Biography

Martin Bryan has been involved in the forefront of the printing and publishing industry for over 30 years.

As an apprentice compositor, Martin Bryan took part in the first course on computer-aided typesetting held in the UK.

As a Printing Officer at the HMSO, Martin Bryan was involved with the pioneering Statutes in Force computer-aided publication system as part of his work in the Parliamentary Printing section.

As an editor at the National Computing Centre, Martin Bryan was responsible for installing and running NCC's first in-house electronic publishing system.

As a member of Linotype's System Documentation and Test Department, Martin Bryan was responsible for testing and documenting the Linotron 202 typesetter and related page composition systems.

As a partner in Quorum Technical Services, where he ran the Software Test and Documentation Department, Martin Bryan was involved in extending the Author's Symbolic Pre-press Interfacing Code (ASPIC) for the British Printing Industry Federation (BPIF). He became BPIF representative to the BSI in 1986 as part of their efforts to review the forthcoming SGML standard. As as result of this work he wrote the first in-depth book on SGML, SGML - An Author's Guide to the Standard Generalized Markup Language (ISBN 0 201 17535 5).

In 1988 Martin Bryan joined Sema Group, where he was responsible for marketing MARK-IT, the world's first fully featured SGML parser.

In 1992 Martin Bryan set up his own consultancy company at The SGML Centre. In 2003 this was renamed IS-Thought.

As a member of the BSI panel reviewing the work of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC34, the working group responsible for developing SGML and related standards, Martin Bryan represents the UK at ISO meetings.

As a member of the European Commission's Open Information Interchange (OII) initiative team Martin Bryan was responsible for developing and maintaining the OII Standards and Specifications List. Between February 2000 and January 2003 this work has continued through the IST Diffuse Project, for which Martin supplied a monthly Information Management Standardization Activity report and acted as Technical Manager.

After working for 4 years for CSW Martin retired in 2008 to spend more time with his philosophers.


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