Thomas Vander Wal is a popular speaker on tagging/folksonomy, social web and web applications around well structured information.He is often recognized as the person who coined the term "folksonomy" in 2004, or some of his other terms and models include: Personal InfoCloud, Local InfoCloud, Come to Me Web, digital model of attraction, 50+ Social Lenses, etc. His experience working in public, private, non-profit and education organizations on all scales from three person start-ups (his own and other's ) all the way up to the largest Fortune 50 companies all give him a perspective to help organizations see current and near future technology and needed design and framing understandings deliver the best usable solutions possible for an organization, integrator working to deliver, or vendors creating products. His focus helps frame high-level understandings that set the foundation for success and works and guides all the way down to micro-details that bring delight to people using what is created.
Thomas has been writing openly on his own blog, Off the Top on his personal site, www.vanderwal.net/random/ since 2000 and split out his work and professionally focussed blog, www.personalinfocloud.com in 2004. He co-authored the successful book, "Connected Company" with Dave Gray for O'Reilly, has written essays and sections in numerous books, been interviewed and highlighted in more than 60 book, wrote a column on personal information management for KM World magazine, was included in the 2005 New York Times "Year in Ideas," has been cited in hundreds of academic journal articles and interviewed, highlighted and quoted in many trade and popular press articles.