Prof. dr. ir. Erik Mannens is Professor @ MMLab's KNoWS group / Research Manager @ iMinds Media Technologies Dept. / experienced Project Manager @ iMinds - MMLab (formerly known as IBBT) since 2005 where he has successfully managed +30 projects. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science Engineering (2011) at UGent, his Master’s degree in Computer Science (1995) at K.U. Leuven University, and his Master’s degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering (1992) at KAHO Ghent. Since 2007 he is leading and expanding MMLab’s KnoWS-team which primal expertise is on centered around metadata modeling, semantic web technologies, broadcasting workflows, iDTV and web development in general. He is heavily involved in W3C standardization (a.o. co-chair of the W3C Media Fragments Working Group and actively participating in Media Annotations, Provenance, and eGovernment Groups). Since 2008 Erik is paving the Open Data path in Flanders. He stood at the cradle of the first Hackatons and is a founding member of the Open Knowledge Foundation (Belgian Chapter). Since then, he is frequently invited as Open Data evangelist at national and international events. Furthermore his team is owner of the Open Sourced Linked Open Data Publishing tools RML, TheDataTank, Linked Data Fragments, R&Wbase, and accompanying workflow engine RESTdesc. He is author or co-author of +100 publications in International Journals and Conferences.