Stefano Nativi is the Big Data Lead Scientist of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. He co-ordinates the JRC AI&BD Community of Practice. He is the JRC contact point with the ISO JTC1–Information Technology. He is associate editor of the “Big Earth Data” journal (T&F) and co-editor of the ‘AI section” of the “Remote Sensing” journal (MDPI). For more than 10 years, he has served as Head of Unit for the National Research Council of Italy, coordinating several international research activities (funded by EC, ESA, and US NSF) on Data Science and Digital Technology applications. He funded and chaired the Earth and Space Sciences Informatics (ESSI) Division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). He is member of the Council of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) and co-chairs of the GEOSS Development Task Team (GIDTT) of Group on Earth Observation (GEO) and the Brokering Interest Group of RDA (Research Data Alliance). He is co-chair of the OGC ESS (Earth Systems Science) Domain Working Group. He was professor at
the University of Padua, University of Florence, and Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. He was Visitor scholar at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder CO (USA). He received the EGU Ian McHarg medal (2019), the Geospatial Innovation Award of the Geospatial World Forum (2014); and the Meritorious Service Medal of the IEEE Committee on Earth Observation (2009).