Faculty 2018


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.

Dr Andy Seaborne | Debbie Lapeyre | Jen Williams | Professor John Chelsom | Kal Ahmed | Dr Lauren Wood | Matt Patterson | Nic Gibson | Norm Walsh | Dr Peter Flynn | Priscilla Walmsley | Dr Stuart Williams | Tomos Hillman | Tony Graham |

Faculty Board Members

Debbie Lapeyre

Debbie Lapeyre

Debbie Lapeyre is a 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 developing 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 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 the Course Director for the XML Summer School, and Managing Editor for XML.com. She is also an independent XML consultant with many years of experience in a variety of roles and areas, most recently programming XSLT for a US-based legislative system and healthcare (HL7 CDA and FHIR), and Schematron for journals (JATS), as well as designing and coding the XML.com website using Django.

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 With XSLT course and the Trends and Transients course and teaches in the Hands-on Digital Publishing With XSLT 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 With XSLT course and the Publishing Techniques with XML 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 recently completed a PhD in User Interfaces to Structured Documents with the Human Factors Research Group in UCC.

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

Peter chairs the Publishing Techniques with XML course and teaches in the Hands-on Digital Publishing With XSLT 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

Dr Andy Seaborne

Andy Seaborne

Andy has been working on the storage and query of RDF data, first as a researcher at HPLabs, then at Epimorphics and now at TopQuadrant. Andy has been a long time contributor to the SPARQL standardization process. He started as a member of the W3C RDF Data Access Working Group and was a member of the W3C SPARQL Working Group. Andy co-edited the query language specification and lead the proposal submission for SPARQL Update. He also served on the W3C RDF Working Group. He also works on Apache Jena, an open source RDF framework for Java, where he contributes to 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 Linked Data course.

Jen Williams

Jen Williams

Jen Williams is a software developer and data consultant at Networked Planet. She spends the majority of her time devising and building standards-based .NET linked data management and publishing platforms.

Outside of her development work, Jen is a member of the Bristol ODI Node steering group, helps organise Open Data Camp UK, and this year started a Tech4Good meetup in Bristol.

Jen 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.

Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson

Most recently CTO of German streaming-video startup Tape.tv, Matt has been building for the web for more than 15 years. A full-stack developer, over the years he has worked for the BBC, been involved with a critically acclaimed indie videogame, explored data visualisations of the evolution of Wordsworth's The Prelude, helped the UK government reboot its approach to the web as part of the GOV.uk Alpha and Beta team, helped Europe's biggest municipal authority build a Civic Dashboard, transformed a large biographical dictionary from Word files to a website, co-organised UIKonf (Europe's leading iOS developer conference), and spent three years helping lead the charge for artist-driven music television at Tape.tv. He is currently exploring new ideas in the Digital Humanities. He has spoken at conferences on both sides of the Atlantic, and once co-authored a book about CSS. He also helps out at the Ruby Monstas, a study group born out of Rails Girls Berlin.

He has long experience with web development and XML technologies and a wealth of knowledge about transforming and working with structured and semi-structured data. If you have data locked away in Word, Excel, OpenOffice, CSV, databases or XML that you want to publish on the web he can teach you how to get to it, work with it, and begin to publish it.

Matt teaches in the Hands-on Digital Publishing With XSLT course.

Nic Gibson

Nic Gibson

Nic Gibson is an consultant for MarkLogic EMEA, working with large customers to develop content and data driven applications using XML, JSON, XQuery and XSLT.

Prior to joining MarkLogic, Nic worked on XML and digital publishing technologies for a variety of publishers and organisations that publish. He specialised in advising publishers on suitable uses of XML and the implementation of complex transformation pipelines using XSLT and XProc.

Most recently Nic has worked for Cambridge University Press to create a system for transformation and normalisation of content before ingestion into the academic CMS and for LexisNexis UK as Content Architecture Lead, 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 Publishing Techniques with XML course.

Dr Stuart Williams

Stuart Williams

Dr Stuart Williams is a linked data practitioner and enthusiast who has have been working in the field of semantic web and linked data standards, technologies, and applications for more than 15 years. Prior to joining Epimorphics in 2009, Stuart was a member of the Semantic Web research group at HP Labs in Bristol where he worked on the application of semantic web technologies to the description and coordination of web services (so-called semantic web web services); software configuration management; and the management of system access entitlements in a regulated environment. He also served as co-chair of the W3C TAG for a number of years. At Epimorphics he works with a number of public and private clients helping them to model and publish their data as open linked data.

Even longer ago, Stuart was a major contributor to the protocol specifications of the IrDA, who promoted a set of wireless infrared data communication standards for consumer devices that have largely been displaced from today's gadgets by bluetooth and wifi.

Stuart teaches in the Linked Data 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 Publishing Techniques with XML 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 Publishing Techniques with XML course.