Dr. Bob Sutor, IBM’s vice president of open source and standards, sits at the intersection between open standards, open source and the role of intellectual property in open computing. He was very active in establishing HTML and XML as the basis and lingua franca of the World Wide Web, as well as establishing Web services standards. More recently, he has been very active in promoting open formats such as OpenDocument Format, interoperability between virtual worlds in Web 3.0, and ensuring that intellectual property does not interfere with the development and adoption of open software standards.
A 25-year veteran of IBM, Sutor has spent the majority of his time contributing to IBM Research efforts, specializing in symbolic mathematical computation and Internet publishing. He has co-authored the books “Axiom: The Scientific Computation System,” and “The LaTeX Web Companion.”
He has held positions on the Board of Directors of the OASIS standards group and the vice chairmanship of OASIS’ ebXML endeavor with the United Nations. Dr. Sutor is a widely read blogger, a frequent speaker around the world on open standards and open source, and is widely quoted in the media.
Dr. Sutor has an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, both in Mathematics.
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