Ahmed, Principal Consultant, Ontopia
Kal Ahmed is
Principal Consultant with Ontopia, a company dedicated to creating
topic map software. He has been involved in structured information
standards for 6 years as a developer and consultant. He is a member
of the Topicmaps.Org Working Group which produced the XML Topic
Maps (XTM) specification and has presented a number of papers relating
to topic maps and their practical uses. Kal is also the developer
and maintainer of TM4J, an open source topic map processor written
Beckett, Technical Researcher, Institute for Learning
and Research Technology, University of Bristol
has worked as a Technical Researcher at the Institute for Learning
and Research Technology at the University of Bristol since June
2000. His research interests include developing Internet technology
for resource discovery based on metadata solutions such as the Dublin
Core, RDF and XML with distributed web crawling. He previously held
a research post at the University of Kent at Canterbury working
on the Internet Parallel Computing Archive subject gateway and the
UK Mirror Service project developing the RDF-based metadata management
and resource discovery system.
Bell, President/Founder, Synth-Bank, LLC
Bryan Bell is
president and founder of Synth-Bank, LLC. He was a pioneer in the
convergence of the telecommunication and entertainment industries
developing an on-line distribution system for intellectual property
in 1979. His early work in multi-vendor hardware interface for music
paved the way for the software standard today known as MIDI. Bryan's
articles appear in numerous industry periodicals. Over the last
20 years, his clientele has included some of the biggest names in
the entertainment industry. 1994-2000, Bryan has worked as the Strategic
Technologist for the Frank Russell Company where he is responsible
for long-term technology planning, vendor relationships, and advanced
Co-Founder/CEO, InfoLoom, Inc.
PhD, is an information technologies consultant, co-editor of the
ISO 13250 Topic Maps standard, and co-chair of the XTM specification.
He has created a curriculum for engineers on electronic engineering
and was the founder and president of the SGML Users' Group France.
He created a company, High Text, in 1992, and since 1998 has been
working as an independent consultant. Mr. Biezunski designed and
created the Topic Map Loom™ technology, a tool used to create and
maintain easy-to-use topic maps.
Charles H. Bixler, Director of Knowledge Management,
Keane Federal Systems, Inc.
is currently the Program Manager for Information Technology Support
Services (ITSS) and Director for Knowledge Management at Keane Federal
Systems, Inc., managing a major contract for the Department of Justice
Information Technology (IT) infrastructure. He is an adjunct Professorial
Lecturer at The George Washington University in the School of Engineering
and Applied Sciences. Dr. Bixler is an active member of the Enterprise
Knowledge Management Group (EKMG), assisting in the development
of Knowledge Management Frameworks, Enterprise Architectures, and
Knowledge Management Systems (KMS). He served in the United States
Navy for over 23 years and performed the duties of Program Manager,
Test Pilot, TOPGUN Instructor, and operational F-14 Fighter Pilot.
He has flown 33 different types of high performance aircraft with
over 4500 flight hours and 500 carrier landings. He has over 20
years of Program Management experience, encompassing many areas
of research, development, and acquisition.
F. Brena, Professor, Center for Artificial Intelligence,
Since 1990 full-time
researcher at the Center for Artificial Intelligence, ITESM, Mexico
(private university). Director of the Agent-based systems group
at the Center for Artificial Intelligence. Head of the RICA project
(Information and Knowledge Networks with Agents, in Spanish). Projects
with industry for the development of Expert Systems (Cydsa industrial
group). Conferences and publications in the Intelligent Agents area,
as well as Automated Reasoning and Software Engineering. In 1989
full-time professor at the ITAM (private university). PhD degree
in Informatics at the INPG (France, 1989), major in Artificial Intelligence.
Vice President, Standards and Evangelism, Kinecta Corporation
Ms. Burman is
a recognized XML industry expert who routinely speaks, chairs, tracks
and delivers tutorials at the leading XML conferences, Seybold Seminars,
Documation, and other industry events. Prior to joining Kinecta,
Ms. Burman was president and CEO of L A Burman Associates, an XML
consulting firm that provides strategic and tactical services to
large publishers, software/hardware vendors, non-profit consortia
(such as GCA and OASIS), and the investment community. Ms Burman
is also founder and co-chair of the PRISM (Publishing Requirements
for Industry Standard Metadata) Working Group; co-author of Mastering
XML (Sybex 1999); a guest XML lecturer at the University of Toronto;
and co-chair of the marketing committee for the ICE (Information
Content and Exchange) Authoring Group. Linda's first role in the
computer industry was as a systems engineer for Datapoint Corporation,
the inventor of ARCnet, the first local area network. In 1988 she
took a senior product marketing position at Bitstream, a digital
font foundry. From there, Ms. Burman was recruited to work at Apple
Computer as the publishing evangelist, where she was responsible
for driving Apple's strategy with third-party publishing software
developers. Directly prior to starting her own company, Ms. Burman
was director of worldwide marketing at SoftQuad inc., a leading
vendor of SGML, XML and HTML products. Ms. Burman holds an honors
BA in Literature from the University of Toronto (cum laude) and
a Masters in Education from Boston University (suma cum laude).
She sits on the advisory councils of Foundry Ventures and the Daycare
Program of the Baycrest Geriatric Hospital.
Caporlette, Executive VP of Strategic Technology, Sequoia
Sequoia Software's Executive Vice President of Strategic Technology,
has more than 12 years of experience designing and implementing
Internet publishing, electronic commerce and document management
solutions for a variety of industries. A recognized expert in the
development of SGML/XML-based products, Caporlette serves as Sequoia's
lead XML evangelist, speaking at industry conferences and SGML/XML
user groups here and abroad, contributing articles and white papers
to various publications, and working with customers to explore the
full potential of Sequoia's technology. Caporlette provides Sequoia
with XML knowledge, as well as internal and external organizations
with technology expertise on XPS(tm), Sequoia's XML-pure portal
server. In addition, Caporlette oversees a research and development
group that supports partner product integration and prototypes emerging
XPS technology. He also has an active role in XML industry groups
such as W3C and Oasis. Caporlette received a B.S. in Systems Analysis
at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Founder and Managing Director, Allette Systems
Nick Carr is
the Founder and Managing Director of Allette Systems, a 14-year-old
systems integrator specializing in XML design, training and implementations
based in Sydney, Australia. Allette Systems has a long history of
implementations using standards-oriented markup languages for such
organizations as the Australian Stock Exchange, Sun Microsystems,
Singapore Attorney General's Chambers and many others. Nick Carr
has been the Chairman of the Asia Pacific XML Conference for the
past 7 years and has presented widely on the topic of XML at numerous
Connolly, XML Activity Leader, W3C
is the leader of the XML Activity. He began contributing to the
World Wide Web project, and in particular, the HTML specification,
while developing hypertext production and delivery software in 1992.
He presented a draft of HTML 2.0 at the first Web Conference in
1994 in Geneva, and served as editor until it became a Proposed
Standard RFC in November 1995. He was the chair of the W3C Working
Group that produced HTML 3.2 and HTML 4.0, and collaborated with
Jon Bosak to form the W3C XML Working Group and produce the W3C
XML 1.0 Recommendation. Dan received a B.S. in Computer Science
from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. His research interest
is investigating the value of formal descriptions of chaotic systems
like the Web, especially in the consensus-building process.
Jeff Conklin, CogNexus
Conklin has over 15 years experience and an international reputation
in the fields of hypertext and groupware research, plus professional
experience as a facilitator, consultant, and teacher. Dr. Conklin
is perhaps best known for his work with the Issue Based Information
System (IBIS) method, such as designing research tools and commercial
products that support IBIS. He developed the Visual Issue Mapping
System (VIMS) facilitation technique, which allows groups to map
their design and problem solving conversations in IBIS, and has
taught this technique to hundreds of people. He has facilitated
thousands of meetings, with such clients as the World Bank, the
United Nations, the House of Representatives, the City of Washington,
DC, and the General Services Administration (GSA). Dr. Conklin's
research on collaborative and facilitation technologies has been
published in numerous academic journals and conferences.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Knowledge Management
Business Unit , Lotus Development Corporation, a division of IBM
is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lotus' Knowledge
Management Business Unit. He is responsible for the development
of Lotus' suite of KM products including the Lotus Knowledge Discovery
System, a suite of technologies designed to allow organizations
to discover the contextual relationships between people and information.
He also manages the Document Management, Workflow, Search, and SmartSuite
He joined Lotus
in 1992 as a Product Manager responsible for developing add-on technologies
to the Lotus Notes Platform. During his career at Lotus he has focused
on developing new products for emerging markets and has brought
over a dozen new products to market. As General Manager of the Document
Management business he launched Domino.Doc, a content management
add-on for Domino that has achieved massive growth and a multi-million
seat installed base. In 1997 he led the acquisition of Onestone
technologies, a German workflow technology vendor and integrated
their business into the Lotus knowledge management family.
was also one of the principal strategists that conceived the current
Lotus Knowledge Management vision and technology strategy. This
marketplace represents one of Lotus' most significant growth opportunities.
Prior to joining
Lotus, Mr. Cooper held various development and marketing positions
at Eastman Kodak. He joined Kodak as an engineer working on advanced
development of digital imaging applications. As Product Engineer,
he was instrumental in developing and launching Eastman Kodak's
first PC-based desktop imaging product. Mr. Cooper was also a founding
member of a Kodak subsidiary that built the first add-on product
for Lotus Notes.
Mr. Cooper speaks
extensively at industry events, is an advisor to several Lotus business
partners, and is a recognized leader in the Knowledge Management
arena. Mr. Cooper holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
from Saint John Fisher College.
Standards Architect, Interwoven
Ron Daniel Jr.
is a Standards Architect at Interwoven, specializing in the areas
of metadata and XML. He is one of the co-editors of the first two
Dublin Core reports, was a member of the RDF committees, has edited
several IETF RFCs, and is currently a co-editor of the W3C's XPointer
specification. Dr. Daniel is currently the co-chair of the PRISM
working group, which is defining a metadata specification for publishers.
In his ample spare time, Ron has begun to refurbish vacuum tube
stereo equipment that is even older than he is.
Dodds, Senior Software Engineer, iKnowMed
has designed and developed graphical interfaces and scientific and
technical visualization systems at Northern Telecom, as well as
text-understanding and expert systems, there. Prior to that, in
university environments, he programmed a speech synthesis system,
and designed and developed technical scientific models and simulations.
Mr Dodds is the author of numerous papers on robotics, and is on
the W3C SVG WG and Idealliance XTM committee as a founding participant.
Dumbill, Managing Editor, XML.com
is Managing Editor of XML.com, part of the O'Reilly Network. He
writes and speaks on the subjects of XML and the Web. He is also
the creator of XMLhack.com, the popular XML developer news site,
and WriteTheWeb.com, a web site focusing on the writeable, two-way,
Web. Edd is also co-founder of Pharmalicensing.com, an online intellectual
property exchange for the pharmaceutical industry.
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Freese, Director of Consulting Services-Midwest Region,
Mr. Eric Freese
is the Director of Consulting Services in the Midwest Region for
Isogen International, a Datachannel company. Mr. Freese has more
than a dozen years of experience in the area of information, document,
and knowledge management. His specific expertise is in the development
of SGML products and implementation of SGML technologies including
XML, DSSSL, HyTime, Topic Maps, HTML and the WWW. This experience
includes research, analysis, specification, design, development,
testing, implementation, integration and management of database
systems and computer technologies in business, education and government
environments. Mr. Freese has developed and implemented training
programs and materials from elementary to graduate level. He also
has research experience in human interface design, graphics interface
development and artificial intelligence. He is also a founding member
of TopicMaps.org, the organization currently developing XTM, a topic
map standard for the web.
Nic Fulton, Chief Technology Strategist, Reuterspace,
a division of Reuters
Dr. Nic Fulton
is the Chief Technology Strategist for Reuterspace, a division of
Reuters focusing on B2B and B2C initiatives. Nic has worked for
Reuters in a number of locations, and most recently headed up XML
Architecture and Design for the company. In this role, Nic has overseen
Reuters involvement with W3C as XML has developed, and coordinated
Reuters involvement in standards consortia including FpML, NewsML,
IRML and XBRL. Nic has also been a long term member of Reuters core
Research and Standards group, in which he acts as an internal consultant
to many key Internet projects. Nic has a PhD in Quantum Physics
and lives and works in New York with his astrophysicist wife.
Senior Research Scientist, OCLC
Carol Jean Godby
is a Senior Research Scientist at OCLC, where she currently manages
a project on automatic document classification. During the past
eleven years, she developed software for one of the largest digital
library projects that pre-dated the Web, and for one of the first
commercially successful systems that delivered technical scholarly
material on the Web. She is finishing a Ph.D. in computational linguistics
at The Ohio State University, is the author of numerous papers on
lexical knowledge acquisition, and was a co-editor of the first
Dublin Core Workshop report.
Goncalves, Chief Knowledge Officer, Virtual Access Networks,
As a Chief Knowledge
Officer, Mr. Goncalves brings 12 years of IS/IT management and analysis
to Virtual Access Networks. He has been a Senior IT/Enterprise application
integration analyst for ARC Advisory Group and has held a variety
of senior systems and technology management positions at companies
such as RECOLL Management Corp (FDIC) and Process Software Corporation.
He has also consulted for several major Internet and computing firms,
including Sun Microsystems, CSX and Microsoft. Mr. Goncalves is
the author of more than 20 books on Internet and Web technologies
and security, translated into seven languages. He holds an M.S.
in computer information systems from Southwest University.
Chris W. Higgins
has a B.A and M.S. in International Relations from Florida State
University and a J.D. from the University of Washington. He was
one of the founding officers of TechnoTeacher Inc., worked as a
Coordinator for International Relations for Chiba Prefecture in
Japan, an IP associate for Lane, Powell, Spears, Lubersky LLP in
Seattle, and currently is VP of Intellectual Property at ePremis
Corporation. Since 1996, Chris has presented several papers at GCA's
Annual Conferences on legal/technical issues of interest to the
Ken Holman, CTO, CraneSoftwrights, Inc.
Mr. G. Ken Holman
is the Chief Technology Officer for Crane Softwrights Ltd., a Canadian
corporation offering OmniMark programming, DSSSL and XSL/XSLT language
training, and general SGML and XML related computer systems analysis
services to international customers. Mr. Holman is the current Canadian
chair of the ISO subcommittee responsible for the SGML family of
standards, current chair of the OASIS XSLT Conformance Technical
Subcommittee, an invited expert to the W3C, former chair of the
OASIS XML Conformance Technical Subcommittee, the author of "Practical
Transformation Using XSLT and XPath (XSL Transformations and the
XML Path Language)" (ISBN 1-894049-06-3), and has often been a speaker
at related conferences. Prior to establishing Crane, Mr. Holman
spent over 13 years in a software development and consulting services
company working in the NAPLPS and the SGML industries.
Hubert, KM Practice Area Manager, APQC, Custom Solutions
is a Senior Knowledge Management Consultant and leads the Knowledge
Management Team for the American Productivity & Quality Center.
Since joining the Center, Cindy has worked with a variety of industries,
including oil and gas, manufacturing, health care, finance, retail,
non-profit, and consumer products. Her focus is on business process
improvement including knowledge management, quality, benchmarking,
measurement, and strategic planning. Cindy is responsible for managing
the KM Practice area and KM market development, delivering APQC
education and training courses, training instructors, designing
courseware and curricula, and designing, facilitating, and deploying
knowledge management strategies and initiatives.
Hunscher, CEO, South Wind Design, Inc.
has worked in the IT industry for 18 years, developing widely-used
commercial products in the database connectivity arena for nine
years as CEO of South Wind. For the last three years, in partnership
with Connectex, LLC, he has consulted on the architecture of large
scale XML-RDBMS and XML-OODBMS document management systems. South
Wind's clients have included Pervasive Software Inc., Bell & Howell
Information & Learning, and the Thomson Corporation.