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Balisage 2012 Call for Participation

It's a new year and time to plan for Balisage 2012! Balisage is where people interested in descriptive markup meet each year in August for informed technical discussion, occasionally impassioned debate, good coffee, and the incomparable ambience of one of North America's greatest cities, Montreal. We welcome anyone interested in discussing the use of descriptive markup to build strong, lasting information systems.  

Practitioner or theorist, tool-builder or tool-user, student or lecturer -- you are invited to submit a paper proposal for Balisage 2012. As always, papers at Balisage can address any aspect of the use of markup and markup languages to represent information and build information systems. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

    * XML and related technologies
    * Non-XML markup languages
    * Implementation experience with XML parsing, XSLT processors, XQuery processors, 
      XML databases, Topic Map engines, XProc integrations, or any markup-related technology
    * Semantics, overlap, and other complex fundamental issues for markup languages
    * Case studies of markup design and deployment
    * Quality of information in markup systems
    * JSON and XML
    * Efficiency of Markup Software
    * Markup systems in and for the mobile web
    * The future of XML and of descriptive markup in general
    * Interesting applications of markup

In addition, please consider becoming a Peer Reviewer. Reviewers play a critical role towards the success of Balisage. They review blind submissions -- on topics that interest them -- for technical merit, interest, and applicability.  Your comments and recommendations can assist the Conference Committee in creating the program for Balisage 2012!

    * Submit full papers in XML to <info@balisage.net>
    * See the Instructions for Authors (http://www.balisage.net/authorinstructions.html)
      and Tag Set and Submission Guidelines (http://www.balisage.net/tagset.html) for details.
    * Apply to the Peer Review panel (http://www.balisage.net/peer/ReviewAppForm.html)

    16 March 2012 -  Peer review applications due
    20 April 2012 -  Paper submissions due
    20 April 2012 -  Applications due for student support awards due
    28 May 2012   -  Speakers notified
    13 July 2012  -  Final papers due
    6 August 2012 -  Pre-conference Symposium
    7-10 August 2012 - Balisage: The Markup Conference

Help us make Balisage your favorite XML Conference. See you in Montreal!

-- The Balisage 2012 Conference Committee

Balisage: The Markup Conference 2012          mailto:info@balisage.net
August 7-10, 2012                               http://www.balisage.net
Preconference Symposium on August 6, 2012

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