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Robert Chen is director of CIESIN, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network, a research unit of the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York. He manages the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), a unique source of interdisciplinary, open access geospatial data and information focused on human-environment interactions. In fall 2014, he served on the United Nations Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), the Governing Council of the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan, and the Council of the American Geographical Society. He co-manages the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Data Distribution Center and serves as one of the co-chairs of the Data Sharing Working Group of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). He recently helped to develop the innovative immersive exhibit, Connected Worlds, at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York. From 2004 to 2012, he served as Secretary-General of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) of the International Council for Science (ICSU). At Columbia, Dr. Chen is an ex officio member of the Earth Institute Faculty and a member of its Practice Committee. His research areas include data integration and stewardship, disaster risk assessment, sustainability indicators, and climate change adaptation and vulnerability. He received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.