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XQuery Summer Institute

Advancing XML-Based Scholarship from Representation to Discovery


Clifford Anderson is the Director for Scholarly Communications at Vanderbilt University. He is the director of the Institute and a primary instructor. Anderson has a decade of experience developing and deploying XML-based digital projects. He was among the first in the academic world to develop XQuery-based applications using native XML databases. He has developed many digital projects using XQuery, including the Theological Commons, a full-text database with more than 75,000 books and articles. Anderson has also led a training series in XQuery for librarians, helping non-programmers to become productive coders. He has a M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, a Th.M. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a M.S.L.I.S. from the Pratt Institute.

Kevin S. Clarke is Digital Library Programmer at the University of California Los Angeles. Previously, he was the Digital Library Applications Programmer for the Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California Santa Cruz. He has taught introductory classes on XQuery for, among other institutions, the Library of Congress. He has a M.S.I.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Clarke will serve as a visiting lecturer during the final three days of the Institute, assisting with the development of a search application for the digital texts of Shakespeare.

David Michelson is Assistant Professor of The History of Christianity and Classical Studies at Vanderbilt University. An historian, Michelson is currently the director of The Syriac Reference Portal a digital reference project for Middle Eastern history. The Syriac Reference Portal employs XML and the semantic web to publish linked open historical data. This project is currently funded by the NEH (Division of Preservation and Access). Michelson has taught research methods in the digital humanities at the graduate and undergraduate level and has been a previous participant in the NEH/ODH-funded Linked Ancient World Data Institute. Michelson has a M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. Michelson will co-lead instruction during the first two days and assist with the afternoon sessions throughout the Institute.

Dale Poulter is the Coordinator of Search and Core Services at Vanderbilt University. He received his M.L.I.S. from University of North Texas and B.S. Ch. E from Texas Tech. Dale has been working with XML for more than five years. His main focus has been manipulating data from various XML sources to be used in web applications. Poulter will co-lead instruction during the final day and assist with afternoon sessions throughout the Institute.

Jonathan Robie is the Lead Editor of the XQuery and XPath specifications at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and a co-editor of JSONiq, a query language for JSON based on XQuery. He is also the list owner of B-Greek and Jonathan has an M.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State University. Robie will serve as a visiting lecturer, providing an introduction to XPath and XQuery during the third, fourth, and fifth days of the Institute.

Winona Salesky is an independent digital library consultant with 10 years’ experience building digital collections with XML technologies, including XQuery, XSLT, and native XML databases. She was previously the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of Vermont where she developed and deployed The Center for Digital Initiatives, an entirely XML based digital library project run on eXist. Salesky has a M.L.I.S. from Rutgers University. Salesky will serve as a visiting instructor, co-leading instruction on the eXist database from Monday to Thursday during the second week of the Institute.