I need to talk to Tommie Usdin about marketing the Balisage conference.
The final program came out today and here is what Tommie had to say:
When the regular (peer-reviewed) part of the Balisage 2012 program was scheduled, a few slots were reserved for presentation of “Late breaking” material. These presentations have now been selected and added to the program.
Topics added include:
- making robust and multi-platform ebooks
- creating representative documents from large document collections
- validating RESTful services using XProc, XSLT, and XSD
- XML for design-based (e.g. magazine) publishing
- provenance in XSLT transformation (tracking what XSLT does to documents)
- literate programming
- managing the many XML-related standards and specifications
- leveraging XML for web applications
The program already included talks about adding RDF to TEI documents, compression of XML documents, exploring large XML collections, Schematron, relation of XML to JSON, overlap, higher-order functions in XSLT, the balance between XML and non-XML notations, and many other topics. Now it is a real must for anyone who thinks deeply about markup.
Balisage is the XML Geek-fest; the annual gathering of people who design markup and markup-based applications; who develop XML specifications, standards, and tools; the people who read and write, books about publishing technologies in general and XML in particular; and super-users of XML and related technologies. You can read about the Balisage 2011 conference at http://www.balisage.net.
Yawn. Are we there yet?
Why you should care about XML and Balisage:
- US government and others are publishing laws and regulations and soon to be legislative material in XML
- Securities are increasingly using XML for required government reports
- Texts and online data sets are being made available in XML
- All the major document formats are based in XML
A $billion here, a $billion there and pretty soon you are talking about real business opportunity.
Your un-Balisaged XML developers have $1,000 bills blowing overhead.
Be smart, make your XML developers imaginative and productive.
Send your XML developers to Balisage.