Natalia Manola is a research associate in the University of Athens, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications and the “Athena” Technology and Innovation Research Center. She holds a Physics degree from the University of Athens, and an MS in Electrical and Computing Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has several years of employment as a Software Engineer and Architect employed in the Bioinformatics sector. From 2009 she has served as the managing director of OpenAIRE (www.openaire.eu), a pan European e-Infrastructure supporting open access in all scientific results, and is currently coordinating OpenMinTeD (www.openminted.eu) a H2020 infrastructural project on text and data mining. She has since expanded her expertise in Open Science policies and implementation, currently serving in the Open Science Policy Platform, an EC high level Expert Group to provide advice about the development and implementation of open science policy in Europe. Her research interests include the topics of e-Infrastructures development and management, scientific data management, data curation and validation, text and data mining complex data Visualization, and research analytics.