Jeni Tennison

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Jeni Tennison

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Tennison in 2009, picture by Paul Downey
Jenifer Fays Alys Tennison[1]

May 1972 (age 51)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Nottingham (BSc, PhD)
Scientific career
ThesisLiving ontologies : collaborative knowledge structuring on the Internet (1999)
Doctoral advisorNigel Shadbolt[2] Edit this at Wikidata

Jenifer Fays Alys Tennison (born 1972)[1] OBE is a British software engineer and consultant who co-chairs the data governance working group within the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI). She also serves on the board of directors of Creative Commons, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) and the information law and policy centre of the School of Advanced Study (SAS) at the University of London.[3] She was previously Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Open Data Institute (ODI).[4][5]


Tennison was born in Cambridge, England[6] and educated at the University of Nottingham gaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1994[7][8] and a PhD in collaborative ontology development in 1999,[2] supervised by Nigel Shadbolt.


Tennison has been the technical architect and lead developer for and previously worked on the linked data aspects of Previously, she was self-employed as a consultant.[9]

Tennison has authored or co-authored papers[10][11][12][13] on XSLT,[14] XML,[15] structured data[16] and knowledge bases.[17][18][19] She has authored books including Beginning XSLT 2.0,[20] XSLT and XPath on the Edge[21] and Professional XML Schemas.[22] Tennison was an invited expert on the XSL and XML processing working groups at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and was appointed to the W3C's Technical Architecture Group (TAG) in 2011. She has previously worked for the Open Knowledge Foundation[23] and Epistemics Ltd.[7]

Tennison is the co-creator of the open data board game Datopolis.[24]

Awards and honours[edit]

Tennison was appointed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)[5] in the 2014 New Year Honours[5][25] for services to Technology and Open Data.[5][26]


  1. ^ a b c Anon (2022). "Jenifer Fays Alys TENNISON". Archived from the original on 16 February 2022.
  2. ^ a b Tennison, Jenifer Fay Alys (1999). Living ontologies : collaborative knowledge structuring on the Internet (PhD thesis). University of Nottingham. OCLC 50070543. EThOS
  3. ^ Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ "Open Data Institute Team: Jeni Tennison". The Open Data Institute. 2013. Archived from the original on 14 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d Anon (2013) "No. 60728". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2013. p. 14.
  6. ^ Elliott, Chris (1 January 2014). "Honour from Queen for Cambridge technologist Jeni Tennison welcomed by World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee". Cambridge News. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014.
  7. ^ a b Tennison, Jeni (2014). "Jeni Tennison LinkedIn profile". Archived from the original on 4 January 2014.
  8. ^ Hardy, B. J.; Doughty, S. W.; Parretti, M. F.; Richards, W.; Tennison, J. (1997). "First Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society Electronic Conference". Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling. 15 (2): 141–144. doi:10.1016/S1093-3263(97)81619-1. PMID 9385562.
  9. ^ Anon (2017). "Jenifer Fays Alys TENNISON". London: Companies House. Archived from the original on 21 November 2017.
  10. ^ Jeni Tennison author profile page at the ACM Digital Library Edit this at Wikidata
  11. ^ Jeni Tennison at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  12. ^ Jeni Tennison publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  13. ^ Jeni Tennison publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  14. ^ Lumley, J.; Tennison, J. (2006). "XSLT working session". Proceedings of the 2006 ACM symposium on Document engineering - DocEng '06. p. 1. doi:10.1145/1166160.1166161. ISBN 978-1595935151. S2CID 29515370.
  15. ^ Tennison, J. (2006). "Processing XML documents with pipelines". Proceedings of the 2006 ACM symposium on Document engineering - DocEng '06. p. 91. doi:10.1145/1166160.1166163. ISBN 978-1595935151. S2CID 19699655.
  16. ^ Koesten, Laura M.; Kacprzak, Emilia; Tennison, Jenifer F. A.; Simperl, Elena (2017). "The Trials and Tribulations of Working with Structured Data". CHI '17 Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: 1277–1289. doi:10.1145/3025453.3025838. ISBN 9781450346559.
  17. ^ o’Hara, K.; Shadbolt, N.; Tennison, J. (2000). "Certifying KBSs: Using CommonKADS to Provide Supporting Evidence for Fitness for Purpose of KBSs". Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management Methods, Models, and Tools. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Vol. 1937. p. 419. doi:10.1007/3-540-39967-4_32. ISBN 978-3-540-41119-2.
  18. ^ Tennison, J.; O'Hara, K.; Shadbolt, N. (2002). "APECKS: Using and evaluating a tool for ontology construction with internal and external KA support". International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 56 (4): 375–422. doi:10.1006/ijhc.2002.1000.
  19. ^ Thompson, H. S.; Rees, J.; Tennison, J. (2013). "URIs in data: for entities, or for descriptions of entities—A critical analysis". Proceedings of the 5th Annual ACM Web Science Conference on - WebSci '13. p. 479. doi:10.1145/2464464.2532514. ISBN 9781450318891. S2CID 19922399.
  20. ^ Tennison, Jeni (2005). Beginning XSLT 2.0: From Novice to Professional (2nd Revised ed.). Berkeley, CA : New York: Springer. ISBN 9781590593240.
  21. ^ Tennison, Jeni (2001). XSLT and XPath On The Edge (Unlimited ed.). New York, NY: John Wiley / M&T Books. ISBN 9780764547768.
  22. ^ Duckett, Jon; Nik Ozu; Kevin Williams; Stephen Mohr; Kurt Cagle; Oliver Griffin; Francis Norton; Ian Stokes-Rees; Jeni Tennison (2001). Professional XML Schemas. Birmingham, UK : Chicago, IL: WROX Press Ltd. ISBN 9781861005472.
  23. ^ Tennison, Jeni (2013). "Jeni Tennison at OKFN". Open Knowledge Foundation. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014.
  24. ^ "Datopolis board game".
  25. ^ Thwaites, Emma (30 December 2013). "ODI celebrates New Year OBE for Technical Director, Jeni Tennison". The Open Data Institute. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014.
  26. ^ Franzon, Eric (30 December 2003). "ODI celebrates New Year OBE for Technical Director, Jeni Tennison". Archived from the original on 4 January 2014.