Nassib Nassar joined Index Data ApS in 2015 as senior product manager and software engineer. Prior to Index Data, Nassib served in various roles in science computing, high performance computing and information retrieval. He spent 8 years at the University of North Carolina, Renaissance Computing Institute (Chapel Hill, NC) as a senior research scientist. For 9 years, he was founder and president of Etymon Systems Inc. (Princeton, NJ), an open source software company. He also served as assistant director of informatics at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Duke University (Durham, NC). Previously he spent 5 years at the Clearinghouse for Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval (Research Triangle Park, NC) developing text search software for the early Internet, including the widely used Isearch software.

Nassib is also an acclaimed classical pianist, and has performed the 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven in chronological order in a series of seven concerts. He was awarded the American Prize in Piano Performance in 2014.

Selected Articles/Talks

  • Nassar N. 2018. Machine learning in libraries: profiling research projects rather than people (blog article).

  • Nassar N. 2018. A data sharing model for decentralized research data management. Presented at the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Spring 2018 Membership Meeting, San Diego, CA.

  • Kunze J and Nassar N. 2017. The HTTP URL Mapping Protocol. Internet-Draft.

  • Nassar N. 2016. Rethinking library services: software infrastructure to stimulate innovation and collaboration. Presented at the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Spring 2016 Membership Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

  • Kunze JA, Greenberg J, Callaghan S, Guralnick R, Janee G, Murillo AP, Nassar N, Patton C, Ram K, Regetz J, Robertson T. 2013. SeaIce: a Cross-Domain Crowd-Sourced Metadata Vocabulary. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) 2013 conference, Florence, Italy, October, 2013.

  • Nassar N. 2012. Managing the long tail of science (panel). Presented at the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) conference, Chicago, IL, July, 2012.

  • Berg JS, Adams M, Nassar N, Bizon C, Lee K, Schmitt CP, Wilhelmsen KC, and Evans JP. 2012. An informatics approach to analyzing the incidentalome. Genetics in Medicine, September, 2012.

  • Porterfield A, Nassar N, and Fowler R. 2009. Multi-threaded library for many-core systems. 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Parallel & Distributed Processing, 1-8.

  • Nassar N, Kunze J, Newby GB, and Gamiel K. 2009. Sarcomere: a system for data interoperability (poster). Presented at the 5th International Digital Curation Conference, London, England, December, 2009.

  • Clements D, Osborne B, Lapp H, Liu X, McMillan WO, Nassar N, and Vision TJ. 2007. Digesting the genome glut. Presented at the Genome Informatics conference, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, November, 2007.

  • Blake C and Nassar N. 2007. Using concepts and entailment for passage retrieval from biomedical literature. Presented at the 2007 Microsoft eScience Workshop, Chapel Hill, NC, October, 2007.

  • Nassar N. 1998. Automating PDF objects for interactive publishing, Web Techniques 3, 10 (Oct.), 61–65.

  • Nassar N. 1997. Searching with Isearch, Web Techniques 2, 5 (May), 51-55.

  • Gamiel K and Nassar N. 1995. Structural components of the Isite information system. In Z39.50 Implementation Experiences, P. Over, R. Denenberg, W. E. Moen, and L. Stovel, Eds. National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 500-229, US Department of Commerce, Gaithersburg, MD, 71-74.


  • Working Group on Building Non-model Species Genome Curation Communities, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), 2013–2016

  • DataONE Metadata Working Group, 2012–2014

  • Program Committee, International Workshop on Information Retrieval in Peer-to-Peer Networks (P2PIR), ACM CIKM 2006, Arlington, VA

  • Referee for Information Processing & Management, 2006

  • Program Committee, Heterogeneous and Distributed Information Retrieval Workshop (HDIR), ACM SIGIR 2005, Salvador, Brazil

  • Referee for National Science Foundation grant reviews, 2002

  • Co-Founder, Triangle Linux Users Group (TriLUG), 1998–present