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Tom Baker

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)
Tom Baker has left his fingerprints on key Semantic Web standards since the late 1990s, when he helped found the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI), which he now co-directs. He co-chaired the W3C working group that published Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) in 2009 and currently contributes to the community developing the Shape Expressions language (ShEx) for RDF validation. Tom has worked on projects about AGROVOC and Global Agricultural Concept Scheme (GACS). A language nerd and Stanford Anthropology PhD who has taught at AIT/Bangkok and Sungkyunkwan University, Tom points out that communication is always imperfect, especially across multiple domains and languages. He promotes simple vocabularies and ontologies for pragmatic interoperability and the use of shape languages for data-oriented business rules.

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