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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 Semantic Tech­no­lo­gies 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.

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.

Lauren Wood is an inde­pend­ent con­sult­ant, with a focus on standards-based health­care and XML. She has a long his­tory in work­ing with XML, and before that SGML, start­ing with work­ing in the pub­lish­ing industry. Next, 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, as well as the Liberty Alli­ance where she rep­res­en­ted Sun Microsys­tems. Her wide-ranging exper­i­ence includes roles as busi­ness ana­lyst, tech­nical facil­it­ator, sanity-checker, and pro­ject man­ager, 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.

Helen Porter is the XML Sum­mer School Coordin­ator. She takes care of all the admin­is­tra­tion for the Sum­mer School, includ­ing liais­ing with the col­lege and respond­ing to regis­tra­tion queries.

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 Hands-On Intro­duc­tion to XML course, the XSLT and XQuery course, and the Pub­lish­ing With XML course.

Alex Milowski is a researcher and developer who has been work­ing with markup since 1990 and XML since its incep­tion. He is an invited expert at the W3C and has par­ti­cip­ated on the devel­op­ment of XSL FO, XSLT, XML Schema, and XProc. As a developer, he’s pro­duced many dif­fer­ent XML-related tech­no­lo­gies and open-source projects. With over 20 years of industry exper­i­ence, he has worked at a wide range of com­pan­ies using XML tech­no­lo­gies for com­merce and pub­lish­ing. In amongst those endeavors, he has also taught XML tech­no­lo­gies at the Uni­ver­sity of Cali­for­nia Berkeley’s School of Inform­a­tion, pur­sued an advanced degree in Math­em­at­ics, and is cur­rently work­ing on a PhD in Inform­at­ics at the Uni­ver­sity of Edinburgh. Alex teaches in the Pub­lish­ing With XML course.

Andy has been work­ing on the stor­age and query of RDF data, first as a researcher at HPLabs, and now at Epi­morph­ics. Andy is con­tinu­ing his par­ti­cip­a­tion in the SPARQL stand­ard­iz­a­tion pro­cess. He star­ted as a mem­ber of the W3C RDF Data Access Work­ing Group and is a mem­ber of the cur­rent W3C SPARQL Work­ing Group. Andy co-edits the query lan­guage spe­cific­a­tion and lead the pro­posal sub­mis­sion for SPARQL Update and is a mem­ber of the W3C RDF Work­ing Group.He also works on Apache Jena, an open source RDF frame­work for Java, where he 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 teaches in the Semantic Tech­no­lo­gies course.

Blaine is a BC-bred, now London-based soci­o­tech­no­lo­gist, a hacker dis­sat­is­fied by simply build­ing soft­ware. His long-term obses­sion is fos­ter­ing anarchic net­works as a counter-point to the cent­ral­ised sys­tems that have come to dom­in­ate the web over the past dec­ade. Through numer­ous col­lab­or­a­tions, he has developed pro­to­cols and con­cepts that are form­ing the basis for many social inter­net tech­no­lo­gies yet to come. His past work as the found­ing archi­tect of Twit­ter has seen broad adop­tion both cul­tur­ally and tech­no­lo­gic­ally. He is cur­rently work­ing on a new ven­ture to bring power­ful col­lab­or­at­ive tools to writers of the world with his part­ner, author and poet Maur­een Evans. Blaine teaches in the Trends and Tran­si­ents 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 teaches in the XSLT and XQuery course.

After obtain­ing a degree in Applied Math­em­at­ics, Gra­ham Klyne has been a soft­ware developer for many years, work­ing on a vari­ety of applic­a­tions from sci­entific meas­ure­ment to indus­trial pro­cess con­trol, cur­rency trad­ing net­works to engin­eer­ing design soft­ware, and points between. Along the way, he has learned a vari­ety of soft­ware skills from pro­gram­ming early micro­pro­cessors in machine code and C to semantic web applic­a­tions in Python and Haskell. He has also con­trib­uted to sev­eral Inter­net and Web stand­ards, includ­ing the spe­cific­a­tions for RDF, and is cur­rently work­ing at Oxford Uni­ver­sity on using semantic web tech­no­lo­gies and more for man­aging research data. Gra­ham teaches in the Semantic Tech­no­lo­gies 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 Semantic Tech­no­lo­gies 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 Semantic Tech­no­lo­gies course.

Liam Quin has worked for the World Wide Web Con­sor­tium since 2001 and is the XML Activ­ity Lead; he is also involved in the W3C’s new Pub­lish­ing ini­ti­at­ive. He is a co-author of the recently-published “Begin­ning XML 5th Edi­tion”, and in between con­sult­ing jobs he also runs a web­site mix­ing stock antique images with ref­er­ence books at Pre­vi­ously, Liam worked at SoftQuad Inc., one of the lead­ing SGML vendors, and was heav­ily involved in the cre­ation of the XML spe­cific­a­tion. He has a back­ground in markup and digital typo­graphy going back to the early 1980s when he got his under­gradu­ate degree at War­wick University. Liam teaches in the Trends and Tran­si­ents course.

Dr Libby Miller is a Pro­du­cer within the BBC’s R&D divi­sion. She cur­rently works on the ViSTA-TV EU pro­ject on the use and visu­al­isa­tion of real-time IPTV stat­ist­ics. Before that, she led the BBC’s part of NoTube, includ­ing work on APIs to TV for second screens, res­ol­u­tion of broad­cast metadata to web metadata, syn­chron­ised social exper­i­ences, and recom­mend­a­tions and serendipity. Before join­ing the BBC Libby worked as a product and pro­ject man­ager at the IPTV com­pany Joost, and prior to that worked on the Semantic Web, co-creating the FOAF vocab­u­lary and writ­ing and imple­ment­ing one of the first RDF query languages. Libby teaches in the Trends and Tran­si­ents course.

Matt has been build­ing for the web for over 10 years, doing everything from web design and front-end devel­op­ment all the way through to back-end devel­op­ment. He was one of the found­ing developers of the UK’s Gov­ern­ment Digital Ser­vice, has worked on critically-acclaimed video­games, is involved with the Rails Girls move­ment, coach­ing aspir­ing developers, and has been doing a lot of work with data and visualisation. He’s a con­sult­ant and one of the founders of KANT Ber­lin. Matt teaches in the Hands-on Web Pub­lish­ing 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.

Tony Gra­ham is an inde­pend­ent con­sult­ant who has been work­ing with markup since 1991, with XML since 1996, and with XSL/XSLT since 1998. He is an invited expert on the W3C Work­ing Group defin­ing the XSL FO spe­cific­a­tion, an acknow­ledged expert in XSLT, developer of the open source xml­roff XSL format­ter, a com­mit­ter to both the XSpec and Juxy XSLT test­ing frame­works, the author of “Uni­code: A Primer”, a mem­ber of the XML Guild, and a qual­i­fied trainer. Tony’s career in XML and SGML spans Japan, USA, and Ire­land, work­ing 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, and Australia. Tony teaches in the XSLT and XQuery course.


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