This page is a collection of short biographical sketches and a photograph that can be used in conferences to introduce Mr. Holman as a speaker. Also included are a couple of personal items based on feedback requesting a view of his cool car and bicycle. See the LinkedIn supplemental information page to read up on the status of Ken's work these days.

1. Blog

Mr. Holman doesn't have a very active blog, but he does share some professional and personal stories through Google+ at Ken's profile page.

2. Summary

The prose versions of the biographies are written in following sections, this is a summary of the main points of Mr. Holman's background:

2.1. Past teaching experience

By September 30, 2013 Mr. Holman had recorded 296 personal deliveries of Crane's training materials around the world:

Mr. Holman also developed and delivered training material for his previous employer.

2.2. Published training

Mr. Holman continues to publish the training material in both paper and electronic formats:

3. Conference Biographies

3.1. Brief Biography (199 words)

Mr. G. Ken Holman is the Chief Technology Officer for Crane Softwrights Ltd., a Canadian corporation offering XSL, XSLT, XQuery and XSL-FO language training, and general SGML and XML related computer systems analysis services regarding text markup technologies to international customers. Mr. Holman is a co-editor of the Universal Business Language (UBL) 2.0 and 2.1 specifications, an invited expert to the W3C and member of the W3C Working Group that developed XML from SGML, the current Canadian chair of the ISO subcommittee responsible for e-commerce documents, a former international secretary and former Canadian chair of the ISO subcommittee responsible for the SGML family of standards, the founding chair of the OASIS XML Conformance Technical Committee, the founding chair of the OASIS XSLT/XPath Conformance Technical Committee, the founding and current chair of the OASIS Code List Representation Technical Committee, the current XML technical lead and co-chair of the OASIS UBL Technical Committee, the author of training videos and electronically-published and print-published books on XML-related technologies, 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.

3.2. Abbreviated Biography (111 words)

Mr. G. Ken Holman is the Chief Technology Officer for Crane Softwrights Ltd., a co-editor of the UBL 2 specifications, member of the W3C Working Group that developed XML from SGML, the founding chair of the two OASIS XML and XSLT Conformance Technical Committees and current chair of the Code List Representation Technical Committee and current co-chair of the UBL Technical Committee, a former international secretary and national chair of the ISO subcommittee responsible for the SGML family of standards, the current chair of the Canadian committee to the ISO for e-commerce documents, the author of training videos and electronically-published and print-published books on XML-related technologies, and a frequent conference speaker.

3.3. Shorter Biography (65 words)

Mr. G. Ken Holman is the Chief Technology Officer for Crane Softwrights Ltd., a co-editor of the UBL 2 specifications and the current chair of the OASIS Code List committee and co-chair of the UBL committee, the former secretary of the ISO subcommittee for the SGML family of standards, the former chair and member of other international committees, a published author and an accomplished speaker.

3.4. Really Short Biography (3 words)

Another X-standard wonk.

(Ref: David Weinberger - JOHO - April 14, 2000 - http://www.hyperorg.com/backissues/joho-apr14-00.html#email)

4. Educational Background

Ken graduated from the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) in 1981 with an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Computer Science (Co-operative Programme).

Ken's high school days from 1971 to 1976 were in Scarborough (east Toronto) at Woburn Collegiate Institute.

Any fellow alumni from either institution are welcome to contact Ken at gkholman@CraneSoftwrights.com to reminisce about old times.

5. Photographs

5.1. Web site and proceedings photographs

Here is a small set of differently-sized photographs that may be used for web sites and conference proceedings.

5.2. Ken and his personal transportation choices

I was lucky to get a new 2001 PT Cruiser (in June'2000 after only an eight-week wait and one of the first ones in the Ottawa area) that was a lot of fun to drive around. It is long gone now, but I still use the license plates on the new car. My wife bought me the custom Ontario license plates as a gift, and it has been fun to be interrupted by people in town to ask me about XML because they see the plate. This license plate was also accepted into the The Internet License Plate Gallery.

In June'2002 I purchased a recumbent bicycle after not riding a bicycle for about 20 years.

6. Published interviews and articles by others

"Behind the revolution", Ottawa Citizen, November 17, 2005 by Peter Hum.

"Standard issue", Financial Director, May 25, 2006 by Antony Harrington

  • please note the incorrect reference in that article as Crane Softwrights Ltd. is, in fact, a Canadian company

cbc-20110613-1030z.mp3 (1.9Mb - 2min 03sec)
cbc-20110613-1230z.mp3 (1.2Mb - 1min 19sec)

  • On Monday, June 13, 2011 at 06:30EDT and 08:30EDT (UTC-4) the CBC Ottawa Morning news broadcast two different clips of an interview of Mr. Holman by Julie Ireton, CBC Technology reporter (if the media player doesn't play, click on the filenames to download and play locally)

cbc-cbot-20110613-2130z.mp4 (7.9Mb - 1min 21sec) - MP4, Mac, QuickTime
cbc-cbot-20110613-2130z.wmv (15.8Mb - 1min 21sec) - WMV, Windows

  • Later that same day, David Gerow of CBC Television interviewed Mr. Holman for the evening television broadcast (this off-the-air recording has a small audio synchronization problem; both renditions are the same clip in different formats for different platforms)
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