DIANA MAYNARD is a Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, UK. She has a PhD in Automatic Term Recognition from Manchester Metropolitan University, and has been involved in research in NLP since 1994. Her main interests are in IE, opinion mining, terminology and social media. Since 2000 she has led the development of USFD’s open-source multilingual IE tools, and has led research teams on a number of UK and EU projects. She is chair of the annual GATE training courses and leads the GATE consultancy on IE and opinion mining. She has published extensively, organised a number of national and international conferences, workshops and tutorials, given invited talks and keynote speeches, and reviews project proposals for RNTL. She is currently joint co-ordinator of the Semantic Web Challenge.

STEFAN DIETZE is a Senior Researcher at the L3S Research Center of the Leibniz University Hannover (Germany). He holds a Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in Applied Computer Science from Potsdam University and previously held research positions at the Knowledge Media Institute (KMI) of The Open University (UK) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering (Berlin, Germany). His main research interests are in Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies and their application to Web data integration problems in domains such as education or Web archiving. Stefan currently is coordinator of the EU-funded project LinkedUp ( and he has been involved in leading roles in numerous EU R&D projects, such as LUISA, NoTube, ARCOMEM or mEducator. Furthermore, he is founder of the Linked Learning workshop series and of the community platforms Stefan’s work has been published throughout major conferences and journals in areas such as Semantic Web, Linked Data, Services-oriented Systems and Technology-enhanced Learning and he is reviewer, organiser and committee member for numerous scientific events and publications.

WIM PETERS, research fellow at the University of Sheffield, holds a PhD in the area of semantic analysis and re-modelling of linguistic resources, in particular regarding figurative language use. In his long standing career in NLP he has participated in various EU and national projects covering multilingual thesaurus creation, corpus building and annotation, information extraction in various domains, semantic resource analysis and re-use, and ontology acquisition. In he has led the university’s effort. At present he is coordinating the digital libraries project ARCOMEM ( His main interests are knowledge extraction and the interface between lexical and ontological knowledge, including multilinguality. He is an active member of the ISO and WTC3 standardization committees for terminological lexical and ontological resources (TC37/SC4 and OntoLex). He has published in various proceedings, journals and books.

JONATHON HARE is a Senior Research Fellow in the Web and Internet Science group at the University of Southampton where he works on projects exploring multimedia data mining and information extraction. Jonathon holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science (2006) and a BEng in Aerospace Engineering (2002) from the University of Southampton. Prior to commencing his PhD research, he worked as a Research Engineer at Motorola Research. Jonathon was granted a number of patents as a result of his work at Motorola, and has published over 40 papers in international conferences and journals during his academic career. Jonathon has given a number of invited talks, the most notable being for the Royal Institute of Great Britain.