Professor Geoffrey Boulton OBE FRS FRSE is Regius Professor of Geology Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh, and former Vice Principal of the University. He is President of CODATA. He chaired production of the 2015/16 Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World (Science International is a partnership between the International Council for Science, the Inter-Acdemy Partnership, the International Social Science Council and The World Academy of Sciences), and chaired the influential 2012 Royal Society report Science as an Open Enterprise. He is chair of the Academic Advisory Council of the University of Heidelberg, a member of the Strategic Council of the University of Geneva, a member of the UK Government’s Research Transparency Board, and President of the Scottish Association for Marine Science. andUntil recently he was a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, the UK’s top-level science policy body. His research is in the fields of environmental geology and glaciology, frequently involving large and diverse data volumes, and currently leads a major project on the Antarctic Ice Sheet. He has many national and international awards and honorary doctorates for his scientific work.