Alan Karben

An expert at designing end-to-end content solutions, from back-end processing to front-end usability.

XML Team Solutions, Inc.
President (New York, NY, June 2003 - present)

Founded boutique content-processing technology firm specializing in sports data integration.

Pinnacor, Inc.
Director, Product Management & Principal Information Architect (New York, NY, January 2000 - June 2003)

Created business requirements, functional specifications, and information architecture designs for content processing systems, interactive applications, and XML Web services. Designed and project-managed many applications that showcase news, sports, weather, listings, financial data, and other classes of content. These products have been presented in the look and feel of hundreds of Pinnacor clients. Also designed Pinnacor's editorial system software, and served as technical sales resource for major prospective clients, including Boeing, Cox Communications, Ford, Tribune, Merck, New York Life, and Verizon.

The Wall Street Journal Online. Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Director of Document Architecture (New York, NY, July 1999 - January 2000), Associate Director, Interactive Development (New York, NY, September 1997 - July 1999), Manager, Multimedia (Princeton, NJ, January 1994 - September 1997)

Chief document architect, in charge of the structure and format of articles, markets data, advertisements, and related information. Managed, designed, and developed components of editing and archiving systems that create, convert, link, and search documents. Systems profiled in The Seybold Report and Interactive Week. Also designed and helped develop system to automatically repurpose content from WSJ.com Web site for use on other platforms, including PalmPilots, screen savers, electronic books, and other interactive devices.

Led new feature development for markets-data-related components of site, including Personal Portfolio, company research reports, and markets data center. Also led redesign of customizable news section and other site improvements. Beginning in 1994, pioneered use of SGML and XML within Dow Jones to facilitate dynamic editing and templating systems.

STANDARDS

Founding Chairman, The Sports Markup Language (www.SportsML.com), which aims to be the global XML standard for the interchange of sports data. Under the auspices of the International Press and Telecommunications Council (www.iptc.org), which includes global publishers such as The Associated Press, Reuters, Dow Jones, The New York Times, Agence France-Presse, Kyodo News Services, Britain's Press Association, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, and dozens of other news agencies.

Current Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, News Industry Text Format (www.nitf.org), the most widely-used XML news article format in the industry. Also an IPTC standard.

Founding committee, NewsML (www.newsml.org). One of four IPTC chairmen who launched the standard for structuring multimedia packages.

EDUCATION

Columbia University
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, December, 1993. Teaching Fellowship, full scholarship. Specialty: telecommunications. Research Assistant for Professor Eli Noam at Columbia Business School's Institute for Tele-Information. Investigated Open Network Architecture policies, the changing nature of literacy, and information technology issues.

Harvard College
A.B. in Physics, June 1992. Graduated cum laude. Executive Features and Commentary Editor for weekly newspaper, The Harvard Independent. Programmer within Electronic Publishing Group at M.I.T.'s Media Laboratory. Researched electronic transactional environments and methods to integrate advertising into online, personalized newspapers.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Highly polished and energetic public speaking and sales skills. Ability to explain complex technical concepts to laymen. Proficient at programming and using various document processing and multimedia software packages.

Competitive swing and hustle dancer. Also enjoy playing guitar and ice hockey.