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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 a meal or in the bar.

The Fac­ulty Board oper­ates under the stew­ard­ship of Course Dir­ector, Dr Lauren Wood. Each year it decides on the appro­pri­ate courses and cur­riculum and invites the fant­astic array of experts to pre­pare and deliver classes.

Priscilla chairs the XSLT and XQuery course and teaches in the XSLT and XQuery course.

Priscilla was a mem­ber of the W3C XML Schema Work­ing Group from 1999 to 2004, where she served as an Invited Expert. She is the author of Defin­it­ive XML Schema (Pren­tice Hall PTR, 2001), and XQuery (O’Reilly Media, 2007). In addi­tion, she co-authored Web Ser­vice Con­tract Design and Ver­sion­ing for SOA (Pren­tice Hall 2008).

Priscilla Walms­ley is a senior con­sult­ant and man­aging dir­ector at Datypic, spe­cial­iz­ing in XML archi­tec­ture and imple­ment­a­tion. She is an expert in XML core tech­no­lo­gies (XQuery, XSLT, XML Schema), con­tent man­age­ment and service-oriented architectures.

Peter chairs the Pub­lish­ing With XML course and teaches in the Hands-on Web Pub­lish­ing course.

In what’s left of his time he likes to cook, surf, read, and listen to early music.

Peter was a mem­ber of the W3C’s XML Spe­cial Interest Group and a mem­ber of the IETF’s Work­ing Group on HTML. He is main­tainer of the XML FAQ and author of The World-Wide Web Hand­book (ITCP, 1995) and Under­stand­ing SGML and XML Tools (Kluwer, 1998). He has recently been research­ing the usab­il­ity of edit­ors for struc­tured documents.

Peter Flynn has over 30 years exper­i­ence in IT and inform­a­tion man­age­ment. He cur­rently man­ages the elec­tronic pub­lish­ing unit at Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Cork, and also has his own text man­age­ment con­sultancy, Sil­maril Con­sult­ants , where he works mainly with indus­trial pro­duc­tion and research systems.

Norm teaches in the Hands-on Web Pub­lish­ing course and the Pub­lish­ing With XML course.

Nor­man (Norm) Walsh is a Lead Engin­eer at Mark­Lo­gic Cor­por­a­tion where he works with the Applic­a­tion Ser­vices team. 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. With almost twenty years of industry exper­i­ence, Norm is well known for his work on Doc­Book and a wide range of open source pro­jects. He is the author of Doc­Book: The Defin­it­ive Guide .

Lauren has been a Fac­ulty mem­ber of the Sum­mer School since the begin­ning. She occa­sion­ally blogs on issues tech­nical and otherwise.

Most recently she was Senior Product Man­ager for Design Sci­ence, Inc, con­cen­trat­ing on the Math­Flow suite of math­em­at­ical type­set­ting and ren­der­ing products. Before that, she was a con­sult­ant in health­care stand­ards with the Lantana Con­sult­ing Group. While with Sun Microsys­tems she was pro­gram man­ager for an innov­at­ive cloud+mobile pro­ject that had many of the fea­tures of today’s smart­phone sys­tems, as well as rep­res­ent­ing Sun in the Liberty Alli­ance, and work­ing on other iden­tity and privacy-focussed pro­jects. As Dir­ector of Product Tech­no­logy for SoftQuad, she had sig­ni­fic­ant input into SoftQuad’s XMetaL XML editor. She chaired the US XML Con­fer­ence from 2001 to 2005, chaired the W3C DOM Work­ing Group from its incep­tion to the end of Level 2, and played an act­ive role in many other OASIS and W3C tech­nical committees.

Lauren Wood is an inde­pend­ent con­sult­ant, with a focus on standards-based health­care, XML pub­lish­ing, and the web. Her wide-ranging exper­i­ence includes roles as product/program man­ager, tech­nical ana­lyst, facil­it­ator, and qual­ity checker, depend­ing on the needs of the project.

John is the XML Sum­mer School Sym­po­si­arch. He foun­ded the Sum­mer School with col­leagues from CSW in 2000 and has taught every year since.

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 for Mul­berry Tech­no­lo­gies, Inc. , 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.

Adam Ret­ter is both an inde­pend­ent con­sult­ant and a co-founder of eXist Solu­tions GmbH. Adam has been work­ing with XML tech­no­lo­gies and con­trib­ut­ing to eXist since 2005. He has almost 15 years of exper­i­ence in build­ing Web Applic­a­tions and Dis­trib­uted Applic­a­tion Archi­tec­tures. Adam has worked with many dif­fer­ent tech­no­lo­gies and pro­gram­ming lan­guages in the past, but has been par­tic­u­larly enjoy­ing XQuery and Scala over the last few years. Adam is pas­sion­ate about Open Source and Open Stand­ards. As such he is an invited expert on the W3C XQuery Work­ing Group and sits on the peer-review pan­els of the XML Prague, Bal­is­age, and XML Lon­don con­fer­ences. Adam also foun­ded the EXQuery pro­ject in early 2009, and has since been work­ing with the XML com­munity and as part of the EXPath pro­ject to stand­ard­ise and improve XML applic­a­tion devel­op­ment with XQuery, XSLT and XPath. Adam teaches in the XSLT and XQuery course.

Elie Abi-Lahoud, PhD, is Research Fel­low of the Gov­ernance, Risk and Com­pli­ance Tech­no­logy Centre, Ire­land (GRC-TC). Elie played a lead­ing role in found­ing the GRC-TC and con­tin­ues to engage a mul­tidiscip­lin­ary research team with aca­demic and industry part­ners. He is inter­ested in socio tech­nical sys­tems and user-centered design, and is cur­rently research­ing the applic­a­tion of Semantic tech­no­logy to integ­rated GRC. In 2014, Elie co-founded Quarule, Inc. where he is help­ing com­pan­ies over­come organ­isa­tional and oper­a­tional chal­lenges to achieve first class risk man­age­ment and com­pli­ance over­sight. Pre­vi­ously, Elie held soft­ware engin­eer­ing, con­sult­ing and lec­tur­ing pos­i­tions. Elie is a reg­u­lar speaker at industry and stand­ards events, pub­lished over 15 peer-reviewed papers and plays an advis­ory role to sev­eral com­pan­ies on Semantic tech­no­logy strategy and deployment. Elie teaches in the Linked Data course.

Florent Georges is the founder and CTO of H2O Con­sult­ing. He has been involved in the XML world for 10 years, espe­cially within the XSLT and XQuery com­munit­ies. He is an invited expert in the XSL work­ing group at W3C. His main interests are in the field of XSLT and XQuery exten­sions and lib­rar­ies, pack­aging, unit and func­tional test­ing, and port­ab­il­ity between sev­eral pro­cessors. Since the begin­ning of 2009, he has worked on EXPath, to define “stand­ard” exten­sion func­tion lib­rar­ies that can be used in XPath (so in XSLT, XQuery and XProc as well). Florent’s web­site is at Florent is cur­rently work­ing for Mark­Lo­gic as a Prin­cipal Consultant. Florent teaches in the XSLT and XQuery course.

Gary Cor­nelius is the founder of Rap­port Net­work CIC, which is an estab­lished Com­munity Interest Com­pany that pro­duces assisted liv­ing applic­a­tions for early-stage demen­tia and for people with other cog­nit­ive impair­ments who find it chal­len­ging to live inde­pend­ently. Gary has exper­i­ence of IT con­sultancy and devel­op­ment for the NHS, with a par­tic­u­lar interest in health inform­at­ics, mid­dle­ware sys­tems, and the Inter­net of Things. Gary is an exper­i­enced XML con­sult­ant and solu­tions archi­tect. Gary has been an act­ive con­trib­utor to XML mail­ing lists and stand­ards for over a dec­ade and enjoys tech­nical pro­ject man­age­ment involving XML. He stud­ied pub­lish­ing, graphic com­mu­nic­a­tion man­age­ment, and digital imaging. Gary was involved with the engin­eer­ing of many XML based innov­a­tions and products over the years such as XML base data­bases, CMS sys­tems, Elec­tronic Health Records Sys­tems, applic­a­tion per­form­ance man­age­ments sys­tems, vari­ous mul­timodal user inter­face sys­tems and sev­eral know­ledge man­age­ment and decision sup­port sys­tems. He has developed sev­eral XML and web related train­ing courses for IT engin­eers and managers. In 2002 Gary was a del­eg­ate attend­ing the XML Sum­mer School and for the fol­low­ing years he has returned as a speaker and instructor. Gary teaches in the Hands-On Intro­duc­tion to XML course.

Ian is head of tech­no­logy at eLife ( which is a not for profit Open Access pub­lisher sup­por­ted buy the world’s lead­ing sci­entific research fun­ders – the Wellcome Trust, the Max Planck Soci­ety and the Howard Hughes Med­ical Insti­tute. He is inter­ested in the ongo­ing revolu­tion that tech­no­logy is hav­ing on the prac­tice of sci­entific com­mu­nic­a­tion and he blogs at He works on pub­lish­ing plat­forms, innov­at­ive ways of dis­play­ing research con­tent and on under­stand­ing how tech­no­logy can help to improve sci­entific communication. Prior to eLife Ian was head of product at, work­ing on new fea­ture releases, and deliv­er­ing on the vis­ion of the founders for the product. Prior to Mendeley Ian was a product man­ager for a num­ber of web ser­vices developed by Ian teaches in the Trends and Tran­si­ents course.

Dr Johannes Wilm has worked with LaTeX doc­u­ments since the early 2000s. He was respons­ible for type­set­ting the national Nor­we­gian anthro­po­logy stu­dent journal for sev­eral years and helped with the trans­la­tion of some key Latex pack­ages. He has worked on a num­ber of pro­jects related to print pub­lic­a­tions and the web, try­ing vari­ous ways to com­bine semantic doc­u­ments, the web and doc­u­ment edit­ing. In 2012/13 he pro­grammed Pagin­a­tionJS, a JavaS­cript lib­rary that allows the styl­ing of XHTML/HTML based con­tent for print using CSS. In the same period he co-founded Fidus Writer, a web-based semantic editor for aca­demic writ­ing. He has been an invited expert since 2014 on the W3C edit­ing task force on edit­ing. In 2015 he became editor of that group’s draft spe­cific­a­tions. Since 2015 he has also been a mem­ber of the CSS Work­ing Group of the W3C, rep­res­ent­ing Vivliostyle, a new com­pany star­ted by former Anten­na­House developer Shinyu Murakami that is devel­op­ing an open source JavaScript-based print lay­out engine that runs inside browsers. Wilm is the editor of the CSS Work­ing Group’s draft spe­cific­a­tion for page floats. Johannes teaches in the Pub­lish­ing With XML course.

John Sheridan is a civil ser­vant with a back­ground in tech­no­logy, who has been deeply involved with legis­la­tion pub­lish­ing over the last ten years. He is cur­rently the Head of Legis­la­tion Ser­vices at The National Archives, where he leads the team respons­ible for His depart­ment oper­ates the UK government’s legis­la­tion data­base. Legis­la­tion doc­u­ments present some unique chal­lenges and extens­ively uses both the XML and Linked Data tech­no­logy stacks. John has over­seen a wide range of pro­jects for draft­ing, edit­ing and pub­lish­ing legis­la­tion using XML. As well as his oper­a­tional respons­ib­il­it­ies for legis­la­tion, John is a mem­ber of the UK Government’s Open Stand­ards Board as well as rep­res­ent­ing the UK on the e-Law Work­ing Party of the EU Coun­cil of Min­is­ters. He is also the Prin­cipal Invest­ig­ator of the Big Data for Law research pro­ject and a former co-chair of the W3C’s e-Government Interest Group. John teaches in the Trends and Tran­si­ents course.

John Snel­son is a Lead Engin­eer at Mark­Lo­gic where he works on the Server Devel­op­ment team. John has spent the last 11 years work­ing with XML, and 9 years work­ing on data­bases like Oracle’s Berke­ley DB XML and Mark­Lo­gic. He is a mem­ber of the W3C XQuery Work­ing Group and the W3C XSLT Work­ing Group, and co-editor of a num­ber of XQuery spe­cific­a­tions. He has worked on lan­guage imple­ment­a­tions of XQuery, XSLT, and most recently SPARQL, and on data­base trans­ac­tions, indexes, and compression. John teaches in the Linked Data course.

Kal Ahmed is founder of Net­worked­Planet, a soft­ware house spe­cial­iz­ing in standards-based know­ledge and con­tent man­age­ment solu­tions for Microsoft plat­forms. In pre­vi­ous jobs he has worked for Xerox in XML doc­u­ment man­age­ment sys­tems; for Onto­pia in devel­op­ing and deploy­ing Topic Maps-based solu­tions; and as an inde­pend­ent con­sult­ant with a focus on XML, Topic Maps and RDF. Kal is a con­trib­utor to dot­Net­RDF, an open-source plat­form for RDF-based applic­a­tions that use the Microsoft .NET frame­work; and to Bright­s­tarDB, an open-source RDF triple-store for .NET as well as play­ing around in a few other inter­est­ing applic­a­tions in linked data over on git­hub ( and What is left of his spare time is now entirely con­sumed by pho­to­graph­ing and play­ing roller derby. Kal teaches in the Linked Data 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 teaches in the XSLT and XQuery course.

Philip Fen­nell is a Mark­Lo­gic Con­sult­ant who is never hap­pier than when he’s slav­ing over a pot of hot XSLT, although now he’s lov­ing his XQuery too. Ori­gin­ally trained in the print­ing industry, he worked as an applic­a­tions spe­cial­ist, GUI designer and tech­nical author before find­ing a happy home spe­cial­iz­ing in XML and its related tech­no­lo­gies. Since turn­ing web developer in 2000 he has had the oppor­tun­ity to work in the domains of Con­tent Man­age­ment, Pub­lish­ing, Doc­u­ment Pro­cessing and the Semantic Web. Pre­vi­ously Philip has blogged for the O’Reilly Com­munity and has been involved in the W3C’s XForms Work­ing Group. Philip teaches in the Linked Data course.

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. Tony teaches in the Pub­lish­ing With XML course.

Vicky is an inde­pend­ent inform­a­tion archi­tect who has spent the last 20 years struc­tur­ing, organ­ising and labelling con­tent to help people find the things they need. Since Feb­ru­ary 2014 she’s been work­ing at GOV.UK, sup­port­ing browse and nav­ig­a­tion fol­low­ing the trans­ition of more than 300 gov­ern­ment organ­isa­tion web­sites to the site. She’s cur­rently help­ing to cre­ate a single uni­fied tax­onomy for all the con­tent on GOV.UK which reflects a hugely diverse range of user needs across many dif­fer­ent sub­ject areas. Vicky has also worked for Oxford Uni­ver­sity, Oxford Uni­ver­sity Press and the BBC. Whilst at the BBC she con­trib­uted to NoTube, a 3 year col­lab­or­at­ive research pro­ject about the future of TV using Linked Data tech­no­lo­gies. Before that Vicky worked for Pub­lish­ing Tech­no­logy (formerly Ingenta), provid­ing inform­a­tion archi­tec­ture ser­vices to pub­lish­ers of aca­demic, sci­entific and pro­fes­sional research includ­ing OECD, Insti­tute of Phys­ics Pub­lish­ing, and Brit­ish Stand­ards Insti­tute. She star­ted her career as a gradu­ate trainee at the Bodleian Lib­rary in Oxford before going on to qual­ify in inform­a­tion management. Vicky teaches in the Trends and Tran­si­ents course.


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