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Gerard Coen obtained a BA French & English from the National University of Ireland, Galway (2010), and an MSc in Communication Science from Ulster University (2012). He worked as a Project Manager in Global Brand & Product Development at Unilever, London, and also L’Oréal, Paris. Driven by curiosity around the impact of emerging technologies on society, in 2017 he began the MSc Innovation Sciences (STS) program at Utrecht University. Shortly afterwards he joined Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), where he works in the Policy Development & Communication department. Gerard works on a Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS) Observatory, to explore the histories and evolution of these systems. He is an Editor of the Basel Register of Thesauri, Ontologies & Classifications (BARTOC), and Treasurer of the International Society for Knowledge Organisation (ISKO) Low Countries Chapter. He also works on projects for the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). His work in FAIRsFAIR focuses on making digital objects & data services interoperable, and applying the FAIR concept beyond data.

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Research Output

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Paper
  • 1 Working paper/Discussion paper

Classifying KOSs: The Use of Dahlberg’s ICC in the DANS KOS Observatory (KOSo)

Coen, G., Smiraglia, R. P., Doorn, P. K. & Scharnhorst, A. M., 20 Jun 2019, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperScientific

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    Curating and Archiving Linked Data Datasets from the Humanities - From Data of the Present to Data of the Future

    Scharnhorst, A. M., van Erp, M., Siebes, R., Guéret, C. D. M., Crick, T., Tykhonov, V., Coen, G., Smiraglia, R. P., Doorn, P. K., van den Berg, H., de Vries, J., Meroño-Peñuela, A., Ashkpour, A. & De Valk, R., 2019, Book of Abstracts DH2019. ADHO, 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in book/volumeChapterScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
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    Observing trajectories of KOSs Across Space and Time: The DANS KOS Observatory (KOSo)

    Coen, G., Smiraglia, R. P., Doorn, P. & Scharnhorst, A., 2019, In : Proceedings from North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization - NASKO. 7, 1, p. 35-47 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journal/periodicalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
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    Toward Better Interoperability of the NARCIS Classification

    Coen, G. & Smiraglia, R. P., 01 Jul 2019, In : Knowledge Organization. 46, 5, p. 345 353 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journal/periodicalArticleScientificpeer-review

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    DANS research programme 2018-2020

    Scharnhorst, A. M., Aerts, P., Dillo, I., Doorn, P. K., Morselli, F. & Coen, G., 2018, Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), 9 p.

    Research output: Working paper/discussion paperWorking paper/Discussion paperProfessional

    Open Access
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    • 2 Talk or presentation
    • 1 Conference

    Building a KOS Observatory

    Gerard Coen (Speaker)

    17 Oct 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationSocietal

    Towards better interoperability of the NARCIS Classification

    Gerard Coen (Speaker), & Richard P. Smiraglia (Keynote speaker)

    27 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationAcademic

    15th ISKO Conference, Porto

    Gerard Coen (Participant)

    09 Jul 201811 Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic