Picture of Makx DekkersMakx Dekkers

Managing Director, the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative

Makx Dekkers has extensive experience in information technology, standardisation and international co-operation.

The main areas of his activities are development, standardisation and application of solutions for information management and exchange with emphasis on interoperability from both a strategic as well as a technical perspective. His current activities and assignments include:

  • Managing Director of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, a global organisation defining and maintaining one of the main cross-domain metadata standards for the Web
  • Workpackage leader Technical and Semantic Interoperability in EDLnet, a European project building the European Digital Library
  • Team Leader of a project team at the European Standardisation Committee (CEN) on sharing resources in eGovernment

In recent years, his work has focused on interoperability for cultural heritage, e-government and public sector information. This included involvement in European standardisation activities in this area at CEN, in projects funded by the European Commission and in national activities in several countries in Europe. Previously, he worked in management positions at Pica, centre for library automation in the Netherlands and at the management consultancy department of PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Makx has the nationality of the Netherlands and lives and works in Barcelona, Spain.

the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative

The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative is an open organization engaged in the development of interoperable online metadata standards that support a broad range of purposes and business models.

DCMI's activities include work on architecture and modeling, discussions and collaborative work in DCMI Communities and DCMI Task Groups, annual conferences and workshops, standards liaison, and educational efforts to promote widespread acceptance of metadata standards and practices.



Wednesday, November 5th: 10.30 - 12.00

Track: E-gov Challenges

Making a case for interoperability

The presentation will sketch the background against which eGovernment is moving towards interoperability: requirements for joined-up government (local, regional and national) and European directives requiring cross-border exchange of data.

Some organizational models of implementation will be considered (top-down and bottom-up) with specific attention to the services that may benefit from increased interoperability.

From a perspective of the Dublin Core metadata standards, the talk will look at the current status of interoperability in the sector and what steps could be taken to reach the goal of building an integrated public sector in Europe.