Bridge Portland OR June 21, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Leader microWorking Open Workshop (microWOW): Launch Your Open Project! A 1hr 45 min workshop to prepare participants on how to launch their open projects!
Working Open Workshop Cape Town Cape Town, South Africa June 16, 2017 📋 Organizer & 👩‍🏫 Session Leader Train the trainer session to prepare leaders to run Working Open Workshops in Africa, ran Open Canvas for Project Strategy, READMEs for Open Projects, and Running Your Own WOW.
Working Open Workshop Cape Town Cape Town, South Africa June 15, 2017 📢 Speaker Lightning talk: Build the Movement: Building Bridges, Sustaining Connections
Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Digital Library Federation (DLF) E-Research Network Webinar June 14, 2017 📢 Speaker Invited speaker co-presentation with Stephanie Wright Advocacy & In-Reach: How to build your network
Cascadia R Conference Portland OR June 3, 2017 📢 Speaker A Lightning Primer on Open Source Community Building
Mozilla Global Sprint Portland Portland OR June 1 & 2, 2017 📋 Organizer & 🎓 Mentor Site host, participant, and Open Leadership Training mentor for two projects: Why Not Open Science? and NeuroTech EDU.
Women in Science Portland Evening Forum Portland OR May 30, 2017 📋 Organizer & 📢 Panel Discussion An evening of community engagement and discussion. Founding member and Chair of the Communications Committee.
BioData Club: Friendly Intro to R Workshop Portland OR May 26, 2017 📋 Organizer & 👩‍🏫 Session Leader The world's friendliest introduction to R, organized and taught with Lilly Winfree.
Data and Donuts: a discussion with Jeff Leek, PhD Portland OR May 11, 2017 🙋 Participant A discussion of Jeff's work, and the current and future states of scientific communication!
PyCon Mozilla Science Lab open space Portland OR May 20, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Leader An informal discussion about Mozilla Science activities and programs in the Python community.
Libraries+ Network Washington DC May 8-9, 2017 🙋 Participant The Libraries+ Network is a nascent consortium of research libraries, library organizations, and open data communities with a shared interest in saving, preserving, and making accessible born-digital federal government information upon which researchers, citizens, and communities rely.
csv,conf,v3 Portland, OR May 2-3, 2017 📋 Organizer Organizer: Program Committee member and session chair.
Open Source Alliance for Open Science Portland, OR May 1, 2017 🙋 Participant A discussion and planning session hosted by the Collaborative Open Knowledge Foundation and the Moore Foundation.
Culture change, open science, and movement building Library Journal Webinar April 25, 2017 📢 Speaker Invited speaker co-presentation with Robin Champieux Open Access: Advocating for Change - building community and changing the culture of science through libraries. Archived online here.
A Friendly Intro To GitHub at RDAP Seattle WA April 21, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Leader Basic GitHub for project management and team collaborations.
miniWOW PDX Portland OR April 14 & 15, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Leader A shorter version of the Working Open Workshop, see schedule.
Future Proofing Your Data with SQUAD Goals Montréal, QC Canada March 10, 2017 📢 Speaker Data standards, data realities, and the beauty of machine readable metadata.
Working Open Workshop, Montréal Montréal, QC Canada March 10 & 11, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Leader Lead GitHub workshop, panel discussion on Community Building, and Open Data & Data Reuse sessions.
Open Data Day Portland OR March 3 & 4, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Leader Workshops on webscraping and metadata creation on Friday will lead into a full day of hacking open data on Saturday.
Data Rescue: Why, Who and What's Next Portland OR March 3, 2017 📢 Speaker A talk on the landscape of and challenges facing the Data Rescue movement.
OpenCon SF Francisco, CA February 7, 2017 📢 Speaker An evening of talks on ways of working open at Many Labs.
Mozilla Fellows Work Week San Francisco, CA February 6 - 10, 2017 👩‍🏫 Session Leader & 🙋 Participant Ran a workshop on Project Planning & Measuring Impact for Mozilla Science and Open Web Fellows to complete Project Brief and other project planning exercises. Attended workshops and events run by fellow fellows.
Data Rescue PDX Portland OR February 3, 2017 📋 Organizer & 👩‍🏫 Session Leader JSON tutorial for beginners and will help participants understand where open data lives, how open data in structured, and build skills in data documentation and archiving.
Digital security for moms Portland OR January 15, 2017 📢 Speaker Talk and workshop on how to level up your personal digital security.
Coding for Science and Society Meetup Portland, OR December 13, 2016 📢 Speaker Lightning talk: "Mozilla Science Lab: Resources & community"
Dissertation Defense Portland, OR December 5, 2016 📢 Speaker & 🎓 Celebration 🎉 The role of myotubularin phosphatases in peripheral myelination and disease.
OpenCon 2016 Washington, DC November 12-14, 2016 👩‍🏫 Session Leader Unconference session leader: Open Advice. Lead a group of 20 early career researchers to meet with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) with Dr. George Strawn, Board Director for the Policy and Global Affairs Division at the National Academy of Sciences, and Dr. Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences. We advocated for data sharing and open access, more support for early career researchers, voiced our concerns about diversity and inclusion in the sciences. Joined the Oregon OpenCon delegation and meet with Ron Wyden’s staff to discuss the Fair Access to Science and Technology Act (FASTR). More on my OpenCon experiences here.
Licensing and copyright roundtable for data sharing and open source Portland, OR November 4, 2016 🙋 Participant Participated in discussion with lawyers, scientists, and academic administrators on licensing, open source, and open science in academic research in the institutional setting.
Mozilla Festival 2016 London, UK October 27-29, 2016 📢 Speaker Lightning talk: "The open revolution is science and why it needs you"
Science Hack Day Portland Portland, OR October 7-8, 2016 📋 Organizer Secured funding, organized catering, materials, and support for speakers and participants with an interdisciplinary team. The event included a kickoff party, 24-hours of hackathon time in a supportive environment, and closing project demos. This event was free, open to the public, and featured free access to three 3-D printers, microcontrolers, hardware, and software expertise. Here are some of the outcomes Science Hack Day PDX 2016 facilitated: long term and cross-community collaborations; technology confidence and skill building through hands on experiences with code and hardware; the creation of new and collaborative learning communities, such as OHSU’s BioData Club; an active community of open science practitioners, which spans open source, open hardware, and open data enthusiasts. One attendee said, "without a doubt, my favorite hackathon event I’ve ever attended". Further details here.
Career development and negotiation for women in technical fields with Jessica Williams Portland, OR September 22, 29, & October 6 📋 Organizer Organized a workshop to create safe space to discuss real world issues and learn networking, negotiation, and communication strategies, co-hosted by Women in Science Portland and ChickTech PDX(
Mozilla Fellows Onboarding Toronto, CA September 12-15, 2016 🙋 Participant Joined the 2016 Open Science and Open Web Fellows at Mozilla in Toronto for a week of bonding, project planning, and learning from each other - recap here.



  • Project strategy, management, and communication
  • Public speaking and technical communication
  • Grant writing and fundraising
  • Leading workshops on Dat and peer to peer computing, data analysis in R, Git and GitHub, project strategy & management

CS&S Sponsored Project Program

Dat An open source, peer-to-peer file sharing protocol.
Stencila Open source reproducible research software. More at
PREreview Developing peer review skills in early career researchers and advancing the pace of research through preprint journal clubs that produce public, citable reviews.
ScienceFair Desktop publication library management software built with Dat.

CS&S Foundational Technology Program

Dat in the Lab Piloting the use of Dat for data publishing and research data management via Dat in the Lab. In partnership with CDL UC3, we work with UC labs to develop workflows leveraging decentralized computing for data management and publishing. Follow along on the Dat Project blog.
Cooperative Preservation Network Project Prototyping a multi institutional decentralized data preservation network.

Past Projects

BioData Club Website, community, and curriculum development A twice-monthly study group and online curriculum resource. On campus support for students and postdocs learning to code! Do it / teach it!
Scientists Speaking Up Website, survey, and community building A campaign support early career researchers efforts to create an inclusive future for science and insure that societies are standing up for science in an era of "alternative facts", by advocating inside scientific societies. This campaign supported by the early career advocacy group Future of Research.

Undergrad BA in fine art?

Experience Location Date Role Description
Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Certificate program University of Vermont, Burlington VT 2008–2009 🙋 Student Completed premed courses while working in a lab and at an elder care facility
Back to school to study science LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City NY 2007-2008 🙋 Student Completed basic science courses while working at a bakery and as a fancy coffee barista
Decorative Arts Project Manager New York City region 2001–2006 👩‍🎨 Designer, project manager, and crew leader Lead a team of painters and artists to execute murals, wall treatments, and flat painting. Responsibilities included budgeting projects, communicating with clients, addressing technical problems, and managing the team.