This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
The XML file should be in the application's classpath so you can find it using this.getClass().getResource() to locate it. It is not clear to me what your classpath is since root/src/ doesn't seem to be a normal WebApp classpath (it is usuall like root/WEB-INF/classes/).