LinkedUp is supported by an advisory board consisting of renowned experts in the fields of open data & data management, semantic web and web-based education.


Dan Brickley

Dan Brickley is a Web standards specialist; he works on structured data standards for the Web focusing on community participation models for standards development, and on the combination of social graph datasets with structured linked data. He is chair of the W3C Semantic Web Interest Group, founder of the FOAF project and is currently leading the activities at Google, UK. He is an experienced project lead, consultant, developer and technology designer. While he was at W3C Dan helped get the Semantic Web project started developing technologies and the communities that support them. Since then he has been busy applying those standards in various domains, e.g. TV, social networks, digital library – most recently search via He is now working full-time at Google as a Developer Advocate.



Balaji Venkataraman

Balaji Venkataraman is placed as director for technology and knowledge management at the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) which is an inter-governmental agency founded by the heads of Commonwealth governments to promote access to education at all levels. As a professional, Balaji is a research worker in the broad area of information technology applied to development. He has been active in this area for two decades, and has developed and implemented a number of projects in South and Southeast Asia and West Africa. His work in the education sector in the last decade was related to launching of virtual “academies” in support of agricultural education and extension. In association with computer science departments in the Indian Institutes of Technology, he led a consortium that designed and developed a series of semantically-enabled applications in agriculture, covering non-formal learning, education and research. His current interest is to explore application of semantic web practices and technologies in improving access to freely available or Open Educational Resources.



Philippe Cudre-Mauroux

Philippe Cudre-Mauroux is a Swiss-NSF associate professor and the director of the eXascale Infolab at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Previously, he was a postdoctoral associate working in the Database Systems group at MIT. He received his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL, where he won both the Doctorate Award and the EPFL Press Mention in 2007. Before joining the University of Fribourg, he worked on distributed information and media management for HP, IBM T.J. Watson Research, and Microsoft Research Asia. His research interests are in large-scale data management infrastructures for non-relational data. He will be the Program Chair of the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) in 2012.



Sören Auer

Sören Auer leads the research group Agile Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web (AKSW) at Universität Leipzig. His research interests include semantic data web technologies, knowledge representation, engineering & management, usability, agile methodologies as well as databases and information systems. He aims to combine strong theoretical results with high-impact practical applications. Sören is author of over 80 peer-reviewed scientific publications resulting in a H-index of 20. Sören is leading the large-scale integrated EU-FP7-ICT research project “LOD2 – Creating Knowledge out of Interlinked Data”. Sören is founder (respectively co-founder) of several high-impact research and community projects such as the Wikipedia semantification project DBpedia or the social Semantic Web toolkit OntoWiki. He is co-organiser of several workshops, programme chair of I-Semantics 2008, OKCON 2010, ESWC 2010 and ICWE 2011, WWW2012, area editor of the Semantic Web Journal, serves as an expert for industry, the European Commission, the W3C and is member of the advisory board of the Open Knowledge Foundation.



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