Chris Mavergames

Head of Informatics & Technology (IT) Services/Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Freiburg, Germany  • ORCID • chrismavergames at gmail dot com

keywords knowledge management, information architecture, web development, user-centred design, linked data, enterprise content management, information science, evidence-based health care, online publishing


Senior technology leader with a background in knowledge management, information architecture, web development, and database management. I specialise in leveraging technology to improve the user experience of navigating and using data, information, and knowledge via websites and software to achieve organisational goals. My areas of expertise include knowledge and information management, web and enterprise content management, information retrieval, online publishing, web development, and linked data technologies.


My background is in information science, information architecture, and knowledge management with an emphasis on web and application development, database and metadata management, and information retrieval. Most recently, my focus has been on software development and systems, including the use of linked data technologies, in the area of evidence-based health care.

Currently, I am Head of Informatics and Knowledge Management/Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Cochrane (, a large, global non-profit healthcare knowledge organisation. I lead Cochrane's technology and knowledge management infrastructure including software and tools for evidence synthesis in health care, websites, and other tools and data services including the Cochrane Linked Data Project. I have research interests in machine learning and text mining, semantic technologies, and a real passion for metadata! I also have a personal interest in linguistics and second language learning.

Skills & Experience


  • XML and related technologies
  • Web-based content management systems (Drupal)
  • Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS), Graph databases
  • Semantic Web and linked data (RDF, RDFS, OWL, SPARQL)
  • Working knowledge of HTML5, CSS3, and other web standards
  • Photoshop, Logic, audio and video editing and other multimedia applications

Knowledge management

  • Information architecture and knowledge management
  • Enterprise Content Management and content strategy
  • Online publishing, metadata schema
  • User-centred design and agile development
  • Taxonomies, thesauri and controlled vocabularies
  • Semantic Web and linked data theory and application


  • English: native speaker
  • French and German: near fluent
  • Spanish: basic knowledge

Work Experience

Aug 2013-Present
The Cochrane Collaboration, Freiburg, DE/London, UK: Head of Informatics & Knowledge Management/Chief Information Officer (CIO)

2012-July 2013
The Cochrane Collaboration, Freiburg, DE: Director of Web Development

The Cochrane Collaboration, Freiburg, DE: Web Operations Manager/Information Architect

The Cochrane Collaboration, Freiburg, DE: Assistant Manager of Web Development

Jan-Oct 2006
British Library, London, UK: Metadata Librarian, Archival Sound Recordings Digitisation Project

NYC College of Technology - CUNY, Brooklyn, New York, USA: Director of Multimedia Services, Librarian and Webmaster

Time Inc., Research Center, New York, New York, USA: Research Assistant, Database Management Group

Fortune Magazine, New York, New York, USA: Research Assistant, Fortune Conferences Division

CNN, Turner Broadcasting, Atlanta, Georgia, USA: Contracts Coordinator

University of Georgia Library, Athens, Georgia, USA: Library Assistant, Cataloguing and Interlibrary Loan Unit


Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), New York, New York, USA
Post-graduate studies in linguistics culminating in a Master's Thesis.

Long Island University, Palmer School of Library and Information Science, New York, USA.
Degree: Master of Science in Library and Information Science. Graduated in 2002.

University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA.
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in English; Minor in French; music studies. Graduated in 1996.

Awards & Affiliations

Recipient, Chris Silagy prize, 2010
An annual prize awarded that recognizes “an extraordinary contribution to the work of The Cochrane Collaboration”.

Member, PLoS ONE Editorial Board
I have served as an Academic Editor for PLoS ONE since 2008.

Member, European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL)
Member since 2007 and serve on the Web 2.0 Task Force.

Recent Publications

Thomas J, McDonald S, Noel-Storr A, Shemilt I, Elliott J, Mavergames C, Marshall I. Machine learning reduced workload with minimal risk of missing studies: development and evaluation of a randomized controlled trial classifier for Cochrane ReviewsJournal of Clinical Epidemiology. Accepted 3 November 2020, Available online 7 November 2020.

Mavergames C, Beecher D, Becker L, Last A, Ali A. Cochrane's Linked Data Project: How it Can Advance our Understanding of Surrogate EndpointsThe Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics. 27 September 2019. Volume: 47 issue: 3, page(s): 374-380.

Mitchell A, Mavergames C. Using linked data for evidence synthesisSystematic Searching: Practical ideas for improving results. 2019. Chapter 8.

Turner T, Steele E, Mavergames C, Elliott J, Project Transform Team. Facilitating Web-Based Collaboration in Evidence Synthesis (TaskExchange): Development and AnalysisJMIR Res Protoc 2018;7(12):e188,; PMID.

Susanna Dodd, Mike Clarke, Lorne Becker, Chris Mavergames, Rebecca Fish, Paula R. Williamson. A taxonomy has been developed for outcomes in medical research to help improve knowledge discoveryJournal of Clinical Epidemiology. 2017, , ISSN 0895-4356,

James Thomas, Anna Noel-Storr, Iain Marshall, Byron Wallace, Steven McDonald, Chris Mavergames, Paul Glasziou, Ian Shemilt, Anneliese Synnot, Tari Turner, Julian Elliott. Living systematic reviews: 2. Combining human and machine effortJournal of Clinical Epidemiology. Volume 91, 2017, Pages 31-37, ISSN 0895-4356,

Garner Paul, Hopewell Sally, Chandler Jackie, MacLehose Harriet, Schünemann Holger J, Akl Elie A et al. When and how to update systematic reviews: consensus and checklist. BMJ. 2016; 354 :i3507.

Mavergames C, Elliott, J. Living Systematic Reviews: towards real-time evidence for health-care decision-making. BMJ Clinical Evidence Blog. 12 May 2016.

Slaughter L, Berntsen CF, Brandt L, Mavergames C. D-Lib Magazine. January/February 2015; Volume 21, Number 1/2.

Elliott J, Turner T, Clavisi O, Thomas J, Higgins J, Mavergames C, Gruen R. Living Systematic Reviews: An Emerging Opportunity to Narrow the Evidence-Practice Gap. PLoS Medicine, 18 February 2014: 11(2): e1001603.

Mavergames C, Becker L, Oliver, S. Proceedings of the European Semantic Web Conference, Montpellier, France.

Elliott JH, Mavergames C, Becker L, Meerpohl J, Thomas J, Gruen R, Tovey D. BMJ. Comment on: The automation of systematic reviews. Tsafnat G, Dunn A, Glasziou P, Coiera E. BMJ. ; 346:f139. Epub 2013 Jan 10.

Mavergames, C.  Facet Publishing. : 67-72.

Pittler, M, Mavergames, C, Antes, G. e-Health 2011: Informationstechnologien und Telematik im Gesundheitswesen. Medical Future Verlag. : 100-102.

Diener MK, Wolff RF, von Elm E, Rahbari NN, Mavergames C, Knaebel HP, Seiler CM, Antes G.  Surgery. ; 146(3):444-61. Epub 2009 Jun 3.

Koban D, Rothman D, Mavergames C.  Mehrsprachigkeit: lernen und lehren. Schneider Verlag Hohengehren. : 37-49.

Recent Presentations

Evidence Ecosystem Concept and Advances in Evidence Synthesis and Dissemination. Plenary talk given at the first Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town, South Africa. September 2017.

Innovate: Cochrane Future Ecosystem for Evidence Synthesis. Presentation given at the 2016 Cochrane UK & Ireland Symposium in Birmingham, UK. March 2016.

#CochraneTech Symposium 2014. Presentations given at the #CochraneTech Symposium in Hyderabad, India. October 2014.

#CochraneTech Symposium 2013. Presentations given at the #CochraneTech Symposium in Quebec, Canada. September 2013.

Presentation given at the 21st Cochrane Colloquium in Quebec, Canada. September 2013.

Presentation given at Oxford University Press 'Journals Day' session on future of medical publishing.

Presentation given at the Cochrane UK and Irish Contributors' Meeting in Loughborough, UK.

Presentation given at the 19th Cochrane Colloquium in Madrid, Spain.

Presentation given at Croatian Cochrane Symposium in Split, Croatia.

Presentation given at the EAHIL (European Association of Health Information Librarians) workshop in Dublin, Ireland.

Presentation given for a course offered at the EAHIL (European Association of Health Information Librarians) workshop in Dublin, Ireland.