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  • 1. William Lawrence Semantic Engineer, Abstraction & Transliteration with a sprinkle of coding +1 831 454 6602 william@irenology.org There are so few things to do in life & so much time in this life to do those things. 1 What I’m Looking For Challenging thecomplicated solutionsto the simplest problems and working with the standards to meet thecompliance. Summary of Qualifications Document handling and media management has been themainstay of my diet for over 20 years. Providing access to thosedocuments and media for peopleofall abilities is a priority.When taking that to theInternet, a very uncertain environment, a workdayis ripewith aspects of certainty. Creating accessible environments leading to content that is easy to consume is what I do allday: engineering thesemantics of interaction. Development & User Interface Skills My Best Practices & Standards: Accessibility,Section508, PAS 78, W3C, WCAG, Progressive Enhancement, QualityAssurance, Research, Semantic Markup, Web Standards What I do: AccessibilityAuditing,Product Development,Front-End Development,Information Architecture, Document Design, Information Design, Prototyping,Wireframing, Usability,User-Centered Design, User Interface, Content management system What I know:  Accessibility Standards: Section508, WCAG 1.0, WCAG 2.0  User Interface Markup Languages: HTML 4.01, HTML 5, XHTML 1.0, XHTML 1.1, CSS1, CSS2, CSS2.1, CSS3, DTD, XML, XSL  Content Syndication Markup Languages: Atom, OPML, RSS  Lightweight Markup Languages: Textile, Wikitext,BBCode  Web Frameworks: Drupal, Fusebox, jQuery, Ruby on Rails, Smarty, Yahoo!UI Library Professional Work History Semantic Engineer at 12seconds.tv, Santa Cruz CA USA January 2008 to Present  Manage thedevelopment for all phases of theUI web applicationdevelopment fromrequirements gathering,cross browser testing,and productiondeployment.  Facilitatedesignwalkthroughswith team to validatetheuser interface against requirements and information architecture  Write codebased on functional specificationand technicaldesign; adhereto development techniques and standards.  Keep up to dateon new technologiesandoffer analysis of present or future benefit to end-users.
  • 2. William Lawrence Semantic Engineer, Abstraction & Transliteration with a sprinkle of coding +1 831 454 6602 william@irenology.org There are so few things to do in life & so much time in this life to do those things. 2 Product Manager & Evangelist at Quiddities Dev Inc, Santa Cruz CA USA September2006 to Present  Ensure allUSA clients' projects are compliant with § 1194.22 of Section508 of the RehabilitationAct and all othersto adhere to theWorld WideWeb Consortium's (W3C) Web AccessibilityInitiative(WAI) Web Content AccessibilityGuidelines (WCAG).  Audit, create, and maintain VoluntaryProduct AccessibilityTemplates (VPAT) and accessibility statements in compliancewith Section 508 of theRehabilitationAct of1973  Speakat conferences and technologymeetupsto increase the awareness and improve theperception of Web accessibilityand standards  Activelypromoting thebenefits of Internet technologyto localcommunities.  Manage projects, setting prioritiesand measurable objectives,monitoring and reporting on the process, progress, and results  Review business requirements, ensure clarity,and establish expectationsfor services requested Senior Web Developer at Quiddities Dev Inc, Santa Cruz CA USA January 2002 to Present  Ensure allUSA clients' projects are compliant with § 1194.22 of Section508 of the RehabilitationAct and all othersto adhere to theWorld WideWeb Consortium's (W3C) Web AccessibilityInitiative(WAI) Web Content AccessibilityGuidelines (WCAG).  Responsible for client interface and providing consulting services focused on developing theclient’s web presence aligned to their branding and media strategy  Directlyresponsible for helping theclient organize a broadset of information and data,develop a set of clear, user requirements, buildprototypesofwebsitefor user acceptance,and drive final website design  Proficient at creating and deploying easyto navigate websites with fully accessible content, excellent datamanagement, and complexinteractions  Developed custom standards-compliant content management systems  Utilized open-source applicationsto reduce timeand costs in required byneeds Consultant at Irenology.org, Osijek CROATIA February 2000 to December 2004  Technicalconsultant for non-profits focused on building web presence to promotedemocracyand to assist in building democraticinstitutions  Advocated and educated organizationsand individuals throughout EasternCroatia, Croatia's ethnicallymost diverse war-affected region, on harnessing the Internet as a means to bring peaceinto theircommunities.  Designed web marketing plan and built a series of websites for community organizations that supported thereconstruction effort  Developed best practices models for deploying accessibleweb sites with separating content (HTML), presentation (CSS), and behavior(JavaScript)
  • 3. William Lawrence Semantic Engineer, Abstraction & Transliteration with a sprinkle of coding +1 831 454 6602 william@irenology.org There are so few things to do in life & so much time in this life to do those things. 3 Document Analystwith Adecco at Lockheed Martin, BethesdaMD USA December 1998 to January 2000  Responsible for Y2K testing thePeopleSoft Human resource management systems software platform throughout alldivisions ofLockheedMartin  Increased customer appreciationbywriting successful test specificationsand user documentation, monitoring test execution and managing theon-going testing and qualityassurance  Project managed the support for software engineering teams bymaintaining technicaldatabases, generated thorough testing documentation,and coordinated computerized support systems testing  Drove thedevelopment oftesting processes and delivered testing software, dataanalysis, and maintained documentationslogsfor during theassessment of several internal systems supporting Human Resources, Payrolland Compensation, and EmployeeBenefits  Developed clear, replicablemethodsto meet technicaldatarequirements and prepared technical analyses and reports to ensure full transparency of ongoing testing and process improvements Presentations Accessibility Best Practices in Drupal Theming  2008 August 29  Szeged HUNGARY  Presentation session at Drupalcon 2008 Microformats and Transit  2008 February 24  Palo Alto CA USA  Demonstration at BayArea TransitCamp Parkbench Chat About Web Standards and Accessibility  2008 January 4  BerkeleyCA USA  Interview with Dave Olson ofRaincity Studios :focus in accessibility  2007 November 3  BerkeleyCA USA  Talkat BayArea DrupalCamp 2007
  • 4. William Lawrence Semantic Engineer, Abstraction & Transliteration with a sprinkle of coding +1 831 454 6602 william@irenology.org There are so few things to do in life & so much time in this life to do those things. 4 Volunteer Work History Research Associate at the Coalition for Work with Psychotrauma and Peace, Vukovar CROATIA 2000 – 2003  Worked in post-conflict environment advocating for thesupport of psychologicalassistance  Prepared funding proposalsfor projects involving issues ofhealth,especiallythewidespread psychotraumatizationofthepopulationanditseffects on therebuilding of societyand the prevention of future conflict.  Communicated with the general public,scholars, donors, and othersregarding information, data,and research generated from theComplex Rehabilitationinconflict and post-conflict areas.  Designed web sites with accessibilityand universal access as a constant standard and best practice. Election Observerwith The Organization for Security and Co-operationin Europe, Zagreb CROATIA 2000  Monitored,assisted, and advised in democraticinstitution-building andreconciliationin post-conflict environment  Liaised with localauthoritiesand NGOs to draft observations.  Interviewed voters, media, oppositionparties,and MunicipalElectionCommittees  Reported fairness and infractions to ODHIR and OSCE. Research Assistant at the Bancaja International Center for Peace and Development, Castelló SPAIN 1997  Consultant support to incoming and outgoing Professors in translation, research, drafting, and academicevents.  Edited research journals and bookson international security issues.  Developed specialized bibliographicdatabasesystemfor cataloguing academicjournals in both English and Spanish. Legal Assistantwith The American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont, Vermont USA 1995 – 1998  Evaluated and recorded incoming complaintsregarding violationsof civil liberties.  Prepared cases to be submitted to the LegalAdvisory Panel.  Researched related legislation,including LexisNexis  Networked with cooperating attorneysand reviewed for litigation  Sorted out thedifference between what is and what isn't a publicissue or a privateproblem.
  • 5. William Lawrence Semantic Engineer, Abstraction & Transliteration with a sprinkle of coding +1 831 454 6602 william@irenology.org There are so few things to do in life & so much time in this life to do those things. 5 Producer/PublicService Director atWGDR 91.1FM, VermontUSA 1994 – 1998  Contributed to thestation's first web presence, and published relevant and timelycontent on the website and theintranet  Responsible for organizing and delivering non-commercial PublicService Announcements (PSAs)  Produced and hosted radio programs and conducted publicinterest interviews in thestudio and in the field  Carried out thetraditionof being responsible with the publictrust. Education MA, International Relations, 1999 Universitat Jaume I, Castelló SPAIN BA, Political Science, 1998 GoddardCollege,Vermont USA Military History AdministrativeClerk in the United States Marine Corps,Port HuenemeCA USA & OkinawaJAPAN September1988 to September1992 Every organizationneeds a clerk. Everyone ought to bea clerk for some time.  Worked in administrative teamresponding to the needs of over 300 Marines and theirdependents  Maintained records and service manuals and conducted financial and housing counseling  Activated during thePersian Gulf Crisis and deployed forservice with the3rd Marine Divisionin Japan  Conducted ongoing auditsof fieldservice records, verifying information contained in unit diary feedbackreports/personnel management reports, preparationof dischargeand retirement documents, and verifying theaccuracy of information contained in the MCTFS databases  Developed expertise in theMarine Corps TotalForce System (MCTFS), ThePrivacy Act of 1974, and Section508 ofthe RehabilitationAct of 1973
  • 6. William Lawrence Semantic Engineer, Abstraction & Transliteration with a sprinkle of coding +1 831 454 6602 william@irenology.org There are so few things to do in life & so much time in this life to do those things. 6 Additional Information Languages  English (Native proficiency)  Croatian (Professional working proficiency)  German (Limited working proficiency)  Spanish (Limited working proficiency) Interests Imagery, Kitchens, Identity,Language, Bicycling,Semantics, Open Markets, Fixing Things, Public Policy,Old Clock Towers, Baking ChocolateCakes, MechanicalDesktop Typewriters, Standards & Accessibilityin Everything,and My Family.