Giri Prakash

ARM Data Center Director and Research Staff, Environmental Sciences Division

Giri Prakash manages the US Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Facility (ARM) Data Center located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. As the director of ARM Data Center and manager of end-to-end data services, he is responsible for the leadership and management of the ARM Data Center and Site Data Systems. Its primary focus is on product delivery, which includes the operations activities and engineering necessary to sustain and advance excellence in the data management field. Specifically, the ARM Data Center Archive currently holds over 1.8 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 19 years of experience in scientific data management and discovery, metadata and data interoperability, FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data principles, data citation, computing-as-a-service, web services, and visualization.  He actively participates in various international data sharing and interoperability working groups.  He has participated and led sessions in various 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.