Jon Phipps

active 5 years, 10 months ago



Jon Phipps


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Short Bio

Jon Phipps is an independent consultant advising libraries and other institutions on Linked Data strategies and metadata management, and a partner in Metadata Management Associates in Ithaca, NY. His was at one time the Lead Scientist for Internet Strategies at JES & Co. (pronounced 'jesandco') "a non-profit organization dedicated to the 21st century education of youth", and the Lead Engineer and Principal Investigator of the NSDL Metadata Registry. He was the Technical Lead of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Core Integration group at Cornell University, an Invited Expert on the W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group where he was a co-editor of the SKOS Use Cases and Requirements document and a co-editor of the revised Best Practice Recipes for Publishing RDF Vocabularies, and was an Invited Expert on the W3C eGovernment Interest Group. He is a member of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Advisory Board and co-chair of the Registries Community. He has given numerous presentations and participated in a number of journal articles on Linked Data, metadata, vocabulary management, RDF, and the Semantic Web.

Interest in LODLAM

The most pressing issue is the proliferation of metadata vocabularies and how best to deal with it. Many people are trying to promote a limited number of standards to deal with the problem and I believe this is exactly the wrong approach for Linked Data. What's needed is better inter-vocabulary mapping strategies to allow organizations to develop and distribute domain-specific vocabularies, and allow the machines to make sense of the proliferation in both a global and local context.


Library, Government (incl National and State libraries and archives), Academic, Research

Linked Open Data Projects

The Open Metadata Registry:


Metadata Management Associates