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Balisage 2009 and Symposium Call for Participation

Announcing Balisage 2009 Call for Participation

Montréal in August has always been the place and time for serious markup geeks to meet. Balisage 2009 and the International Symposium on Processing XML Efficiently continue the tradition.

Balisage is a peer reviewed conference designed to meet the needs of markup theoreticians and practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of the field. It's all about the markup: how to create it; what it means; hierarchies and overlap; modeling; taxonomies; transformation; query, searching, and retrieval; presentation and accessibility; making systems that make markup dance (or dance faster to a different tune in a smaller space) — in short, changing the world and the web through the power of marked-up information.


August 11 - 14, 2009 Balisage: The Markup Conference 2009
August 10, 2009 - International Symposium on Processing XML Efficiently


Montréal, Canada


We welcome papers about topic maps, document modeling, markup of overlapping structures, ontologies, metadata, content management, and other markup-related topics at Balisage. If you want to talk, in detail XML, XSL, SGML, LMNL, XSL-FO, XTM, RDF, XQuery, Topic Maps, SVG, MathML OWL, UBL, XSD, TexMECS, RNG, or any other markup-related topic, we urge you to participate in Balisage.

How to Participate

Submit full papers in XML to

See the Guidelines, DTDs, schemas, and details at:


15 March 2009 — Peer Review Applications Due
24 April 2009 — Paper Submissions Due
22 May 2009 — Speakers Notified
17 July 2009 — Revised Papers Due
10 August 2009 — Processing Symposium
11-14 August 2009 — Balisage: The Markup Conference

If you have any questions about Balisage send email to:

Additional Call for Participation: Symposium

International Symposium on Processing XML Efficiently: Overcoming Limits on Space, Time, or Bandwidth

Monday August 10, 2009
Hotel Europa, Montréal, Canada


Michael Kay, Saxonica

Developers have said it: "XML is too slow!", where "slow" can mean many things including elapsed time, throughput, latency, memory use, and bandwidth consumption. The aim of this one-day symposium is to understand these problems better and to explore and share approaches to solving them.


Proposals for presentations at the Processing Symposium may address any aspect of processing XML efficiently. We welcome:

  • Theoretical discussions
  • Practical experience and case studies
  • Product talks (if clearly identified as such)
  • Discussions of:
    • software design to facilitate processing
    • document design to facilitate processing
    • management of XML applications in a processing-intensive environment
    • measuring efficiency of XML processing
  • and related topics and approaches

Submission Instructions

Submissions are due on or before April 24, 2009. To submit a proposal to the Processing XML Symposium, send email to, including:

  1. Your name, email, affiliation, and telephone number
  2. Title of your presentation
  3. Short description of your topic (150 words)
  4. Detailed description of your topic and presentation. (It would be a convenience to the organizers of symposium submissions were in XML according to the guidelines and model for Balisage submissions, but this is not required.)
  5. Biographical information on all authors
  6. Any other information you think will help the conference committee evaluate your proposed presentation

Hyde Park Speaker's Corner

During the day, Symposium attendees may submit mini-proposals for five minute time-slots; these five-minute presentations will be given during the "Hyde Park Speaker's Corner" session in the afternoon. Speakers will be encouraged to divide their five minutes into two parts: three minutes during which they may state opinions, preferences, or experiences relating to processing XML efficiently, and two minutes during which the other attendees may react. If there are more proposals than can be accommodated proposals from people who have not already spoken will be preferred, and random selections from the remaining proposals will be made. As at the "Speaker's Corner" in London's Hyde Park, there will be virtually no restrictions on allowed content. However, the Symposium's organizers will terminate presentations that are not clearly related to the symposium topic, that are disrespectful of others or their points of view, or that are still incomplete after five minutes have elapsed.

There is nothing so practical as a good theory


Balisage: The Markup Conference 2009
August 11-14, 2009                   
Processing XML Efficiently: August 10, 2009           Montréal, Canada

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See also "Balisage 2008 Conference in Montréal Continues Extreme Markup Tradition."

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