Hugh has been fired with enthusiasm for Linked Data for many years. He views it as the crucial technology that enables disparate, distributed data silos to be joined to build novel applications and services that stretch our imagination. In following this journey, he has created (with Ian Millard) two of the most significant practical activities in the Web of Data, sameas.org , which helps to establish linkage between datasets and rkbexplorer.com, which is a Linked Data application that gives a unified view of some fixed datasets plus data from the general Web of Data.
Prior to joining Seme4, Hugh was a Reader in the School of Electronics & Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK.
His earlier research was in the fundamentals of Distributed Systems and Programming Languages, but since the Semantic Web activity began he has moved his focus to the technologies required to deliver the vision. As part of this he has enthusiastically embraced the Linked Data initiative.