24/10/2007 10:56

Masterclass Patrick Durusau

Masterclass: The rise of Smart Documents 

 

On October 24th 2007 OpenDoc Society is organising its first masterclass with none other than Patrick Durusau. Durusau is one of the three co-editors of OpenDocument Format/ISO 26300. He is currently the chair of V1, the US National Body representative to ISO/IEC JTC1 SC34, the committee responsible for ODF, SGML, HyTime, Topic Maps and DSDL. The subject of the masterclass is "ODF 1.2 Metadata: The Rise of Smart Documents".

The proposed revision of ODF (1.2) offers enhanced metadata facilities based upon the mature work on RDF at the W3C. The enhancement of ODF with RDF metadata enables the rise of "smart" documents. Rather than clever automated "guessing" about the nature of a document, the new metadata facilities empower authors to say what they meant in an efficient manner, using standard mechanisms. That simple shift, from guessing to asking the author, has the potential to improve search and retrieval from large document repositories, management of complex workflows, and other situations where better data about data can lead to better services or competitive advantages. 

Time and place

The masterclass is held at the Royal Library in The Hague, The Netherlands from 13.30 to 17.00. The masterclass is jointly  organised by OpenDoc Society and Internet Society Netherlands and Belgium.

About the speaker 

Patrick DurusauPatrick Durusau has been active in the field of markup since the very early '90's. He originally became interested in markup due to the difficulty of representing cuneiform texts on a Commodore 128. He is one of three co-editors of OpenDocument Format/ISO 26300.

He is currently the chair of V1, the US National Body representative to ISO/IEC JTC1 SC34, the committee responsible for ODF, SGML, HyTime, DSDL and Topic Maps. He serves as acting convener of JTC 1 SC 34 WG 3. He was co-editor of ISO 13250-5, the Topic Maps Reference Model. Patrick Durusau is also active within OASIS in other technical groups, e.g. serving as chair of the Published Subjects TC. He served on the TEI Board of Directors and is still the technical lead for the OSIS (a standard for encoding Bibles in XML) project.

He is currently working as an independent consultant accepting clients in a variety of technology and markup related areas.