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Mr. Thompson is the Chief Scientist and a co-founder of SYSTAP, LLC. SYSTAP is a boutique software consultancy focused on providing custom technology services to the federal government and private sector. SYSTAP provides solutions that bridge the gap between real-world, mission-critical customer problems and innovative research, emerging technologies, and open-source software. His work for the last several years has been focused on assessing and applying Semantic Web technologies to support semantics-based federation (mashups) at scale (billions of triples). Mr. Thompson is the founder of the bigdata open source project, which is developing a scale-out database and computing fabric. He is also the founder of the CognitiveWeb – an open source project whose goal is to is to extend human decision horizons by compensating for some intrinsic aspects of selective attention – basically helping people to bridge their separate areas of expertise. He was an active member in the jdbm project for several years, and developed the extensible serialization mechanism used by that project.