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Work with with creative writers and computers led me to the history of technology for a big picture of the changes I was involved in, and to markup standards (SGML, now XML) for practical ways to make content management easier.
Since then I have worked with dozens of content owners in fields from reference materials to library databases to healthcare data, in both face-to-face and distributed environments.
My strong skills are content and process analysis and modeling, liaison between content expertise and development expertise, implementation for new adopters, and training at all levels. I'm adept with XSLT, XSL-FO, and related technologies. I also have a lively interest in new markup applications and interfaces.
When deployment is given as much attention as standards development, a good standard can take hold, thrive, and deliver the benefits it was designed to deliver. Three decades of supporting the roll-out of new standards have reinforced some preconditions for success.
My most recent work has been with the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA), a UML-based model for healthcare documents. Starting in 2007 I was privileged to deliver an innovative project implementating CDA reporting for the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
CDA is a rigorously designed and somewhat abstract model that requires some background to employ. At Balisage 2010 in discussion with Ann Wrightson I germinated the idea of a "simple" CDA which came to light as an HL7 methodology called "greenCDA". The greenCDA approach can be used by any consultant, and was one of the minor inspirations for FHIR.
At Balisage 2012 Lauren Wood and I presented a paper on the special characteristics of the CDA model and the challenges in validation that require the use of a language such as Schematron.