As Data Strategist at W3C, I coordinate, support and promote the creation of consensus-based Web standards in areas such as open data and the Semantic Web. A frequent organiser and speaker at workshops, conferences and seminars worldwide but particularly in Europe, I am passionate about the integration of data within the Web rather than seeing it as merely a means of transferring data from one silo to another. Agnostic about people’s choice of technology, I have particular interests the areas of vocabularies and identifier persistence.
On behalf of W3C I participate in various activities with the European Commission, such as the ISA Programme, and a number of research projects. I represent W3C at the Research Data Alliance and the UK Open Data Research Forum (convened by the Royal Society). Previously I taught mobile Web creation techniques, based on best practices for mobile Web development to which I was a contributor.
Well connected to a wide variety of online industry and public sector players and with an extensive network of contacts built up through more than a decade of EU-funded collaborative projects. Hard working, experienced, loyal, innovative.
Early careers include radio presentation, advertising copy writing and voice work, countryside conservation and teaching. The common theme throughout is an ability to communicate sometimes complex issues with clarity, both verbally and in writing.
- Consensus building
- Web standards and their creation.
- Vocabularies/data modelling
- Semantic Web (a.k.a. 'web of data' or 'linked data')
- eGov & Open Data
- Project proposal writing and execution
- Online Safety & Trust, rating systems (movies, games, trustmarks etc.)
- Consensus building, workshop organisation
- Range of Web Technologies (XHTML, CSS, RDF etc.).
- Project creation & execution
- Public Speaking and front man
- Writing, Editing and Proof Reading.
- Known internationally in the fields of the mobile & semantic web, online safety and broader Web standards.
- Voice Over, Audio & Video Production.
After a short break I re-joined the W3C, primarily to develop core vocabularies and carry out research in the European Commission's ISA Programme. I also represented the consortium in the Crossover Project which looked at the uses of ICT for policy modelling and governance. These areas, and participation in the broader government-related efforts, meant that I frequently represented the W3C in the field of eGovernment. I supported work in the Government Linked Data Working Group and the eGov Interest Group.
During this period, I contributed to discussions that lead to a minor internal reorganisation. The Semantic Web and eGovernment 'Activities' were merged into a new Data Activity and I was asked to become its Lead; that is, to coordinate and expand standardisation efforts in those areas. The focus was on integrating the Semantic Web with other data formats and supporting a diverse ecosystem. Early manifestations of this were the CSV on the Web, Data on the Web Best Practices and RDF Data Shapes Working Groups. Later groups include the Spatial Data on the Web working group in which W3C and the Open Geospatial Consortium collaborate to create joint standards, and the Permissions and Obligations Expression WG which is creating a framework for machine readable licences.
Past EU projects at W3C are SmartOpenData (using Linked Data to underpin new services in rural areas) and the Share-PSI 2.0 Thematic Network. As leader of the latter project, I was responsible for bringing together 40 partners across 25 countries to organise a series of workshops and develop a set of policy-related Best Practices around the implementation of the EC's revised PSI Directive.
A reorganisation in September 2016 saw my role change slightly, taking a more strategic view of W3C’s work in the general area of data. Current EU projects are:
- Big Data Europe, in which I act as dissemination lead. The project overall, led by Fraunhofer, is building a powerful and flexible integrated platform for handling large amounts of static and real time data, tackling the problem of variety through semantics.
- VRE4EIC, in which I support the dissemination work. The project is building a Virtual Research Environment, allowing researchers to gather, visualise and work with data from multiple research infrastructures.
I am currently W3C team contact for the Spatial Data on the Web and Permissions amp; Obligations Expression working groups.
The Smart Descriptions and Smarter Vocabularies workshop (December 2016), run as part of the VRE4EIC project, is very likely to lead to new W3C work on data profiles, allowing data to be requested from a server following a specific schema. In addition, the Data Catalogue Vocabulary, DCAT, will be extended. Separately, I am likely to be involved in future work on Verifiable Claims, such as proof of age, proof of qualification etc. A workshop on graph vocabularies (perhaps leading to new SPARQL extensions) is likely to take place in October 2017 as part of the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC).
- Establishment of W3C Data Activity/data as a first class citizen in W3C strategy
- Organisation of the Open Data on the Web workshop (London, April 2013) which led to:
- Share-PSI Thematic Network, including the organisation of 5 workshops across Europe (2014-2015) and the development of a set of best practices that offer policy-centric advice to complement the W3C Data on the Web Best Practices.
- Linking Geospatial Data Workshop (London, March 2014) organised jointly with the UK Government, OGC and Ordnance Survey, which led to:
- Spatial Data on the Web working group: negotiating with W3C and OGC management to agree to joint work, as requested by the April 2014 workshop.
- Smart Descriptions & Smarter Vocabularies workshop (Amsterdam, December 2016). Likely to led to new W3C work around vocabularies and profiles, as well as an update to DCAT.
- Successful delivery of various outputs of the European Commission ISA Programme including studies and Core Vocabularies (Core Organisation, Public Service etc.)
- Organising and running the Crossover Project's Uses of Open Data workshop in Brussels, June 2012.
- Representing W3C in consultations such as the UK government's on open standards and the European Commission's on the revised PSI Directive.
- Opening keynote speaker at SemTechBiz 2014, San José, California; SEMANTiCS, Leipzig etc.
- Building the relationship with the scientific research community, particularly via the Research Data Alliance and the UK Open Research Data Forum.
i-sieve Technologies offers state-of-the-art solutions to an old problem: measuring public sentiment about given topics. Clients are primarily advertising agencies for which we measure the impact of advertising campaigns by identifying and classifying comments made in blogs, forums and commercial media. My role is to develop new business opportunities in Britain and to lead the company's interest in European Union-funded projects. It is through this role that I was able to maintain and complete the work developing the Protocol for Web Description Resources (POWDER) standards and participate wider in the Semantic Web/Linked Data world which I began in my previous job at ICRA/FOSI.
I represented i-sieve in the early stages of the PATHS project that developed methods of offering personalised methods of navigating through cultural heritage collections (Europeana and Alinari are the test beds). i-sieve technology was used to enhance the data about users (by assessing their interests based on their choice of cultural heritage objects) and resources on the Web at large that are related to specific items in the collections.
- Completion of the W3C Protocol for Web Description Resources (POWDER) standards (part of the Semantic Web technology stack).
- Completion of the EU-funded Quatro Plus project.
- Development of relationship with new clients.
- Development of the PATHS project that was approved for EU funding for commencement in January 2011.
Working part time initially, it was my job to help others to make their data available as linked data. I worked with the data.gov.uk team, the British Geological Survey and the UK Parliament. I learned a great deal during this short period and it was a real pleasure to put into practice a lot of the theory I'd worked on at W3C.
I further developed an existing online training course on behalf of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C): the industry standards body lead by Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee. My focus was on the mobile web - helping those with experience of desktop website design apply their skills to mobile. I continue to act as tutor on this course.
I also helped to develop and deliver a course on SVG. Alongside that I lead the consortium's initial work with Augmented Reality, running a workshop and establishing the Points of Interest Working Group. I joined W3C as a team member after many years of association through my previous role at FOSI under whose aegis I was a member of the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group from its inception in June 2005 and chair of the POWDER WG (see below).
- Completion and delivery of four successful instances of the Introduction to W3C Mobile Web Best Practice Course.
- Development and delivery of a course around SVG (with a domain expert);
- Organisation and co-chairing of W3C Workshop on Augmented Reality that lead to the formation of a standards Working Group;
- Of the 7 documents and standards created by the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group, I was an editor or acknowledged contributor to 5 of them.
- Representing W3C at events like the WWW 2009 conference in Madrid and Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, 2010.
The Family Online Safety Institute is a membership-driven, non-profit organisation. Its membership is drawn from the online industry serving companies such as BT, Microsoft, Google, AT&T, Bluecoat, Verizon, Telefónica/O2 and more. I am used to dealing with such companies at a high level and know many of the people who represent them in the online safety and public policy arena. The organisation grew out of the ICRA labelling system designed in the mid 1990s to aid parental choice. It is this aspect that I worked to modernise, improve and make more relevant. My redundancy followed the decision by FOSI to concentrate entirely on public policy work and events organising, losing its technical arm.
It is this job that has given me a wide range of technical skills and contacts across the industry.
- Leading role in the development of new techniques for the application of metadata to enhance trust and safety (POWDER).
- Conceived and devised EU-funded project to increase trust in, and use of, labels by making trustmarks machine readable and interoperable using Semantic Web technologies (Quatro Project).
- Instrumental in developing the organisation's strategy in changing environment, maintaining its relevance and credibility.
- Regular contributor to the international debate on internet safety.
- Represented FOSI in a variety of fora including the BSG Audiovisual Content Information Group and British Board of Film Classification's Consultative Council.
Major clients and key work
Arqiva (formerly Inmedia Communications, formerly Kingston Inmedia)
- Web site copy & code
- White Papers, briefing documents etc.
Ward Design (Mice Group)
- Bang & Olufsen (store design guide and more)
- Ford Rapid Fit
- Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
- The Orange Group
- Period Home Centre (DM letters etc.)
- Town & Country (conservatories) brochure
- In-store TV commercials/training videos
Although my background was entirely in radio commercial production with some video work, I was quickly able to establish a substantial client list well outside those fields. Work included educational material, brochures, website and CD ROM copy, information points and Bang & Olufsen's How to design your store guide, subsequently used around the world.
Copywriting is a core skill that I developed early in my working life and that I expect to continue to exploit for as long as I work.
I worked as a senior copywriter at Britain's largest independent radio commercial production company whilst simultaneously pursuing other activities.
- Delivered lectures at - and lead student trips to - China Central Television, Beijing Broadcasting Institute and China Radio International
- Speaker at International media education conference in Beijing
- Redesigned media facilities
- Developed curriculum
- Devised new syllabus unit
- Developed educational activities for groups from primary school to post graduate level
- Organised and publicised the Trust's most successful public event
- Developed and produced a range of fact sheets, information leaflets and booklets
- Delivered course on Ancient Woodland for Cambridge Board of Continuing Education
- Designed and re-furbished visitor centre
- 1983 to 1984 Signal Radio, Stoke on Trent
- 1985 County Sound Guildford
- 1985 to 1990 Suffolk Group Radio, Ipswich
- Assisted in establishing successful series of outside broadcasts (Signal)
- Short-listed for 3 national radio awards (SGR)
- Produced successful imaging package for station re-launch in 1987 (SGR)
- Produced three part documentary covering musical developments during the 1980s (SGR)
- Presented feature for BBC Radio 4's Natural History Programme
|1975 to 1981||Queens Park High School, Chester||O levels||10|
|A Levels||Physics (A), Chemistry (A), Maths (B), General (B)|
|1990 to 1992||Otley College, Ipswich||C&G II Countryside Conservation (Distinction)|
Adv.Nat.Cert Conservation Management (Credit)
|1992 to 1995||Open University||S102 Science Foundation||Grade 1|
|S236 Geology||Grade 1|
|S267 How the Earth Works||Grade 1|
|S203 Biology||Grade 1|
|1996 to 1998||Anglia Polytechnic University||Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education)|
Born 19/2/63. Married, 2 children. Ipswich UK