Dr Mark Wilkinson is an Isaac Peral Distinguished Researcher at the Center for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics, Polytechnic University of Madrid, and Adjunct Professor of Medical Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. His research over the past decade has focused on the problem of enabling bio/medical researchers to execute their own data manipulation and analysis. Much of this work has involved the application of "semantics" to both scientific data and the analytical services that operate on them. He was founder of the BioMoby Semantic Web Service interoperability framework which, at its peak, included more than 1600 bioinformatics data-sources and tools. More recently he created SADI - a set of design practices that enhance interoperability between semantic Web services - and SHARE, a novel query resolver that combines a workflow engine with a logical reasoner to dynamically generate, and execute, a data retrieval and analysis workflow in response to questions posed by the user. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biomedical Semantics, and is an invited expert for the W3C's Semantic Web in Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group. Mark has a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of British Columbia.