Alasdair (http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5711-4872) is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, where he co-leads the Semantic Web Lab. He previously held postdoc positions in the Information Management Group at the University of Manchester and and the Information Retrieval Group at the University of Glasgow. His research focuses on data integration and interoperability, and its application in information systems – utilising and extending advances in knowledge management technologies to improve information systems. This approach has supported advances in science while deepening the understanding of knowledge based systems to support future applications. He has collaborated with a large range of scientists – from astronomers through the life sciences to environmental scientists – working with both academic research labs and industrial partners.