Faculty 2016


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.

Adam Retter | Debbie Lapeyre | Florent Georges | Gary Cornelius | Dr Jeni Tennison | Jo Rabin | Professor John Chelsom | John Snelson | Kal Ahmed | Dr Lauren Wood | Dr Martin Poulter | Dr Michael Kay | Nic Gibson | Norm Walsh | Dr Norman Gray | Paul Downey | Dr Peter Flynn | Philip Fennell | Priscilla Walmsley | Tomos Hillman | Tony Graham |

Faculty Board Members

Debbie Lapeyre

Debbie Lapeyre

Debbie Lapeyre is developer of XML Tag Sets (vocabularies) who designs and writes the schemas (DTD, XSD, RELAX NG) that model those vocabularies. She serves as the architect/design team member for ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2015 JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite, which is currently the worldwide de facto standard for XML tagging of journal articles. She performs the same roles for BITS (Book Interchange Tag Suite), the NLM sponsored book tag set based on JATS and also for NISO STS (NISO Standards Tag Suite), which is in development for tagging national and international standards. 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. Ms. Lapeyre has been working with XML, XSLT, and XPath since their inception and with SGML (XML's predecessor) since 1984. She is a member of the XML Guild and a co-chair of Balisage: The Markup Conference, She has previously co-chaired "Extreme Markup Languages", "Markup Technologies", and the annual international "SGML/XML'XX Conference". Debbie 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 teaches in the Hands-On Introduction to XML course.

Professor John Chelsom

John Chelsom

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

John chairs the Hands-On Introduction to XML course and the XML Primer course and teaches in the Hands-On Introduction to XML course and the XML Primer course.

Dr Lauren Wood

Lauren Wood

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.

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

Lauren chairs the Hands-on Digital Publishing course and the Trends and Transients course and teaches in the Hands-on Digital Publishing course.

Norm Walsh

Norm Walsh

Norman Walsh is a Lead Engineer at MarkLogic Corporation where he helps to develop APIs and tools for the world's leading enterprise NoSQL database. Until recently, Norm has also been an active participant in a number of standards efforts worldwide: he was chair of the XML Processing Model Working Group at the W3C where he was also co-chair of the XML Core Working Group. At OASIS, he was chair of the DocBook Technical Committee for many years.

With two decades 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.

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

Dr Peter Flynn

Peter Flynn

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.

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.

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

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

Philip Fennell

Philip Fennell

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 http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/au/3413 and has been involved in the W3C's XForms Working Group.

Philip chairs the Linked Data course and teaches in the Linked Data course.

Priscilla Walmsley

Priscilla Walmsley

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.

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

Faculty Members

Adam Retter

Adam Retter

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's homepage is at http://www.adamretter.org.uk

Adam teaches in the XSLT and XQuery course.

Florent Georges

Florent Georges

Since Florent discovered IT back in the 90's, he has always been fascinated by how data are stored and represented. He naturally came to XML, but also to RDF and Semantic Technologies.

Florent contributed to many open-source and community-driven projects in the field of XML. His main interests are in the field of XSLT and XQuery extensions and libraries, packaging, unit and functional testing, and portability between several processors. But it is only with the advent of NoSQL technologies and transactional triplestores that Florent started to consider using Semantics and the flexibility of its data model in commercial projects.

Florent is an invited expert in the XSLT working group at W3C, since 2009. Florent founded EXPath the same year, and is also the chair of the EXPath community group at W3C, defining “standard” extension function libraries that can be used in XPath (so in XSLT, XQuery and XProc as well). Florent and H2O Consulting are members of the XML Guild, "a consortium of some of the best independent XML consultants in the world." He worked for two years for MarkLogic, the "Enterprise NoSQL Database", helping many of their clients with their data projects and challenges.

H2O Consulting website is at http://h2oconsulting.be/. Florent is currently working as a Semantic Data Architect, helping a leading banking group in Paris defining their new data management strategies and systems.

Florent teaches in the XSLT and XQuery course.

Gary Cornelius

Gary Cornelius

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.

Dr Jeni Tennison

Jeni Tennison

Jeni Tennison is the Technical Director of the Open Data Institute. She originally trained as a psychologist and knowledge engineer, gaining a PhD in collaborative ontology development from the University of Nottingham. She went on to work as an independent consultant and practitioner, specialising in open data publishing and consumption, including XML, JSON and linked data APIs, before joining the Open Data Institute in 2012. She was awarded an OBE for services to technology and open data in the 2014 New Year Honours.

Before joining the ODI, Jeni was the technical architect and lead developer for legislation.gov.uk, which pioneered the use of open data APIs within the public sector, set a new standard in the publication of legislation on the web, and formed the basis of The National Archives' strategy for bringing the UK's legislation up to date as open, public data.

Within the wider UK public sector, Jeni worked on the early linked data work on data.gov.uk, helping to engineer new standards for the publication of statistics as linked data; building APIs for geographic, transport and education data; and supporting the publication of public sector organograms as open data. She continues her work within the UK’s public sector as a member of the Open Standards Board.

Jeni has contributed to several international standards through the W3C, working on XSLT and XPath 2.0 within the XSL Working Group and on XProc within the XML Processing Working Group. She was appointed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee to serve on the W3C’s Technical Architecture Group from 2011 to 2015, during which time she chaired the W3C’s HTML Data Task Force. In 2014 she started to co-chair the W3C’s CSV on the Web Working Group. She also sits on the Advisory Boards for the Open Contracting Partnership and the Data Transparency Lab.

[Photo and content from http://www.theodi.org/people/jeni]

Jeni teaches in the Trends and Transients course.

Jo Rabin

Jo Rabin

Jo calls himself a CTO-at-large and divides his time between being CTO-in-Residence at Wayra London (Telefonica's start-up accelerator), an Adjunct at UCL, where he is helping construct an Executive MSc, as advisor to various companies and solving some of the problems of Copyright on the Internet. He is co-founder and director of Mobile Monday London and The Mobile Academy.

His past is a journey through the dawns of microprocessors, email and mobile, chairing three W3C mobile-related Groups and editing numerous W3C notes and recommendations. He invented NewsML, the industry standard for news interchange, and has been CTO at a number of start-up companies.

Jo teaches in the Trends and Transients course.

John Snelson

John Snelson

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

Kal Ahmed

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 (github.com/kal and github.com/brightstardb). 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 Martin Poulter

Martin Poulter

Dr Martin Poulter is a Lead Trainer for Wikimedia UK, the national charity supporting Wikipedia and its sister projects, and provides customised training for the university sector on working with free knowledge projects.

Since 1997, Martin been the Web Developer and IT Manager for the Economics Network family of sites, which are based at the University of Bristol. He was the (only ever) Wikimedia Ambassador for the educational charity Jisc and wrote the Jisc guide on Crowdsourcing. He created the EduWiki Conference and the Wikipedia Science Conference.

Martin teaches in the Trends and Transients course.

Dr Michael Kay

Michael Kay

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.

Nic Gibson

Nic Gibson

Nic Gibson is an independent consultant, working on XML and digital publishing technologies for a variety of publishers and organisations that publish. He specialises in advising publishers on suitable uses of XML and the implementation of complex transformation pipelines using XSLT and XProc. He also provides XML and XSLT training to his clients and on public courses.

Nic has spent most of the last two years working for LexisNexis UK as Lead Content Architect, leading a team of content architects and developers who manage the schemas and transformations used to publish tens of thousands of legal precedents to the web and print.

Nic teaches in the XML in Publishing course.

Dr Norman Gray

Norman Gray

Norman Gray is in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. Over the last few decades he's been a particle physicist, a solar physicist, and worked on gravitational lensing. In software terms, he spent a number of years working on data-reduction software for astronomy, on the standardisation of the VIrtual Observatory, and on 'big science' data preservation.

Norman teaches in the Hands-on Digital Publishing course.

Paul Downey

Paul Downey

Paul Downey is a Technical Architect with the Government Digital Service, building Gov.UK. Formerly he was a member of Osmosoft, a small Open Source Innovation team at BT, where he contributed to a number of Open Source projects, notably TiddlyWiki. He participated in the standardisation of XML and Web services at the W3C, WS-I and OASIS. Paul likes to evangelise the value of REST and the Web through code, presentations and uber-doodles such as the mildly notorious The Web is Agreement.

Paul teaches in the Trends and Transients course.

Tomos Hillman

Tomos Hillman

Tom is an independent consultant and director of eXpertML Ltd, offering consultancy on publishing with XML, training, and freelance expertise in XSLT and related technologies.

Until very recently he was a Senior Data Engineer for Oxford University Press, where he was responsible for the design and maintenance of custom data models for books and legal materials. His job role included XML processing, supplier documentation, and quality control systems. He also advised on digital workflows and strategy, and writes and delivered internal training.

Tomos teaches in the XML in Publishing course.

Tony Graham

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.

Tony teaches in the XML in Publishing course.