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Ms Manjula Ambur
Information Management Branch Chief, Office of the CIO, NASA Langley Research Center
Ms. Manjula Ambur has over 25 years of experience in information and information technology management , with 20 years at the NASA Langley Research Center. Currently Ms. Ambur leads the Information Management Branch, within the Office of Chief Information Officer at Langley, which is responsible for developing and providing Center wide information systems and services for finding, discovering, sharing, storing and archiving scientific and technical data and information. She is also currently leading NASA Enterprise Search prototype and NASA Digital Library initiatives, and represents Langley on the NASA-wide Enterprise Architecture and Knowledge Management Teams. Prior to her current position, as IT Project Manager, Ms. Ambur successfully led many Center-wide initiatives such as web communications portal, document management system, financial information system, and Y2K, and NASA-wide on-line catalog. She has also led the development of NASA Langley Knowledge Management plan and represented Langley in the development of Agency eNASA plan and Inside NASA portal implementation. Ms. Ambur has Master’s degrees in Computer Information Systems, Library and Information Science, and Biology.

Nikkia Anderson
Senior Information Specialist, Information International Associates, Inc.
Nikkia Anderson is a Senior Information Specialist for Information International Associates, Inc. (IIa).  She has worked in the information management field for over 7 years with specialized expertise in terminology development, metadata structures and analysis, digital conversion, preservation, and repository development.  She has a BS in Computer Science from Bowie State University and a MLIS in Digital Information Management from Drexel University.  She has supported work in terminology development for government agencies and private organizations. Nikkia has delivered presentations on the development and implementation of enterprise-wide metadata frameworks in the sciences, including use of taxonomies and other controlled vocabularies. She is currently the co-chair for Taxonomy Tuesday, an ad hoc group of terminology developers in the Washington DC area. 

Tatiana Baquero
Principal Knowledge Management Analyst, PPC
Ms. Baquero has ten years of experience in the development and implementation of Web-based content management portals and other corporate information systems for clients in the U.S. government, multilateral organizations and commercial sector. Ms. Baquero has extensive experience with portal strategy and taxonomy design for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) portals. She excels at designing and conducting taxonomy workshops and training sessions for systems end-users to effectively manage corporate content. Her project management and bilingual skills have allowed her to successfully lead and implement projects in the U.S. and Latin America. Ms. Baquero is an active board member of the Washington, DC Knowledge Management Institute.

Dr. Denise A.D. Bedford
Faculty, Communication Culture and Technology, Georgetown University, York University, Coventry University
Dr. Denise Bedford is currently an Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University’s Communication Culture and Technology program, adjunct faculty at the Schulich School of Business, York University, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Coventry, and a Distinguished Practitioner and Virtual Fellow with the U.S. Department of State. She teaches a range of graduate level courses in knowledge management, enterprise architecture, and data sciences. Her current research interests include knowledge architectures and knowledge engineering, knowledge economies and knowledge cities, intellectual capital management, knowledge sharing behaviors, semantic analysis and text analytics, communities of practice, business architecture, document engineering and content architectures, multilingual architecture, and search system design/architectures. Dr. Bedford is currently the Chair of AIIM’s Standards Governance Group, where she is leading an effort to develop standards for knowledge organizations, knowledge practitioners, and knowledge education programs. Dr. Bedford retired from the World Bank in 2010 where she was Senior Information Officer. From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Bedford was the Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management at Kent State University. Dr. Bedford has also worked for Intel Corporation, NASA, University of California Systemwide Administration, and Stanford University. Her educational background includes a B.A. triple major in History, in Russian Language/Literature, and in German Language/Literature from the University of Michigan; an M.A.in Russian History also from University of Michigan; an M.S. in Librarianship from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Information Science from University of California, Berkeley.

Adriaan M. Bloem
Analyst, Real Story Group
Adriaan Bloem is analyst at the Real Story Group. Based in The Netherlands, he covers web content management, social software, and enterprise search technologies. Before joining the Real Story Group, he was an independent consultant, advising large organizations on both technical and organizational aspects of content management. Adriaan was developer, webmaster, coordinator, and project manager for a host of legal knowledge management, e-learning, and web content management projects for the decade prior to joining the Real Story Group.

Joseph A. Busch
Founder and Principal, Taxonomy Strategies
Mr. Busch is the Founder and Principal Consultant at Taxonomy Strategies. For the past 14 years Taxonomy Strategies has been guiding organizations such as Deloitte, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in developing frameworks that help improve information capture, preservation, search, retrieval, and governance. Before founding Taxonomy Strategies Joseph Busch was:

Vice President for Infoware at Metacode Technologies which was an early developer of commercial semantic technology applications based on latent semantic indexing (LSI) and other methods. Metacode was acquired by Interwoven in 2000.

The Getty's Program Manager for Standards and Research Databases, including the Getty Vocabulary Program from 1993-98. The Getty began publishing the vocabulary resources as linked open data in 2014. 

Mr. Busch is a past President of the Association for Information Science and Technology, and past member of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Executive Committee.

Gary Carlson
Principal Taxonomist, Factor
Gary Carlson brings over 20 years of experience as a taxonomist, consultant, product manager, and information strategist working for small to Fortune 100 companies. The past twelve years have been spent leading information and knowledge management projects and products spanning Taxonomy Tools, Search, SharePoint, Auto-categorization, Expert systems, Content Management, and Governance. Gary is currently focussed on helping companies develop their information infrastructure to meet enterprise goals. He is currently involved in customer facing e-commerce, social media and semantic web technologies.

Jeff Carr
Senior Manager, Search & Findability, Earley Information Science, Adjunct Faculty Columbia University in the City of New York
With 15 years' experience in technology and information management, Jeff has developed a strong multi-disciplinary foundation across knowledge strategy, information architecture, content management, taxonomy, metadata and enterprise search. He is an advocate of user-centered information design and has been responsible for the strategy, development, and implementation of numerous successful initiatives both large and small across a wide range of industries.

Prior to re-joining Earley & Associates in 2014, Jeff was a Senior Technical Solutions Specialist with Microsoft responsible for working with enterprise commercial and public sector customers to promote best practices and ensure business value for investment across Microsoft productivity technologies including Office 365, SharePoint, Yammer and Enterprise Search. He continues to work closely with his Microsoft colleagues as an official Virtual Technology Specialist (V-TSP). Jeff also currently holds an Adjunct Faculty position in Columbia University's Master of Science Program in Information and Knowledge Strategy. In 2013 he was responsible for the design, development and instruction of IKNS 4302 - Findability and Innovation with Information and Knowledge Assets.

In addition to working as a practitioner, Jeff is both an author and presenter. He is a contributing writer to an upcoming book from ARK Publishing titled Knowledge Leaders on Innovation, and has written articles for a variety of online publications including AIIM, KMWorld Magazine, ASIS&T, CMSWire and NothingButSharePoint. He has spoken at many industry conferences including SharePoint Best Practices, Intelligent Content Conference, Taxonomy Boot Camp, the ICE Conference and for the Special Libraries Association, and has presented on webinars for the Taxonomy Community of Practice, Axceler, the Content Wrangler and MindTouch.

Consulting engagements include award winning projects for Applied Materials and PCL Construction, and solutions for organizations like the Alberta Government, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Cabelas, JC Penney, Walmart, Ball Corporation, Alberta Motor Association, Ford Foundation, Huawei Technologies, ICBC, Jack in the Box, Jackson Laboratory and QVC.

 

Dave Clarke
CEO, Synaptica
Dave Clarke is co-founder and CEO of the Synaptica® group of companies, providers of enterprise software solutions for taxonomy and ontology management (www.synaptica.com).  He served on the NISO committee responsible for authoring the 2005 version of the US national standard for controlled vocabularies, ANSI/NISO Z39.19 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  Dave leads R&D at Synaptica and is currently developing a range of Linked Data software solutions for ontology management, image management and the semantic annotation of content.  Dave is actively involved in educational outreach programs including LD4PE, the Linked Data for Professional Education initiative of DCMI.

Lisa Dawn Colvin
Independent Consultant

Lisa Dawn Colvin has been developing large-scale ontologies and semantic-based applications for over 15 years. At TopQuadrant, she developed data architecture standards for naming, identification and metadata for the NASA Constellation Program. Prior to TopQuadrant, she provided knowledge applications services for Genentech, fought spam at Inktomi / Yahoo!, and was Product Manager for VerticalNet’s Ontology Builder. Her interest in ontologies began with her work as a computational linguist on the first attempt to formalize common-sense knowledge in a multi-contextual knowledge base, the CYC project at Cycorp. She received her M.S. in Technology Commercialization from University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in Linguistics also from UT-Austin, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Tufts University.

 

Christine Connors
Chief Ontologist, Knowledgent
Christine Connors, Chief Ontologist at Knowledgent, has extensive experience in enterprise knowledge representation. She has managed enterprise search, content and semantic platforms for over 16 years in industry and consulting engagements. Christine’s focus is on enabling well-governed, semantically-enabled information pipelines for discovery, analytics and relationship management which deliver measurable value.

Michael Crandall
Principal Research Scientist, Information School, University of Washington Information School
Michael Crandall is a Principal Research Scientist at the Information School of the University of Washington. He has served in the past, as a Senior Lecturer on the faculty of the school, as the Chair of the Master of Science in Information Management Program and Director of the iAffiilates Program.  He has also served on the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Board of Trustees since its inception in 2001, managed the Knowledge Architecture Group in Microsoft Information Services, and worked on information management and information architecture at the Boeing Company.

Seth Earley
CEO, Earley Information Science, & Editor, Data Analytics, IT Professional Magazine

Seth Earley is CEO of Earley & Associates, an information management strategy consulting firm.  Seth also serves as Editor, Data Analytics, for IT Professional Magazine from the IEEE.  His interests include Knowledge Strategy, Data and Information Architecture, Search-based Applications and Information Findability solutions.  Seth has conducted workshops for senior leadership around aligning information management strategy with measurable business outcomes and developed information governance programs for clients in healthcare, technology, manufacturing, insurance, retail, pharmaceutical and financial services industries.  He has worked with a diverse roster of Fortune 1000 companies helping them to achieve higher levels of operating performance by making information more findable, usable and valuable through integrated enterprise architectures supporting analytics, e-commerce and customer experience applications. 

Shawn Fielding
Knowledge Management Specialist, Pew Research Center
Lori Finch
Thesaurus Coordinator, USDA, National Agricultural Library
Lori Finch works for the National Agricultural Library, which is part of the Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.  For over 20 years, Lori has worked with controlled vocabularies, thesauri, taxonomies and classification systems.  Her projects include Nutrition.gov, Agriculture Network Information Center, USDA website, and various NAL information centers.  Lori's current interests are developing a Spanish agricultural thesaurus, Tesauro Agrícola, with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), automated indexing, ontologies and linked open data.

Jarrod Gingras
Senior Analyst and Managing Director, Real Story Group
Jarrod Gingras is Managing Director and Analyst covering Digital Workplace and Marketing Technologies including multi-channel publishing, Web CMS, Enterprise Collaboration and ECM.

Jarrod is a more than fifteen-year veteran of the content technology industry, starting his career as a web developer and information architect. Prior to joining The Real Story Group (formerly CMS Watch) in 2007, Jarrod worked as a user interface designer at a systems integration firm, where he developed user-focused content management strategies and solutions for clients in the financial services, retail, healthcare, insurance, and manufacturing industries.

Since joining The Real Story Group (www.realstorygroup.com), Jarrod has contributed to research across the enterprise information landscape, with a special focus on the end-user experience for the technologies we evaluate.

Heather Hedden
Senior Vocabulary Editor, Cengage Learning
Heather Hedden is a senior vocabulary editor at Gale/Cengage Learning, a position that she held from 1996 to 2004, when the company was a division of Thomson Learning, and to which she returned in 2014. In the intervening decade, she worked as a taxonomist at various employers and as an independent taxonomy consultant (Hedden Information Management). At Cengage, Heather manages controlled vocabularies for the indexing and retrieval of Gale research database content and taxonomies for educational products. She has taught online workshops in taxonomy creation through the continuing education program of Simmons College School of Library and Information Science and the American Society for Indexing and is the author of The Accidental Taxonomist (Information Today Inc.).

Russell Heimlich
Web Developer, Pew Research Center
Russell Heimlich is the sole in-house web developer at the Pew Research Center where he builds tools for organizing, publishing, and disseminating content at pewresearch.org. He specializes in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, XML, and WordPress. He blogs semi-regularly at http://www.russellheimlich.com/blog and you can follow him on Twitter @kingkool68

Marjorie M.K. Hlava
President & Chairman, Access Innovations, Inc., Data Harmony My blog is TaxoDiary.com
Marjorie Hlava's research areas include productivity of content creation, information access governance layer through automated indexing, thesaurus development, taxonomy creation, natural language processing, machine translations, knowledge organization systems (KOS) and implementation in production, search and web instances. Hlava is Founding Chair of the SLA Taxonomy Division, and President of Access Innovations, Inc. She has created over 100 thesauri and taxonomies and worked with more than 600 in the process of over 2000 engagments. She is active in standards development, including Z39.19/2005 Controlled Vocabulary, Z39.84 Dublin Core and the NISO Content Board for NISO. Her blog, www.taxodiary.com, covers news trends opinions in the taxonomy and metadata space.

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August Jackson
Market Intelligence Manager
August Jackson is a competitive intelligence and strategy professional, technology pundit and social software evangelist currently working for Verizon. Mr. Jackson regularly speaks and writes about strategic analysis, competitive intelligence and how organizations can leverage Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for competitive advantage and growth. He produces the Competitive Intelligence Podcast and has interviewed thought leaders in competitive intelligence. His blog discusses competitive intelligence, the technology industry and new business models and scenarios faced by modern business.

Rebecca Jones
Director Branch & Neighbourhood Services, Brampton Library, Dysart & Jones Associates
As Director of Branch & Neighbourhood Services with Brampton Library Rebecca works with a dynamic group to deliver topnotch services through branches in one of Canada's fastest growing, multicultural city. Co-founder of Dysart & Jones Associates, Rebecca consulted with more than 100 organizations and libraries, facilitating planning processes, problem-solving, and organizational design. Her careeer has also included management positions at Imperial Oil Limited in IT, libraries, archives and records, and she was Director, Professsional Learning at University of Toronto's iSchool.  Rebecca is known for having long advocated the application of business and not-for-profit processes to information services and libraries. 

Susan MacLean
Information Manager, AED
Aline Martinez
Taxonomist / Search Lead, AM2


Aline has been managing highly visible, large scale, cost-effective enterprise search and content management strategies for the last 15 years.  This includes defining search strategies, identifying functional requirements, developing governance plans, implementing both search tools and metadata specifications, and auditing outcomes.  She trains and provides instructional materials to raise awareness on how taxonomies work and on optimizing search services. Her focus is on integrating end user needs and business requirements to provide effective user-centered resources.

Chris McNulty
CTO, Dell
Chris McNulty is CTO, Windows Systems Management at Dell Software, where he oversees solutions for SharePoint, Office 365, Yammer and related technologies. He’s a Microsoft SharePoint MVP, MCTS, MCSE, MSA and MVTSP.  A frequent speaker at events around the globe, Chris is the author of the “SharePoint 2013 Consultant’s Handbook” among other books.  He also blogs at http://www.chrismcnulty.net/blog.  Previously, Chris led the SharePoint consulting practice at KMA, a Boston based Microsoft Gold Partner.   He holds an MBA in Investment Management from Boston College and has over twenty years’ experience in financial services technology with John Hancock, State Street, GMO and Santander. He lives with his wife Hayley, and his family in Milton, Massachusetts, USA.

Karin Michel
Architecture Specialist - Taxonomy, Global Information Technology, Information & Application Architecture, SNC-Lavalin
Karin Michel M.I.S is the Taxonomist at SNC-Lavalin. Ms Michel is an archivist, librarian, and is specialized in the management of digital information. She also has ten years of experience in network management and three years as a competitive information analyst in the field of local economic development . She is particularly interested in the organization of digital information that would potentially have high added value in terms of knowledge sharing.

Denis Normand
Director, Information Management and Security, SNC-Lavalin
Denis Normand is Director of Information Management and Security at SNC-Lavalin Mr Normand has over 20 years of experience in the field of information technologies and he has been, for the last 8 years, director of information management and security at SNC-Lavalin. In this capacity, he oversees the development and the evolution of the information management and security frameworks at the strategic and tactical level for the organization. Prior to that he was an independent consultant and trainer in IT Architecture, Telecommunication and Information Security.

Mitesh Patel
Technical Lead / Software Engineer, Amentra, Inc.
Mitesh Patel is a software engineer with extensive experience in building knowledge management systems utilizing software development methodologies such as agile and RUP.  He worked for a government contracting firm to design and build operational ontologies using open source technologies such as Protégé and Hibernate.  Using these technologies his team created a system to transform domain specific ontologies into relational databases.  Mitesh continues to work with information systems and is currently is leading development efforts at a financial regulations authority, where the demand for knowledge discovery platforms is at an all time high.

Mr. Michael Pendleton
Terminology Services Program Manager, Office on Environmental Information, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Michael Pendleton manages U.S. EPA’s Terminology Services program. Terminology Services provides tools and supporting services to ensure quality terminology are available to foster better understanding of EPA's business lines, as well as using terminology to support discovery and access to its information assets.

Michael Piccorossi
Director of Digital Strategy and IT, Pew Research Center


Michael Piccorossi is the Director of Digital Strategy and IT at the Pew Research Center where he works with teams of researchers, programmers, designers and journalists to develop innovative methods for managing, presenting and disseminating content and data online.   Prior to joining the Pew Research Center, he was the Director of Online Operations at U.S. News & World Report and held positions with Arlington County Public Schools and George Mason University.

Wendi Pohs
Chief Technology Officer, InfoClear Consulting
Wendi Pohs is CTO at InfoClear Consulting, a company that specializes in taxonomy management and toolkit integration.  Her clients include a major news media company, a major computer vendor,  several corporate health care clients, and leading consumer Web sites. Previously, she was a consulting IT specialist on IBM's intranet user experience team. Wendi is the author of a book about knowledge management methodologies, Practical Knowledge Management: The Lotus Knowledge Discovery System, published by IBM Press.  Wendi's past experience includes search and taxonomy work at the American Mathematical Society and at Lotus Development Corporation. She received her BA and MILS degrees from the University of Michigan.

Tom Reamy
Chief Knowledge Architect, KAPS Group
Tom Reamy is currently the Chief Knowledge Architect and founder of KAPS Group, a group of knowledge architecture, taxonomy, and text analytics consultants. Tom has 20 years' of experience in information architecture, intranet management and consulting, and text analytics.

Tom’s academic background includes a Masters in the History of Ideas, research in artificial intelligence and cognitive science, and a strong background in philosophy, particularly epistemology.  He has published articles in various journals and is a frequent speaker at knowledge management conferences. He is the author of a new book on text analytics: Deep Text: Using Text Analytics to Conquer Information Overload, Get Real Value from Social Media, and Add Big(ger) Text to Big Data

When not writing or developing KM projects, he can usually be found at the bottom of the ocean in Carmel taking photos of strange creatures.

Lee Romero
Program Manager, Deloitte Services LP
Mr Romero has worked with technical systems supporting knowledge management solutions for more than 10 years now, including significant focus on taxonomy management and managing and implementing enterprise search solutions.  Most recently, he has been the Portal Program Lead for the Global Consulting Knowledge Management organization within Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

Mr. Paul M Rosenburg
Corporate Taxonomist, GEICO Insurance
Paul Rosenberg is a member of the Knowledge Management Team at GEICO Insurance. He employs skills in taxonomy, search, XML-based publishing, and lexicography to develop better ways to deliver information within the organization. He has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College, and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland. He proudly asserts that his knowledge is a mile-wide and an inch-deep. Before joining GEICO, he was an independent consultant serving (among others) the Department of State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secret Service, and the Washington Post.



Lt Col David Sanchez
Deputy Program Manager, USAF Pilot Physician Program, Air Force Medical Service
Lt Col David Sanchez, USAFR, Deputy PM, USAF Pilot Physician Program, is an Individual Mobilization Augmentee attached to the Pilot Physician Program for the Air Force Medical Service. Focused on the subject of metadata driven application of policies for both Information and Knowledge Operations. Lt Col Sanchez also serves as an Air Force Medical Service representative to various working groups is responsible for exploiting the SharePoint ECAL Suite Enterprise Agreement for the Air Force Medical Service by driving the ability to leverage automatic metadata tagging capabilities and Managed Metadata Services within SharePoint 2010.

Bethany Sehon
Manager, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Bethany is a Manager in PwC's Information Risk Management practice and has been with the firm for 7 years. Bethany focuses on helping clients with complex information management issues, including enterprise content and records management; design and implementation of taxonomies, controlled vocabularies and file plans; master data management; and enterprise search. Bethany has worked in a variety of industries, bringing broad range of practical experience and organizational insight to client engagements. Previous to her role with the Information Risk Management practice, Bethany was PwC’s Global Taxonomy Service Manager. In her role as Taxonomy Service Manager, she identified strategic priorities for the 140 PwC global territories in collaboration with US programs and lead projects and teams specializing in taxonomy management across US and global initiatives. She has an MLIS from Rutgers University.

Bob St. Clair
Director of Industry Solutions, SchemaLogic Inc.
Bob has 17 years of experience designing metadata models and controlled vocabularies (taxonomies, thesauri, etc.), and leveraging those structures in a wide range of Enterprise Content Management, Search, and Auto-categorization systems. He has lead teams of information scientists and software developers to develop comprehensive information retrieval solutions for many software systems for many customers using software systems such as IBM content management, search, and auto-categorization systems, Microsoft SharePoint, EMC Documentum, FAST Search and Transfer, and many others.

Bob's past experience includes Product Management and Product Development roles. He spent many years at Corbis, a pioneer in online access to digital photography, where he designed and implemented the systems and information models used to describe photography and make it findable to millions of businesses and consumers worldwide.

Bob holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington.

Mr. Thomas A Stewart
Chief Marketing & Knowledge Officer, Booz & Company, Former Editor & Managing Director, Harvard Business Review
One of the pioneers of knowledge management, Thomas A. Stewart is Chief Marketing and Knowledge officer of Booz & Company. He is the former Editor and Managing Director of Harvard Business Review and the author of Intellectual Capital: the New Wealth of Organizations and The Wealth of Knowledge: Intellectual Capital and the 21st Century Organization.

Kyle S. Strand
Knowledge Management & Learning Sr. Associate, Knowledge Management Division, Inter-American Development Bank
Kyle Strand is Knowledge Management & Learning Senior Associate with the Inter-American Development Bank’s Knowledge Management Division, where he coordinated the development of the Bank's Institutional Knowledge Repository. He focuses on issues of knowledge visibility and accessibility, vocabulary and metadata, virtual collaboration and sharing, integration, and dissemination. Kyle has lived and studied in Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil, and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Michael Uschold Ph.D.
Senior Ontology Consultant, Semantic Arts
Michael Uschold is an internationally recognized expert in ontology and semantic technology with 30 years of academic and industrial experience.  Two seminal papers document his work in co-pioneering the field of ontology engineering.  Michael is a regular invited speaker and panelist. He is on the editorial boards of two academic journals and has sat on numerous advisory boards and review panels.

Now an independent consultant, for most of 2008 and 2009, Michael was a senior ontologist at Reinvent Inc., an internet domaining company in Vancouver, CA.  His team created a commercial grade contextual advertising system using large scale ontologies, linked open data, natural language processing and machine learning.  A/B testing showed significant revenue increases.

From 1997-2008, Michael was a research scientist at The Boeing Company.  His early work on semantic interoperability among product design tools laid the foundation for production software.  From 1983-1997 he worked for The University of Edinburgh both as a senior member of technical staff in the Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute and as a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Artificial Intelligence.

He received his PhD in Artificial Intelligence from The University of Edinburgh in 1991, a M.S. in computer science from Rutgers University in 1982, and a B.S. in math and physics at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1977 .

Thomas Vander Wal
Sr. Conultant, Adjuvi, LLC
Thomas Vander Wal is an analyst, strategist, advisor, and popular speaker. He focusses his work on increasing value and optimizing social tools inside, through, and outside the firewall. He works with organizations of all sizes and focus (non-profit and education to Fortune 500) to help them better understand the values and hidden considerations in building, implementing, and optimizing these social tools. He has a broad and deep background covering more than 20 years of experience in project/product/program management, application development, and user experience.

Thomas puts the focus on improving use and reuse of shared information in the services and tools. He deeply understands the tensions and need to focus on: The people using the tools as they need: the difference of collaboration, community, & collective services; and Implementing and maintaining these services on individual as well as across various services and tools. 

Thomas has a strong focus on meta for machine use, but also for people finding information and refinding it. He coined the term "folkonomy" to differentiate the shared terms people apply for their own use as well as others. He also helps develop the integration of folksonomy with taxonomy for the best results.

Thomas helped found the Boxes and Arrows online magazine, helped found the Institute for Information Architecture, and has been a member of the Web Standards Project Steering Committee.

 

Zachary R Wahl
President, Enterprise Knowledge
Zach Wahl is the founder and President of Enterprise Knowledge, LLC.  Enterprise Knowledge is focused on the delivery of innovative knowledge management solutions with a focus on taxonomy, governance, and strategic road mapping. He is an expert and frequent speaker on the topics of Taxonomy Design, Knowledge Management, and Information Governance. He focuses on the design and deployment of information managment technologies and systems including portals, collaboration tools, wikis, and other social computing products. In addition, Mr. Wahl has designed his own series of workshops on the topics of Information Management System Best Practices, Taxonomy Design, and eGovernance. Mr. Wahl has managed the deployment of over 70 information management systems in both the public and private sectors. 

Rachael Wang
Sr. Manager Sales Consultant, Oracle
Paul M. Wlodarczyk
Director, Solutions Consulting, Earley Information Science

As Director of Solutions Consulting at Earley & Associates, Paul Wlodarczyk helps clients compete by improving their content lifecycles - business processes and workflows that span the collection, collaboration, authoring, assembly, styling, review, localization, publishing, reuse, management, and search of unstructured content. Paul brings over 25 years' experience in content lifecycle operations, consulting, and software development, with expertise in the areas of enterprise content management, knowledge management, content classification, technical publishing, localization, collaboration, user interface design, learning technologies, and information worker productivity.

Paul works with services providers and manufacturers in the life sciences, high tech, aerospace, retail, energy, capital equipment, and publishing industries. Paul is a frequent speaker at industry events and contributing writer for various publications. Paul earned an MBA from the William E. Simon School of Business, and holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. He maintains a blog as The Content Guy at thecontentguy.net

Sunny Yoon
Taxonomist, Goldman Sachs

Sunny Yoon works in the financial industry building taxonomies that help to precisely define, easily integrate and effectively retrieve core data used across the firm. Her expertise in linguistics led her to work in semantic web-based search technologies where she discovered her passion for structured information.  As a an academic librarian at NJIT, NYU and the City University of New York, she established and managed institutional repositories, a digital archive for capturing and preserving the intellectual and creative output of university.  Prior to her current position, she was employed as a taxonomist at Morgan Stanley in the Enterprise Data Group. Sunny holds an MA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley as well as an MLIS from Rutgers.