I am an academic researcher and technophile based in Reykjavik, Iceland. I currently work for the international Open Researcher & Contributor ID Initiative (ORCID). I also work part time for the Institute of Life and Environmental Sciences (LUVS) at the University of Iceland. 

Prior to relocating back to Iceland in summer 2011, I spent several years living abroad, studying and working at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, where I was part of Tony Brookes’ bioinformatics group.


Most of my work is focused on projects connected with ORCID in one way or another. ORCID is a new initiative devoted to tackling the broader challenge of identifying and attributing creators of scholarly and quasi-scholarly publication, datasets, databases and – more generally – online scientific resources. This is in line with my changing research interests in recent years, from specialized bioinformatics “data munging” to more general issues around scholarly communication and research data access and reuse.

My current part time position with ORCID is funded by an EC grant to the ODIN project (ORCID and DataCite Interoperability Network). The work I do is diverse mix of technical development and community outreach which I enjoy a lot.

In the past, I have been involved in a number of bioinformatics projects, including GWAS Central and Cafe Variome. My main research focus and contribution to these projects concerns issues around data sharing and exploring ways to ‘incentivize’ publication of research data.

Other past projects of note include the International HapMap project where I managed the group responsible for genotype data exchange and dissemination.

Scholarly publications

Through my various professional academic roles, I have authored, co-authored or otherwise contributed to a number of publications in peer-reviewed scholarly journals (see Publications). I’ve also written a ‘big book’ doctoral thesis and was awarded a Ph.D. degree for my troubles.

Education and experience

I was trained originally as a biologist and obtained a B.Sc. in biology from University of Iceland. I have worked professionally as a bioinformaticist, since being hired out of school by Icelandic biotech company deCODE Genetics. I subsequently worked for Lincoln Stein at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory until relocating to Leicester, United Kingdom to undertake postgraduate studies. See my LinkedIn profile for a detailed curriculum vitae.