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RE: Introductions

From: <richard.tibbett@orange-ftgroup.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 17:54:31 +0200
Message-ID: <355A518BC0575547B2A3D6773AAF8EEF2FFCD2@ftrdmel1>
To: <public-device-apis@w3.org>

Good idea and always nice to get off on the informal right foot ;-)

I'm Richard Tibbett. I work for Orange Labs in London, UK and will be representing France Telecom / Orange in this group.

I've been with Orange for 6 years. After 3 years as a technical architect/developer I became a representative in the Java Community Process, contributing to JSR-281 (J2ME IMS Services API), JSR-302 (J2ME Telephony API) and JSR-325 (J2ME IMS Communication Enablers API). I have also spent a considerable amount of my time in the Open Mobile Terminal Platform forum, initially working on IMS specifications before returning to my native web-related technology with participation at all levels of the BONDI project. When I'm not participating in standards I'm participating in development, research or partnership projects for Orange or building the next big thing in my spare time (yeah, right).

Regarding the efforts of DAP, I hope we end up with practical device-agnostic, access-agnostic APIs that will be set to last us for the next 100 years. Harder things have been acheived. 'Attention to detail', 'thinking big' and 'eternal optimism' are a few words I associate with this effort.

I'm also a keen programmer likely to give things a go early. Programming goes all the way back to BASIC on an old Acorn Electron when I was 10. Since then I've turned my hand at most things. As a first generational digital native [1], I saw the web grow throughout my teens. I haven't unhooked since. In my spare time I also enjoy travelling, reading and spending far too much of my time, money and energy in London right now.

I look forward to working with all of you in the DAP WG in the coming months.

- Richard

[1] - http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf

> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-device-apis-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:public-device-apis-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Robin Berjon
> Sent: 25 August 2009 15:01
> To: DAP
> Subject: Introductions
> Hi,
> the working group now has sufficient members that we can 
> safely assume that most if not all of the core participants 
> that will contribute to it over its lifetime are present 
> here. I would therefore like to ask everyone on the list - 
> especially W3C participants but also members of the public - 
> to introduce themselves. I'll start with myself.
> I'm Robin Berjon, your co-chair in charge of the API side 
> (though I'll help with the policy side as well when needed). 
> I am an independent consultant representing Vodafone, but as 
> chair will naturally remain neutral. I'll note in passing 
> that neutral does not mean devoid of opinion, simply that my 
> sole objective is the success of this group as per its 
> charter and according to the consensus of its membership.
> Prior to this I've chaired the Web API WG, as well as the two 
> binary XML WGs. I've also been active in a variety of other 
> W3C groups and at times other standards-related organisations 
> (at various degrees OMTP, OMA, 3GPP, MPEG, TV Anytime), 
> including editing specifications, mostly around XML, Web, and 
> mobile technology. I've also participated in a fair number of 
> Open Source projects, many of which around Perl.
> In general I don't believe that there should be 
> mobile-specific specifications, and in the long run I'm not 
> entirely convinced that there should be such a thing as 
> non-Web technology. I don't much care how we do it so long as 
> we end up with a kick-arse open web platform for all and 
> there's beer to be had along the way.
> Before doing this I briefly studied philosophy in the cafés 
> around the Sorbonne, which I'm sorry to say sometimes shows. 
> Outside standards I am a husband and father of one (each), 
> and have an "it's complicated"  
> relationship with a cat called Billie. Mostly I read, tinker 
> with movie stuff, and make some noises about politics.
> I love it when a plan comes together so I very much look 
> forward to working with all of you to release some really 
> wicked swell standards.
> --
> Robin Berjon
>   robineko - setting new standards
>   http://robineko.com/
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