Dirk has been into open source for over 35 years as an internet engineering. He has worked for the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the United Nations, telecommunications firms, the BBC, national satellite&space agencies and founded several startups. He participated in international standards bodies, such as the IETF and W3C on metadata, GIS, PKI, Security, Architecture and Internet standards.
He has worked on Apache since the early days of the NCSA and help define what is now commonly referred to as `open source’ software. He helped created (and was the first president of) the Apache Software Foundation.
During the first startup boom - Dirk build the initial engineering team at Covalent, as VP of Engineering and was instrumental in the first two rounds of venture capital funding in San Francisco. Dirk-Willem was one of the Founders of Asemantics, a leader in Enterprise Information Integration; which helped make the Semantic Web, and standards such as RDF, a reality. He then initiated Joost.com, a peer to peer based video and build and lead the team that created the worlds first instant play P2P viewer and a back office system with user profile driven advert targeting and payment settlements. He was the Chief Technical Architect at the BBC where has helped shape the audience facing delivery platform Forge in the time for the Olympics. And where he made open standards, information security and compliance a core enabler for business processes. He currently works on several medical and privacy intensive security projects with a heavy emphasis on Architecture and Governance. Dirk firmly believes in the Digital Public Space as a key part of civil society - and tries to build small building blocks such as redwax.eu. When not at work, he loves to sail, hang out at the london hackspace or play with his lego.