Introduction: Michael Hausenblas

Harry, All,

Very good idea indeed. Here is my introduction:

I'm a postdoctoral researcher at DERI and the coordinator of the Linked Data
Research Centre [1]. I've been active in several W3C efforts [2] such as in
the RDFa Task Force and the RDB2RDF XG (during my work at JOANNEUM RESEARCH,
my former employer). I'm mainly into running EC projects and participating
in the linked data movement by publishing data, providing infrastructure
(such as voiD [3]) as well as giving tutorials and contributing to outreach

Together with Ahmed I have the pleasure to co-chair this WG and I'm looking
forward to hear you all soon (again ;).

Ah, and btw, on IRC and skype I'm 'mhausenblas' ...


Dr. Michael Hausenblas
LiDRC - Linked Data Research Centre
DERI - Digital Enterprise Research Institute
NUIG - National University of Ireland, Galway
Ireland, Europe
Tel. +353 91 495730

> From: Harry Halpin <>
> Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 13:29:40 -0400 (EDT)
> To: <>
> Subject: Introduction: Harry Halpin
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> Resent-Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 17:29:43 +0000
> While I realize many of you many know each other from the previous RDB2RDF
> Incubator Group, I think doing a round of "introductions" before our first
> teleconference would be a great idea. So feel free to follow me!
> I'm Harry Halpin, the W3C Staff Contact for this Working Group [1]. My
> role will basically to assist the group in getting the standard through W3C
> process on schedule. I'm more than happy to answer questions about the
> W3C, W3C Process, and our technology (such as the ever friendly Zakim),
> and will also help liason with the W3C in general for this group,
> including publicity, co-ordination with the rest of the W3C, and outreach.
> However, my job has been made a lot easier due the high calibre chairs of
> the group! Overall, I'm an advocate of Linked Data and think this
> technology could fulfill a crucial role in bringing the power of
> relational databases to the Web.
> Before joining the W3C as a Fellow (sponsored by Eduserv and the
> University of Edinburgh), I received my Ph.D. in Informatics from the
> University of Edinburgh. However, I'm originally from America, as you'll
> notice on the phone. My academic specialities were in machine-learning,
> information retrieval, and knowledge representation (SemWeb) - and am
> mostly known academically for studying collaborative taggging as a complex
> system. However, I used to be a tutor for Peter Buneman at the University
> of Edinburgh, and thus have a long-standing interest in relational
> databases. I was also chair of the GRDDL WG (W3C record for shortest time
> to full Recommendation), and co-chair the Social Web Incubator Group.
> I'll be either "harry" or "hhalpin" in #rdb2rdf on W3C IRC,
>, and my contact details are on my homepage[1], and am
> also  available on Skype, Facebook, and the like. Whenever I am in IRC
> feel free to ping me.
> Can't wait to meet you all - at least over IRC and phone :)
> cheers,
> harry
> [1]
> [2]

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