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Phil Archer Mr


Phil Archer's primary role is as a Data Specialist on W3C's Strategy Team — working to make ever more effective use of the Web as a platform for data.

He originally joined the team to work on the Mobile Web Initiative in February 2009, specifically to work on developing and delivering training in this area. Before joining the team he'd been a participant in the Mobile Web Best Practices working group (joining at its inception in June 2005) and was an editor of, or acknowledged contributor to, 6 of its documents.

Separately, Phil also had a long involvement with the Semantic Web activity, notably as chair of the POWDER working group. As part of this role he co-edited most of the documents and created one of the two reference implementations. It was this work that lead Phil to focus on the area of Linked Data and, via work on eGovernment and open data, to become Data Activity Lead before that role evolved into being part of the strategy team.

In addition to his work on the strategy team, Phil is staff contact for several working groups: Data on the Web Best Practices, Spatial Data on the Web, Permissions & Obligations Expression.

Phil Archer maintains an active online presence through his personal Web site.

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Irina Bolychevsky


Maker. Thinker. Product person. Redecentralize.org & CoffeeHouse Club founder. Previously Open Knowledge Commercial Director & ckan.org lead.

I love technology, ideas and figuring out how things can be better.

@shevski on twitter & shevski.com on the web.


Carine Bournez

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Carine joined the Sophia Antipolis W3C team in December 2001 as XML engineer, in the Jigsaw activity. She holds an engineer degree and a PhD in Computer Science. Her research area was distributed artificial intelligence and multi-agent systems.
Since 2002, she has been working in the Web Services Activity and the XML Activity as staff contact, in some EU-funded projects, and in the Systems Team.

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Sandro Hawke

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Sandro Hawke is a Software Developer and Systems Architect at W3C and a Research Scientist at MIT's Decentralized Information Group. He leads the W3C's eGovernment activity and is staff contact for the RIF, OWL, and SPARQL Working Groups. A member of the W3C Semantic Web staff since 2000, Sandro's professional focus is on developing global-scale decentralized systems using ideas from both Web Architecture and Knowledge Representation. He occasionally blogs at decentralyze.com.
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Ivan Herman Digital Publishing Activity Lead

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Ivan graduated as mathematician at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, Hungary, in 1979. After a brief scholarship at the Université Paris VI he joined the Hungarian research institute in computer science (SZTAKI) where he worked for 6 years. He left Hungary in 1986 and, after a few years in industry, he joined the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Sciences (CWI) in Amsterdam where he has held a tenure position since 1988. He received a PhD degree in Computer Science in 1990 at the Leiden University, in the Netherlands. Ivan joined the W3C team as Head of Offices in January 2001 while maintaining his position at CWI. He served as Head of Offices until June 2006, then as Semantic Web Activity Lead until December 2013. Since June of 2013 he is Digital Publishing Activity Lead.

Before joining W3C Ivan worked in quite different areas (distributed and dataflow programming, language design, system programming), but he spend most of his research years in computer graphics and visualization. He also participated in various graphics related ISO standardization activities and software developments. Between autumn 2007 and 2014 he was also member of SWSA (Semantic Web Science Association), the committee responsible for the International Semantic Web Conferences series. He was the co-chair of the 9th World Wide Web Conference, in Amsterdam, May 2000. He is member of IW3C2, the committee responsible for the World Wide Web Conference series.

His professional home page contains a list of his publications and details of the various R&D projects he participated in before W3C. You can also look at his W3C or personal home pages.

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Chunming Hu Deputy Director of W3C/Beihang Host


Chunming Hu had worked for the ex W3C China office since 2006 and then he joint W3C team in Jan 2013 as the Deputy Director of W3C/Beihang. He has a PhD degree on computer science and currently works as an associate professor at Beihang University. Now he is the Vice Dean of School of Computer Science, Beihang University and his main research interests includes distributed systems, software middleware, system virtualization and resource scheduling in cloud systems.

Yves Lafon

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Yves Lafon studied Mathematics and computer science at ENSEEIHT in Toulouse, France, and at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in Montreal, Canada. His field of study was signal recognition and processing. He discovered Internet Relay Chat and the Web in Montreal in 1993 and has been making robots and games for both. He joined the W3C in October 1995 to work on W3C's experimental browser, Arena. Then he worked on Jigsaw, W3C's Java-based server, on HTTP/1.1 and started the work on SOAP 1.2.

Yves is now the TAG Team Contact and WebApps Team Contactr.

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Thierry Michel

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Thierry joined W3C at INRIA in August 1998 as leader of the ECommerce/Micropayment Activity.

Then he has lead the XForms Activity.

Currently he leads the Synchronized Multimedia Activity (SYMM WG and Timed Text WG).

Thierry holds a Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies (D.E.A) in Genetics - Statistics and Information Technology (University Paris VII).


Eric Prud'hommeaux

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Eric joined W3C again in February 1998 to provide system support and manage tool programming. He currently works on RDF and XML protocols.His primary goal is to see that information be easily and logically accessible.

Prior to joining W3C full-time, Eric worked as a contract programmer for various organizations, including W3C, where he worked on libwww and the client applications, a PEP model library, and several system-related projects.

Eric has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is still baffled by the futility of a college education in determining one's fate.

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Liam Quin XML Activity Lead

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Liam joined the W3C in 2000; he's been working with text-based markup and digital typography since nroff days (1981) and with SGML since 1987. He worked for Yuri Rubinsky at SoftQuad Inc. in Toronto, where he was involved in the development of SoftQuad's HoTMetaL, the first commercial HTML editor for the Web, and also with SoftQuad Panorama, a browser plugin to display SGML; this in turn demonstrated a need to standardise the use of SGML on the Web, and Liam was involved in the development of the XML specification.

Liam has been involved in free software since 1983, including lq-text, a text retrieval package for Unix, the GNOME and GIMP projects, a collection of royalty-free pictures from old books, and uses and contributes to Mandriva Linux, and many other open source and free projects.

At the W3C today, Liam is XML Activity Lead and W3C technical participant for the XML Query and XSL (XSL-FO) Working Groups, and alternate contact for several other Working Groups.

Liam's personal home page

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Andrei Sambra


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Ralph Swick Chief Operating Officer


Ralph joined W3C in January 1997, to focus on the Privacy and Demographics project. As that project (now called P3P) was starting, Ralph also started the Metadata project. The Resource Description Framework became a full-time responsibility when the Metadata Activity turned into the Semantic Web Activity. In 2007 Ralph became the leader of the Technology and Society Domain and in 2009 was appointed Acting Chief Operating Officer. As of 2010 the 'acting' qualfier was removed. Ralph came to us from the X Consortium, where he was Technical Director for the X Window System. Ralph brings to W3C both a systems background and an application background. Long involved with the X Window System, Ralph was one of the architects of the Xt Intrinsics (user interface) toolkit. Prior to joining the X Consortium, Ralph was a software engineer for Digital Equipment Corporation in their Office Systems Advanced Development Group. There he worked on information filtering tools (software agents) and computer-supported cooperative work tools. Before that, Ralph was in Digital's Corporate Research Group working at MIT Project Athena. Ralph holds a BS in Physics and Mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University. Ralph's interests are in applications of Web technologies to support human-human interaction, especially over time and distance.