Giri Prakash serves as the Section Head for Earth System Informatics and Data Discovery Section at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is responsible for overseeing data center groups that manage the earth and environmental data centers such as Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Facility (ARM) Data Center and ORNL DAAC. As the director of Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Facility (ARM) Data Center, he is responsible for the leadership and management of the ARM Data Center. With a primary focus on operational activities and engineering necessary to sustain and advance excellence in the data management field. Specifically, the ARM Data Center Archive currently holds over 2.9 petabytes of data for 11,000 diverse observational data products. Giri leads the development and execution of multi-year plans that adapt the next-generation computing architecture to the increasing demands of data volume, rates, complexity, and the challenges of high-resolution modeling.
Giri has over 20 years of experience in scientific data management, discovery, metadata and data interoperability, FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data principles, data citation, computing-as-a-service, web services, and visualization. His latest research interest includes enabling open science by adapting AI/ML capabilities in scientific data center operations. He currently serves a four-year term on the U.S. National Committee for CODATA, or USNC/CODATA. He actively participates in various international data sharing and interoperability working groups, data management workshops, and conferences.
He received a master of science degree in environmental sciences from Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada in 2000. He also holds a diploma in object oriented software technology from the University of Calgary in Canada. In addition, he holds a master of science degree in soil science and a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in Coimbatore, India.
Trademarks and Patents
United States Copyright (Registration Number TXu 1-873-934) “Mercury-Metadata Data Management System” (June 18, 2013)