The Land Portal Technical Advisory Committee plays an important role in providing independent technical expertise on Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) and link the Land Portal Foundation with open knowledge communities. The Committee is composed of individuals with varied expertise and a common inclination towards innovation and social change, and support the Land Portal Foundation Board and Team to ensure continued development and innovation of the platform.
The Committee is an informal group that is consulted together and individually with regard to operations, strategy and technical development of the Land Portal. Group members hold no legal responsibilities to the Land Portal Foundation, but play a key role in ensuring its continued success.
Tim Davies is co-director of Practical Participation Ltd through which he operates as an independent consultant. Amongst other projects, he is research coordinator for the World Wide Web Foundation's 'Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries' program, and works on the AidInfo program supporting the use of data from the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). Tim graduated from Oxford with a first class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics in 2006, has an MSc in Social Science of the Internet from Oxford Internet Institute (2010) and is currently undertaking a PhD in Web Science at the University of Southampton, with studies focusing on the democratic impacts of open data.
With the IKM Emergent program Tim started exploring the application of linked data in international development in 2010, and has worked on open and linked data projects with DFID's Research for Development portal, Young Lives, and the Institute for Development Studies. For AidInfo, Tim is also coordinator of the Open Knowledge Foundation's open-development working group, working to build a community of practice around inclusive and open approaches to data and development.
Mike Powell is former director of the IKM Emergent program, focusing on knowledge management in development, and now works as an independent consultant on ICT4D. His work focuses on being an effective intermediary between technology developers and users of information and communications systems at all levels in the development sector. This involves action to relate the technical choices that have to be made as ICT systems are developed to the intended relationships and information needs of those who want to use the result as a resource for development.
Mike has championed action research work to understand the impact of emerging technologies such as linked data, noting that when new practices such as the use of linked data are being introduced, their impact on development dynamics is very often overlooked and underfunded.
Christophe Guéret is a Senior Software Engineer at the BBC. Previously, Christophe served as a researcher at the digital preservation institute Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) from the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). H did his postdoc in the Department of Artificial Intelligence at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research interests focuses on decentralized knowledge systems, heuristic-based reasoning and network analysis.
Christophe is co-founder of the Linked Data for Development community group of the W3C, and brings a strong experience of data sharing, linked data, and linked data in developing countries to the Land Portal.
Valeria Pesce is the web architect and information systems specialist at the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), focusing on issues related to information exchange, information flows and open data. GFAR collaborates with other international partners on issues related to the opening of information under the Coherence in Information for Agricultural research for Development (CIARD) initiative.
Valeria’s fields of expertise include information management and information technology in general, as well as web content management, semantic technologies, Linked Data, exchange formats and protocols, vocabularies and authority data.