From an OCLC Announcement:
Richard Wallis, a consultant and distinguished thought leader in Semantic Web and Linked Data technology, has joined the OCLC staff as Technology Evangelist. He will be based in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
He will collaborate with members and facilitate projects with OCLC teams as libraries and the cooperative continue their efforts to expose WorldCat data as linked data. Mr. Wallis will engage library and information technology leaders in discussions of OCLC’s mission and vision, and will help shape the global library cooperative’s approach to data sharing and standards in the future.
OCLC is implementing a variety of applications for library linked data, such as VIAF and FAST. Mr. Wallis will help to accelerate and further efforts to expose WorldCat data as linked data.
Mr. Wallis established Data Liberate, a consulting organization, in January 2012 after having been with Talis, a Linked Data and Semantic Web technology organization in the United Kingdom, for over 20 years. As Technology Evangelist, he has been at the forefront in promoting, explaining and applying new and emerging Web and Semantic Web technologies in the wider information world. He is an active blogger, and was a regular podcaster in the “Talking with Talis” series. From 2008 to 2010, he hosted and chaired “Library 2.0 Gang,” a monthly round-table podcast series that brought together thought leaders, movers and shakers, and executives from leading organizations in library technology.
In his new role at OCLC, Mr. Wallis is expected to travel extensively, particularly throughout Europe and the United States, participate in conferences and programs, and continue blogging on emerging Web technologies.
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