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The Bible Technologies Group: Technology in the service of spiritual growth
Our mission is to maximize production, distribution, access, use, impact, and preservation of the Bible and related texts from all time periods.   more...

Steve DeRose, Chair, Bible Technologies Group

Steve DeRose has been working with structured document systems and hypertext since becoming director of the FRESS hypertext system in 1979. His combined interests in natural language processing, classical and Biblical literature, and document processing have kept him near the center of the electronic text world. His undergraduate degrees include Computer Science, New Testament and Linguistics, with a thesis on the Pastoral authorship problem. His Ph.D. at Brown University in Computational Linguistics concerned statistical grammatical analysis of English and Koiné corpora. After working briefly at SIL on the beginnings of their well-known CELLAR system and as a consulting designer on the CDWord project, he co-founded Electronic Book Technologies and built the first SGML browser and retrieval system, "DynaText". EBT grew profitably to 150 employees before being sold to Inso (now eBusiness Technologies). DynaText is still used heavily for large aircraft, telecommunications, and other manuals and for literary collections. Dr. DeRose is now Chair of the Bible Technologies Group. He is active, often as an editor, in standards efforts including XML, X Base, XPath, XPointer, Xlink, Open eBook, TEI, EAD, Open eBook, and others. He is a frequent speaker in industry and academe, and has written many papers, two books, and ten patents. He now lives, works, and ice-skates in Maryland

Kees de Blois, Vice Chair of the Bible Technologies Group

Kees de Blois has been with the United Bible Societies since 1972. He comes from the Netherlands, where he studied general linguistics and African languages at the University of Leiden. He holds a Ph.D of that University after completing linguistic field work on a Bantu language spoken in Kenya, known as Lubukusu. Kees served as a translation consultant with UBS for 28 years, of which 15 were spent in Africa and the Americas. From 1995 onwards he has coordinated the activities of the Translation Computer Resource Group in the organization. The group sets priorities in software development, coordinates computer training in translation and promotes the use of computer technology for the translation task.

Patrick Durusau

Patrick Durusau is the Director of Research and Development for the Society of Biblical Literature. He is primarily responsible for identifying, testing and applying new technologies that address the needs and concerns of biblical scholars. Patrick is a founding and participating member of the XTM Authoring Group, an international effort to create an XML version of Topic Navigation Maps, ISO 13250.  Patrick is the Technical Editor for the Leningradensis Project, an effort to bring the open source software model to the creation of public domain versions of witnesses to the biblical texts.  He is also a technical editor for TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism.   Prior to joining the Society of Biblical Literature staff, Patrick was the manager of Information Technology Services for the Scholars Press consortium.  While with Scholars Press, he was the principal encoder for the SELA Digital Library Project, production editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and was the founder of the SBL Seminar on Electronic Standards for Biblical Language Texts.  Patrick co-authored the popular column Offline with Jimmy Adair and is the author of High Places in Cyberspace, a guide to web resources for biblical and religious studies scholars.   Originally trained for the legal profession (LSU Law School, 1978), he practiced law for ten years prior to moving to Atlanta to pursue a Masters of Theological Studies degree at the Candler School of Theology (Emory University, 1995). His personal interests include ANE languages and texts, Java, Linux, SGML/XML markup languages and their use for academic research. 

Kirk Lowery

Dr. Kirk Lowery's academic career began in the late 1970s correcting hardcopy printout of a Syriac chrestomathy stored on punchcards. His graduate work at the University of California, Los Angeles (M.A., Ph.D.) included proofreading of the book of Judges for the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) effort to create the electronic version of Biblia Hebraica Stuttargtensia under the direction of H. Van Parunak.  His dissertation, Toward a Discourse Grammar of Biblical Hebrew, includes one of the first published algorithms for the determination of clause boundaries in Hebrew and raised the question of the adequacy of traditional Hebrew grammatical categories and notions in a computational world. It was also among the first to be printed at UCLA by a room-sized laser printer, using bitmaps of Hebrew characters created in consultation with the Department of Computer Science.  Kirk is presently Associate Director of the Westminster Hebrew Institute, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelpha, Pennsylvania. The Institute produces the Groves-Wheeler Electronic Hebrew Morphology (MORPH), used by most Bible software that offer access to the original text. He is also Adjunct Professor of Old Testament at Westminster, Chair of the Computer Assisted Research Group (CARG) of the Society of Biblical Literature, and is one of the moderators of the B-Hebrew Internet discussion forum. 

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