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Our lec­tur­ers are hand picked for their in-depth expert­ise and abil­ity to con­vey their exper­i­ences to max­im­ise the learn­ing exper­i­ence of our del­eg­ates. They also are friendly, approach­able and able to have a good laugh! The intens­ive, yet informal, atmo­sphere at the XML Sum­mer School gives del­eg­ates the oppor­tun­ity to pick the brains of our expert fac­ulty, both dur­ing the classes and after­wards over din­ner or in the bar.

Adam Ret­ter is an exper­i­enced Soft­ware Engin­eer with over a decade’s exper­i­ence in devel­op­ing com­mer­cial Web Applic­a­tions. More recently Adam has been focus­ing on Open Data Applic­a­tions, and through these efforts became a core developer on the eXist Open Source Nat­ive XML Data­base pro­ject in 2005. Adam is a strong pro­ponent of XML Applic­a­tion Server archi­tec­tures which power end-to-end XML and XRX Applic­a­tions. To fur­ther advance XML applic­a­tion devel­op­ment, Adam foun­ded the EXQuery pro­ject in early 2009 and has since been work­ing with the com­munity and as part of the EXPath pro­ject to stand­ard­ise and improve XML applic­a­tion devel­op­ment with XQuery, XSLT and XPath. Adam is teach­ing in the Hands-on Intro­duc­tion to XML course.

Andy Seaborne is a mem­ber of the semantic web research group at HPLabs where he spe­cial­ises in query sys­tems and scal­able stor­age of RDF data. Andy was a mem­ber of the W3C RDF Data Access Work­ing Group (DAWG) from the begin­ning, hav­ing worked on RDQL, one of the pre­de­cessors of SPARQL; Andy co-edited the query lan­guage spe­cific­a­tion. He con­tin­ues as a mem­ber of the newly formed SPARQL work­ing group. He also works on Jena, the open source RDF frame­work for Java, where he has con­trib­uted the query engine, ensur­ing that com­plete imple­ment­a­tions of the stand­ards are avail­able, and sev­eral per­sist­ent stor­age sub-systems. Andy has a PhD in Com­puter Sci­ence from the Com­puter Labor­at­ory at the Uni­ver­sity of Cambridge. Andy is teach­ing the SPARQL class in the Semantic Tech­no­lo­gies course.

Anthony B. Coates (Tony) is Dir­ector and CTO of Londata Lim­ited, a UK con­sultancy that spe­cial­ises in XML and data modelling. Tony is an expert in the design and use of XML, espe­cially for bank­ing and fin­ance, and con­trib­utes to the industry by work­ing to advance the stand­ard­isa­tion of meth­od­o­lo­gies for work­ing with XML and elec­tronic mes­sages or doc­u­ments. Tony is the cre­ator and editor of the OASIS gen­ericode spe­cific­a­tion for code lists. He is an act­ive par­ti­cipant in the devel­op­ment of the ISO 20022 meth­od­o­logy for model-based design of XML Schemas for bank­ing and fin­ance, and is the Prin­cipal UK Expert to the ISO work­ing group (TC68/WG4). He is also a par­ti­cipant in the devel­op­ment of UN/CEFACT’s Core Com­pon­ents Tech­nical Spe­cific­a­tion (CCTS) and the UN/CEFACT Con­text Meth­od­o­logy (UCM). Since mov­ing to Lon­don in 2000, Tony has worked on pro­jects for a num­ber of major fin­an­cial insti­tu­tions there, as well as for gov­ern­ment. Much of this work has been in archi­tec­ture and design of cor­por­ate data mod­els and mes­sage sets. Tony is teach­ing in the Trends and Tran­si­ents course.

Ms. Lapeyre has been work­ing with XML, XSLT, and XPath since their incep­tion and with SGML (XML’s pre­de­cessor) since 1984. Debbie is an archi­tect and developer of XML Tag Sets (vocab­u­lar­ies) who designs and writes the schemas (DTD, XSD, RELAX NG) that model those vocab­u­lar­ies. Most recently, she serves as the archi­tect and as a mem­ber of the design team for the NLM Journal Archiv­ing and Inter­change Tag Suite, now the de facto stand­ard for tag­ging journal art­icles worldwide. As a document-oriented pub­lish­ing ana­lyst, Debbie helps cli­ents to ana­lyze their inform­a­tion man­age­ment, retrieval, and distribution/publication require­ments and trans­lates these require­ments into func­tion­ing pro­duc­tion sys­tems, based on XML tech­no­lo­gies. As a senior XSLT and XSL-FO con­sult­ant, she designs both pages and spe­cific­a­tions for com­plex XSLT trans­forms and stylesheets as well as devel­ops pro­to­type XSLT applications. Debbie is a mem­ber of the XML Guild. She is also a co-chair of “Bal­is­age: The Markup Con­fer­ence” and has pre­vi­ously co-chaired “Extreme Markup Lan­guages”, “Markup Tech­no­lo­gies”, and the annual inter­na­tional “SGML/XML’XX Con­fer­ence”. She teaches XML, XSLT, XSL-FO, Schemat­ron, What-is-XML-and-Why-Should-You-Care, and XML print work­flows at ven­ues all over the English-speaking world. Debbie is teach­ing in the Hands-On Intro­duc­tion to XML course.

Dr. Jeni Ten­nison is an inde­pend­ent con­sult­ant. She spe­cial­ises in XSLT and XML schema devel­op­ment with for­ays into AJAX and RDF. She trained as a know­ledge engin­eer, gain­ing a PhD in col­lab­or­at­ive onto­logy devel­op­ment, and since becom­ing a con­sult­ant has worked in a wide vari­ety of areas, includ­ing journal pub­lish­ing, medi­eval manu­scripts, legis­la­tion and fin­an­cial ser­vices. She is author of sev­eral books includ­ing “Begin­ning XSLT 2.0” (Apress, 2005). Jeni was an invited expert on the W3C’s XSL Work­ing Group dur­ing the devel­op­ment of XSLT 2.0 and was one of the founders of the EXSLT ini­ti­at­ive to stand­ard­ise exten­sions to XSLT and XPath. Jeni is teach­ing in the XSLT, XSL-FO, and XQuery course.

Dr. Michael Kay is the founder and tech­nical dir­ector of Saxon­ica Lim­ited, which devel­ops both the open source and com­mer­cial vari­ants of the Saxon XSLT and XQuery pro­cessor, as well as offer­ing XML-related con­sultancy services. Michael is an invited expert on the W3C work­ing groups devel­op­ing XSLT, XQuery, and XML Schema. In par­tic­u­lar he is the tech­nical lead on the XSL Work­ing Group, which is cur­rently devel­op­ing a new ver­sion of the lan­guage to handle stream­ing trans­form­a­tions of large doc­u­ments. He is also the author of the defin­it­ive ref­er­ence book on XSLT 2.0, and has writ­ten numer­ous art­icles and con­fer­ence papers on XSLT, XQuery, and related tech­no­lo­gies. He is a mem­ber of the XML Guild, a group of lead­ing inde­pend­ent XML con­sult­ants, and joint win­ner of the XML Cup in 2005, awar­ded for con­tri­bu­tions to the XML community. Dr. Kay spent nearly 25 years with the Brit­ish com­puter man­u­fac­turer ICL (later Fujitsu) where he designed and imple­men­ted a wide range of data man­age­ment soft­ware products; appoin­ted an ICL Fel­low, he was also respons­ible for advising the company’s senior man­age­ment and cus­tom­ers on tech­no­logy strategy. He gained his Ph.D. at the Uni­ver­sity of Cam­bridge for research on data­base man­age­ment sys­tems, study­ing under Maurice Wilkes. Michael lives in Read­ing, Eng­land, 25 miles down the road from Oxford. Michael is teach­ing in the XSLT, XSL-FO, and XQuery course.

Dr. C. Michael Sperberg-McQueen is the founder of Black Mesa Tech­no­lo­gies LLC, a con­sultancy spe­cial­iz­ing in inform­a­tion man­age­ment using descript­ive markup, He was a found­ing mem­ber of the XML Work­ing Group at the World Wide Web Con­sor­tium (W3C), co-edited the XML 1.0 spe­cific­a­tion, and serves as an invited expert on the W3C XML Schema and XSL Work­ing Groups. From 1999 through 2009 he was a mem­ber of the tech­nical staff at W3C. Before that he worked for twelve years in the Aca­demic Com­puter Cen­ter of the Uni­ver­sity of Illinois at Chicago, and for two years at Prin­ceton Uni­ver­sity, where he served as a con­sult­ant for human­it­ies com­put­ing ques­tions. He also served from 1995 through 2004 as a co-coordinator (with David R. Ches­nutt and Susan M. Hockey) of the Model Edi­tions Part­ner­ship, and from 1998 to 2003 held a pos­i­tion as vis­it­ing researcher at the Uni­ver­sity of Ber­gen (Norway). He has served as co-editor of the Text Encod­ing Initiative’s Guidelines for Elec­tronic Text Encod­ing and Inter­change (1994), of the W3C Extens­ible Markup Lan­guage (XML) 1.0 spe­cific­a­tion, and cur­rently serves as a co-editor of the XML Schema 1.1 specification. He has a Ph.D. in com­par­at­ive lit­er­at­ure but strayed into com­put­ing as a gradu­ate stu­dent and never came back out. Michael is teach­ing in the Open Source XML Applic­a­tions and the Web 2.0 courses.

Neil Cowles is the Chief Exec­ut­ive Officer of Tolven Inc., an open source health­care soft­ware, ser­vices and solu­tions pro­vider that is chan­ging the exist­ing paradigm of health­care inform­a­tion sys­tems adop­tion in the global health­care mar­ket­place. Cowles believes that much as open source tech­no­lo­gies such as Linux, J-BOSS, MySQL and Post­gr­eSQL have trans­formed the tech­no­logy mar­ket­place, industry spe­cific open source plat­forms and applic­a­tions will dra­mat­ic­ally impact the health­care soft­ware marketplace. Born in Nor­wich, Eng­land, Neil Cowles trained and prac­ticed as a radio­grapher in Eng­land and Aus­tralia prior to focus­ing on health­care man­age­ment and inform­a­tion technology. Between 1994 and 1999, Cowles held a num­ber of exec­ut­ive pos­i­tions with Shared Med­ical Sys­tems (SMS) in Europe, join­ing Torex Plc as Tech­nical Dir­ector in 1999, a board pos­i­tion where he was respons­ible for applic­a­tion devel­op­ment, product strategy and out­sourcing. He par­ti­cip­ated in the acquis­i­tion and mer­ger of a num­ber of health­care busi­nesses across Europe. In 2002, Neil Cowles joined Oracle EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) where he was respons­ible for devel­op­ing health­care busi­ness oppor­tun­it­ies across Europe, Middle East and Africa. In 2004, Neil Cowles trans­ferred to Oracle Cor­por­a­tion to take respons­ib­il­ity for the global health indus­tries applic­a­tion strategy. Cowles’ stra­tegic respons­ib­il­it­ies included both the health­care and life sci­ences clin­ical and busi­ness systems. At the begin­ning of 2006, Neil Cowles left Oracle Cor­por­a­tion to become one of the co-founders and the Chief Exec­ut­ive Officer of Tolven Inc., which is focused on a consumer-centric, industry stand­ards approach to deliv­er­ing health­care inform­a­tion solutions. Neil Cowles is recog­nized as a thought leader in health­care busi­ness and tech­no­logy devel­op­ment and has delivered the key note lec­ture at a num­ber of inter­na­tional health­care conferences. Neil is teach­ing in the Open Source XML Applic­a­tions course.

Nor­man Walsh is a Prin­cipal Tech­no­lo­gist in the Inform­a­tion & Media group at Mark Logic Cor­por­a­tion where he assists in the design and deploy­ment of advanced con­tent applic­a­tions. Norm is also an act­ive par­ti­cipant in a num­ber of stand­ards efforts world­wide: he is chair of the XML Pro­cessing Model Work­ing Group at the W3C where he is also co-chair of the XML Core Work­ing Group. At OASIS, he is chair of the Doc­Book Tech­nical Committee. Before join­ing Mark Logic, Norm par­ti­cip­ated in XML-related pro­jects and stand­ards efforts at Sun Microsys­tems. With more than a dec­ade of industry exper­i­ence, Mr. Walsh is well known for his work on Doc­Book and a wide range of open source pro­jects. He is the prin­ciple author of Doc­Book: The Defin­it­ive Guide. Norm is teach­ing in the Open Source XML Applic­a­tions and the Web 2.0 courses.

Rich Salz has been involved with secur­ity and dis­trib­uted sys­tems for a couple of dec­ades. He has par­ti­cip­ated in the COM/Corba war, the HTTP spe­cific­a­tions, WSDM/WS-Management, the WS*/REST war, and oth­ers. Rather than sit on the side­lines, he is usu­ally involved, by either writ­ing specs or imple­ment­a­tion. He hopes to just watch the next one from the side­lines, but it’s doubt­ful that will happen. He joined IBM with the acquis­i­tion of Data­Power in 2005, where he is the tech­nical lead for the XML appli­ance products. He has about 10 times the num­ber of Google hits as Sam Palmisano. Rich is teach­ing in the Trends and Tran­si­ents and the Web Ser­vices and Iden­tity courses.

Tech­no­logy futur­ist Simon Phipps is a well-known com­puter industry insider and com­ment­ator and as well as hav­ing a widely-read web­log he speaks fre­quently at industry events on tech­no­logy trends and futures. At vari­ous times he has pro­grammed main­frames, Win­dows and on the Web. Cur­rently the Chief Open Source Officer at Sun Microsys­tems, Inc., he was pre­vi­ously involved in OSI stand­ards in the 80s, in the earli­est com­mer­cial col­lab­or­at­ive con­fer­en­cing soft­ware in the early 90s, in intro­du­cing Java and XML to IBM and most recently with Sun’s launch­ing Sun’s blog­ging site, He lives in the UK, is based at Sun’s Menlo Park cam­pus in Cali­for­nia and can be con­tac­ted via The longer ver­sion of his bio is at Simon is teach­ing in the Open Source XML Applic­a­tions course.


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