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Gabriel Bodard is trained as a classicist, with training and experience in both papyrology and epigraphy as part of his doctoral research. As well as extensive teaching experience in both Classics and computer skills, his first employment after leaving University was at the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae at the University of California, one of the first major Humanities Computing projects dealing with Classical texts (and one that shared a lot of technologies and practices with the DDbDP, of similar pedigree). He has been an editor on the Suda Online project since its inception in 1998. Since then he has built upon his experience in text encoding and markup with work on various digital projects in London, especially the Inscriptions of Aphrodisias (of which he is co-author) and now the Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica. In the process of working on these projects at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities he has acquired broad and in-depth knowledge of text encoding and processing, especially the use of TEI XML. He has been elected to the TEI Council, an academic group that advises and makes decisions on guidelines and other technical development issues. He founded and currently directs the Digital Classicist, a community of expertise in the application of Digital Humanities to the study of the ancient world, and is an administrator of the Stoa weblog. He is on the steering committee of the British Epigraphy Society, and has been involved in training events for digital epigraphy. He has also organised and taught several formal EpiDoc summer schools over the past three years. He is currently the principal investigator on the CCH team subcontracted by Duke under the Mellon-funded Integrating Digital Papyrology project to convert the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri and other papyrological materials into EpiDoc XML, bringing his experience of both epigraphic markup in XML and the use of conversion tools, and overseeing the building of open source software to crosswalk from DDbDP's legacy format to validating TEI XML.