worked with the Bellanet International Secretariat c/o the International Development Research Centre, based in Ottawa Canada, starting in 1996. During this time he initiated the creation of the International Development Markup Language (IDML), an XML-based standard for sharing project/activity information that was adopted by the World Bank’s Global Development Gateway Aida Initiative — later to become Aiddata.org. During that time, Michael helped many donor, foundation, and CSO’s implement the IDML standard. Michael was also a founding trustee of the Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation, and has worked closely with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) to help create their standard, as well as assisting with donor, foundation, and partner country pilots and implementations.
has been involved with open technologies for two decades, including a stint as chair of the World Wide Web Consortium’s XML Core Working Group. As a consultant, David has spent the past 15 years helping public and private organizations implement open information technology, including creating the XML schema for the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). David is also the author of two books on open information standards, Structuring XML Documents (Prentice-Hall, 1998) and Imperfect XML (McGraw-Hill, 2004), and 2000 winner of the Java Technology Achievement Award For Outstanding Individual Contribution to the Java Community from Sun Microsystems.