Daniel Bahls earned his degree in computer science from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. While working as a student research assistant at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, he became familiar with Semantic Web research. This subject took on greater significance during his subsequent position at the Knowledge Technology department at MIMOS, Malaysia. Since 2011, Daniel works at the Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW) where he investigates solutions for a research data infrastructure for the economic sciences.
Emmanuelle Bermès is currently Project Manager for the Centre Pompidou digital museum project. From 2003 to 2011, she worked at the National library of France, first in digital libraries, then in metadata management. She also worked as an expert within Europeana and contributed to design the Europeana Data Model. In 2010-11, Emmanuelle was a co-chair of the Library Linked Data W3C incubator group. She is the convener of the Semantic Web special interest group (SWSIG) within IFLA.
Dr. Timo Borst has received his Master of Computer Science from Technical University, Berlin, and his PhD degree in Political Sciences with a focus on empirical linguistic research from University of Marburg, Germany. His main topics are infrastructures for e-science, repositories and Semantic Web. He is working at ZBW and Head of the department for Innovative Information Systems and Publishing Technologies (IIPT).
Christoph Böhme is a researcher at the IT department of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. He studied computer science in Ilmenau (Germany) and received a PhD in Psychology from the University of Birmingham (UK). His PhD research was on computational modelling of selective attention for action. Christoph worked in the CONTENTUS use case of the nationally funded THESEUS project. The use case targeted semantic multimedia search in cultural heritage collections. Christoph Böhme's research interests are in the application of semantic web technology in libraries and in novel user interfaces for information retrieval systems in the cultural heritage domain. His current work focuses on infrastructure and tools for linked data processing in libraries.
Pascal Christoph studied computational linguistics at the University of Cologne. He worked two years at the anykey GmbH. Since 2008 he is employed at the North RhineWestphalian Library Service Center (hbz) as developer and administrator of Open Source software with the scope of search engines and Linked Open Data. ( blog )
Prof. Dr. Philipp Cimiano is full professor of computer science at the University of Bielefeld and leads the Semantic Computing group at CITEC. He received his PhD in Applied Computer Science from Universität Karlsruhe, which lead to the book “Ontology Learning and Population from Text: Algorithms, Evaluation and Applications” at Springer. He has published over 60 research papers in NLP, Ontologies, Knowledge Acquisition and Semantic Web and was nominated one of “AI’s 10 to Watch” by the IEEE Intelligent Systems Magazine.
Kai Eckert is computer scientist with two master degrees from the University of Mannheim (Computer Science, Business Informatics). He worked several years as software developer, before he joined the university again to work towards a doctorate. His thesis, which he obtained in 2012, is on usage-driven maintenance of knowledge organization systems. From 2010 to 2012, Kai Eckert worked for the Mannheim University Library as subject specialist and deputy head of the IT department. Together with Magnus Pfeffer, he developed the Linked Data Service of the library, providing the first publication of a library catalogue as Linked Data in Germany. He was member of the W3C Provenance Incubator Group and the W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group. Currently, he participates in the W3C Provenance Working Group and co-chairs the DCMI Metadata Provenance Task Group. Since October 2012, he is a research associate at the Chair of Information Systems V at the University of Mannheim. There, he works for the DM2E project within Europeana.
Kevin Ford works in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office (NDMSO) at the Library of Congress. There he is a member of the six-member internal LC group shepherding the Library’s Bibliographic Framework Initiative, which will ultimately replace the MARC Communication Formats that are the foundation of nearly all library systems in operation today. Kevin is also the current project manager for the Library of Congress's Linked Data service, http://id.loc.gov. Among many other authority files and value lists, LC’s Linked Data Service publishes the LC Name Authority File, LC Subject Headings, and a number of MARC lists and ISO languages. He spends a significant amount of time modeling traditional library data in RDF for publication at ID and consulting within the Library on other vocabulary-related issues. Kevin regularly follows Linked Data and Semantic Web developments for LC; he participated in the W3C's Library Linked Data Incubator Group. He is the primary point of contact for LC's NACO (Name Authority Co-Operative) partners and provides technical support for the NACO nodes (LC, OCLC, British Library, US National Library of Medicine, and SkyRiver).
Markus M. Geipel studied Computer Science at Technische Universität München (University of Technology, Munich) and the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating from the Technische Universität München with highest distinction, he additionally earned a doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He joined the German National Library in 2011 and currently works on the culturegraph.org project as well as the German Digital Library (DDB).
Prof. Asunción Gómez-Pérez earned a PhD in Computer Science in 1993. She is Full Professor at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), director of the Department for Artificial Intelligence and director of the Ontology Engineering Group at UPM. Before joining UPM, she was visitor at the Knowledge Systems Laboratory at Stanford University (1994-1995). She coordinated and participated in more than 15 EU projects. She has done extensive research on ontologies and the semantic Web and has published more than 150 papers and a book on Ontological Engineering.
Daniel Kinzler has been a Wikipedia editor since 2004 and contributed to the MediaWiki software since 2005. Since finishing his diploma in Computer Science in 2008, he has been working as a software developer for Wikimedia Germany. Besides his work for Wikimedia, he has been a contractor in the fields of data extraction and semantic integration. In 2012, he became the lead developer for the Wikidata project.
Lukas Koster is Library Systems Coordinator at the Library of the University of Amsterdam, responsible for digital library information systems. After a degree in sociology and additional training in ICT, he worked as systems designer and developer in institutions of higher education and scientific information. Since 2003 he has been working with library search and discovery systems at the National Library of the Netherlands and the University of Amsterdam. He has been involved in the International Group of Ex Libris Users IGeLU and its predecessor SMUG (SFX/MetaLib User Group) since 2005. Together with Beate Rusch he started the SFX/MetaLib newsletter SMUG-4-EU. He is now coordinator of the new IGeLU Linked Open Data Special Interest Working Group.
Dr. Atif Latif has received his PhD degree in Computer Science from Graz University of Technology, Austria. His main research areas are Linked Open Data, Social Semantic Web and Digital Libraries. Since 2012, Atif works at the Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW) where he investigates solutions for applying Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies in digital library settings.
Philipp Mayr is a postdoctoral researcher and team leader at GESIS in the Department Knowledge Technologies for the Social Sciences. Since October 2009 he teaches as a visiting professor for knowledge representation at University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt Department of Information Science & Engineering. Since November 2004 he has been working in the internationally recognized projects "Competence Center Modeling and Treatment of Heterogeneity" (KoMoHe) and "Value-Added Services for Information Retrieval" (IRM) as a researcher and principal investigator. He is member of the editorial board of the journals Scientometrics and Information Wissenschaft & Praxis.
Helmut Nagy studied Media Studies & Communication Science and German Philology at the University of Vienna (Austria). In the course of his studies he specialized in Information & Documentation and Knowledge Management and finished his studies with a diploma thesis on "Knowledge Management and the Semantic Web". He is consultant at the Semantic Web Company with strong expertise in the fields of controlled vocabularies and metadata management. Furthermore he is responsible for documentation and quality management for the PoolParty product family.
Felix Ostrowski has been a research assistant in the field of long-term digital preservation at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science of Humboldt University since 2011. He is also a freelance Linked Data architect and consultant, building upon his experience gathered while working at the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Center (hbz) until 2010. Felix has studied technology communication (language and communication studies, computer science) at RWTH Aachen University. He sometimes tweets and rarely or never blogs.
Magnus Pfeffer studied computer science at Kaiserslautern University where he graduated in 2003. He then joined Mannheim University Library as subject specialist and deputy head of Digital Library Services. Among other projects, and together with Kai Eckert, he there established an experimental Linked Data service for library data. In 2011 he became a professor at Stuttgart Media University (HdM). His research interest includes automatic indexing, large-scale metadata management and Linked Open Data in the library domain.
Adrian Pohl has been working at the Cologne-based North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Center (hbz) since 2008. His main focuses are Open Data, Linked Data and its conceptual, theoretical and legal implications. Since June 2010 Adrian has been coordinating the Open Knowledge Foundation's Working Group on Open Bibliographic Data. Adrian has studied communication science and philosophy in Aachen and owns a Master degree in Library and Information Science from Cologne University of Applied Science. He writes at Übertext Blog, openbiblio.net and on Twitter about the internet, libraries and metadata and Linked Open Data.
Asgeir Rekkavik, age 41, lives in Oslo, Norway. He is a reference librarian and cataloguer at Oslo public library. Since 2007 he is involved in several RDF and linked data related projects.
Dominique Ritze is a project employee at the Mannheim University Library. Currently, she is working on the InFoLiS project. Her research focuses on ontology matching as well as semantic technologies and Linked Data. Moreover, she is involved in the creation of a new Linked Data service at the Mannheim University Library.
Benjamin Rokseth, age 35, lives in Oslo, Norway. He is a system administrator and library hacker and involved in the Linux thin clients project, meta-data conversion and RDF modeling.
Johann Schaible is a research associate at GESIS and works on the STARDAT Project, where he is part of a team for designing and implementing a system for data and metadata archiving and management. As a researcher he is involved in publishing data as Linked Data, specialized in the topics LOD, Link Detection, Ontology Engineering, Ontology Evaluation, and Ontology suggestion. Currently Johann is working on a system, which suggests terms from established vocabularies, for expressing entities in RDF.
Daniel Vila-Suero is the UPM leader of the project datos.bne.es. He participated in the W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group, where he was the main editor of one of the reports published by the group.
Jon Voss has innovated solutions and community engagement on “big picture” problems for 15 years. In the mid-‘90s, his early work on social responsibility led him to develop new business practices for music festivals and rock stars through his work with the Tibetan Freedom Concerts and artists like the Beastie Boys, David Crosby, and Wyclef Jean. A decade later, he helped religious communities and other institutions develop and implement technology infrastructure and strategies that fit with their beliefs, cultures, and daily practice. He served as the IT Director for the San Francisco Zen Center before running his own IT consulting firm for 7 years. Today, Jon is the Historypin Strategic Partnerships Director at We Are What We Do, a global not-for-profit behavior change agency. He is helping to build an open ecosystem of historical data across libraries, archives, and museums worldwide through his work with Historypin and as one of the organizers of the International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, and Museums Summit.
Jakob Voß works in research and development at the head office of the Common Library Network (Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund, GBV) in Göttingen. He graduated in Library and Information Science and in Computer Science at Humboldt University Berlin. Jakob was actively involved in the early development of Wikipedia and Wiki research. Other research areas include Social Tagging, Semantic Web and Data Modeling. He is currently writing a PhD about general patterns in data structuring. At GBV Jakob is mainly working on the transition of closed library systems to a service oriented architecture. This is mainly achieved by specification and implementation of APIs and by development and propagation of Open Source software. The current work includes transformation of library information, such as holdings, availability, patrons, and loans, to RDF and its publication as Linked Open Data and by use-oriented APIs. Specifications created by Jakob include SeeAlso and DAIA. He blogs at jakoblog.de and tweets as @nichtich.
Since July 2009 Romain Wenz is a curator at the French national Library (BnF), working as a metadata expert at the Bibliographical and Digital Technology Information Department (IBN). This department is in charge of the metadata (both for books and for digital content). Work is done on the standards, production, and development of the authority files. As the head of the "data.bnf.fr" product, he is responsible for the building and developing of this site. Romain Wenz has a traditional Librarian background: He graduated from the Ecole nationale des Chartes (ENC) with a degree in Archives management (thesis in medieval history), from the French national Library school (ENSSIB, degree of state chief librarian), and from the Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Master's degree in history).
Gerd Zechmeister studied Information Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Eisenstadt (Austria) and worked as Marketing- and Communications Manager at DIGI-TEXX (Data Entry and Text Recognition Services) in Vietnam before joining the Austrian National Library to coordinate the evaluation and demonstration of software tools along the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) workflow in the IMPACT project. He is Research & Development Manager at the Semantic Web Company and introduces innovative features into the product development of the PoolParty suite.