Chris Mavergames - Head of Informatics & Technology (IT) Services/Chief Information Officer

My job is to provide vision and leadership for Cochrane’s informatics, technology, and knowledge management functions: encouraging and inspiring innovation, and developing and overseeing the enterprise information architecture and overall information and data strategies of the organisation in a manner that is efficient and cost-effective and that it aligns with the business goals, the strategic aims, and the operational activities of the organisation.

I’m responsible for managing a department with teams and staff based in six countries managing software, systems, tools, and websites for both the Central Executive Team (CET) and the organisation worldwide. I oversee these systems with an eye on “business performance” and maximising return on investment and maximising their impact on commercialisation plans lead by Cochrane Innovations. I serve on the Senior Management Team, the Publishing Management Team and work closely with others across the CET to manage our relationship with our publisher, Wiley, including aligning our technology platforms. In addition, I advise the CEO, Editor-in-Chief, the Senior Management Team, and the Steering Group on relevant issues, strategies, and trends in the IT and knowledge management industry. In addition, I oversee the wider “ecosystem” for review production including our relationships with partners like Covidence, EPPI-Reviewer and serve on the Project Transform Executive and co-lead two projects within that programme of work.


Data Curation and Centralised Search Team

Deirdre Beecher - Senior Metadata Specialist

As senior metadata specialist I lead a group of annotators, liaise with Quality Assurance (QA) Information Specialists,  and together we work on the semantic annotation of Cochrane reviews with the PICO framework.
I also engage and liaise with the Cochrane Information Specialists community who are essential to the development of procedures for specific domains. Together with our PICO annotation team, I advise on features for our toolset and develop annotation guidance documentation.


Susi Wisniewski - Data Curation Specialist

As Data Curation Specialist, my time is spent developing, maintaining, and organizing data feeds for Cochrane projects, specifically the Evidence Pipeline, the Centralised Search Service, Cochrane Crowd and the COVID-19 Register.


Lorne Becker - Consultant on Linked Data Project

An external consultant, who supports IT Services with the Linked Data project.


Carol Friesen - Metadata Specialist

My job is to annotate systematic reviews and studies using tools within the PICO framework, assist with the development of annotation guidance documentation, and work closely with Cochrane Information Specialists to annotate their Group’s reviews. I also work part-time with Cochrane Neonatal as their Information Specialist.


Anna Last - Medical Terminology Manager

My responsibilities lie with all things concerned with the development and maintenance of the Cochrane Terminology and Ontology. I support the semantic annotation of Cochrane reviews and studies and work on product development, including the development of applications for searching, browsing and data visualization.


Review Production Team

Gert van Valkenhoef - IT Development Manager

My job is to provide technical leadership for Cochrane's internal and external IT projects. This includes monitoring the overall architecture to identify risks and opportunities, documenting how everything fits together in the Cochrane ecosystem, and helping to design or re-design systems to better align with Cochrane's needs and goals. I oversee the internal and external software development and operations, and report to the head of department on their progress.


Olga Ahtirschi - Scrum Master and Quality Assurance Specialist

The Scrum Master does anything possible to help the team perform at their highest level. This involves removing any impediments to progress, facilitating meetings, particularly retrospectives, and working with the product owner(s) to make sure the product backlog(s) are in good shape and ready for the next sprint.
The Quality Assurance Specialist is a team member in the Review Production Scrum Team and contributes primarily to preparation of testable acceptance criteria, grooming meetings, and manual and automatic tests.
Many thanks in advance.


Rebecka Hall – Product Owner of RevMan

My job is to act as the node where needs from authors and the Cochrane community, meets the technical experience and innovation of the Review Production Team. The goal is to build software that truly supports authors in the review writing process and correlates with Cochrane's strategy. We achieve this by evaluating value and effort for every feature, releasing frequently and bringing our users into the development loop.
If you have an idea or suggestion related to RevMan Web, I am the person to go to.


Sayli Kendole - Software Test Engineer

My job is to support in delivering a quality product. This requires an in depth understanding of the product and how it's used. I design and execute automated and manual test cases to ensure that the acceptance criteria are met. I report bugs identified in the product and ensure their closure.


Rasmus Moustgaard - Senior System Architect

My job is to develop software for Cochrane, and I take part in both planning and programming work. I was the only developer of RevMan until around 2010, and then I worked mostly on Archie and related projects for a number of years. Now I have returned to RevMan with the major project of moving RevMan into a web browser (RevMan Web). When I don't program I participate in meetings and discussions between CEU, Wiley, Metaxis, Covidence and others about the implementation of new projects.


Mark Nkaoua - Software Developer

My job is to develop software for Cochrane, and I take part in both planning and programming work. I write code for new features, improvements, and bug fixes, and participate in planning and roadmapping. I am interested in developing tools that support statistical studies and the decision making process, and how to design user-friendly software that can be used in the most efficient and intuitive way.


Peter Østergaard James - Software Developer

My job is developing RevMan Web together with the rest of the Review Production team. I write code for new features, improvements, and bug fixes, and participate in planning and roadmapping. I'm interested in the interface between technical decisions and user value, and ensuring the quality, legibility, maintainability and extendability of our code.


System Administration

Javier Mayoral - Senior Systems Administrator

My job is to supervise the smooth running of Cochrane IT Operations, systems and infrastructure including all our servers, computers and related software, maximizing uptime and availability, and advising the Informatics & Technology (IT) Services staff on best practice to ensure robustness of our systems. I provide Cochrane relevant data upon request for Cochrane and non-Cochrane staff. In addition, I am responsible for IT support and provision for the Cochrane Central Executive Team.


Daniel Prada - Senior Systems Administrator

My job is to help to support the smooth running of Cochrane’s systems and IT infrastructure managed by IT Services, being responsible of managing and maintaining computers, servers, software and network services while we improve their technology and efficiency; providing IT support to Cochrane Central Executive, including investigating and troubleshooting issues efficiently and communicating technical information where required in an accessible way to non-technical people.


Paulina Bojarska - Junior Systems Administrator

My responsibilities lie with providing front and second-line technical support to the Cochrane Central Executive Team. My role involves investigation and troubleshooting of IT-related problems, maintaining daily operation of security systems. Within my remit is to manage and sustain Cochrane IT infrastructure, systems and application software, network services and data on behalf of Informatics & Technology Services Department.


Web Team

Martin Janczyk - Senior Software Engineer

My job is to develop and maintain Event Manager, our software used for our annual conference, together with around 150+ Cochrane websites. I make sure those websites stay healthy and responsive and decide on software used on their web servers. My main focus is development of new features on, and


Paolo Rosati - Web Operations Manager

My job is to manage the Web Operations team of the Cochrane IT Services in order to ensure that projects are delivered on-time as per the technical specifications. I also provide support to websites' webmasters and to their users.