ISWC2014 Developers

Semantic Web Developer of the Year 2014

After a careful combination of public vote and utter randomness,
the Semantic Web Developer of the Year 2014 Award went to:

Kjetil Kjernsmo

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Kjetil has been a part of the Semantic Web community for more than 15 years. His work at Opera Software is referenced in the original Linked Data Design Issue, and in 2005, he put the first public SPARQL endpoint with real-life data online. There, he also contributed to the W3C in the Web Content Label XG, POWDER WG, Semantic Web Education and Outreach IG, he initiated and managed the Community Projects, which was a call to developers, and out of which the Linking Open Data project grew. In the SPARQL 1.1 WG he edited the New Features and Requirements specification. All the way, he emphasized development aspects. Recently, he has worked to bring the Perl community up as a viable alternative for RDF development, also leading by code, which can also be found in Debian and Ubuntu.