Simon Cox
Academic Editor

Simon J D Cox


Simon's professional focus is informatics applied to earth and environmental sciences. Starting in geophysics and mineral exploration, he recognised patterns in information structures that are common across multiple applications or domains, and are thus amenable to standardized cross-domain solutions. In support of this goal, he has engaged in various international standardization efforts, primarily in geospatial and web communities. A consistent conceptual view has been adapted to successive technology frameworks, including XML, UML, JSON, RDF, OWL, and Linked Data. His current work is mainly aligning geospatial information standards with semantic web technologies and linked open data principles, with a particular focus on governance arrangements and vocabulary publication and management.

Dr Cox was awarded the 2006 Gardels Medal by OGC, and was selected to present the 2013 Leptoukh Lecture for AGU.

Data Science Natural Resource Management Spatial & Geographic Information Science Spatial & Geographic Information Systems World Wide Web & Web Science

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Work details

Senior Principal Research Scientist

December 2017
Land and Water

Research Scientist

March 1987 - June 1990


Monash University
July 1990 - June 1994
Earth Sciences

Principal Research Scientist

July 1994 - July 2009
Exploration and Mining

Senior Fellow (Grantholder)

European Commission
July 2009 - July 2010
Joint Research Centre

Senior Principal Research Scientist

July 2010 - November 2012
Earth Science and Resource Engineering

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