Philippe Rocca-Serra received a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Bordeaux, moving to the field of bioinformatics upon joining the Microarray Informatics Team at the EMBL-EBI, Cambridge. There, working at establishing ArrayExpress, he became an active member of several standardisation efforts aimed at promoting the vision for open data and open science. As part of several EU projects in toxicogenomics and nutrigenomics, he coordinated the development of the ISA project , which now continues at the University of Oxford e-Research Centre. He is also a developer of several semantic resources such as the Ontology for Biomedical Investigation , and more recently STATO , an ontology to support reporting of statistical results and part of the OBO Foundry  editorial board. As part of its collaboration with Roche under IMI eTRIKS , he has coordinated the development of the eTRIKS standards starter pack, continuing work around trial data standardisation. More recently, he has been involved in two NIH -funded Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) projects: Biocaddie, which recently released DataMed , the ‘pubmed’ for datasets, and CEDAR , for building smart data collection forms in collaboration with the Biosharing catalogue of standards .