David webber

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David Webber
Born 1955 (1955)
Leicestershire, England
Residence United States
Fields Information Semantics
Institutions Government
Alma mater University of Kent at Canterbury
Known for XML/edi, XML
OASIS CAM, Schema, ebXML
Machine Intelligence, Prolog
Notable awards ACM Senior Member Award

David R.R. Webber (born 1955, England) is an Information technologist specializing in applications of XML, ebXML and EDI to standards based information exchanges. He is a senior member of the ACM since 2007. David Webber is one of the originators of the ebXML initiative for global electronic business via the internet. He is holder of two U.S. Patents (5909570, 6418400) for electronic information exchange transformation and those patents are now cited widely by 37 other patents. David Webber has implemented several unique groundbreaking computer solutions in his career including the worlds first airport gate scheduling system (King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, 1987), the SeeMail email client for MCIMail written in Prolog, the patented GoXML system for XMLGlobal, the ShroudIt obfuscation system for LNK Corp, and the VisualScript tool for Smartdraw Inc.

More recently David has contributed to open XML standards development with OASIS as technical editor for BCM (Business Centric-Methodology), CAM (Content Assembly Mechanism) and EML (Election Markup Language) public standard specifications. Also the CAM work has included developing solutions for information exchange using the NIEM.gov approach NIEM. Contributions to the NIEM initiative include serving on the NIEM Technical Architecture Committee (NTAC) and with the IJIS Institute along with white papers and presentations.



He earned a Bachelor's degree in Physics with Computing from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1976.

EDI and ebXML

Webber participated in the development X12 Future Vision work in 1995 EDI, a focused group of 30+ people including with Edward A. Guilbert, the creator of the original technology. This led ultimately to the co-founding of the XML/edi Group in 1997 which Webber chaired the North American Chapter and then the group develop the principles of XML/edi document. Webber published "Introducing XML/EDI frameworks" in Electronic Markets Journal 1998; 8(1):38-41 which has been widely cited. From this early work the ebXML Initiative was jointly formed by UN/CEFACT and OASIS and co-sponsored by Sun, IBM, Oracle and others which led to the development of the ISO 15000 ebXML standard in 1999. Webber was a senior contributor to the international ebXML standards work for electronic business development. From this work stemmed the early work on the Content Assembly Mechanism (CAM) including the GUIDE concepts - Global Uniform Interoperable Data Exchange.[1] Active in continuing XML standards development work within OASIS particularly he chairs the OASIS CAM technical committee, and co-edited the Business-Centric Methodology (BCM) specification. He contributes to several other areas of OASIS work including the Election Voter Services standard EML and the ebCORE work related to ebXML. Webber co-authored the book ebXML: The New Global Standard for Doing Business on the Internet (New Riders, ISBN 0-7357-1117-8, August 2001) with Alan Kotok . He holds two US software patents on XML and EDI technologies that have been widely referenced by 37 other patent applications from leading implementing companies such as IBM, Oracle Corporation, AT&T, GE, SAP, NEC and Dell. His current focus includes the field of voting systems and XML, contributing to the development of secure open source software solutions and open public standards (OASIS Election Markup Language). Webber was recognized as a Senior Member of the

Further publications

David Webber is editor of the ebXML online news publication ebXML Forum and magazine. He is also widely published in technical publications of the computer industry on topics relating to the use of XML particularly for electronic business and information sharing. Recent examples include articles such as the Tech Journal[4] and SOA Magazine.[5] Further articles relating to rules technologies and XML can be found catalogued via the Articles NetMiner tool.


  • CAM processor open source project - Webber is co-administrator along with Martin Roberts - and the project provides tools for rapidly implementing interoperable information exchanges that support the NIEM and associated IEPD (Information Exchange Package Documentation) approach.
  • Open voting solutions open source project was implemented by Webber as a reference implementation using the OASIS EML XML standard.

Research interests

Webber has research interests in information semantics, content markup including registry and dictionary representations and automated information processing and algorithms. Also the application of machine intelligence to computer problem solving and game strategy implementation. Webber is an accomplished chess player - including winning the 2002 internet tournament - and making a collection of selected games and puzzles.

Honors and memberships

Webber is recognized as a Senior Member of the American Computer Machinery Association, a member of and committee chair for the OASIS standards group, and co-founder of the XMLedi Group and North American chapter chair.


See also



  • Interview in Developer.com, September 2003.
  • Podcast on WebservicesSummit.com form XML 2004 Conference featuring ebXML Registry demonstration.
  • Electronic Data Interchange Repositories and XML/edi, 1999.
  • Less Is More In E-Business: The XML/edi Group by David Webber, Alan Kotok, November 10, 1999.
  • Impact Of XML On Data Interchange: An XML/EDI Model, Terrence J. Moran, St. Bonaventure University, 2007. Review of Business Information Systems – Third Quarter 2007 Volume 11, Number 3.
  • Introducing XML/edi, Bruce Peat & David Webber, The XML/edi Group, August 1997.
  • Globalizing the web with XML - by Steven Myers and Ryan Shaw, Computing Japan, 1999.
  • eBusiness Watch, Special Report, September 2005. e-Business Interoperability and Standards, European Commission Enterprise & Industry Directorate General.
  • Interview with Duane Nickull of Adobe; OASIS EML, CAM and LiveCycle development, 2009
  • Interview with Van Ristau of DLT; NIEM Technically Speaking, 2012

External links

  • Home page of David RR Webber
  • US Patent Representation and processing of EDI mapping templates
  • US Patent Template mapping system for data translation
  • Google Scholar Profile page
  • Profile picture

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