Pascal-Nicolas Becker

Pascal-Nicolas Becker studied computer science at Freie Universität Berlin. In 2006 he began to work at Cooperative Library Network Berlin-Brandenburg where he hosted more than 30 repositories. Since 2012 he is working at Technische Universität Berlin where he builds a repository for research data and publications. He contributed to the development of OPUS 4 and DSpace.

Dr. Christoph Böhme

Christoph Böhme is a researcher at the IT department of the German National Library. 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 Böhme works at the German National Library as head of a software development group. His research interests are in the application of semantic web technology in libraries and in software systems for meta-data processing in the cultural heritage domain. His current work focuses on infrastructure and tools for linked data processing in libraries.

Michael Büchner

Michael Büchner is a researcher at the IT department of the Germany National Library and working for the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. He studied Computer Science and Library and Information Science at the universities of Jena, Erfurt and Leipzig, Germany. Michael Büchner is a member of the coordination team at the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, which is responsible for the coordination of the further development of the portal. His focus is on the technical development and evaluation, persistent identifiers and authority files connected with the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. Beside that Michael Büchner was engaged as developer in the project of Entity Facts at the Germany National Library.

Valentine Charles

Valentine Charles is a Data R&D coordinator for Europeana. She is responsible for advising, sharing knowledge and communicates Europeana’s scientific coordination and R&D activities. She is also coordinating the further development and adoption of the Europeana Data Model.

Pascal Christoph

Pascal Christoph studied computational linguistics at the University of Cologne. He worked as consultant, system administrator and software developer. 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 LOD working on lobid. Twitter. Blog.

Kerstin Diwisch

Kerstin Diwisch participates in the research project The digital archive of the Pina Bausch Foundation at the Institute for Communication and Media (ikum), University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt in Darmstadt, Germany. There, she studies for her masters’ degree in information science. Previously, after working for several years as a software engineer, she completed her bachelors’ degree in information science. Her research interests focus on the application of semantic technologies and she has been involved in several Linked Data research projects.

Evelyn Dröge

Evelyn Dröge works as research assistant at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science (IBI) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She has studied information science and language technology at the Heinrich Heine university Düsseldorf and is currently working on her PhD in library and information science which focuses on the evaluation of ontology matching tools. She works in the Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana (DM2E) project, mainly on the DM2E model, and is involved in the DCMI RDF Application Profiles Task Group.

Nuno Freire

Nuno Freire holds a PhD in Informatics and Computer Engineering. During his entire career, he has been involved in data oriented projects in the area of digital libraries. His areas of interest include information systems, information retrieval, information extraction, data quality, and knowledge representation, particularly in their application to digital libraries and bibliographic data. During the last five years, at The European Library, he conducted the governance and utilization of the aggregated data from European national bibliographies and other library collections, via data integration, processing, analysis, and data mining.

Tom Grahame

Tom Grahame is Data Architect for the BBC Future Media Sport website which publishes up to 180 new pieces of annotated content a day. His work has involved developing BBC Sport's Linked Data powered dynamic index pages, a master metadata approach facilitated by the Linked Data Sport API and producing a data architecture that enables the integration of schedule and results feeds for major events including the Winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games and FIFA World Cup. Prior to the BBC Tom was an Institutional Repository Software Developer at the John Ryland's library, the University of Manchester and has also held positions at the Manchester Metropolitan University and the Edward Boyle Library, University of Leeds.

Martynas Jusevičius

M.Sc. Martynas Jusevičius is co-founder of UAB Linked Data in Lithuania and a software developer with 10+ years of development experience specializing in XML and Semantic Web technologies. He studied at Vilnius University (Lithuania) as well as IT University of Copenhagen (Denmark). Martynas is the lead developer of Graphity Linked Data Platform and actively participates in bootstrapping the Open Data movement in Lithuania and EU.

Markus Krötzsch

Markus Krötzsch is an Emmy Noether research group leader at the Department of Computer Science of the Technical University of Dresden. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2010, and thereafter worked as a researcher and departmental lecturer at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Oxford until October 2013. Markus has been instrumental in the development of Wikipedia's free knowledge base Wikidata. He is co-developer of several successful software projects (including the ELK reasoner for OWL EL and the popular semantic content management system Semantic MediaWiki) and co-editor of the W3C OWL 2 specification. His research has contributed to the fields of lightweight and rule-based ontology languages, query answering, reasoning complexity, and content management and integration platforms for the Web of Data.

Eric Miller

Dr. Eric Miller is co-founder and president of Zepheira and serves as an adviser to businesses and other organizations providing insights on the evolution of the Web. Until 2007, Eric led the Semantic Web Initiative for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT. Eric's responsibilities included the architectural and technical leadership in the design and deployment of the Semantic Web. He also focused on developing open source tools based on Semantic Web technologies that improve access and reuse of digital resources. Previously, Eric was a Senior Research Scientist at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio and the co-founder of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI). In 2011, Zepheira partnered with Library of Congress to produce a Linked Data model for bibliographic data (BIBFRAME) that meets the needs of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and Resource Description and Access (RDA) while setting the stage for broader access and use of bibliographic information as Linked Data. In July 2014, Zepheira launched the Libhub Initiative, which aims to use the BIBFRAME Linked Data model to increase the Web visibility library assets.

Jens Mittelbach

Jens Mittelbach is Head of User Services and Information at the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB) and has been involved in a number of library and research infrastructure projects. He is interested in Open Science principles, semantic web technologies and novel forms of information retrieval. He holds a PhD in English literature and a Master degree in Library and Information Science.

Joachim Neubert

Joachim Neubert works as a scientific software developer at the ZBW German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics. He published the STW Thesaurus for Economics and the 20th Century Press Archives as Linked Open Data and developed linked data based web services for economics. As an “invited expert”, he took an active part in the Library Linked Data Incubator Group of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). He is exploring the potential of CMS based LOD publishing, particularly in the Drupal-based ZBW Labs web site, and is working on the integration of knowledge organization systems into applications and on mappings between such systems.

Felix Ostrowski

Felix Ostrowski studied Technology Communication, an interdisciplinary combination of communication and computer science. Since 2008 he has been working on a wide range of topics in the field of library and information science, among them distributed information systems and long term digital archives. Giving up his position as a research assistant at Humboldt University of Berlin, he founded graphthinking in 2013 and is since working as a Linked Data architect and consultant.

Adrian Pohl

Adrian has been working at the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Center (hbz) and promoting open knowledge since 2008. He is primarily working on hbz's linked open data service lobid focussing on project management, metadata and vocabularies. He has been on the SWIB organizing team since 2011. Twitter. Blog

Johann Rolschewski

Johann Rolschewski has been working at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin since 2006. He is in charge of the system support of the Zeitschriftendatenbank (ZDB) with a main focus on APIs and data formats. Johann has studied Biology at the FU Berlin and has a Master degree in Computer Science from TFH Berlin. He is an active contributor to the Catmandu data toolkit.

Cristina Sarasua

Cristina Sarasua studied Computer Engineering at the University of the Basque Country (Spain). She also holds a Master’s degree in Innovation and Technology Management from the University of Deusto (Spain). Cristina is currently a researcher at the Institute for Web Sciences and Technologies (WeST), in the University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany). She is working on her PhD about the application of microtask crowdsourcing to data interlinking in the context of the Web of Data.

Dan Scott

Dan Scott has been a systems librarian at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada since 2006. He contributes to a number of open source efforts, such as the Evergreen library system, PHP's File_MARC module, the Fedora Linux distribution, and the Mozilla Developer Network. Recently, Dan was elected Vice-President of the Ontario Library Information Technology Association, and was co-ordinating editor for issue 25 of the Code4Lib Journal. His research interests include publishing and consuming structured data on the web and integrating open source software and methodology into academic institutions.

Juliane Stiller

Juliane Stiller is a researcher at Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt-University in Berlin where she works in the EU-funded project Europeana Version 3 on multilingual best practices. She also studies researchers' needs in virtual research environments in the project DARIAH-DE at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. She obtained a doctoral degree in information science at Humboldt-University evaluating interactions in cultural heritage digital libraries. Prior to her research at the university, she worked several years at Google in Dublin, Ireland, as a search quality analyst.

Osma Suominen

Osma Suominen is currently working as information systems specialist in the ONKI project at the National Library of Finland, setting up the Finto.fi thesaurus and ontology service and leading development of the Skosmos vocabulary browser used in Finto. He is currently also assisting FAO (UN), CABI (UK), and NAL (US) in creating a Global Agricultural Concept Scheme by merging their existing thesauri, using Linked Data tools and approaches. Osma Suominen earned his doctoral degree at Aalto University while doing research on semantic portals and quality of controlled vocabularies within the FinnONTO series of projects. His past accomplishments include the Skosify vocabulary analysis and quality improvement tool, and data.aalto.fi, the Linked Data service of Aalto University.

Jakob Voß

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 has just finished a PhD about general patterns in data structuring and description. At GBV Jakob is working on the transition of closed library systems to a service oriented architecture. This is 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, BEACON, and DAIA. He blogs at jakoblog.de and tweets as @nichtich.

Richard Wallis

Distinguished thought leader in Semantic Web and Linked Data, Richard joined OCLC in 2012 as Technology Evangelist to focus and share Linked Data developments. He has been at the forefront of the emergence of these technologies in the information world for over 20 years. He is Chair of the W3C Schema Bib Extend Community Group and evangelist for the adoption of Linked Data in libraries and wider Web. He has an international reputation for insightful and entertaining keynote sessions at library, Web, and Semantic Web focused events. He is a pragmatist who believes in searching for implementable solutions.

Dan Whaley

Dan Whaley is the founder of Hypothes.is, a non-profit, open source platform for the collaborative annotation and peer-review of information. His prime motivation is to see the amazing things humanity is capable of at its best. In 1995, together with his father and a close friend, Dan launched the first web-based travel reservation system and the company around it - Internet Travel Network. It went public in 1999 as GetThere with 500 employees and was sold to Sabre in 2000. It is still the Internet's largest B2B transaction system by revenue.

Henri Ylikotila

Henri Ylikotila works as a software developer building the Skosmos browser at the National Library of Finland. Before joining the National Library of Finland he worked at Aalto university as a research assistant, developing the earlier iterations of Skosmos. His educational background is in computer science.

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