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Benjamin Nowack

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Benjamin Nowack I am a (Semantic) Web developer, working from D�sseldorf in Germany, where I'm running a tiny Web agency. My focus is on utilizing SemWeb technology such as RDF and SPARQL as productivity boosters for everyday Web development.

I'm an active RDF community member. My main contribution is ARC, an open-source, easy-to-use RDF toolkit for PHP practitioners.

When I'm not coding, I'm alleviating my Work-Life imbalance with learning Hip Hop Funk Style Dances.

I'm usually available for web development work (ideally using the tools I know), talks, or training (please see the experience section below, or have a look at my blog for examples of what I'm doing). Quick ways to contact me are by email (bnowack at, Twitter, or IRC (my nick is bengee).

Core Web Development Skills and Experience

  • HTML (since 1995. Hmmm, OS/2 WebExplorer...)
  • JavaScript (since 1997 IIRC)
  • PHP/MySQL (since around 1999. Took the usual Perl -> ASP -> ColdFusion -> PHP road)
  • CSS-based layouting (since 2004, was a little late to the game)
  • Web Design (mostly user interfaces, a tiny bit of logo creation. I'm not a general designer/artist, but I know my way around Photoshop and Inkscape)
  • RDF (since 2003)
  • RDF Schema, OWL (since 2003/2004, I'm not so much into logics and reasoning. I wrote a simple web-based RDFS/OWL editor in 2004, though)
  • SPARQL (since 2005)
  • eRDF, RDFa, microformats, Microdata (more recently)

I am fine with SVN, BZR, Git, and basic CLI commands, but apart from that, I consider myself a Web-spoiled front-end developer ;-) I usually shy away from things that need to be compiled or don't have a mouse-friendly installation procedure. Deliberately.

Current Projects

  • ARC - "Easy RDF and SPARQL for LAMP Developers"
  • Trice - A Semantic Web Application Framework
  • paggr - Linked Data Dashboards


Talks, Slides, Articles, Papers

Spec Work and Contributions


Some companies and organizations I work(ed) with


Education (well, the formal stuff)

  • 2004/2005: Scientific Developer at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), Galway, Ireland
  • 2004: Dipl.-Betriebswirt (FH) graduation with major in Media and Information Management, overall grade 1.7, W�rzburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • 1994 - 2004: Studies of Mathematics, Computer Science and Business Administration (area specialisation New Media) at W�rzburg University and W�rzburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

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Current availability

  • up to 30 h/w, possibly more for short-term projects