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Liza Daly

Vice President of Engineering at Safari

Greater Boston Area
  1. Safari Books Online
  1. International Digital Publishing Forum,
  2. Ibis Reader, LLC,
  3. Threepress Consulting Inc.
  1. Boston University
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Safari Books Online

Safari Books Online

Vice President of Engineering

– Present

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Digital publishing entrepreneur and software engineer with deep experience in web development and ebook specifications. Proven record of team leadership and project management with a core focus on software quality, adherence to standards, and accessibility. Demonstrated ability to identify and capitalize on emerging technologies, from early work with the nascent EPUB standard to HTML5 webapp development.

Specialties:Publishing, project management, authoring, speaking, ebooks, EPUB, EPUB 3, XML, Python, Django, CSS, HTML5, JavaScript, mobile


Vice President of Engineering

Safari Books Online
– Present (2 years)Greater Boston Area

I lead a 50+ person team across the disciplines of software engineering, business intelligence, and infrastructure/systems. I manage external technology vendors, write RFPs for outsourced proposals, and actively participate in project development and strategic initiatives. Sometimes I get to write code.

Board of Directors

International Digital Publishing Forum
(2 years 7 months)

Served on the Board of Directors for the International Digital Publishing Forum, advising on strategy and technological direction.


Ibis Reader, LLC
(2 years)

Co-founder and lead developer of the first HTML5 ereading system. Coordinated design, UX, QA, production and engineering resources on core product and licensed, white-label derivatives for clients.


Threepress Consulting Inc.
(3 years 8 months)Boston, MA

President and founder, providing software engineering and consulting for the publishing industry. Particular expertise in web-based ebook delivery and the EPUB specification. Released the first cloud-based EPUB reader (Bookworm) in 2008. Subsequently developed several web-based delivery systems for book content; provided XML workflow and toolkit solutions to publishers and related suppliers; produced high-quality ebook editions for specialty publications; numerous training, specification authoring, and workshops in the industry. Frequent speaker on ebook specifications, digital book enhancements, interactivity, and accessibility.

Senior Software Engineer

Interactive Factory
(5 years 10 months)Boston, MA

Engineering lead on large-scale XML-based publishing projects for Oxford University Press, Columbia University Press, and other publishers. Managed small teams, worked closely with project managers and clients and mentored junior developers. Used common-sense approaches to problems including scalability, project process and team relationships. Core focus on testing, ease of deployment, accountability and leadership.

Senior Software Engineer

(1 year)

Moved from project management to engineering to focus on Java and XML development. Responsible for several projects under the General Motors account, including the Pontiac and GMC web sites. Specialized in internationalization and XML-driven personalization systems.

Senior Technology Analyst

(1 year)

Engineering project manager on several Fortune 500 client projects, including Starwood Hotels and General Motors. Managed medium-size teams of developers (10-40) interfacing with legacy systems to build scalable, high-availability architectures. Solely coordinated project plan maintenance, documentation, and UML-based engineering specifications.

Manager of Applications Development

Public Interactive
(1 year 3 months)

Promoted from web developer to engineering department lead of a 3-4 person software team. Continued role as a developer in addition to providing project planning, scheduling, testing, client relationship management, and internal leadership.

Applications Developer

Newmarket Network
(2 years 1 month)

Web developer for client projects focusing on public radio properties and regional businesses, including and the Appalachian Mountain Club. Developed shopping cart and ecommerce solutions, user forums, and interactive tools.


World Wide Web Consortium

Co-Chair, Digital Publishing Interest Group


First Draft of the Revolution(Link)

September 2012

An interactive epistolary story I commissioned from Emily Short. I designed and coded the initial prototype which was then completed by Inkle Studios.


Next Generation Web Frameworks in Python(Link)

O'Reilly Media
April 2007

Short book written to cover emerging web frameworks in Python. Reviews the design principles and merits of Django, TurboGears, and Pylons.

EPUB 3 Best Practices: Interactivity(Link)

O'Reilly Media
January 2013

Chapter in digital publishing book covering best practices for implementing interactive publications using the EPUB 3 standard.

Digital Monograph Technical Landscape: Exemplars and Recommendations(Link)

December 2011

The Digital Monograph Technical Landscape study (a.k.a. jiscPUB) was a six month thinktank set up by the JISC in the first half of 2011 to explore the potential value that the use of the ePUB specification could bring to the Higher and Further Education sector if further adopted in UK Universities.

Create rich-layout publications in EPUB 3 with HTML5, CSS3, and MathML(Link)

IBM DeveloperWorks
July 2012

EPUB 3.0, which is the latest revision of the industry-standard XML e-book format, jumps into modern web technology by embracing HTML5 and CSS3. It retains its focus on XML-driven toolkits by requiring XHTML serialization and adding supplementary XML vocabularies, such as MathML and SVG. EPUB 3 offers a variety of options for developing advanced, digital-native publications. In this article, learn to create rich-layout pages using some new features in EPUB 3.

Book: A Futurist's Manifest: What We Can Do With "Books"(Link)

O'Reilly Media
August 2012

Essay in a series on future implications for digital publishing, covering interactivity and creative new uses for electronic books.

High-performance XML parsing in Python with lxml(Link)

IBM Developerworks
October 2008

lxml is a fast yet flexible library for XML processing in Python. It comes bundled with support for XML Path Language (XPath) and Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformation (XSLT), and it implements the familiar ElementTree API. In this article, I focus both on the ease of use provided by lxml and on its high-performance profile when processing very large XML data.


  • CSS
  • XML
  • JavaScript
  • HTML 5
  • Publishing
  • Mobile Devices
  • Python
  • Project Management
  • Django
  • Public Speaking
  • Ebooks
  • ePub
  • Web Authoring
  • Web Development
  • Content Management
  • Books
  • Web Applications
  • Software Development
  • Software Engineering
  • E-commerce
  • Online Publishing
  • Mobile Applications
  • Java
  • Strategy
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Boston University

BA/MA, Psychology

Minor in biology with additional concentrations in archaeology and computer science.

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