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David H. Mason

Co-evolver and Fellow
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David H. Mason helped start Canada's first consumer Internet Service Provider in 1993. He participated as Lead Developer of the world's first online consultation on foreign policy, and in a rigorous, people focused hospital environment developed a prototypical Virtual Clinic, which provided online access to lab results, analysis, peer and patient-provider communications. David studied Community Economic Development and now works in science, innovation and human rights projects, with a particular focus on structured open knowledge transfer using wikis. David is Executive Director of Visible Government.

Cell creating new Semantic Media Wiki website The Cell has migrated it's minimalistic one page website to a Semantic MediaWiki (SMW). SMW is a free extension of MediaWiki – the wiki-system powering Wikipedia – that helps to search, organise, tag, browse, evaluate, and share the wiki's content. While traditional wikis contain only text which computers can neither understand nor evaluate, SMW adds semantic annotations that let you easily publish Semantic Web content, and allow the wiki to function as a collaborative database. SMW's goal is to make Semantic Web technologies usable by the masses. The Innovation Cell's Semantic MediaWiki now joins over 500 public active wikis around the world, in addition to an unknown number of private wikis. Notable public wikis include the Metacafe wiki, SNPedia, Metavid, MetaBase, the Math Images Project, the Sunlight Foundation's OpenCongress wiki and's Chickipedia. Organizations that use SMW internally include Pfizer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. SMW has especially gained traction in the health care domain for collaboratively creating bio-medical terminologies and ontologies. One example of SMW in healthcare is LexWiki which is jointly run by the Mayo Clinic, National Cancer Institute (NCI), World Health Organization (WHO) and Stanford University. Semantic MediaWiki is also supported on at least three wiki farm websites: Referata by default, as well as Wikia and YourWiki on user request.

A lifelong innovator in open online culture.