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  • Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre
  • Cabinet Office e-Government Unit
  • Department for Constitutional Affairs
  • Department for Education and Skills
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • Learning and Skills Council
  • Microsoft
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of Public Administration, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
  • National Westminster Bank
  • NHS Information Authority
  • NHS in Scotland
  • Office of Government Commerce
  • Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
  • Office of the e-Envoy
  • Open University
  • Scottish Executive


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  • Hands-on XML Within the e-GIF
  • XML and e-GIF - a Management Overview
  • Altova StyleVision

We can tailor our courses to your exact requirements

GIF cerificate

Case Studies

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  • UK e-GIF
  • Abu Dhabi eGIF
  • Danish InfostructureBase
  • Trinidad and Tobago e-GIF
  • MIAP Common Data Definitions
  • HMRC File by Internet
  • Co-ordinated Online Record of Electors
  • MOD XML Policies


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  • XML for the Web
  • Professional XSL
  • Beginning XML
  • Professional XML Design and Implementation

Who we are

Boynings Consulting Limited is a dedicated XML consultancy providing strategic advice, developing policies and standards and helping ensure successful implementation for Government and the private sector. We are experts in the standards used by Governments, specifically the UK Government, and have contributed to the development of many of these standards on behalf of the Government and standards bodies such as OASIS. As well as strategy, we often provide advice for individual projects, contribute to data standards and the resulting XML schemas and provide training so that internal staff can continue the work.

e-GIF Expert

On 11 May 2005, Paul Spencer, Director of Boynings Consulting, became the first person to be certified as an Expert Practitioner for the e-Government Interoperability Framework by the e-GIF Accreditation Authority. If you require e-GIF expertise, or need to demonstrate this expertise to a client in the public sector, there is no better place to come - and that's official!


Paul Spencer is supported by a variety of skilled individual associates and by relationships with companies such as Security and Standards. He advises several Government departments in the UK and overseas. He has written and co-written several books on XML and speaks on XML and e-Government at international conferences.


Paul Spencer provides training on the use of XML, concentrating specifically on the implementation of XML within Government. This training is aimed at Government departments, devolved authorities, agencies, local authorities and suppliers to Government and can be tailored to specific needs. In this training, Paul speaks from experience since he contributed to many of the standards being used and advised the Government Gateway development team on its use of XML. The course "Hands-on XML Within the e-GIF" has been accredited by the e-GIF Accreditation Authority and so attendance helps individuals towards e-GIF certification.

Recent work

Most of our recent work has been overseas. We have developed eGIFs for both the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Both these projects involved reviewing world-wide best practice in eGovernment Interoperability and then developing policies and standards that both reflect best practice and are tailored to the needs of the individual country. In the UK, we continue to work mainly in the education sector, where Paul Spencer is a member of the sector's Data Management Special Interest Group. We are also seeing an increasing interest in training in interoperability and the use of XML in the public sector.

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