Bernadette Hyland

Dave Wood

James Leigh

Dave Wood


Dr. Wood has contributed to the evolution of the World Wide Web since 1999, especially in the formation of standards and technologies for the Semantic Web. He has architected key aspects of the Web to include the Persistent Uniform Resource Locator (PURL) service and several Semantic Web databases and frameworks. David is the author of Programming Internet Email (O’Reilly, 1999) and Linked Data: Structured data on the Web (Manning, 2013) and editor of Linking Enterprise Data (Springer, 2010) and Linking Government Data (Springer, 2011).

David is co-chair of the W3C RDF Working Group. He co-chaired the Semantic Web Best Practices and Deployment Working Group and is a member of the Semantic Web Coordination Group. David has represented international organizations in the evolution of Internet standards at the International Standards Organization (ISO), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the World Wide Web Consortium. David is a founding and contributing member of many Free/ Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects, including the Mulgara Semantic Store, Persistent URL (PURLs), Freemix and the Callimachus Project.

In his eclectic career, David has been a ship’s navigator and deep sea salvage engineer for the US Navy. He has been an aerospace engineer, Web researcher and serial entrepreneur. He is a regular guest lecturer in Linked Data ventures at MIT and occasionally teaches computer science at the University of Mary Washington.

David holds a Ph.D., Software Engineering, University of Queensland, Australia; Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineer, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School; MS, Astronautical Engineering, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and BS, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Military Institute.