Dan Lear, MSc

Head of Data, Information and Technology

Dan Lear


I lead the Marine Biological Association (MBA) IT and Data Teams and am project co-ordinator for DASSH; the Marine Data and Information Network (MEDIN) accredited Data Archive Centre (DAC) for biodiversity data. I currently have over 25 years’ experience in marine data management and publication. I am also a member of the global Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) Steering Group, and lead the UK contribution through the UK OBIS Node hosted at the MBA. I represent the MBA on a range on national and international working groups and expert panels, bringing my wealth of experience to inform and guide data standardisation and interoperability. I’m the Chair of the Biodiversity Data and Information Group (BioDIG) a technical sub-group of the Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group (HBDSEG) and am co-chair of the MEDIN Data Archive Centre Working Group and an expert member of the MEDIN Executive. Within Marine Research Plymouth I lead the Digital Science component and represents this key area on the MRP Executive Body.