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Charles K. “Chuck” Miller
VP of IT & CIO
Center for Biodiversity Informatics

office phone: + 1 (314) 577-9419
email: chuck.miller@mobot.org

Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
USA

Education
MBA, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO, 1987
MA, Indiana University Bloomington
B.S. in Physics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 1970

Professional Experience
Vice President, IT and Chief Information Officer, 2002 – present
     Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG), St. Louis, MO Information technology leader and decision maker for Garden-wide mission and head of the Center for Biodiversity Informatics Lead and conduct strategic and tactical planning of all MBG information technology initiatives both administrative and scientific Lead and manage approximately 20 technical managerial, professional and administrative staff to achieve Garden goals and sustain daily administrative and science operations Plan, develop and manage over $2.8 million annual capital and operational budgets for all Garden information technology infrastructure and systems Direct all Garden information technology infrastructure and business systems including accounting, fund raising, event management, ticketing, HR, security and other functions Direct all Garden software development projects including Tropicos, Botanicus, eFloras, World Flora Online and Living Collection Management System Direct the maintenance and functional support for all Garden computers, printers, networks, and telephones Direct the administration and operation of all Garden servers, networks, and telephone services on a 24x7 basis Coaches, directs and develops staff to maintain technical proficiency and deliver effective performance Lead international, collaborative biodiversity informatics projects including World Flora Online and Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Serve as technical and governance advisor on international informatics projects including World Flora Online, Encyclopedia of Life, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), Biodiversity Heritage Library, Global Names Architecture, European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy (EDIT), Pro iBiosphere, and Global Plants Initiative Work collaboratively with other world-wide institutions to organize, create and conduct biodiversity informatics projects and develop proposals for funding Perform information systems architectural, design and functional reviews and studies Lead and conduct problem solving projects to resolve functional, technical and administrative issues Support fund raising and grant writing for foundation, federal and state grants Write technical papers individually and in collaboration with other international professionals on biodiversity informatics topics for publication Communicate plans and status to all levels of Garden management, including Board of Trustees, Senior Management, and Garden-wide staff Prepare and deliver presentations on Garden projects and biodiversity informatics to small and large professional conferences both domestically and internationally
Program Manager, 1999 – 2002
     divine, Inc/marchFirst, St. Louis, MO Manager of multiple information technology projects and multidiscipline teams for national IT consulting firm Project management and software development process leader Developed e-commerce solutions for multiple clients Prepared and presented proposals to sell new business
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, 1997 – 1999
     Spectrum Healthcare Resources, St. Louis, MO Information technology leader for large healthcare services provider Strategic and tactical planning of technology infrastructure, systems, and staffing
Vice President, 1991 – 1997
     Spectrum Healthcare Services, St. Louis, MO Head of software development for large healthcare services provider
Programmer to Section Manager, 1980 – 1991
     McDonnell Douglas Corporation (now Boeing), St. Louis, MO Managed a variety of teams of information technology specialists in database administration, artificial intelligence, software engineering, and scientific computing
Aircraft Carrier Pilot and Officer, US Navy, 1971 - 1980

Professional Service Chair, World Flora Online Technical Working Group, 2012 – present Chair, Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Organization, 2010-13 Member of Steering Committee, Global Plants Initiative, 2013 - 2016 Technical Advisor, Global Names Attribution, Rights and Licensing Workshop, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 2013 Technical Advisor, Global Names Architecture project. 2012-13 Head of Delegation to Global Biodiversity Information Facility Governing Board, Lillehammer, Norway, 2012 and Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2011 Contracted to review PRECIS system and recommend future systems direction for South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), Pretoria, South Africa, 2009 Encyclopedia of Life Adjunct Component Leader, Plant Data Coordination for Species Pages Group. EOL Steering Committee delegate. 2008 – 2015 Encyclopedia of Life Informatics Advisory Group, 2008 – 2009 Review of scientific applications infrastructure for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2008 Technical Advisory Group, Global Plants Initiative (formerly Latin American Plants Initiative), 2007 – 2013 DIGIT Science Subcommittee of Global Biodiversity Information Facility, 2006 – 2008 Member of Information Science and Technology Commission for European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy (EDIT) Work Package 5, Internet Platform for Cybertaxonomy, 2006 – 2011 ABCD subgroup of CODATA, 2005 – 2007 Technical Advisory Group, African Plants Initiative, 2004 – 2007 Vice President, Serenic Software Users Group, 2003 - 2007 Advisory panel for new Biodiversity Informatics curriculum at University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana, 2006 - 2009 Delegate to Global Biodiversity Information Facility Governing Board, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2004
Music especially American blues, Kentucky Derby, Kentucky bourbon, travelling, my three children and three grandchildren
Available upon request
Selected Publications Descriptive Data Challenges for the World Flora Online, Chuck Miller and William Ulate, Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 2: e26731, 2018. doi: 10.3897/biss.2.26731 Technical Issues in Integrating Databases, Charles K. Miller, Proceedings of the US Workshop on DNA Banking. 2014. p. 169-172. Adoption of persistent identifiers for biodiversity informatics: Recommendations of the GBIF LSID GUID task group, Cryer P, Hyam R, Miller C, Nicolson N, Tuama EO, Page R, Rees J, Riccardi G, Richards K, White R, 6. November 2009. Tech. Rep., Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), Copenhagen, Denmark, 2010. [Version 1.1, last updated 21 Jan 2010] accessible online. Accelerating global access to plant diversity information. Eimear Nic Lughada and Chuck Miller. Trends in Plant Science. 2009. Vol 14, Issue 11, p. 622-628.
Selected Presentations/Workshops "Descriptive Data Challenges for the World Flora Online", TDWG Annual Meeting 2018, Dunedin, New Zealand. "The World Flora Online: Resolving Name Identifiers", Flora Malesiana 10, Edinburgh, UK, July, 2016. "The World Flora Online: An Update", Global Plants Initiative Annual Meeting, Panama City, Panama, September, 2014; Botany 2015, Edmonton, Canada, July, 2015; and Caryophyllales 2015, Berlin, Germany, September, 2015. World Flora Online Technical Working Group Workshops. Berlin, Germany, May 2013; Edinburgh, Scotland, November 2013; St. Petersburg, Russia, June 2014; Geneva, Switzerland, January, 2015; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 2015; New York City, USA, April 2016. Pro-iBiosphere Workshops, Leiden, Netherlands; Berlin, Germany; Meise, Belgium, 2013-14. "A World Flora Online by 2020", AETFAT 2014, Stellenbosch, South Africa, January, 2014; TDWG Annual Meeting 2013, Florence, Italy. "The World Flora Online: Achieving Target 1 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation", Flora Malesiana Conference, Bogor, Indonesia, August, 2013. "The World Flora Online Project", The Herb Society of America, St. Louis, MO, June, 2013. "Persistent Identifiers and Links Between Them: Building the Cross-Ref Analogue for Biodiversity Data", Pro-iBiosphere Workshop, Berlin, Germany, May, 2013. "Defining a Darwin Core Archive Standard for the World Flora Online". Workshop of the World Flora Online Technical Working Group, Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum, Berlin, Germany, May, 2013. "Using iPads to Manage the Living Collection at Missouri Botanical Garden", Mobile Data Collaboration: Partnering in a Mobile World Workshop, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, May, 2013. "Attribution, Rights and Licensing at Missouri Botanical Garden", Global Names Attribution, Rights and Licensing Workshop, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, April, 2013. "The World Flora Online: Technical Aspects", Global Plants Initiative Annual Meeting, Panama City, Panama, January, 2013. "Technical Issues in Integrating Databases", DNA Banking Workshop, Missouri Botanical Garden, January, 2013. "Biodiversity Information Standards: Update from TDWG", International Union of Biological Sciences 31st General Assembly, Suzhou, China, July, 2012. Semantics for Biodiversity Informatics Workshop, Kansas University, Lawrence, KS, 2012. "The World Flora Online", Workshops conducted at Missouri Botanical Garden, July, 2012. "Update on The Plant List", Global Plants Initiative Annual Meeting, Madrid, Spain, April, 2012. International Data Curation Conference, Workshop on Domain Names and Persistence, Bristol, UK 2011. The State of TDWG”, TDWG Annual Meeting, New Orleans, October, 2011. "Plant Name Services Using Tropicos" and "The Plant List", International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia, July, 2011. Finding Aids and Names Lists for use in GPI and JSTOR Plant Science”, Global Plants Initiative Annual Meeting, Panama City, Panama, 2011. The Plant List: A Working List of All Known Plant Species, Methods and Issues Arising. A Joint Effort of RBG, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden”, 4th Global Botanic Gardens Congress, Dublin, Ireland, 2010. Asteraceae Workshop, Biodiversity Synthesis Center, Field Museum, Chicago, IL, 2010. NESCENT Meeting on US Biodiversity Collections Strategic Plan, Durham, NC, 2010. A Name List for LAPI (and GPI)”, Global Plants Initiative Annual Meeting, Medellin, Colombia, 2009. Biodiversity Roadmapping Workshop, Natural History Museum, London, UK, 2009. GBIF Workshop on LSID-GUID Standards, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2009. Creative Commons – Have Your Copyright and Share It Too” and “Data Exchange Standards – The Case for Being Stupidly Simple”, TDWG Biodiversity Information Standards Meeting, Freemantle, Australia, 2008. GBIF/EOL Nomina N Workshop on Creation of a Global Names Architecture, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, 2008. The Encyclopedia of Life and Plant Pages” Workshops conducted at BGCI 2nd World Scientific Congress: Challenges in Botanical Research and Climate Change, Delft, Netherlands and at Botany 2008, Vancouver, Canada, 2008."Navigating the Brave New World of eTaxonomy", TDWG Biodiversity Information Standards Meeting, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2007. Botanicus: Providing global access to digitized taxonomic reference literature”, 3rd Global Botanical Garden Congress, Wuhan, China, 2007. Tropicos: Supporting Latin American Checklists and Flora” Presented to international workshop Flora Brasiliensis: challenges and opportunities, Florianopolis, Brazil, 2006. International Compositae Alliance workshop on World Compositae Checklist project, Barcelona, Spain, 2006. Workshop on TDWG Globally Unique Identifiers for Biodiversity Information, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2006. Tropicos in Taxonomic Toil: Daucus or Ferula?” Presented at the Taxonomic Databases Working Group Biodiversity Informatics Meeting, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2005. Tropicos: The Next Generation” Poster at the International Botanical Congress, Vienna, Austria, 2005. From Ink to Electrons” GBIF workshop, Chania, Greece, 2005. Workshop on Establishing a Comprehensive Database for Plant Systematics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2004. Taxonomic Databases at Missouri Botanical Garden” Presented at the Workshop on Regional Cooperation on Conservation of Biodiversity Hotspots of the Indian Subcontinent and Taxonomy Databases for Conservation, Bangalore, India, 2004. Tropicos: The Next Generation” Presented at the TDWG Annual Meeting, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2004.
Community Service Financial Advisory Committee and Revenue Subcommittee, Webster Groves School District, 2003-2017. Adult leader, Troop 303, Boy Scouts of America. 2004 – 2010.