Dr. David Martinsen served at the American Chemical Society (ACS) for over 30 years, prior to retiring in 2016. He worked in various capacities in the Publications Division. Most recently, he was responsible for tracking new technologies and planning for their incorporation into the scholarly publishing environment, and had a specific focus on policies related to publication of research data associated with articles. Prior to joining ACS, David worked for a chemical software/database company, with responsibilities in database curation and in the development and maintenance of online search/retrieval systems for chemical data. He earned a PhD degree in physical chemistry from the University of Minnesota, has served as Chair of the Committee for Printed on Electronic Publications of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), Chair of the ACS CINF Division, and co-Chair of the NISO/NFAIS Supplemental Journal Materials Technical Working Group. He is currently on the Editorial Board of Chemistry International, co-Chair of IUPAC's Subcommittee on Cheminformatics Data Standards, and a member of the Research Data Alliance Chemistry Research Data Interest Group.