SPEAKER ROSTER

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.

Claude Baudoin
Founder and Principal, cébé IT & Knowledge Managemen, Cutter Consortium, ACM
Claude R. Baudoin is an independent consultant in IT strategy, enterprise architecture and knowledge management. Prior to that, he spent 35 years in the corporate world, occupying various positions in software engineering and IT management, in France and the US, mostly for the global oilfield services company Schlumberger. Over his career, Mr. Baudoin developed expertise in enterprise and information architecture, business process modeling, enterprise security strategy, building communities of practice, collaboration methods and environments, and the use of social media in business.

Claude is the coauthor of two software engineering books, He has presented at international IT events, published many papers, and holds two IT-related patents. He has an MS in computer science from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree in engineering from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.

Dr. Denise A.D. Bedford
Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management, Kent State University - Knowledge Management
Dr. Denise Bedford is currently a Senior Information Officer at the World Bank in Washington DC. At the World Bank she serves as practice lead for Business Architecture, is a core member of the Operational and Knowledge Systems Program and the Enterprise Search team, and is a certified Enterprise Architect. Her responsibilities include development of the Bank’s core metadata and content type strategies, management of ontologies, taxonomies and the World Bank’s multilanguage topic thesaurus, and development and operationalization of the Bank’s semantic analysis technologies. In addition to the World Bank, she has held positions at NASA, Intel Corporation, Stanford University, the American Mathematical Association, the University of California, University of Michigan and University of Southern California. She is adjunct faculty at Georgeotown University, Unversity of Tennessee, and Kent State University where she teaches a variety of courses in information architecture, knowledge management, systems and project management, and semantics/semantic applications. She is a member of several professional associations including ASIST, ACM, AIIM, SLA, ALA and AAAI. Her educational background includes a B.A. in History, Russian Language and Literature, and German Language and Literature; an M.A. in Russian History; an M.S. in Librarianship and a Ph.D. in Information Science. In January, 2010 Dr. Bedford will be retiring from the World Bank to assume the Goodyear Professorship at Kent State University. In this new position she will focus on teaching and research in the areas of knowledge management, architecture and engineering, communities of practice, and semantic web and semantic search applications.

Jenny Benevento
Freelance Taxonomist
Jenny Benevento has built taxonomies for Associated Press, Sears Holdings Corporation Sears.com/Kmart.com), & other e-commerce and music industry websites.  She tweets @jennybento and blogs at www.jennyjenny.org.

Sarah Ann Berndt
JSC Taxonomist, NASA, Johnson Space Center, ITAMS Contract


An unabashed, energetic, KM loving gal, Sarah Ann Berndt works to find the balance between tool and implementation, automation and human-computer interaction, data representation and end-user expectation. As the JSC Taxonomist, constantly seeking ways to more accurately represent the work of scientists, engineers and specialists, in domains as numerous as figurative hay straws in a stack is a challenging and exciting pursuit!

 

 

Vivian Bliss
Associate, Taxonomy Strategies
Gina Bulatovic
Director of Professional Services, ByteManagers, Inc.
Gina Bulatovic brings more than a decade of experience analyzing and modeling data. A graduate of the University of Chicago, she received her Ph.D. in Linguistics specializing in Formal Semantics. With an industry background that includes working with several eCommerce leaders to refine and engineer increasingly effective search and navigation strategies for use online and internally, Gina joined the ByteManagers team in 2009. As the Director of Professional Services, she consults with Fortune 500 companies to implement enterprise data solutions that aim to increase profitability and improve eCommerce usability.  

Aamir Burki
Solutions Architect, ByteManagers, Inc. (BMI)
Aamir is a Solutions Architect at Bytemanagers, Inc. who brings 13 years experience working with ecommerce taxonomies. During his tenure at BMI, Aamir has been lead consultant at multiple
Fortune 500 organizations, bridging the critical relationship between product information structures and ecommerce conversion. Aamir has worked heavily with ecommerce technologies in keyword search, Product
Information Management and faceted search, all which rely on proper taxonomy to succeed. Before joining BMI, Aamir worked in ecommerce at industry leader McMaster-Carr and content-rich World Book encyclopedias.

Joseph A. Busch
Founder and Principal, Taxonomy Strategies
Mr. Busch is the Founder and Principal Consultant at Taxonomy Strategies. For the past 12 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 their vocabulary resources as linked data this past February.


Mr. Busch is a Past President of the Association for Information Science and Technology, and is currently a 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.

Juan Celaya
Owner, President and CEO, COMPU-DATA International, LLC
Helen Clegg
Knowledge Team Director, Procurement & Analytic Solutions, A.T. Kearney
Helen Clegg is Knowledge Team Director in A.T. Kearney’s Procurement & Analytic Solutions unit, where she develops knowledge-sharing solutions for procurement content and moderates a successful podcast series.

Helen has presented at KM World “From Know How to Know Now : Using Collaborative Tools to Move From Knowledge Management to Knowledge Enablement” , Online Information  “The Writing’s on the Wall : Using Social Media Techniques to Share Knowledge in a Corporate Environment”,  Online Exhibition Master Class “Proven Strategies for Sourcing Information Products”, London Metropolitan University “Knowledge Management, Culture and Change”, the Green Economics Institute “Women in Business : How to Survive and Prosper” and Internet Librarian International  “Grass roots researching : Using external sources of information to understand your marketplace”. She was a recent FreePint webinar panelist in “Tend Your Garden – Influencing Your Stakeholders and Making Your Organization Look Good” and has contributed to the SLA Europe podcast series “Building an Effective Knowledge Culture”. Helen is a regular guest speaker at the London School of Business & Finance and the Grenoble Graduate School of Management. In May 2012, Helen co-presented a paper at the Global MAKE Knowledge Management Conference in Brazil. Helen’s professional experience includes working for international management consultancies and Fortune 500 B2B companies. She holds a B.A. (Honors) in French and German, a Masters in Library and Information Studies, a Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business.  Email Helen at Helen.clegg@atkearney.com and follow her on Twitter @HClegg.

 





 



Fabrice Dennieau
Sales Director, arisem
Fabrice graduated from the Ecole d'Ingenieur en Informatique pour l'Industry (Engineering college for industrial computer science) and has worked for many years as the sales representative for software vendors and resellers.  He has launched and managed a software import company in France.  After working in business development and sales, he is now Director of Sales for Arisem, a leading vendor of text analytics tools and services.

Robert E Dornbush Jr
Sr. Information Architect & UX Design, Solutions Delivery, Earley & Associates, Designed4use, Inc.
Rob works in the field of Information Architecture and User Experience Design for large corporate Intranets and related Application Design.  In recent years his focus has been on improving employee to employee communications and team productivity via social media enhancements to SharePoint and other related web content management tools.  He often helps clients sort out complex site structures and related metadata management issues.   Robert specializes in IA and UX analysis with extensive expertise in user experience requirements discovery, definition & planning aspects of software design. He has experience in software design, IA / UX Analysis, and Search Experience optimization; capturing Software Design Specifications in a visual format utilizing MS Visio wireframes and supporting illustrations. He also has related strengths in documenting SharePoint Intranet Architecture & Design Standards, facilitating SP Governance Planning, and providing Human Computer Interface Guidelines for MS .Net Custom Applications Development.   Robert has significant experience as a SharePoint Solutions Architect and brings added value to software development projects by exercising his technical writing abilities with an emphasis on UX, Wireframes, UI REQs documentation, and Interaction Design. Robert completed a post-graduate certificate program in UI Design, has achieved over 8 years of hands-on exp. in User Experience Design for large scale Intranet Portals, and has participated in development of custom Social Networking tools for Corporate Intranets and Public-facing web apps that enhance productivity and communications in an enterprise intranet environment.   Rob is going to speak on the challenges of designing a better User Experience within SharePoint 2013's enhanced feature base at this years' SP Symposium! ?We’ll discuss-UX design and IA for SharePoint 2010 and beyond -The implications of combining social networking tools with a progressively media driven interface in the Intranet Collaboration space -The impact of social communities of practice, Windows 8 mobile UI, and managed metadata on intranet UX design in general and IA for SharePoint 2013 specifically.   Did you ever wish that you’re Users could find the information of interest to them more directly and without so much effort?  Maybe you thought that the computer should be able to remember what they need and then surface appropriate content as a part of the normal interactive flow without always forcing them to run a query or pull down help from a static list of impersonal links?  It would at least be an improvement if it (the search for Knowledge) was a two-way conversation instead of a one-way push of information, right?   In SharePoint 2013 Microsoft has done a lot of clever things that bring best of breed social media and personalization tools like ‘my saved content,’ ‘my documents,’ ‘my projects,’ ‘ my teams’, and ‘communities I follow’ to bear against the previously log jammed flow of KM data in an effort to enrich people to people communications and facilitate information retrieval in a more conversational User Experience.   Though these changes are welcomed by most and are of real benefit to ‘Facebook-savvy’ generation of end users, they can present a series of very real design challenges.  Attend this session to get a feel for the history of how we got here (from requesting more feature like we see on other everyday websites) via evolutionary changes to Intranet Design, SharePoint and KM in general (to being sorry that we got what we wished for).
Bob DuCharme
Director, Digital Media Solutions, TopQuadrant, Inc.
Bob DuCharme is the author or O'Reilly's "Learning SPARQL" and a Solution Architect at TopQuadrant, the leading provider of software and solutions for modeling, developing and deploying semantic web applications on Windows, the Mac and Linux. He performs solution requirements, architecture analysis, design, and semantic model-driven application development on TopQuadrant's TopBraid EVN and the TopBraid platform. He came to TopQuadrant from Innodata Isogen, where he did system and architecture analysis and design for a wide range of global publishing clients as well as co-chairing the 2008 Linked Data Planet conference in New York City. Earlier in his career, he oversaw SGML and XML development at Moody's Investors Service and then moved on to LexisNexis, where he did data and systems architecture as they made the transition to XML-based systems. He is also the author of Manning Publications' "XSLT Quickly," Prentice Hall's "XML: The Annotated Specification" and "SGML CD," and McGraw Hill's "Operating Systems Handbook." Bob received his BA in Religion from Columbia University and his Masters in Computer Science from New York University. His weblog at http://www.snee.com/bobdc.blog covers semantic web and metadata technology.

Seth Earley
CEO, Earley & Associates, & 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. 

Sara Feldman
KM Master's Student, Kent State University
Jessica C. Gardner
Graduate Student, Information Architecture & Knowledge Management, Kent State University - Knowledge Management
Elena Gold
Information Architect, IS, AstraZeneca
Robert G. Harp
Trans-Management Systems Corp
Heather Hedden
Senior Vocabulary Editor, Cengage Learning
Heather Hedden is a senior vocabulary editor at Cengage Learning, a position that she held from 1996 to 2004, when the company was the Gale 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 additionally teaches online workshops in taxonomy creation through the continuing education program of Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science and is the author of The Accidental Taxonomist (Information Today Inc., 2010).

Marjorie M.K. Hlava
President & Chairman, Access Innovations/Data Harmony, 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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Yanko Ivanov
Senior Knowledge Management Analyst, PPC
Robert J. Joachim
Information Systems Engineer, MITRE Corp.
Robert Joachim is a Lead Information Systems Engineer at the MITRE Corporation in McLean, Virginia. He works in MITRE's Corporate Communications and Knowledge Services division, where his roles include managing the MITRE information retrieval and delivery service. This service has a focus on enterprise and intranet search, information findability, and expertise finding. He has over 25 years of experience as a user and implementer of online information retrieval systems. He holds an MS in information systems from George Mason University, an MA in library science from the University of Michigan, and a BA from Western Michigan University.

Patrick Lambe
Founder, Straits Knowledge, Bangkok University
Patrick Lambe is the author of the widely-praised book "Organising Knowledge: Taxonomies, Knowledge and Organisational Effectiveness" (Oxford: 2007). Based in Singapore, he is the founder of knowledge management research and consulting firm Straits Knowledge, two-term past President of the Information and Knowledge Management Society, an Adjunct Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Visiting Professor at Bangkok University and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Knowledge Management. His paper on "The Unacknowledged Parentage of Knowledge Management" won an Emerald Literati award in 2012. Patrick was educated at Oxford, did his Master's in Librarianship and Information Studies at the University of London, and has worked for the past 30 years in librarianship, learning and development, elearning and knowledge management. He is a widely respected keynote speaker and writer on knowledge and information management issues, and his blog is at http://www.greenchameleon.com

Ben Licciardi
Senior Analyst, PPC
Mr. Licciardi is an Senior Analyst at Project Performance Company with over five years of experience designing and maintaining taxonomies and over 10 years of experience in the field of library and information science. He has developed and managed controlled vocabularies for Fortune 500 companies and non-profit associations and has considerable experience helping clients develop strategic ways to collect and share critical business information. In addition to his taxonomy and information management experience, Mr. Licciardi has a strong understanding of research strategies and the conceptual underpinnings of online information retrieval systems. He has conducted in-depth research using a wide-range of databases and has trained people on search techniques.

Seth Maislin
Principal Consultant, Taxonomy, Earley & Associates, Inc.
Seth Maislin is principal consultant in taxonomy and information management at Earley & Associates. For more than 20 years he has demonstrated strengths in classification and taxonomy, content modeling, information architecture, search, and usability. He has dedicated the last 10+ years to providing sustaining information management solutions to clients facing real and complex findability challenges. He has helped companies such as Motorola, Walmart, Consumer Reports, The Hartford Insurance Group, Hasbro, Corning, Staples, and The Legal Defense Fund develop content and governance frameworks for keeping internal and external web content environments both competitive and in the forefront of their business strategies. Prior to joining Earley & Associates, Seth was senior integration manager at Terra Lycos.

Paula R McCoy
Managing Editor, Science & Taxonomy, ProQuest
Paula McCoy is Managing Editor, Science and Taxonomy, at ProQuest LLC in Louisville, Kentucky. She manages the controlled vocabularies and thesauri used to index ProQuest's databases covering business and management, social science, general reference, and STM. She also serves as editorial manager for the former CSA Natural Science, Technology, and Social Science databases, overseeing both article indexing and ProQuest's Deep Indexing. She has been at ProQuest for over 30 years. Before becoming Taxonomy Manager, she supervised ABI/INFORM and the Accounting & Tax Database. She led the company's implementation of autocategorization and has been involved in the development of products including ProQuest Entrepreneurship.

Jean Pagani
Chief Knowledge Officer, The Monitor Group
Mary Parmelee
Lead Information Systems Engineer, The MITRE Corporation
Mary Parmelee is a Lead Information Systems and Artificial Intelligence Engineer at The MITRE Corporation with 12 years of experience in model-driven systems engineering. Mary has served as a Technical Lead, Team Lead and Senior Advisor to many DoD and government agencies. She specializes in semantic engineering, semantic service oriented architectures (SOAs), systems engineering, process engineering, agile design and development, and enterprise information management. Before joining MITRE, Mary served as a Metadata Specialist and Web Developer at SAS Institute where she specialized in semantic engineering and global information management systems. Mary holds a Master of Science Information Science (MSIS) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a published book, journal and technical standards author; international conference/workshop speaker and recognized industry expert in semantic technologies.



Jessica Peterson
Knowledge Representation Specialist, Smart Content, Elsevier
Angela Pitts
Consultant, The Creative Group
Ms. Angela Howze Pitts has over eight years experience in Information Technology initiatives and six years managing IT projects. Ms. Pitts skill sets include expertise in web content management, social media, information architecture, strategic communications, technical writing, training, online instructional planning and design. Ms. Pitts has performed duties as a project manager, IT/web manager, a web content manager, systems librarian for the U.S. Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia, and as a taxonomy developer, where she served on a team of faculty and subject matter experts (SMEs) to draft original homeland security taxonomy. Additionally, she is experienced as a developer on AKO/DKO and SharePoint web portal platforms, and served as team leader for the design and implementation of a web-based search and retrieval system for digitized archives material.  In 2011, she was recognized as a ProSol Eagle Award nominee for her success as team lead for the research and development of O-3 level, computer-based training modules for the Marine Corps’ Regional Culture and Language Familiarization (RCLF) program.  Throughout her career she has received numerous awards for her past performance, holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, and is a published author; her most recent publication is, "A Taxonomy for the Homeland Security Digital Library"; Montague Institute Review, October, 2005.  

Theresa Putkey
Information Architect, Key Pointe Usability Consulting, Inc.
As an independent consultant, Theresa provides user experience knowledge and expertise to larger website, web-based software, and content management initiatives. Since 2000, Theresa has been an information geek, focusing on user-focused design with an emphasis on information structure and information interaction in that design. While working on projects, she employs a user-centred approach to improve communication between stakeholders, employees, and customers.

Theresa holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Davis, in Comparative Religion. One thing her education has taught her: culture is the lens from which people seek, find, and share information.

Theresa is a member of the American Society of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), and runs the Information Architecture and Content Strategy Vancouver Meetup group. 

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 Master’s 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.

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.

Dr Anthony Rhem PhD
CEO/Chief Scientist, Tacit Ware, Inc., Knowledge Systems Institute
Dr. Anthony J Rhem, PhD. is an Information Systems professional with thirty (30) years of experience. Dr. Rhem currently serves as the CEO/Chief Scientist of Tacit Ware, Inc., a Knowledge Management Software located in Chicago, Illinois. As a Knowledge Management (KM) consultant and software engineer Dr. Rhem has worked with fortune 500 corporations in retail, communications, financial, Insurance and the military (US Army and US Air Force) in implementing KM programs, policies and developing KM software solutions. As a KM Instructor for the Knowledge Management Institute, Dr. Rhem has trained hundreds of personnel across many government and military agencies in the principles, practice and application of KM. As a professor at the Knowledge Systems Institute (KSI) Dr. Rhem has designed a series of Knowledge Management courses and delivered instruction within KSI’s Computer Science Masters program. Dr Rhem’s advisory work includes being a member of the Board of Trustees at The Knowledge Systems Institute, the Industry Advisory Board – International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEKE), The Technology Council of Advisors for the Gerson Lehman Group, and Member of the National Science Foundation SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) Review Panel. Dr. Rhem is actively involved with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I and Phase II grant funding process as a review panelist since 2004. As a Principle Investigator Dr. Rhem has been awarded a SBIR phase I grant and has participated in several research projects successfully commercializing software methodologies, and software products.
Hannah Rubin
Information Research Specialist, Congressional Research Service
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.

John Seely Brown
Chief of Confusion; Visiting Scholar at USC; Independent Co-Chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge, & Author, The New Culture of Learning
John Seely Brown is a visiting scholar at USC and the independent co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge

In a previous life, I was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). I was deeply involved in the management of radical innovation and in the formation of corporate strategy and strategic positioning of Xerox as The Document Company. 

Today, I'm Chief of Confusion, helping people ask the right questions, trying to make a difference through my work- speaking, writing, teaching. 

I've also received a few honorary degrees along the way, and in 2004 I was inducted into the Industry Hall of Fame; I was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009. 

For more, see www.johnseelybrown.com



Simon Spero
Doctoral Student, School of Information and Library Science, UNC Chapel Hill
 

Mr. Spero has been working in the field of Networked Information Retrieval and Discovery since 1991, and was part of the original SUNSite project at UNC Chapel Hill, where he developed the first multithreaded web server, which was also the first such server to support binary plug-ins. Based on performance problems discovered through packet level analysis of the HTTP protocol,  Mr Spero worked with the W3C on the HTTP-NG effort, and was a keynote speaker at the Darmstadt and Boston WWW conferences. 

In 2006 Mr. Spero entered the Doctoral program in the School of Information and Library Science at UNC, where his work has focused on the semantics of controlled vocabularies, and their relationships with applied formal ontology.

 

Samantha Starmer
Director, eCommerce Customer Experience, REI
Joel Summerlin
Director, Information Standards, Associated Press

Joel Summerlin has been managing taxonomies and taxonomists for about 12 years. As Director of Information Standards at Associated Press, he oversees the continuing development of multiple thesauri, ontologies, and authority lists to support the automated classification of multi-media news content. He recently helped to launch AP Metadata Services, a new product that allows publishers to leverage the same metadata system that supports AP’s award-winning news operation. Joel was also the lead taxonomist at Corbis, where he oversaw the expansion of a 100,000-term thesaurus into 10 additional languages to support the description and retrieval of assets in one of the world’s largest collections of digital imagery. He has an MLIS and an MFA from the University of Washington, and a BA from Reed College.

Jim Sweeney
Product Manager, Synaptica, LLC
Jim Sweeney is the Product Manager for Synaptica LLC, overseeing product development, project management and customer sales and support services for the Synaptica suite of taxonomy and metadata management software. Jim has been with the Synaptica team since 2005.  

Margo Thomas
Lead Operations Officer, Finance and Private Sector Development, International Finance Corporation
John Matthew Upton
Principal Consultant, ByteManagers
John Matthew Upton is an information science professional that specializes in defining information architecture to support the end-user.  He has experience in a broad range of technical disciplines, including the creation of controlled vocabularies, taxonomy/ontology management, metadata schemas and faceted classification. His past projects span data management implementations for multinational companies, including several Fortune 100 and 500 companies.

 

JM has a BA in English from the University of Virginia.

 

Dr. Amanda J Vizedom
Principal Ontologist, Wind River Consulting, LLC, Critcollab
Dr. Vizedom is Principal Ontologist at Wind River Consulting. Dr. Vizedom has developed and designed ontology for a range of user communities and technologies, including search, entity extration, and inference-heavy AI applications.  She has also headed ontology teams and cross-functional R&D teams and projects in both private sector and government contexts. Dr. Vizedom received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Univ. of Minnesota, where her research interests focused especially on social contexts and their consequences for evidential reasoning and belief; she maintains a special interest in cross-community knowledge development, representation, and sharing, all with an eye to better enabling end-user knowledge access, reasoning and decision-making.

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 Portal 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. 

Christopher Wallstrom
Information Manager, Findwise AB
Christopher Wallström has been working as a consultant within Information Management for over 10 years, implementing search and BI solutions and later doing more taxonomy and metadata work. He is currently involved in several Sharepoint intranet projects with focus on information management.

Dr. Hollie White
Digital Initiatives Librarian, Goodson Law Library, Duke University

Dr White is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the J. Michael Goodson Law Library at Duke University.  She has Ph.D in Information Science from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  Before receiving her Ph.D, Hollie was Catalog Librarian for the Ross-Blakley Law Library at Arizona State University.  She received her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.A. in English with an emphasis in Digital Humanities from the University of Georgia.    She has B.A.s in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Georgia as well.  Hollie researches and publishes in the areas of pop culture and legal instruction, inter-indexer consistency, metadata, and repository management. 

Michael Williams
Program Manager, InfoReliance
Ming Zhu
Director, Division of Solutions Development, CPSC