Harald Schöning has been active in database research and development for 15 years. At present, he works as a Tamino architect for Software AG, a German company that has produced database systems for more than 30 years. In addition, he regularly presents seminars on XML and databases. He also serves on the board of the database systems group of the German Informatics Society (GI) and on numerous conference and workshop program committees. He holds a diploma and a doctorate in computer science.