Balisage 2011: Call for Participation

Balisage 2011

Pre-conference workshop: 1 August 2011

Conference: 2-5 August 2011

Hotel Europa, Montreal, Canada

Papers proposals due 8 April 2011

Balisage is an annual conference devoted to the theory and practice of descriptive markup and related technologies for structuring and managing information.


Paper proposals and nominations for peer reviewers are solicited for Balisage 2011, to be held 2-5 August 2011 in Montreal.

Each year, Balisage gathers together an eclectic mix of participants interested in markup, and puts them together in one of the world’s great cities for three and half days of discussion about points of interest in the use of descriptive markup to build strong, lasting information systems. Practitioners and theorists, vendors and users, tool-users and tool-makers, all provide their perspectives at Balisage.

Nominations for paper proposals and peer reviewers and are solicited.

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, XProc implementations, Topic Map engines, or any markup-related technology
  • Case studies of markup design and deployment
  • Recent and upcoming milestones in standards development
  • Semantics of markup languages
  • JSON and XML
  • the future of XML (if any)
  • the future of descriptive markup (if any)

Balisage is a peer-reviewed conference. Our electronic proceedings are freely available as part of the Balisage Series on Markup Technologies. Get a taste of Balisage from the proceedings of previous Balisage conferences ( or browse the Series Topics List (


More Information:


  • 11 March 2011 – Peer review applications due
  • 8 April 2011 – Paper submissions due
  • 8 April 2011 – Applications due for student support awards
  • 20 May 2011 – Speakers notified
  • 8 July 2011 – Final papers due
  • 1 August 2011 – Pre-conference Symposium
  • 2-5 August 2011 – Balisage: The Markup Conference

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

American Literatures Initiative Adopts TEI Standard

Dec. 8, 2010 – Joining the ranks of academics working to implement a sustainable model of scholarly communications in the Internet Age, the American Literatures Initiative announced today that it has adopted Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) as the XML standard for its future publications.

“TEI is perfectly suited to handle the types of books our member presses publish,” said Penny Kaiserlian, director of the University of Virginia Press and current chair of the five-member ALI partnership. “Adopting TEI as our standard will advance our mission to develop a cost-effective workflow to make production of academic monographs economically sustainable and available in a variety of print and digital formats.”

The American Literatures Initiative, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is in the third year of a five-year program designed to revive the publication of high-quality monographs by first-time academic
authors in a discipline where getting published is becoming increasingly difficult. In addition to Virginia, ALI members include the Fordham University Press, New York University Press, Rutgers University Press,
and Temple University Press.

The TEI is an international consortium that governs the TEI Guidelines, a standard for encoding texts in an XML (eXtensible Markup Language) format. The TEI Guidelines are one of several such text coding schemes necessary for the successful creation of easily repurposable digital editions of scholarly works. Originally developed for use with academic texts, the TEI Guidelines include bibliographic enhancements useful to scholars, such as the ability to retain page references in reflowed documents.

The TEI Consortium is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (U.S.), the European Union, the Canadian Social Research Council, and others. The TEI Guidelines have been widely used by
libraries and scholars engaged in online research programs such as Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies and the University of Virginia Press’s Rotunda digital collections. The Scholarly Publishing Special Interest Group, which grew out of a need in the university press community, is focused on the use of TEI in original scholarly publication.

The American Literatures Initiative is an innovative, entrepreneurial, cooperative effort to expand the number of books published in literary studies and increase audience reach by using common resources available to the five Presses through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program provides a shared, centralized editorial office managing the production of the books and ensuring high-quality
copyediting and design and a collaborative, high-profile, and aggressive marketing program. For more information on The American Literatures Initiative, please visit:

For more information, contact:
Lisa Fortunato
Publicity Manager
Rutgers University Press
732-445-7762 x 626

ESF Humanities Spring 2011: call for submissions

The European Science Foundation (ESF) is committed to creating Fora for early career scholars to develop their visions for the European Research Area.

We have developed in particular the format of the “Humanities Spring” workshops, aimed at producing short policy documents authored by the best early career scholars after 2-day debates on identified issues.

 This year the selected theme is: *Humanities Spring 2011: **”**Publication Cultures in the Humanities”***

*Deadline for submission of applications:**17 January 2011, 12:00 (noon) CET*

** You can access the Call text and on-line submission form via the following webpage:

We are writing with a *request to publish / circulate widely* the linked Call for the ESF-sponsored event, which invites for a Europe-wide selection of young scholars in the Humanities. Please do not hesitate to get back to us directly via with any questions you may have.

Dr. Arianna Ciula

Minutes of the MS SIG annual meeting at Zadar now available

Dear all,

It is already more than two weeks ago that the MS SIG had their annual
meeting during the TEI conference in Zadar. We had a lively discussion
with about 25 participants expressing their interest in manuscript
related encoding. The results in brief:

1. Review of the SIG’s work of the past year, in particular the new
module on genetic encoding
2. Work plan for 2011
a) Revision of Critical Apparatus
b) Extension of msDesc toward tboDesc
d) Community Building / PR
3. Evaluation and discussion of the SIG’s survey on needs and
requirements of the community

You can find the minutes in our wiki:

Please join the ongoing discussions!
All the best,

Dr. Malte Rehbein