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Paul Spencer is an active member of the OASIS Technical Committee, and developed the XML Schemas for EML and the means of customising the schemas for various types of elections. He also developed the customisations for UK public election pilots and for the online electoral registers (CORE) project.


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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  • 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
GIF cerificate


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  • Government Interoperability - 5 Tips for Success
  • From Spreadsheet to Schema
  • A Technical Standard for e-Voting
  • Combining OASIS Standards to Create a Repository and Assembly Mechanism for XML Schema Components
  • The Election Markup Language
  • e-Government in the UK
  • Developing e-GIF Compliant XML Systems For Government
  • e-Government in the UK
  • XML: the relevance to e-government
  • Using XML in Government
  • Delivering New Electronic Services in the Public Sector
  • e-Gov and XML Government Advanced Technology
  • Delivering New Electronic Services in the Public Sector


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

XML and the e-GIF - a Management Overview

All IT projects in the public sector must comply with the e-GIF (or the Openscotland Information Age Framework, which is based on the e-GIF and can be covered in this course).

Who should attend

This course is aimed at decision makers and project managers in the public sector and suppliers to the public sector. It is normally run as an in-house course, and two sessions can be run in one day to avoid having too many people absent from the workplace at once.

What you will learn

This overview presents XML at a management level, indicating its benefits and limitations. It is designed to help managers work with technical staff to ensure optimal solutions. As well as the overview of XML itself, it includes sections on the use of XML within the public sector, covering the e-Government Interoperability Framework and case studies taken from the public sector.

Topics Covered

The standard course covers the following, but can be tailored to suit individual needs

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