Director of Public Interest Technology and Stuart Rice Research Professor, UMass Amherst
Faculty Associate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University
Dr. Francine Berman is the Director of Public Interest Technology and the Stuart Rice Research Professor in the
College of Information and Computer Sciences at UMass Amherst.
She is a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University
and was selected as the 2019-2020
Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
Berman was the inaugural recipient of the ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award
for "influential leadership in the design, development, and deployment of national-scale cyberinfrastructure."
In 2015, Berman was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become a
member of the National Council on the Humanities. In 2019, she was elected
to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
2020, Berman was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
In early 2020, she was also
announced as the
recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award which "recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of network-based information resources and services
that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity". The award is jointly sponsored by the Coalition
for Networked Information, the Association of Research Libraries, and Educause.
Berman is a data scientist whose current work focuses on the social and environmental impacts of information technology, and in particular of the Internet of Things
(IoT) -- a deeply interconnected ecosystem of billions of devices and systems that are transforming commerce, science and society.
Berman explores the overarching ecosystem needed to guide the development of information technologies that maximize benefits, minimize risks, and
individual protections, the public interest, and planetary responsibility. Recent other work has focused on data stewardship and
preservation, particularly with respect to the policy, practice and infrastructure needed to ensure the integrity, longevity and
usefulness of the data on which modern research relies. Berman's interests are in the broad area of Public Interest Technology, and focus on strategies that promote technology
as a tool to advance humanity.
Dr. Berman is a founder of the
Research Data Alliance (RDA), a community-driven international organization whose
mission is to build global infrastructure that enables data sharing and data-driven research. Since its launch in 2012, RDA has attracted
over 9600 members from over 130 countries and built data infrastructure in use by groups and projects all over the world. Berman
served as co-Chair of RDA's leadership Council and as Chair of RDA's U.S. region for the organization's first 6 years.
Previously, Berman served as Vice President for Research from
2009 to 2012 and the Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science from 2012-2021 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
From 2001-2009, Berman served as Director of the San Diego
Supercomputer Center (SDSC). In this role, she led a staff of
250+ interdisciplinary scientists,
engineers, and technologists.
She also directed the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI),
a consortium of 41 research groups, institutions, and university partners with the mission of developing national infrastructure
to support data-intensive and computationally-intensive applications.
Concurrently, Berman was Professor in the U.C. San Diego Department of Computer Science and
Engineering and first holder of the High Performance Computing Endowed Chair in the Jacobs School of Engineering.
Berman is a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers (IEEE), and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
She currently serves as a member of the
Board of Trustees of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the National Council on the Humanities.
previously served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology,
as co-Chair of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information,
as co-Chair of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access,
as co-Chair of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for the Computer and Information Science
and Engineering Directorate, and as Chair of the Information, Computing and Communication Section (Section T)
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among other positions. For her accomplishments,
leadership, and vision, Berman has been recognized by the Library of Congress as a "Digital Preservation Pioneer",
as one of the top women in technology by BusinessWeek and Newsweek, and as one of the top technologists by IEEE Spectrum.
RPI CSCI 6370 / CSCI 4370 / ITWS 6970 / ITWS 4960 -- Data and Society Web Page
SELECTED ARTICLES AND REPORTS ON DATA, CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE, AND PUBLIC INTEREST TECHNOLOGY
How Higher Ed can win at Tech Offense and Defense, Inside Higher Ed
- Fixing the internet will require a cultural shift, Harvard Gazette
Cyberspace is critical infrastructure -- it will take effective government oversight to make it safe, The Conversation
- The Research Data Alliance: Benefits and Challenges of Building a Community Organization, Harvard Data Science Review
- The Research Data Alliance --The First Five Years, Supplement to the Harvard Data Science Review article
- "Don't leave it all to
Facebook: The U.S. should do more to protect our data privacy", Every Day Matters Blog
- "Data Privacy and the Research Data Alliance", RDA Blog
- "Realizing the Potential of Data Science", CACM; Accompanying Video!
"Saving Our Heritage", Inside Higher Ed
- "Social and Ethical Behavior in the Internet of Things", CACM;
- "Realizing the Potential of Data Science", Final
Report from the NSF CISE Advisory Committee Data Science Working Group (Berman and Rutenbar co-Chairs)
- "Paving the Way
for Accelerated Data Sharing: An Interview with Francine Berman", HPCWire
- "Despite Growing Data, Infrastructure Stands Still -- Why the gap puts research data at risk", IEEE The Institute
- "As Research Data Balloons, How to Share?", InformationWeek Government
- D-Lib Special Issue on the Research Data Alliance, Jan / Feb 2014
Will Pay for Public Access to Research Data?", Science Magazine Author Reprint ;
- "Who's Paying the Data Bill?", Chronicle of Higher Education
"Saving Our Digital Heritage", Washington Post
"Got Data? A Guide to Data Preservation in the Information Age", Communications of the ACM
"Making Cyberinfrastructure in Research and Education Real", Educause Review
"On Perfect Storms, Competitiveness, and the Gretzky Rule", HPCWire
ECAR Study on Chronopolis
"We Need a Data Census", Communications of the ACM
Interim Report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access
Final Report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access
SELECTED ARTICLES ON WOMEN AND TECHNOLOGY
Keynote, UMass Symposium on Computing for the Common Good, March 17, 2021
Paul Evan Peters Award Presentation, December 15, 2020
Jill Lepore in Conversation with Fran Berman on Data Science, sponsored by the Harvard Data Science Initiative, September 18, 2020
Radcliffe Fellows Public Presentation on the Internet of Things, Harvard University, December 4, 2019
"Civilizing the Internet of Things", Indiana University Distinguished Lecture, December 7, 2018
The Research Data Alliance, NCO NITRD Presentation, July 2015
Scholarly Communication for the Humanities Workshop Presentation, April 2015
"Building an Ecosystem to Accelerate Data-driven Innovation", PRACE Days Keynote, Barcelona, Spain, May 2014
NIST Data Science Symposium Keynote, March 2014
Keynote at the International Digital Curation Conference, February 2014
Panel Discussion on the Data Economy at Data Innovation Day, January 2014
Got Data? Building a Sustainable Environment for Data-Driven Innovation, Keynote at the UC San Diego Department of Computer Science and
Engineering 25th Anniversary, October 2013
"Building the Research Data Alliance Community", Presentation at the Big Data Senior Steering Group Data Sharing and Metadata Workshop, May 2013
"Research Data Alliance -- Current Status", Presentation to the CENDI Federal STI Managers Group, January 2013
"Got Data? The Role of Digital Data in Shaping 21st Century Research" Boston College Presentation, November 2011
President's Program Keynote, ALCTS 2010
Ken Kennedy award presentation, Supercomputing 2009
Grace Hopper Conference Keynote presentation,2009