Conference Speakers


Paul Walk Paul Walk is Head of Technology Strategy & Planning, EDINA in Edinburgh, United Kingdom and Chair-Elect of the DCMI Governing Board. His career in higher education began in the early 1990s at the University of North London where he began developing with library and Web technologies. He developed a range of institutional systems, building bespoke web applications as well as partnering with major commercial suppliers to develop their products in a higher education context. Paul went on to manage enterprise-wide software development projects and developed an abiding interest in the practice and management of software development.

A change in direction in 2006 saw Paul join UKOLN at the University of Bath where, for seven years, he served the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and then its successor, Jisc, as a strategic technical advisor, with a focus in the areas of information standards development, resource discovery and digital infrastructure. In 2013, Paul joined EDINA, University of Edinburgh, as Head of Technology Strategy and Planning, an exciting new role which has placed him back into a service development and delivery environment—albeit one operating at a national as well as an institutional scale.


Ana Alice Baptista Ana Alice Baptista is a professor at the Information Systems Department and a researcher at ALGORITMI Center, both at University of Minho, Portugal. She graduated in computer engineering and has a PhD on Information Systems and Technologies. She is a member of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) Advisory Board Steering Committee and she co-chairs the DCMI Education & Outreach Committee (DC-EOC). She is also a member of the Elpub conference series Executive Committee. She participated in several R&D projects and she was an evaluator of project proposals under FP7. She has authored or co-authored more than 50 articles. Her main areas of interest include both the technological and social perspectives on metadata, Linked Data and the "open movement".



Tom Baker Thomas Baker, a member of DCMI administrative committees since 1998, served from May 2005 to January 2009 as the DCMI Director Specifications and Documentation and currently serves as the Chief Information Officer of DCMI and co-chair of the DCMI Usage Committee, which he founded in 2001. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea. He consults for Semantic Web projects, notably with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO). He has served as chair of the W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group, W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group, and as a member of the W3C Semantic Web Coordination Group (currently the W3C Data Activity Coordination Group). As a digital library researcher he has worked at the Goettingen State Library (Germany), Fraunhofer Society, and German National Research Center for Informatics (GMD), and has served as an activity lead in projects funded by the EU and the German National Science Foundation. For two years, he taught at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok. He holds an MLS from Rutgers University and an MA and PhD from Stanford University.
Alex Ball Alex Ball works as a Research Officer at UKOLN in the the UK and is attached to Digital Curation Centre (DCC) based at the University of Bath. His areas of interest include research data management with a particular focus on engineering data, the scholarly communication of data, and Web archiving. His primary interest is in scientific metadata: his publications include a Scientific Data Application Profile Scoping Study, and he is the metadata coordinator for the UK Research Data Discovery Service development project and maintainer of the DCC Disciplinary Metadata Catalogue. In connection with the latter he co-chaired the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Metadata Standards Directory Working Group. He is the production editor of the International Journal of Digital Curation.
Amy Barton Amy Barton is an Assistant Professor on the Libraries Faculty at Purdue University, USA, with a research focus in metadata, data description, data documentation, and data exchange in the context of research data. Her goal in research is to identify new approaches and applications in these areas that will optimize research data discovery and reuse, thus progressing research and scholarly communication.



Kai Eckert Kai Eckert currently serves as a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Research Group Data and Web Science at University of Mannheim. Kai Co-chairs with Valentine Charles the DCMI Technical Board providing leadership and oversight to the standing committees managing DCMI specifications. The Research Group conducts research on methods for managing, integrating and mining large-amounts of heterogeneous information within enterprise and open Web contexts. Most recently, he served as Co-Chair of DCMI's Metadata Provenance Task Group.


Jane Greenberg Jane Greenberg is the Alice B. Kroeger Professor at the Drexel University iSchool. Her research and teaching interests center on metadata, ontological engineering, and data science, with a foundation in knowledge organization and information retrieval. She currently serves as director of the College of Computing and Informatics' (CCI) Metadata Research Center, which advances research in metadata, semantics, and ontologies. Dr. Greenberg is also a senior scientist at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) in Durham North Carolina, and a 2014 Data Fellow at the National Consortium for Data Science, where she is leading a project targeting fundamental aspects of metadata capital. She also holds a post as a senior associate researcher in Knowledge Organization in the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is the project investigator (PI) on the Helping Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Engineering (HIVE) initiative, which dynamically integrates linked data terminologies and supports automatic indexing; and she is a co-PI of the Dryad repository for data underlying scientific published research.
John Kunze John Kunze is a technologist for the California Digital Library (CDL). With a background in computer science and mathematics, he wrote software that comes pre-installed on Linux and Apple operating systems. He has also contributed heavily to the standardization of URLs, Dublin Core metadata, and web archiving. John provides analysis, design, programming,leadership, and communications support for many of CDL's digital identifier and metadata activities.
Mariana Malta Mariana Malta is an Assistant Professor at Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administração do Porto/Instituto Politécnico do Porto (ISCAP/IPP), Portugal and holds a PhD in Informations Systems and Technologies from the University of Minho, Portugal. She is also a researcher at Centro ALGORITMI of University of Minho. She graduated in 1992 from Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP), Porto, Portugal. In 1996 she did a master degree in École Nationale de Ingénieurs de Brest (ENIB), Brest, France. Her doctoral thesis was developed in the framework of the Semantic Web and in the context defined by the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. She defined a method for the development of metadata Application profiles: Me4MAP. The application domain of the PhD work was the Social and Solidarity Economy. Her main areas of interest include Metadata and the Linked Open Data, and Linked Open Data in the context of SSE.
Eva Méndez Eva Méndez is a Professor at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. She has presented papers at over 70 conferences, and has been keynote speaker on 12 occasions. She has published several works including: Metadatos y Recuperación de información: estándares, problemas y aplicabilidad en bibliotecas digitales (Trea, 2002), or Knitting the Semantic Web (Haworth Press, 2007) jointly written with Jane Greenberg. She has been an active member of several international working groups and research teams on various standards for the Web and description of electronic resources. She is member of the US Academy Louis Round Wilson-Knowledge Trust and the Advisory Committee of the DCMI (Dublin Core Metadata Initiative). During the 2005-06 academic course she was a awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship at the Metadata Research Center at Chapel Hill University North Carolina (USA). Since 2006 she has participated as an independent European Commission expert on the assessment and monitoring of various projects for a number of programmes such as 7PM, ICT-PST, eContentPlus, in the fields of Europeana digital library, Technologies applied to education (TEL) and Open Science. From 2009 to 2012 she was Director of the University Carlos III Master's degree in Digital Information Libraries and Services. From 2011 to 2015 she was Deputy Vice Chancellor of Infrastructures and Environment, and from May 2015 she is Deputy Vice Chancellor of Strategies and Digital Education.
Jian Qin Jian Qin is a Professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, USA. Her areas of research interest include metadata, knowledge and data modeling, scientific communication, research networks, and research data management. Her research She received funding from IMLS to devleop an eScience librarianship curriculum and from NSF for the Science Data Literacy project. Her recent research projects include developing a Capability Maturity Model for Research Data Management funded by a grant from the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the exploration of research networks in a very large data repository, which is funded by NSF. She was a visiting scholar at the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), where she developed the learning object vocabulary project. Jian Qin has published widely in national and international research journals. She was the co-editor for several special journal issues on knowledge discovery in databases and knowledge representation.
Stefanie Rühle Stefanie Rühle, works at the Data Conversion Group of the State and University Library in Göttingen and is responsible for metadata supply to zvdd (Zentrales Verzeichnis Digitlisierter Drucke) and the German Digital Library (DDB). She works primarily on the analysis, conversion and modeling of cultural heritage metadata with a particular focus on Linked Data. Stefanie is co-chair of the DINI AG KIM (Competence Center for Interoperable Metadata) and has been involved in DCMI work since 2008.
Juan Antonio Pastor Sánchez Juan Antonio Pastor Sánchez is an Associate Professor In the Department of Information and Documentation at the University of Murcia in Spain with specializations in Library Science and Documentation. He holds a PhD from the University of Murcia. He performs research in the areas of theory and models of hypertext, automation in thesaurus management, technology models for the management of information and knowledge organization, techniques and specifications for the Semantic Web, and accessibility, usability and information architecture for the Web.
Francesca Schulze Francesca Schulze works at the German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek) in Frankfurt where she coordinates data related activities of the German Digital Library/Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB). The DDB provides a platform and a portal giving access to objects from various German cultural heritage institutions. Francesca Schulze leads the Work Group "Data" which brings together metadata experts from archives, museums, libraries, as well as monument protection and media institutions. Furthermore she supports data providers with the submission and ingestion of their data sets into the DDB and their delivery to Europeana. She has previously worked as data coordinator at the German Film Institute for the project European Film Gateway.

Stuart Sutton Stuart Sutton has been a member of DCMI since 1999, serving as the founding co-chair of the Education Working Group and on the Usage Board from its beginning in 2001 through 2007. He currently serves as DCMI's Managing Director. Sutton is an Associate Professor Emeritus in the Information School of the University of Washington where he continues to teach advanced courses in metadata design and to conduct research in semantic metadata. In the past, he chaired degree programs at the University of Washington Information School and the Syracuse University School of Information Studies and as Director of the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University in Silicon Valley. Sutton holds MLIS and PhD degrees from the University of California at Berkeley: School of Library and Information Studies (now the UC Berkeley Information School). He earned a Juris Doctor degree (JD) from Golden Gate University School of Law and his Master of Laws (LLM) in copyright from the University of California at Berkeley: Boalt Hall School of Law.
Seth van Hooland Seth van Hooland is an assistant professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), where he leads the Master in Information Science. After a career in the private sector for a digitization company, he obtained his PhD in information science at ULB in 2009. He is currently teaching a special course on linked data at the Information School of the University of Washington. He is also active as a consultant for both public and private organizations.
Ruben Verborgh Ruben Verborgh is a researcher in semantic hypermedia at Ghent University – iMinds, Belgium, where he obtained his PhD in computer science in 2014. He explores the connection between semantic web technologies and the web's architectural properties, with the ultimate goal of building more intelligent clients. Along the way, he has become fascinated by linked data, REST/hypermedia, web APIs and related technologies. He is the co-author of a book on OpenRefine and several publications on web-related topics in international journals.
Richard Wallis Richard Wallis, distinguished thought leader in Semantic Web and Linked Data, 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.

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