Zepheira was founded by active pioneers in the Web, Semantic Web, Linked Data, XML and Open Source communities. At the heart of our ethos is our continuing, heavy contribution to open source software and open data projects and open standards. We are authors of technical articles and reports, and routinely speak at conferences.
Examples of Zepheira team’s technical community involvement:
- Architects of the Library of Congress’ Bibliographic Framework Initiative
- Members of the World Health Organization’s Technical Advisory Group for defining International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and related Health Informatic Standards
- Contributors to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
- A co-founder of Semantic Web Science Association, a non-profit organization to promote and exchange scholarly work in Semantic Web and related fields worldwide, including through the establishment of the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC).
- The XML Guild founder, XML Guild is a consortium of independent XML consultants.
- Python Software Foundation (PSF) Member
- IBM developerWorks, XML.com and Application Development Trends column author
- Past and present conference Program Advisory board members of various Semantic Web / Linked Data conference series including:
Zepheira’s founders also participate on a number of open-source projects that aim to simplify the creation, management, re-use, and delivery of data on the Web. These projects include:
- The Exhibit 3.0 project, focused on the development of a publishing framework for large scale data-rich interactive web pages.
- The MIT Simile Project, focused on developing robust, open source tools based on Semantic Web technologies that improve access, management and reuse among digital assets.
- Akara, an open source platform for developing data services available on the Web, using REST architecture.
- Recollection, a Django-based application for generating and customizing views, (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) that allow users to create their own experience of your digital collections. The Library of Congress’ Viewshare.org Platform is an instance of Recollection.
Representatives of Zepheira also serve on boards of various organizations whose goal is to make it easier to find, share and reuse data on the web, including:
- Creative Commons technical advisory group
- World Health Organization Topical Advisory Group on Health Information Modeling
- The National Center for Biomedical Ontology scientific advisory board
- GenomeSpace scientific advisory group
- Dublin Core Metadata Initiative advisory board