Makx Dekkers

Makx Dekkers
Independent Information Professional, Member RDA, Europe.

Makx Dekkers (Rotterdam, 1954) has extensive experience in information technology, standardisation and international co-operation spanning three decades, especially in the broad areas of Open Data, e-Government, Public Sector Information, Research Data and Digital Cultural Heritage.

The main focus of his activities over the years has been on the development and practical application of solutions for information management and data exchange with emphasis on interoperability, taking into account strategic, operational and technical aspects. Recently, he was the editor of the FAIR Data Maturity Model, creating consensus among a global community in a Working Group of the Research Data Alliance on a model for the assessment of FAIRness (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, Reusability) of research data.

In the period 2005-2011, he was involved with as a member of the team that achieved consensus across the cultural heritage sector around a common standard for description of digital heritage, the Europeana Data Model. In other work, he was involved in projects and studies related to Linked Open Government Data, information governance, persistent identifiers, Big Data and Research Data.

He is a member of the Research Data Alliance, the Europeana Association, the Advisory Board of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative and the Steering Group of EuropeanaTech, and a participant in the Data Exchange Working Group at W3C. Previously, he worked in management positions at Pica, centre for library automation in the Netherlands, at the technology branch of the management consultancy department of PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Netherlands and Luxembourg and as Managing Director at the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. Makx holds an M.Sc. in Theoretical Chemistry with Informatics and History of Science from the University of Utrecht.

He has the nationality of the Netherlands and speaks Dutch, English, French and Spanish.

January 2021

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