Gb User: Alex Hardisty


Name: Alex Hardisty

Joined: Thursday 06 March 2008 09:28:33 (UTC)

Last seen: Monday 06 February 2017 08:49:44 (UTC)

Email (public): hardistyar [at]


Location: Cardiff, United Kingdom

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Alex Hardisty is Director of Informatics Projects in the School of Computer Science and Informatics at Cardiff University; a Chartered Information Systems Professional Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS) and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

He is coordinator of the FP7 Biodiversity Virtual e-Laboratory (BioVeL) project and leads work packages in two other FP7 projects concerned with developing research infrastructures: the Common Operations of Environmental Research Infrastructures (ENVRI) project and the Coordination of Research e-Infrastructures Activities Toward an International Virtual Environment for Biodiversity (CReATIVE-B) project.

In the ESFRI LifeWatch preparatory project, he has been responsible for planning the technical strategy to engineer an infrastructure for biodiversity research that is fit for scientific purpose, open and based on widely available industry standards. Alex has also chaired the Design Team for the 4D4Life project, putting the Species2000/ITIS Catalogue of Life onto a sustainable e-Infrastructure footing.
Alex is formerly a member of the UK’s JISC Committee for the Support of Research (JSR) and past-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Community Engagement and Support strand of the JISC e-Infrastructure programme. From 2002 – 2009 he was manager of the Welsh e-Science Centre at Cardiff University, where he helped establish the University’s Advanced Research Computing division. Prior to joining Cardiff University, Alex held various industry positions, gaining extensive industrial experience of product development, software and systems engineering, international standardisation, consulting and management work in real-time computing systems.

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Occupation/Role(s): Director of Informatics Projects


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