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DCMI Executive

The Executive consists of compensated officers who support the DCMI committees and groups through the provision of specific services in areas such as financial management, required reporting, and the development and execution of DCMI activities. The exact roles of the officers may change from time to time depending on the administrative and programmatic needs and resources of DCMI.

Paul Walk
Managing Director

Paul Walk's career in higher education began in the early 1990s at the University of North London where he began developing with library and Web technologies. He developed a range of institutional systems, building bespoke web applications as well as partnering with major commercial suppliers to develop their products in a higher education context. Paul went on to manage enterprise-wide software development projects and developed an abiding interest in the practice and management of software development.

A change in direction in 2006 saw Paul join UKOLN at the University of Bath where, for seven years, he served the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and then its successor, Jisc, as a strategic technical advisor, with a focus in the areas of information standards development, resource discovery and digital infrastructure.

In 2013, Paul joined EDINA, University of Edinburgh, as Head of Technology Strategy and Planning, an exciting new role which placed him back into a service development and delivery environment — albeit one operating at a national as well as an institutional scale.

In 2017 Paul left EDINA to form a company, Antleaf Ltd., which provides consulting services in the areas of metadata and data management and repository development.

Tom Baker
Assistant Director

Thomas Baker, a member of DCMI administrative committees since 1998, served from May 2005 to January 2009 as the DCMI Director Specifications and Documentation and currently serves as the Chief Information Officer of DCMI and co-chair of the DCMI Usage Committee, which he founded in 2001. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea. He consults for Semantic Web projects, notably with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO). He has served as chair of the W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group, W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group, and as a member of the W3C Semantic Web Coordination Group (currently the W3C Data Activity Coordination Group). As a digital library researcher he has worked at the Goettingen State Library (Germany), Fraunhofer Society, and German National Research Center for Informatics (GMD), and has served as an activity lead in projects funded by the EU and the German National Science Foundation. For two years, he taught at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok. He holds an MLS from Rutgers University and an MA and PhD from Stanford University.