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DCMI Executive

The Executive consists of compensated officers who support the DCMI committees and groups through the provision of specific services in areas such as financial management, required reporting, and the development and execution of DCMI activities. The exact roles of the officers may change from time to time depending on the administrative and programmatic needs and resources of DCMI.

Paul Walk
Managing Director

Paul Walk's career in higher education began in the early 1990s at the University of North London where he began developing with library and Web technologies. He developed a range of institutional systems, building bespoke web applications as well as partnering with major commercial suppliers to develop their products in a higher education context. Paul went on to manage enterprise-wide software development projects and developed an abiding interest in the practice and management of software development.

A change in direction in 2006 saw Paul join UKOLN at the University of Bath where, for seven years, he served the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and then its successor, Jisc, as a strategic technical advisor, with a focus in the areas of information standards development, resource discovery and digital infrastructure.

In 2013, Paul joined EDINA, University of Edinburgh, as Head of Technology Strategy and Planning, an exciting new role which placed him back into a service development and delivery environment — albeit one operating at a national as well as an institutional scale.

In 2017 Paul left EDINA to form a company, Antleaf Ltd., which provides consulting services in the areas of metadata and data management and repository development.

Tom Baker
Assistant Director

Thomas Baker, an active member of the Dublin Core community since 1996 and member of DCMI administrative committees since 1998, currently serves both as Assistant Directory and as Chair of the DCMI Usage Committee, which he founded in 2001. Over the years he has also co-chaired the W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group (which published Simple Knowledge Organization System, SKOS, in 2009) and the W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group, currently contributes to the W3C community developing the Shape Expressions language (ShEx) for RDF validation, and consults on projects related to Semantic Web, notably AGROVOC and Global Agricultural Concept Scheme (GACS). As a digital library researcher he has worked at the Goettingen State Library (Germany), Fraunhofer Society, and German National Research Center for Informatics (GMD), and has served as an activity lead in projects funded by the EU and the German National Science Foundation. Tom has also taught at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok (1997-1999) and Sungkyunkwan University (2014-2015). He holds an MLS from Rutgers University and an MA and PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University. Inasmuch as communication is always imperfect, especially across multiple domains and languages, Tom promotes simple vocabularies, concept schemes, and data shapes as realistic means for achieving pragmatic interoperability.