DUBLIN, Ohio, April 18, 2012. 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.
Mr. Wallis brings to this new position expertise and experience in emerging data standards and their applications—in libraries and on the wider Semantic Web—to help establish libraries and WorldCat at the core of an emerging Web of data. 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.
"Richard Wallis is a leader in Semantic Web and Linked Data technology, and we believe he will help the OCLC cooperative extend our efforts to help libraries move to Webscale," said Robin Murray, OCLC Vice President, Global Product Management.
"I have been following and engaging with OCLC for many years, and I support OCLC's strategic direction to explore ways for library and scholarly data to take its rightful place at the heart of the information landscape," said Mr. Wallis. "WorldCat represents the largest collection of bibliographic data in the library world, and I look forward to working with Research, Engineering and Product teams at OCLC to design and implement approaches to further expose WorldCat data for the benefit of all."
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.
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world's largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat.org on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC website.