Lisa Johnston

Position title: Director of Data Governance


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Lisa R. Johnston is the director of Data Governance in the Office of Data Management and Analytics Services leading the campus program and policy for institutional data. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison in March 2022, Johnston was the lead of Research Data Services at the University of Minnesota Library and served in numerous roles including director of the Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM) and founder and PI for the Data Curation Network (, a Alfred P Sloan funded multi-institutional collaboration of academic, non-profit, and funder-based data repositories that became a fully sustainable organization in 2021. Johnston specialized in developing campus research cyberinfrastructure, teaching and educating on data literacy, data management, and data ethics, and her research includes developing tools and best practices for data curation workflows that results in findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR) data. Author of several books and dozens of articles in the field of data management, Johnston is certified as a Digital Archives Specialist from the Society of American Archivists, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics and a Master of Library Science (MLS), both from Indiana University. In her free time she enjoys bike commuting, board games, and home renovation projects.

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