After several years focusing on strategic and policy issues related to open source and standards, including in the emerging markets, I am back to more technical work. I am involved in several software standards development efforts within IBM. I am also responsible for driving the coordination of IBM standards activities from a strategic and technical point of view.
I have been working on open standards for 15 years, both as a staff member of standards development organizations (SDO) such as W3C and as a representative for IBM. I have been involved in every aspect of the standards development process. This includes the technical, strategic, political, and legal aspects, both internal and external to an SDO and to a company like IBM. I was involved in the development of standards such as HTML and XML.
I have also been involved in open source projects, such as Xerces, the XML parser developed by the Apache Software Foundation for which I was one of the lead architects.