Mercè Crosas is the Chief Data Science and Technology Officer at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University. Together with the Director of IQSS, she leads the vision and strategic direction of all software projects at IQSS, including the Dataverse project for data sharing and archiving, the Zelig project for statistical analysis, and the Consilience project for text analysis. Her team includes data science specialists who offer training and consulting, as well as information scientists with usability, data curation and data management who provide expertise on these areas to all IQSS data projects.
Her current collaborations include the Data Privacy Tools project with Harvard's SEAS, the Data Privacy Lab, the Berkman Center and MIT, particularly on the DataTags system with co-PI Latanya Sweeney; data citation and provenance with Margo Seltzer from Harvard's SEAS; the Structural Biology Data Grid with Piotrek Sliz from Harvard Medical School; sharing of big data for social science with Gary King, director of IQSS; the DataBridge project with the University of North Carolina; and helping make data more accessible with the Gates Foundation.
Mercè joined IQSS in 2004 (then referred to as the Harvard-MIT Data Center) as software development lead of a data sharing project, which later became the Dataverse Network. Before joining IQSS, she worked for six years in the educational software and biotech industries, initially as a software developer, and subsequently as director of the software development team. She contributed to the development of lab information management systems (LIMS) for SNP discovery and genotyping and for mass spectrometry. Prior to that, she spent six years at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, first completing work for her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Rice University at the Atomic and Molecular Physics division, and later as a post-doctoral fellow, researcher and software engineer with the Radioastronomy division. There she worked on Monte Carlo simulations of radiative transfer in evolved stars and contributed to the software for the Submillimeter Array interferometer. She earned a B.S. in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.