When does a document become a piece of data? For nearly three thousand years information has been organized in the purposeful and self-contained package that we call a document. Dr. Robert Glushko has spent much of career working to develop new and better methods of information management. After working as an entrepreneur, he moved to the academic field to help found Berkeley's School of Information. He joins Phil, Scott, and Ben to discuss his ideas about document exchange and design.
In addition to reviewing his background, Bob talks about the state of markup for documents. He assesses his work with SOX and how it has evolved. He discusses the concepts behind document design and how programmers must think horizontally from end to end.
Robert Glushko is an Adjunct Professor at the University of California at Berkeley in the School of Information, the Director of the Center for Document Engineering, and one of the founding faculty members of the Information & Service Design and Services Science, Management & Engineering programs.
He has nearly thirty years of R&D, consulting, and entrepreneurial experience in information management, electronic publishing, Internet commerce, and human factors in computing systems. He founded or co-founded three companies, the last of which was Veo Systems in 1997, which pioneered the use of XML for electronic commerce before its 1999 acquisition by Commerce One. Veo's innovations included the Common Business Library (CBL), the first native XML vocabulary for business-to-business transactions, and the Schema for Object-Oriented XML (SOX), the first object-oriented XML schema language. From 1999-2002 he headed Commerce One's XML architecture and technical standards activities and was named an "Engineering Fellow" in 2000.
He is a member of the Board of Directors for OASIS, an international consortium that drives the development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards, and on the Board of Directors for the Open Data Foundation, dedicated to the adoption of global metadata standards for statistical data. He is the President of the Robert J. Glushko and Pamela Samuelson Foundation, which sponsors the annual Rumelhart Prize in Cognitive Science.
This free podcast is from our Technometria with Phil Windley series.