About Me

Welcome to XMLgrrl.com! I’m your host, Eve Maler. On my personal blog, Pushing String, you’ll find commentary on digital identity, data portability, meaningful privacy, online trust, and assorted other topics.

You can reach me at eve-at-xmlgrrl.com, emaler-at-forrester.com, and @xmlgrrl. Additional online homes are linked from the Welcome section in the right sidebar.

One way to get to know me is through the nicknames I’ve collected. I’ve had the pleasure of working on a crazy quilt of technologies, protocols, policies, and methodologies over the years, and various monikers related to them have stuck. The first was XMLgrrl, reflecting my part in the creation of the Extensible Markup Language (XML). The next was the SAML Lady, bestowed by a colleague based in Japan on the occasion of a trip to Tokyo to teach the Security Assertion Markup Language, the federated identity standard. Recently I have been serving as chief UMAnitarian, working on the User-Managed Access protocol and associated adoption.

Yes, that’s a cartoon, though based on a real photo of my head from, oh, 1998 or so. In the pre-blog era, I wrote a Web column on XML — sort of “advice for the parse-lorn”.

On January 14, 2011, I joined Forrester Research. You can find my official profile and blog on the Forrester site. (Yep, I’m up to two blogs now.) When I post to the Forrester blog, I’ll add a corresponding “citation entry” here. Following is a bio for me that’s less official but more wide-ranging:

Eve Maler is an analyst, strategist, and innovator around digital identity, security, and privacy, with particular interests in creating successful wide-scale ecosystems and fostering individual empowerment. She serves as a Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, serving security and risk professionals.

Eve was one of the inventors of XML; she also co-founded the SAML effort and has made major leadership, technical, and educational contributions to many other standards and technical communities. In 2009 she launched an open standards effort called User-Managed Access (UMA) to develop an OAuth-based solution that lets a person conveniently and centrally control the authorization of personal data sharing made between online services on his or her behalf.

Eve is a sought-after public speaker, and for several years served as a Web Services and Identity track chair for the annual XML Summer School held at University of Oxford.

Eve co-authored Developing SGML DTDs: From Text to Model to Markup, a book that provided a unique methodology for information analysis and SGML schema design. Eve’s blog, Pushing String at xmlgrrl.com, touches on topics both technical and whimsical.

Some of Eve’s other interests are knitting and singing bluesy-funky rock ‘n’ roll.

Some alter egos for portions of my blog are VennOfIdentity.org (corresponding to the “Venn” category) and carbgrrl.com (corresponding to the “carbgrrl” category).

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  17. Marty 10 July 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    Hi Eve – plz call me or email me

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