Feb 282005

As of today (February 28, 2005), I work for Sun Microsystems. And no, it’s not what you think. It’s actually all Eve Maler‘s fault. She and I have enjoyed working together on the XML Conference and the CSW XML Summer School for a couple of years, so when an opening came up in her group at Sun that she thought I was suited for, it was too good an opportunity to pass up. I filled in the application, Eve made sure the right people saw it, and everything worked out! We did try to keep it secret from Tim for a while, but that ended up not being practical. After all, he had already figured out the issues with living in Canada and working for a U.S.-based group and knew the right people to talk to.

My title is Senior Technical Program Manager; like Eve I will be working on interoperability and technology partnerships. I’m looking forward to it, although since I’ve never worked for a big company before, I’m not quite sure what to expect in many ways. I do know that blogging is encouraged!

And then there are my other activites. Since the W3C Process Document does not allow two members of the W3C Advisory Board to come from the same company, and Eduardo Gutentag was recently elected, I am resigning from the AB after almost three years. I’ve learned a lot from the AB members and the W3C Team and I thank them.

I will chair the XML Conference again this year, but Eve won’t be on the Planning Committee. And I’ll be in Oxford in July for the XML Summer School as well.

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