Mark Thorley is Head of Science Information for the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). He is responsible for activities relating to scientific data and information management, including co-ordinating the activities of NERC’s network of environmental data centres.
He is also convener of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Research Outputs Network, which leads for RCUK on issues relating to scholarly communications and open access. As such, he is one of the team behind the RCUK Policy on Access to Research Outputs and also the RCUK Common Principles on Data Policy.
He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Council for Science’s Committee on Data for Science and Technology (ICSU – CODATA) and also a member of the Advisory Panel of ‘Scientific Data’ – the new data journal from Nature.