Hi, I’m Pieter van Everdingen, I have a background in Technology Management, AI and business rules classification at the University of Technology in Eindhoven. I started my career in the mid ninetees as an Oracle developer using Oracle Forms, Reports and Designer/2000, but I continued my career as a project/program/release manager from the late ninetees at Baan Development (ERP software development company) managing many Beta project worldwide for new Baan products. I also updated the Baan Development Method (BDM) to a new version, which gave a clear overview of how 40 different roles were involved in the development process with 100 deliverables.
I continued to work as an Enterprise Architect at a large insurance company, where I was also a member of the International Architecture Board (ITAB) for 4 years, working on the components of our reference architecture, standards and tooling selection processes, on best practices, re-use optimization worldwide, application portfolio rationalization, consolidation, cost reductions and on improving the service levels of our ICT-department. Currently, I’m working as an independent consultant/architect, doing projects for customers, mostly Linked Data related. And I’m also working as the community manager for Platform Linked Data Netherlands (PLDN), an open network community for Linked Data experts. We share Linked Data-related knowledge and experiences in our network via events and work sessions that we organize and via publications that we produce.
For more information on Platform Linked Data Netherlands, see:
My personal interest in Solid is that I do not want to be dependent of large social media platforms, where my personal data is locked in their system. Therefore, I would like to learn about Solid and be a bit more in control myself about my personal data. My development skills are a bit ‘rustic’, but I’m now looking into the details of Solid to see how much I can do myself and where I might need some help when things are becoming too technical or too complex. But, my data modelling skills are ok, having worked on meta models, enterprise data models, life cycle data models and on knowledge models (taxonomies, thesauri and ontologies). I’m in favor of using a minimal set of coherent modeling constructs and languages to create a maximum effect and of minimizing the number of mappings that you have to make (you don’t want to get ‘lost in translation’, where you lose things during every mapping). So, from a declarative specification in a formal language, I would like to be able to dynamically generate apps as easy as possible (model/shape-driven?). But, first I want to have a good understanding of all the different building blocks of Solid and how it works, before I will become active on this forum. That might take a few weeks, but hopefully soon.
For Platform Linked Data Netherlands (PLDN), I would like to start Solid activities within our PLDN-community aligned to the global Solid-community activities. I’ve been in contact with Mitzi to discuss how we can organize these activities, given what is available now in the Solid ecosystem. At April 9th, a PLDN-Solid kick-off session will be organized in Utrecht. For more details, see:
One of the challenges of this kick-off is, that I want to have a two-hour hands-on part included in this session using good sample PODS and apps we can show as examples and where all participants can create their first POD (or adapt their existing POD) and get a good idea of how to use existing apps (e.g. you can migrate your blogs to…, you can migrate your pictures to…, etc.) and of how to develop new apps, given the Solid libraries that are available in combination with other development frameworks. It would be nice to have a ‘running example’ for all the how to topics in the session (possibly combined with the develop a Solid app during your lunch break example or something similar to this example). Does anyone has experience with this and how I can squeeze sufficient practical how to information within a two-hour timeframe that the participants become really exited in using Solid and in contributing to the Solid developments as a whole.
So, if anyone has good suggestions for a two-hour Solid hands-on experience, please let me know.