“Condensing fact from the vapor of nuance.” (Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash, 1992)
I am Co-Founder and -Director of Collibra nv/sa, a VC-backed software company with seats in Belgium, USA, and Poland that spun off from STARLab at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). I am Assistant Professor of Computer Science at VU University Amsterdam; Associate at Curtin University, Australia and Lecturer at VUB.
I am the key co-designer of the principles and methods of business semantics management (see my PhD), that are underpinning Collibra‘s Data Governance software, which are deployed in various public administrations and multinational corporations in Europe and the USA.
My current research is to better understand the structure and dynamics of the World Wide VALUE Web.
- How we can discover tacit value objects inherent to Web relationships and articulate their structure and composition in a way that would lead them to gravitate towards unanticipated value propositions? We call this Business Service Semantics and are challenged by their ontological representation and governance, as well as discovery.
- Presuming service-centric thinking, and non-linear patterns of the Web, I believe Service Value Networks (SVNs) lie at the center of this gravitation; forming the hubs of the Value Web. Therefore, the second aspect of my research lies on automating componential design of multi-party SVNs (based on e3value) that coproduce valuable service offerings for their environment.
I authored more than 40 publications in books, international journals and conferences. I am Chairman of the IFIP WG 12.7 on Social Semantics and Collective Intelligence, member of IFIP WG 2.14 on Service-based Systems, and member of The Network Institute, ACM and IEEE.