Sven Schade is a geospatial information scientist with a special interest in public participation in science for policy, multi-disciplinary interoperability, and knowledge extraction from new data sources. Since September 2013, he is working as a scientific officer for the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), where he already worked for three years as a post-doc (2009-2012). Before re-joining the JRC, he was employed by the European Environment Agency (EEA) as project manager for the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS). In his early career, Sven spent ten years with the Institute for Geoinformatics (IfGI) of the University of Muenster - where he completed his diploma and PhD studies and contributed to numerous national and European-level research projects in the area of semantic interoperability. Sven is the Editor-in-chief of the free and open International Journal for Spatial Data Infrastructure Research (IJSDIR), council member of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), and Advisory Board member of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) and the Geo for All initiative. He has co-authored more than 100 publications in the fields of geospatial semantics, observation web and next-generation knowledge infrastructures.