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Franck Michel

Université Côte d’Azur, CNRS, Inria, I3S laboratory

Research engineer involved in the integration of heterogeneous data and their publication and sharing on the Web as Linked Open Data, using a knowledge engineering approach based on the Semantic Web technologies.

Research interests

Heterogeneous Data Sharing, Web of Data, Semantic Web

I am involved in research activities meant to enable the integration of heterogeneous data based on a knowledge engineering approach, as well as the sharing and reuse of these data. My work addresses several research questions:

  1. How to overcome data structural and semantic heterogeneity in order to reconcile and make sense of large data sets distributed at Web-scale?
  2. How to foster data reuse by publishing them in machine-processable formats? This work is concerned with leveraging the Linked Data principles to integrate heterogeneous legacy data sources and make them available in the Web of Data. This was the main topic of my Ph.D that I defended in 2017, with a specific focus on the translation of data from NoSQL databases into RDF.
  3. How to enable the Web-scale discovery and consumption of data? This work is concerned with methods to make data and query services discoverable, and the types of interfaces that are suitable to consume Linked Data.

I hold several collaborations with researchers in the biodiversity domain. To understand the effects of climate change on biodiversity, researchers have a pressing need to make sense of myriad data produced all over the world by biodiversity-related projects. In this context, I work with the French National Museum of Natural History towards the publication of their data as Linked Open Data. More generally, together with communities like, we strive to enable Web-scale integration of biodiversity.

Large-scale distributed computing infrastructures

Since I joined the CNRS in 2011, I have been involved in various support activities related to the administration and operation of the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI). I am the technical coordinator of the Life Sciences Grid Community (LSGC), a virtual research community to support life-science applications on EGI. I coordinate the activity of the team responsible for providing technical support to the LSGC users in their usage of the infrastructure. I was the instigator and leader of the VO Administration and Operations Portal, funded by the EGI-InSPIRE european project.

Find me

Complete list of publications and communications: HAL CV.

ResearchGate, Github, LinkedIn, Twitter, SlideShare, Flickr

Background and Position


Université Côte d’Azur, CNRS, Inria - I3S, UMR 7271
930 route des Colles - Bât. Les Templiers
BP 145 - 06903 Sophia Antipolis CEDEX - France

Tel: +33 (0)4 8915 4277
Email: fmichel [at] i3s [dot] unice [dot] fr
Assistant: Sabine Barrere


Complete list of publications and communications: HAL CV.

Also find me on ReasearchGate.

Software Development

[2018] Franck Michel. “SPARQL Micro-Services”. Software development. 2018 web

[2015] Franck Michel, Freddy Pryiatna. “Morph-xR2RML: Non-Relational Databases to RDF Mapping” . Software development. 2015 web DOI BibTeX

[2014] Franck Michel, Flavien Forestier. “The VO Administration and operations PORtal (VAPOR)” . Software development. 2014 web DOI BibTeX

[2013] Franck Michel. “EGI Virtual Organisations Support Tools” . Software development. 2013 web DOI BibTeX

[2008] Alban Gaignard, Franck Michel, Johan Montagnat, Javier Rojas Balderrama, Farooq Ahmad, Bacem Wali. “NeuroLOG platform” 2008 web BibTeX

Dataset Production and Publishing

[2017] Franck Michel, Catherine FARON, Sandrine TERCERIE, Olivier GARGOMINY. TAXREF-LD: Linked Data version of the french taxonomic registry. web sparql

Organizing and Program Committees

I was/am a member of the program committees for the following conferences and/or workshops:

I was/am a member of the organizing committees for the following conferences and/or workshops: