With a background in linguistics, Jan understands the conceptual structure and the importance of Linked Data and SKOS like no one else. Therefore, driven by substantive motivation, he has strongly advocated for the development of Linked Data in the Netherlands. Jan enjoys reading and has an interest in geology; this is not a strange combination for an information architect.
Jan excels in complex environments where interests that are difficult to reconcile play a role. With a keen sense of how people handle language and information, he understands the value of their information. As an architect and information manager, Jan aims to bridge everyday language use, human behavior, and the operation of information systems. Jan thinks in terms of processes and can accurately assess the feasibility of advice due to his years of experience with various developments in service delivery at organizations. He can sharply position situational factors such as ownership, governance, and quality in organizations to achieve optimal results despite differing interests.
Jan is a "thought leader" with various publications to his name on Semantic technology and Linked Data. He has also put SKOS on the map in the Netherlands by advocating for its inclusion in the 'apply-or-explain' list.
My dream has always been to have a team of content-driven specialists around me to jointly achieve innovation.