Michael K. Bergman is the CEO and co-founder of Structured Dynamics LLC since November 2008, a provider of services and products for the semantic enterprise, and editor of the lightweight UMBEL vocabulary and reference concept ontology. He began this blog in July 2005.
For the past twenty years Mike has been an entrepreneur, Web scientist, and independent consultant. Mike was CEO of Zitgist LLC, the predecessor company to Structured Dynamics. For six years prior to that up to late-2006, Mike was the co-founder, chief technology officer, and chairman of BrightPlanet Corporation. Prior to that he was founder and CEO of VisualMetrics Corporation, a data warehousing software firm with an emphasis on large-scale Internet databases and bioinformatics, and TheWebTools Company, an early pioneer in meta-search tools.
Mike began his professional career in the mid-1970s as a project director for the U.S. EPA for a major energy study called the Coal Technology Assessment (CTA). He later taught in the Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Virginia and was a fellow in the Energy Policies Study Center. He then joined the American Public Power Association in 1982 and was soon promoted to director of energy research. He quadrupled that trade association’s voluntarily supported R&D program to 500 members.
He remained at APPA for seven years then formed his own successful technology commercialization company, Instar Community Systems, Inc. At Instar, Mike helped create three technology commercialization groups in fuel cells, photovoltaics and biomass energy. He directly reported to the Boards of all three groups. In late 1994 he founded VisualMetrics. He has been exclusively dedicated to software and management of unstructured, semi-structured and structured Web data ever since.
Mike’s software development and management experience includes products in semantic Web technologies, ontologies, Internet search tools, data warehousing, bioinformatics, platform-independent user interfaces, accounting, finance, management, planning, electronic mapping and technical areas. He was the author of an early award-winning Internet search tutorial and first defined and coined the term ‘deep Web.’
Mike is acknowledged as an expert in semantic technologies and linked data, semi-structured data, search, information theory, and document content. He was a magna cum laude graduate of Pomona College in botany and was a doctoral candidate at Duke University in population genetics.
Last Updated 3/15/11