Professional Biography

Paul is a consultant on information policy and management. He spent most of his career at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), in Washington, DC. Paul’s main professional area of emphasis has been on issues at the interface of science, technology, and law, with primary focus on research data and information policy and management.

Before joining the National Academy of Sciences, he was employed for a year at the Office of the General Counsel and was a foreign affairs officer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he worked on remote sensing law and policy and on intergovernmental agreements for cooperation in meteorological satellite programs.

Paul is the author or editor of 27 books, and over 70 technical articles. He has been involved in various consulting and pro bono activities, and speaks worldwide on a broad range of information policy and management issues. He has served as private-sector adviser to the US Department of State for the U.N. World Summit on the Information Society and for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and advised several other national governments. He also has chaired or been a member of numerous international nongovernmental committees on data policy and legal issues.

In 1997 he received the National Research Council’s Special Achievement award for his work on international data policy and in 2010 he was awarded the International CODATA Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the World of Scientific and Technical Data. In 2011, he became a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Paul has a Juris Doctor degree and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego, and a B.A in history from the University of Oregon.



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