Patrick Durusau, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am the former Director of Research and Development for the Society of Biblical Literature and was the director of the Society of Biblical Literature Font Foundation. In those roles at the Society of Biblical Literature I was part of initiating relationships with groups and organizations as diverse as the American Bible Society, the Freer Gallery (part of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington) and Brigham Young University, among others. A great deal of that work was finding commonalities of interests that are furthered by institutional collaboration on a variety of projects.
I originally became interested in markup due to the difficulty of representing cuneiform texts on a Commodore 128. I remain interested in the use of markup to enable both display and analysis of Ancient Near Eastern texts and languages.
I was not always an academic, however. I was a solo law practioner in Louisiana for ten years, accepting cases that ran from separation and divorce to death penalty litigation. Having spend my entire legal career as a trial lawyer, I must confess a certain orientation towards obtaining results, as opposed to discussing results, planning results, etc., without taking concrete steps towards those results.