Dr John Swinbank


ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, Netherlands

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John Swinbank is the Science Data Centre Programme Manager at ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, where he is developing techniques and services to make data from cutting-edge radio telescopes — LOFAR, Westerbork/Apertif, and ultimately the Square Kilometre Array — available to the widest possible community in the most scientifically productive way possible. Before joining ASTRON in 2020, he was the Deputy Project Manager for Data Management at the Vera C. Rubin Observatory (formerly LSST), with a particular interest in the software pipelines used to generate both annual data releases and rapid transient alerts, and was also a Research Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has worked on the development of astronomical transient alert systems within the context of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance, and contributed to a wide range of open-source astronomical software, including participating in the governance of the Astropy Project.