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Anita de Waard

  • VP Research Collaborations
  • Elsevier Inc
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Recent publications

  • From Proteins to Fairytales: Directions in Semantic Publishing

    • Waard A
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  • A short survey of discourse representation models

    • Groza T
    • Handschuh S
    • Clark T
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Professional experience

VP Research Collaborations

Elsevier Inc

April 1988 - Present

Disruptive Technologies Director


July 1997 - May 2013(16 years)


PhD in Linguistics

Universiteit Utrecht

August 2006 - Present

Low-Temperature Physics Research

PL Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems

August 1987 - April 1988(8 months)

M Sc Experimental Physics

Universiteit Leiden - Leiden University

September 1982 - June 1987(5 years)

Research interests


Anita de Waard is VP of Research Data Collaborations at Elsevier. Her work focuses on developing cross-disciplinary frameworks for sharing data and tools to store, share and search experimental outputs, in collaboration with academic and government groups, in the US and Europe. She is cochair of the RDA Interest Group on Data Discovery Paradigms, and vice-chair of the Steering Committee of the US National Data Service Within the RDM Services group, de Waard supports the development and implementation of the Elsevier’s RDM Services program. As such, she drove development of Elsevier’s Data Search engine, and supports the rollout and implementation of the full RDM tool suite, including, and the suite of data-focused journals, Research Elements, De Waard is an active speaker, panelist and moderator at a great many conferences related to data and new forms of publishing: for a list of recent presentations, see From January 2006 onwards, de Waard has been conducting research through the University of Utrecht, on a discourse analysis of scientific narrative, with an emphasis on finding key epistemic components in biological text. Her past accomplishments include working on a semantic model for research papers , and co-founding the interdisciplinary member organization ‘FORCE11: The Future of Research Communications and E-Science’ ( She has a degree in low-temperature physics from Leiden University, and worked in Moscow before joining Elsevier as a physics publisher in 1988.


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