Robert R. Downs, PhD

Robert R. Downs is a Senior Staff Associate Officer of Research and serves as the Senior Digital Archivist and acting head of cyberinfrastructure and informatics research and development at (CIESIN), the Center for International Earth Science Information Network, a research and data center of the Earth Institute of Columbia University . Dr. Downs holds the PhD in Information Management from the Stevens Instute of Technology and conducts research on the development and management of information systems, currently focusing on scientific data management and stewardship, data policy, software reuse, digital preservation, and system design and evaluation. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Contact Information:

Robert R. Downs, PhD
Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN),
Columbia University
P.O. Box 1000, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 USA
Voice: 845-365-8985; fax: 845-365-8922
E-mail: rdowns at
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