Speakers 2019

Syd Bauman

Syd Bauman became a hard-core computer user in 1982, and a devotee of descriptive markup two years later. He learned about OHCO and SGML in 1985 (yes, before it was published). He began using SGML and the TEI when he came to the Women Writers Project (then at Brown University) in 1990. He is now a member of the Digital Scholarship Group in the Northeastern University Library, where he serves as the Senior XML Programmer/Analyst for the Women Writers Project, one of the oldest TEI projects in existence. Although his title would have you believe that he is a computer programmer, Syd is fond of pointing out that he doesn't write that much actual code; when he does it is usually in XSLT, and his programs are always copylefted. Syd has served as the co-editor of the TEI Guidelines, and on the TEI Technical Council. He occasionally provides XML, TEI, and XSLT consulting for digital humanities projects, and often teaches workshops on XML, TEI, and XSLT.

Achim Berndzen

Achim earned an M.A. in philosophy at Aachen University and has more than 20 years of teaching experience in communications. In 2014 he founded <xml-project />. He is developer of MorganaXProc, a fully compliant XProc processor with an emphasis on configurability and plugability. He is a member of the XProc 3.0 editors group and currently develops MorganaXProc-III.

Achim also works on projects use the power of XML technologies in web applications.

Karin Bredenberg

Karin Bredenberg is a Senior Technical Advisor on metadata at the Swedish National Archives. She currently serves as the chair of PREMIS EC, co-chair of TS EAS, chair of the DILCIS Board as well as a member of the METS Board. Currently Bredenberg is the activity lead for specifications in the project E-ARK4ALL and the European Commission’s eArchiving Building block.

Andy Bunce

Andy began his career many years ago in seismic data processing. He worked for Reuters on the design and implementation on a global FX trading system and later on developing documentation tools for systems and APIs.

Recently his company Quodatum Ltd has provided development and consultancy services for a number of UK publishers.

Sandro Cirulli

Sandro is one of the co-maintainers of XSpec, the open source unit testing and behaviour-driven development framework for XML technologies. He currently works as lead language technologist in the Dictionaries department of Oxford University Press.

Alain Couthures

Alain Couthures is a non-conventional expert programmer finding solutions to problems many would not even imagine being resolvable. He has already implemented XForms at client-side (XSLTForms) and is now implementing XQuery in Javascript. He is a member of the W3C XForms Users Community Group.

Barnabas Davoti

Barnabas Davoti is a programmer and information architect with 25 years of experience with markup technology. He helped to build component content management solutions and single-source publishing pipelines driven by semantic XML.

Originally from Hungary, he now lives in Norway, which gives him plenty of opportunities to travel around and enjoy his hobby, nature photography.

Peter Flynn

Peter Flynn has over 40 years experience in IT and information management. He recently retired from the Electronic Publishing Unit at University College Cork to spend more time with his text management consultancy, Silmaril, which works mainly with industrial documentation, publishing systems, and textual research applications.

Peter trained at the London College of Printing and did his MA at Central London Polytechnic. He worked for the Printing and Publishing Industry Training Board, and for the London office of United Information Services before joining UCC to head up academic and research computing support.

He has been Deputy Director for Ireland of EARN (BITNET), Secretary of WG3 (Directories) of the Réseaux Associés pour la Recherche Éuropéenne (RARE), a member of the IETF Working Group on HTML and the W3C XML Special Interest Group, and Ireland's first webmaster. He is maintainer of the XML FAQ and author of The World-Wide Web Handbook (ITCP, 1995), Understanding SGML and XML Tools (Kluwer, 1998), and Formatting Information (TUG, 2002). His PhD was on User Interfaces to Structured Documents with the Human Factors Research Group in Applied Psychology at UCC. He is a Chair and Faculty Member of the XML Summer School.

In his copious spare time he likes to cook, read, and listen to early music.

Marco Geue

Marco Geue just finished his Master Studies in Information Design and Media Management. During the last years he made a big shift from the humanities to graphics and media design and currently walks through the forest of XML- and Web-Technologies dealing with various languages and frameworks. Right now his main interests are Web Development, Data Visualization and Animation. He enjoys playing around with different technologies aiming to find best practices and a working toolset for creative coding.

Tony Graham

Tony Graham is a Senior Architect with Antenna House, where he works on their XSL-FO and CSS formatter, cloud-based authoring solution, and related products. He also provides XSL-FO and XSLT consulting and training services on behalf of Antenna House.

Tony has been working with markup since 1991, with XML since 1996, and with XSLT/XSL-FO since 1998. He is Chair of the Print and Page Layout Community Group at the W3C and previously an invited expert on the W3C XML Print and Page Layout Working Group (XPPL) defining the XSL-FO specification, as well as an acknowledged expert in XSLT. Tony is the developer of the 'stf' Schematron testing framework and also Antenna House's 'focheck' XSL-FO validation tool, a committer to both the XSpec and Juxy XSLT testing frameworks, the author of "Unicode: A Primer", and a qualified trainer.

Tony's career in XML and SGML spans Japan, USA, UK, and Ireland. Before joining Antenna House, he had previously been an independent consultant, a Staff Engineer with Sun Microsystems, a Senior Consultant with Mulberry Technologies, and a Document Analyst with Uniscope. He has worked with data in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and with academic, automotive, publishing, software, and telecommunications applications. He has also spoken about XML, XSLT, XSL-FO, EPUB, and related technologies to clients and conferences in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia.

Gerrit Imsieke

Jaime Kaminski

Jaime Kaminski BA, MA, PhD, is a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton. For the last 14 years, he has been researching in the field of Digital Humanities where he has been working on EC-funded projects including EPOCH, 3D-COFORM, V-MUST, E-RHIS, ROMOR, E-ARK and E-ARK4ALL, as well as the UKRO-funded SEAHA project. Before joining academia, he spent 7 years as a technical briefings manager and senior technology analyst for a Blue Chip ICT consultancy.

Jirka Kosek

Robin La Fontaine

Robin is the founder and CEO of DeltaXML. He holds an Engineering Science degree from Oxford University and an MSc in Computer Science. His background includes computer aided design software in mechanical, electrical and electronic applications, solar energy system simulation. Since founding DeltaXML, he has been addressing the challenges and exploring the opportunities associated with information change in data and documents.

John Lumley

A Cambridge engineer by background, John Lumley created the AI group at Cambridge Consultants in the early 1980s and then joined HPLabs Bristol as one of its founding members. He worked there for 25 years, managing and contributing in a variety of software/systems fields, latterly specialising in XSLT-based document engineering, in which he subsequently gained a PhD. He is currently helping develop the Saxon XSLT processor for Saxonica, implementing an XSLT-coded version of the compiler, before finally striving towards real 'professional retirement'.

Octavian Nadolu

Octavian is a software architect working for Syncro Soft, the company that produces Oxygen XML Editor. He has more than 15 years of experience in working with XML technologies and contributes to a number of XML-related open source projects. He is also the editor of the Schematron QuickFix specification developed by the Quick-fix support for XML W3C community group.

Steven Pemberton

Steven Pemberton is a researcher at CWI Amsterdam, the Dutch national research centre for mathematics and informatics. His research is in interaction, and how the underlying software architecture can support users.

He co-designed the ABC programming language that formed the basis for Python, and was one of the first handful of people on the open internet in Europe, when the CWI set it up in 1988.

Involved with the Web from the beginning, he organised two workshops at the first Web Conference in 1994. For the best part of a decade he chaired the W3C HTML working group, and has co-authored many web standards, including HTML, XHTML, CSS, XForms and RDFa. He continues to chair the XForms group at W3C, and was until recently a member of the ODF (Open Document Format) technical committee. More details at http://www.cwi.nl/~steven

Liam Quin

Michael Seiferle

Erik Siegel

Erik is a self-employed content engineer and XML specialist, working from the Netherlands. Most clients are from the publishing industry or involved in standardization.

Coming from a technical Background, Erik is deliberately looking for content and XML related projects on all levels: from the strategic use of standards to developing processing applications. Documenting and explaining difficult subjects, whether in prose or as a course, is something he likes to as an addition to all the technical work.

Andreas Tai

Andreas Tai is project manager and engineer at the Institut for Rundfunktechnik in Munich. He works on the technical implementation of subtitles and captions. He also co-chairs the EBU Group of Subtitles in XML and is member of the W3C Timed Text Working Group.

Cristian Talau

B. Tommie Usdin

B. Tommie Usdin is President of Mulberry Technologies, Inc., a consultancy specializing in XML and SGML. Ms. Usdin has been working with SGML since 1985 and has been a supporter of XML since 1996. She chairs the Balisage conference. Ms. Usdin has developed DTDs, Schemas, and XML/SGML application frameworks for applications in government and industry. Projects include reference materials in medicine, science, engineering, and law; semiconductor documentation; historical and archival materials. Distribution formats have included print books, magazines, and journals, and both web- and media-based electronic publications. She is co-chair of the NISO Z39-96, JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite Working Group and a member of the NISO Board of Directors. You can read more about her at http://www.mulberrytech.com/people/usdin/index.html.

Norman Walsh

Norm Walsh is a Principal Engineer at MarkLogic Corporation where he helps to develop APIs and tools for advanced content applications.

He has also been an active participant in international standards efforts at both the W3C and OASIS. At the W3C, Norm was chair of the XML Processing Model Working Group, co-chair of the XML Core Working Group, and an editor in the XQuery and XSLT Working Groups. He served for several years as an elected member of the Technical Architecture Group. At OASIS, he was chair of the DocBook Technical Committee for many years and is the author of _DocBook: The Definitive Guide_.

Norm has spent more than twenty years developing commercial and open source software.

Nigel A Whitaker

Nigel is the Chief Architect at DeltaXML and explores new product development as well as the more mundane aspects of software development. He studied Physics and Computer Science at Manchester University, where after his PhD, he worked on computer aided design for electronics.